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Guardrail Swing Gate Kits

Although most of our regular Tech Talk readers are familiar with our non-penetrating guardrail, you might not know that we also offer a complimentary swing gate kit to protect roof hatch openings, ladder access points, mezzanines, loading racks, platforms, and perimeter guardrail systems.  

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Is Your Anchor Point Safe?

If you have ever taken a fall protection training class or read much on the topic, you’ve heard references to the ABC’s of personal fall protection systems:  anchorage, body harness and connecting device.  Sometimes folks also include the letter D, which stands for the descent and rescue component.  The ABCD mnemonic is easy to remember, but its proper application can be a challenge.  To make our point, let’s take a look at some commonly used anchor points in the window washing industry.

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Why A Horizontal Lifeline May Be The Wrong Solution

Let’s assume you’ve just witnessed an employee come dangerously close to falling from a flat-bed trailer in an area that lacks fall protection.  Most folks with a rudimentary understanding of our industry equate tie-off points with horizontal lifelines, so it makes sense that you might contact a fall protection company about an HLL system.  In this case, making the decision to speak with a fall protection expert would be the right call, but you’d be missing the mark by inquiring about a lifeline system for a trailer application. Here’s why…….

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Does OSHA Require Fall Protection for Loading Docks?

loading dock safety railingOn a recent site visit, one of our clients asked if OSHA’s 1910 four foot rule applies to loading docks. The short answer is usually, yes.  Most loading docks are 48-52” tall, but we do see instances of docks a few inches shy of four feet–say 46”.  By strict letter of the law, a 46” dock does not require fall protection under the provisions of OSHA 1910.  That said, even docks coming in under 4 feet should utilize some sort of fall protection system…

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Is Your Horizontal Lifeline Safe?

Does your horizontal lifeline need recertification?  Are you confused about the recertification process or wondering if a fall protection company can even recertify your HLL? Wondering if your lifeline system is safe?  Despite the simple appearance, lifelines are complex fall protection systems that need periodic inspection and annual recertification.   This post demystifies the recert process and offers answers to frequently asked Lifeline recertification questions.

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Railcar Fall Protection

Fall protection for railcar loading and unloading applications is more complicated than meets the eye.  You won’t see workers toiling away at impressive heights since most railcars are around 15 feet high.  And to the untrained eye, rail yards and rail sidings appear less crowded than the manufacturing areas inside industrial facilities.   That said, fall protection is an absolute necessity for personnel accessing the top surfaces of railcars and tankers.

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Did You Know?

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe, OSHA compliant work environment for all workers?