Today’s digital economy is driven by data centers, and in many areas of the country with large pockets of data center activity, new facilities aren’t going online fast enough to keep up with demand. The data center boom has made the transfer of information more efficient, but it is also exposing maintenance personnel and contractors to new fall hazards that require a creative approach to remediation. Here’s why….
By now, you’ve probably heard about OSHA’s revised Walking-Working Surfaces regulations. Many of the articles published on this topic explore the deadlines to convert from ladder cages to ladder safety systems (we recently published an e-book that discusses the new ladder regulations). Make no mistake—the revised fixed ladder requirements are significant, but the new OSHA regulations cover additional ground that will impact employers and property owners nationwide. In this post, we’ll look at the new Walking-Working Surfaces regulations as they relate to the use rope descent systems (RDS) and window washing anchors.
We’ve covered the advantages of tip over post technology in countless prior posts. Assuming we aren’t dealing with a steep pitch application or thin gauge roofing material, a horizontal lifeline with tip over post technology will reduce shop fabrication and installation time, reducing costs. More importantly, tip over post lifeline designs minimize roof penetrations which can cause leaks. There are scenarios where an architect or engineer won’t deviate from a rigid post design—or instances where the pitch of the roof or gauge of the roof deck rules means a rigid post design is the only option. That said, these installations require making large openings in the roof. In case you are wondering just how large of an opening we are talking about, the pictures below tell the story.
One of the more popular fall protection questions we receive relates to OSHA requirements for safety railing and guardrail systems. Determined inquiring minds can consult OSHA’s revised Walking Working Surfaces ruling for general industry, but this can be a laborious process. In the interest of time, here is OSHA’s official stance on guardrail for general industry applications….
The new OSHA General Industry fall protection regulations that went into effect this month are prompting a slew of questions on fixed ladders. If you are wondering when a fixed ladder requires fall protection, which forms of ladder fall protection are OSHA compliant, or if ladder cages still comply with OSHA’s revised ruling, we have just the post for you…..
OSHA’s recent updates to its General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards will impact 112 million workers at 7 million workplaces. According to OSHA estimates, the new Slips, Trips, and Falls regulations will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year. If you are wondering about the timeline for implementing the new standards, we have a new post that may help…..