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….
Other than price, what is the main difference between the portable guardrail offered by competing manufacturers? After all, most non-penetrating rooftop guardrail consists of yellow, metal railing sections that are secured by a heavy bases resting on the roof surface. Although portable guardrail systems may look very similar, the main differentiating factor comes where one might least expect it—base plate design.
When it comes to rooftop fall protection installations, we hear common concerns. Clients want reassurances that the proposed solution is in alignment with available budgets and meets or exceeds OSHA requirements. We also field questions and concerns over roof modifications. Drilling holes or cutting to expose structural members beneath the roof’s surface is an especially sensitive subject because many of our clients have hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars invested in their roofs. Fortunately, we have a wide variety of rooftop fall protection solutions to address these pains.
Introduction to Commercial Roofing Materials and Installing Fall Protection Systems While Minimizing Leaks
When it comes to exploring rooftop fall protection options, the first item of consideration is the roof itself. Your fall protection company will want to know if you have a steep or flat roof and the nature of the roofing materials. If you don’t know the answers to these questions, the engineer charged with performing the site assessment can make these determinations using a supplied picture or when they arrive to assess the fall hazard; however, the ability to describe your roof in an email or phone call always gives your safety engineer a head start. Let’s take a closer look at the styles of commercial roofs and the challenges they pose during the installation of fall protection systems.