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Guardrail versus cable based lifelines: Which fall safety product is right for you?

For any company with a rooftop, fall protection is essential to keep workers safe during inspections, maintenance or repairs. As a matter of law, OSHA’s General Duty Clause requires employers to provide workplaces free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
It’s clear fall protection is something every company should be paying attention to, but understanding the importance of fall safety is just the first step. With so many fall protection systems to choose from, some employers are left wondering what is the best option to protect employees at heights?
In this blog post, we review two of our most popular safety systems: roof guardrails versus cable based lifelines, comparing their pros and cons head-to-head.

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Does OSHA Require Anchorages for All Suspended Window Washing Applications?

Much confusion exists over the OSHA regulations pertaining to Rope Descent Systems (RDS) and Industrial Rope Access Systems (IRAS) used for high rise façade maintenance and window washing applications.  OSHA’s recently updated 1910 Subpart D standard includes specific language to ensure window washing safety when rope descent systems are used and requires the building owner to provide written assurances to the window washing contractor as outlined in 1910.27(b).

These assurances document the capacity of the anchorage system used to support window washing operations and safeguard employees working at height.  But because the new OSHA regulations speak specifically to the certified anchorage requirement for rope descent systems while making clear these provisions do not apply to industrial rope access or suspended scaffolds, what are the responsibilities of building owners when a window washing application requires an alternative means of suspended access?

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How we can help with campus rooftop safety

Watch the video below to learn how Diversified Fall Protection can help with campus rooftop safety.

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The EZ Series Fixed Access Ladder

Take a look at how we have solved the problems with current fixed ladder designs. Our new EZ Series Fixed Access Ladders are the easiest installing, fastest climbing and highest quality ladders on the market today. These ladders can be installed in just 3 easy steps:

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Did You Know?

Diversified Fall Protection offers Horizontal Lifeline Kits for rooftop applications?