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Essential Lock Out/ Tag Out Procedure Writing

Working on a crane rail, bridge or runway system has it challenges, having to worry if it will start and suddenly move when being maintained is something that no one should have to have on their minds when working from that height.  Even the energy source from a hot rail when working below can be fatal to if contact is made.   Diversified Fall Protection has been the leader when it comes to installing fall protection on crane rail, bridges and runway systems, and many other fall protection systems.  Each install may differ, but the same applies to them all, following OSHA regulations to ensure everyone comes home safe each and every day.  Before each install can take place, our certified installers will work with the safety teams at the facility to review and implement their Lock out/Tag out procedure.

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Creating and Maintaining Safe Facilities

Creating and Maintaining Safe Facilities:

An article in the most recent OHS magazine highlighted creating and maintaining safe facilities. This article states the obvious when saying that a safe work environment is one of the most important aspects of any industrial organization. However, the article also further explains some helpful tips on trips on how to start and maintain a solid safety program for organizations. Here we will run through some of the most important tasks to focus on when starting a safety plan for your facility…

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Engineered Horizontal Lifeline vs. Temporary HLL

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We live and work in an internet age where almost everything can be found online with the click of a mouse.  We can search the internet for answers to the most vexing problems, and more importantly, we can buy just about anything, including fall protection systems.  Although it may be tempting to buy a horizontal lifeline kit online, there are compelling reasons to think twice before placing a temporary HLL into your shopping cart.

At first glance, a temporary lifeline is a tempting offer.  It is aggressively priced and once ordered, the kit arrives at your facility in just a few days.  It is a DIY solution, meaning your maintenance staff can perform the installation, saving time and money. Where it is a cost-effective solution, is it the right solution for you and your company?

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Stop Use & Recall Notice: 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines


Recall Summary

On July 25, 2019, 3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) issued a recall on two series of Self-Retracting Lifelines – 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back. The notice required users to immediately remove these SRLs from service to avoid risk of serious injury or death for a user in the event of a fall.

You can download the full July 25, 2019  Stop Use & Recall Notice Here (PDF).

On August 6, 2019, 3M announced that they had resolved the partial deployment of the energy absorber that led to the immediate stop use and recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge SRL.

You can download the full August 6, 2019 Recall Update Here (PDF).

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Preparing For OSHA Inspections

OSHA inspections are a given in instances where an employee has been severely injured or dies in the workplace, but OSHA inspectors may also appear at your place of business when responding to a whistle blower, or as part of a OSHA emphasis program.  Proper planning can go a long way toward reducing the angst and anxiety associated with an OSHA inspection.

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When Customized Guardrail is an Ideal Fall Protection Solution

Commercial and industrial grade HVAC units used to keep personnel and sensitive electronic equipment cool can sometimes be incredibly tall. This creates a situation in which there is no safe way to access the top of the units for maintenance work.

Per OSHA 1910 – accessing the top of these HVAC units – or for that matter, ANY equipment taller than 4 feet – requires fall protection to protect a worker who is on top of the equipment.

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Did You Know?

That any fall protection system must be engineered for two times the applied load in the event of a fall?