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Benefits of Spending Remaining EHS Budget for Roof Safety Railing

Extra remaining funds at the end of a fiscal or calendar budget cycle is a great problem to have. But it is still just that – a problem. If your EHS department has a “use-it-or-lose-it” budget, you may be scrambling to spend it before the quarter ends.

This can be a double-edged sword…you don’t want money to go to waste, but you may also be having a hard time coming up with a way to invest this money into a meaningful project that can be completed within your budget cycle.

OSHA’s most recently released “top 10” list of most frequently cited workplace violations in 2019 again had Fall Protection topping the list once again. Falls from roof level – even a relatively low roof can be fatal

Workers who need to access a roof to perform a job are at risk twice – each time those workers enter and exit the roof to work. Diversified Fall Protection’s OSHA compliant roof guardrail – Lorguard – is a simple, affordable and extremely flexible way to stop workers from reaching an unprotected roof edge.

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Rooftop Horizontal Lifelines: Tip-Over Post Design Protects Workers and Roofs

RoofSafe AnchorInstalling a rooftop horizontal lifeline often eases worries about OSHA compliance, but without exercising proper care, permanently attaching a fall protection system creates the potential for leaks and roof damage.  Although the horizontal lifelines offered by various manufacturers look similar, there are significant differences, most notably in anchor post design.  Your choice of manufacturer has a direct bearing on the size and number of penetrations required during rooftop lifeline installation.  Proper anchor post design can also limit roof damage in the event of a fall. When it comes to lifeline applications for flat and low slope roofs, we recommend Capital Safety’s RoofSafe™ tip-over posts and here’s why….

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Rooftop Guardrail Versus Horizontal Lifelines—Selecting the Proper Fall Protection System

When it comes to rooftop fall protection, a wide range of options ranging from guardrail to horizontal lifelines can ensure worker safety and OSHA compliance. Choosing from multiple strategies means we can tailor a system to meet your specific needs and budget, but this range of choice can cause client confusion too.  This post discusses two of the more common approaches to rooftop fall protection–guardrail and horizontal lifeline systems.

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Rooftop Fall Protection Options

The rooftop maintenance season is now in full swing.  In the eyes of OSHA, your building’s roof is a raised work platform of four feet or more, and as such, all of the unprotected leading edges pose fall hazards.  That said, every rooftop is unique.  The “ideal” rooftop fall protection system installed next door may not suit your specific needs due to differing maintenance requirements.  This post offers a brief introduction to common rooftop fall protection solutions and their many uses.

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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.

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Winter Weather and Rooftop Fall Protection

With the onset of winter, one might think that there is less of a need to think about fall protection.  In much of the country, the arrival of snow and ice means there is less activity on rooftops.  With proper planning, facilities managers can knock out the vast majority of their regularly scheduled rooftop maintenance during the warmer months.  Although the change of seasons should lessen the demand for new fall protection system installations, every winter we hear from clients with unanticipated emergencies that require safe rooftop access.  We also receive inquiries from clients with buildings in areas of the country known for large accumulations of snow and ice. When you combine routine nasty winters, aggressive wind patterns and a quirky roofline, you end up with a recipe for slips, trips, and falls.

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Did You Know?

All skylight screens must be able to support 200 pounds in a perpendicular direction?