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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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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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Skylight Guardrail Fall Protection

Skylight Without Fall ProtectionDuring rooftop safety assessments, we often ask our clients to point out known fall hazards.  The most frequently mentioned rooftop fall hazard is the building’s leading edge.  From here, some clients mention roof elevation changes or access hatches, but most struggle to identify additional fall hazards that may trigger OSHA violations.  Sometimes the most innocuous feature—for example, a skylight—is the most troublesome omission because folks fail to see the potential dangers posed by areas that appear safe. 

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New OSHA Regulations for Window Washing Anchors and Rope Descent Systems

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. 

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Download Your Fall Protection Guide

Fall protection education has been a core company value here since our founding in 1994.  Most of our clients appreciate the need for fall protection, but they don’t always understand the different approaches to fall protection or why we recommend one system style over another.

For example, many folks automatically equate fall arrest with cable-style horizontal lifelines, but limited fall clearance applications are better suited for rigid beam rail systems because they minimize deflection.   It’s one thing to hear a fall safety specialist make these types of statements, but quite another to visualize the differences between the two approaches.

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Did You Know?

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