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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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Custom Color Rooftop Guardrail

Henry Ford once said “You can buy a Model T in any color as long as it is black.”  If you have spent time searching online or consulting catalogs, you may assume Ford’s rule applies to guardrail too because most of the guardrail you’ll see is safety yellow.  Don’t get us wrong–yellow guardrail is highly visible and a good way to remind folks that a leading edge is near.  That said, there are times when a perimeter railing system needs to blend with a building. Whether you prefer guardrail that matches company colors or the goal is concealing the fall protection system from the ground level, we can help.

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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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Comparing Portable Guardrail Systems

base plate tileOther 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.

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Non-Penetrating Rooftop Guardrail Installation

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.

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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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Did You Know?

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide and install the proper fall protection systems needed to protect and keep their workers safe?