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Selecting Non-Penetrating Rooftop Anchors

Selecting Non-Penetrating Rooftop Anchors

There are many rooftop anchors on the market, however, a number of them require you to penetrate the roof membrane in order to fasten the anchor to the structure.  That’s fine if the building owner allows it, but in a commercial application that is unlikely unless you are installing a permanent anchor point.

Common Hazards While Servicing Rooftop HVAC

Common Hazards While Servicing Rooftop HVAC

We’ve spoken often in this blog about general rooftop safety hazards and regulations.  We recently focused specifically on one rooftop activity when we posted about the hazards associated with washing roofs, and we felt that rooftop HVAC work deserved the same treatment.  How can we best keep our HVAC workers safe when servicing rooftop units?

Roof Distances By the Numbers

Roof Distances By the Numbers

Rooftop fall protection seems to consistently be one of the most confusing regulations.  From when warning lines and monitors can be used to determining the width of your roof, something always seems to be missed – or at least misinterpreted.

OSHA and Illegal Immigrants

OSHA and Illegal Immigrants

In this article, we draw our attention to some of the workplace difficulties that immigrants face when reaching America.

Is Your Safety Program Human-Proof?

Is Your Safety Program Human-Proof?

No safety program is perfect for one simple reason: people aren’t perfect.  No matter how many policies you put in place, no matter how much equipment you buy, no matter how much training you do, in the end you are depending on human beings to implement your safety program and human beings make mistakes. 

Roof Washing: Hazards and Considerations

Roof Washing: Hazards and Considerations

Roof washing is probably never on anybody’s top-5 list of ways to spend an afternoon, but it certainly can become a necessary evil.  If it were just a matter of aesthetics, you could almost write it off as vanity and leave your roof to become whatever filthy mess it was destined to become, but that’s not the case.

Are All Hazards Created Equal?

Are All Hazards Created Equal?

OSHA regulations speak in absolutes: there is a hazard or there isn’t a hazard.  In reality, though, there are varying degrees of hazards because there are varying degrees of severity and varying degrees of likelihood that an incident will occur.

How to Address Safety Concerns with Your Employer

How to Address Safety Concerns with Your Employer

It’s inevitable.  If you are a safety-conscious worker, you will at some point in your career be faced with the task of presenting a safety concern to your employer. If you’ve been given this responsibility, or if your company is truly supportive of safety efforts, then it’s easy.  However, not everybody is lucky enough to be in those situations.

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Falls continue to top the list of fatalities in construction year after year, so OSHA has once again decided to roll out its “National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.”

Workers’ Memorial Day 4/28/16 – Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Workers’ Memorial Day 4/28/16 – Remembering Those We’ve Lost

As I set out to write this article, I Googled the phrase “worker died,” figuring I would be able to find a couple of articles from the first quarter of this year to use as examples of the men and women we honor on Workers’ Memorial Day.  Instead, the first five fatalities I found barely took me back to mid-March.

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