Its that time of year again where OSHA published their annual update on what kinds of fines were levied in the previous year. Kee Safety notes that Fall Protection and Machine Guarding are near the top again. You can see the complete top 10 of violations here.
Unfortunately not a lot changes in these lists from year to year. Fall protection is consistently a high violator, because it is such a dangerous hazard. Take your fall protection seriously, failure to assess your employees situation can be dangerous and expensive!
It may sound like a strange question, but those of you who work in facilities maintenance know that accidents happen! I recently spotted this railing on a main road near my house. It was made from Kee Klamp and clearly had been hit by a car. This railing illustrates a core advantage of Kee Klamp Railing as a modular solution. If this railing had been a welded rail, two things would have been different:
1. The damage would have probably been more severe (notice the clean brake points cause by the fittings in the picture below).
2. Repairing this railing would have been much more expensive (and probably uglier too).
Upon close inspection only about three uprights need to be re-cored and replaced and then a couple of sections of pipe reinstalled. Instead of costing thousands to repair, itll probably cost hundreds.
The modularity of Kee Klamp handrail and how they respond in real world circumstances has a clear advantage over a welded railing solution. Not only will a Kee Klamp railing provide you with a lower cost at installation time, it will dramatically cut down on repair cost should (or when) the railing becomes damaged!
Why does it always have to be a disaster to remind us of why certain safety measures are important. Perhaps your company doesnt deal with an entire reservoir of chemical waste, but many company need to control some sort of flammable or caustic substance. Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your companies chemical procedures.
Do you have the proper MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) on all the chemicals and substances that are handled by your employees?
Kee Walk is a new rooftop walk way system built in modular sections to allow for easy installation. In this video Kee Safety shows you how to mount a traverse section of Kee Walk to a sloped roof. The ability to create flat walk ways on sloped roofs is just one feature of our versatile solution. Find out more about Kee Walk Roof Top Walkways.
In my experience, it is not uncommon to hear of self-retracting lifelines and/or lanyards daisy-chained together to create a longer connection to an anchor point. This typically happens when someone buys a product that is long enough for an application on one job, but finds that they need something longer on the next. Instead of purchasing a longer lifeline or lanyard, they turn to the products they have on hand to get the job done. Unfortunately, this may expose the person more hazards instead of protecting them.
Answer: No a standard lanyard cannot be used. OSHA tells us under 1926.502(d)(6) that snaphooks cannot be engaged to each other. There have been cases where snaphooks connected to each other have been know to compromise the gates locking mechanism.
Solution: SRLs come standard with snaphooks on the end, as do typical lanyards. To connect a lanyard to an SRL or another lanyard, the piece used for the extension needs to have a ring on one end instead of a snaphook. This unit looks like this:
In this case, you would connect the snaphook on the SRL to the ring on the extension lanyard. Then you would connect the snaphook on the extension lanyard to the ring on the back of your harness.
My Advise for Your Safety:
Whenever stepping outside the norm, it is vital to make sure the equipment is made for what you are trying to accomplish. If it is not made for it, realize that you will be absorbing the liability of the situation. You can always call the manufacturer/distributor of the equipment you are using to find out if a device can be used in the manner that you need.
If a manufacturer does not stand behind a particular use of a safety product, realize that it usually has to do with a very real danger that you will not want to expose yourself to. Our advise, always use the right tool for the job. If you have to make a small adjustment to the length of an SRL, use a small extension lanyard. Otherwise, spend the money to make sure your SRL is long enough for the application.
A comprehensive list of safety railing solutions that are available to our customers. Not every safety railing solution is a fit for every environment, so we've called attention to where each railing works best.