Do People Really Die from Falling through Skylights? YES!
A man named Joe, who worked for the same roofing company for 25 years, fell through the skylight pictured above to his death. He was not wearing any fall protection and the skylight was not protected in any way. On average 16 people die at work every day in the United States. That number is...
Can A Self-Retracting Lifeline Be Extended?
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...
6 Best Practices to Keep My Rooftop Workers Safe
There are obviously times when somebody will need to access the roof of your building or facility, whether it’s maintenance workers, contractors, or inspectors. As we’ve discussed, roofs are inherently dangerous, so we develop policies to direct the behaviors of our employees and...
10 Fall Protection Tips for 2019
As we venture into a new year, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are and where we’re headed. It’s no secret that falls have been the leading killer in construction for more years than we care to remember and that fall protection (training or otherwise) has led OSHA’s Top Ten list of...
Inspect Your Railing for Rust to Ensure Proper Fall Protection
Rust is more than just a visual problem. Rust is the cancer of the metal world. It eats away at the material from the inside. Many railing manufactures do not galvanize their railings. The result is a product that rusts after a few years of use. Rusted railing is not just an eye sore, it is...
Putting Your Life In Your Own Hands: Inspecting Your Harness
Who is responsible for your safety? Is it the safety manager? Is it your supervisor? Is it the owner of the company for which you work? Sure, each of these people plays a part in building a framework that allows you to perform your job in a safe working environment, but in the end, the...
How to Build Guardrails Like a Professional
Let’s be honest, the best way to build safety railing like a professional is to be a professional, but that’s not always possible. Lucky for those who aren’t, there are some very strict rules regarding safety rail construction that don’t leave much to chance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not...
HVAC Installer Dies After Fall Through Skylight
Recently, we posted an article on the common hazards found during rooftop HVAC work. In it, we stated, “Routes of travel that take you past skylights or near the edge of the roof have now exposed you to fall hazards.” This is not an empty warning. Skylights are a hazard often overlooked...
Protecting HVAC Units With Fall Protection
Does this look familiar?
HVAC units are commonly found close to the edge of your roof. Why we insist on putting them there may make sense to the architect or mechanical installer. However, it poses a serious risk to all who need to maintain it.
You're not comfortable sending your...
Anatomy of a Fall
Anybody that comes in even the briefest of contact with the world of occupational safety knows that fall protection is a hot topic. There are blogs, social media groups, and even entire companies dedicated to it. While some topics are treated as an elective within an OSHA 10 or 30-hour...
Three Dangerous Attitudes that Lead to Fatal Falls
Despite efforts to reduce falls, they still remain the number one killer in construction. They also account for approximately 12% of fatal occupational injuries across all industries (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.t01.htm). We educate, inspect, and discipline, yet falls continue to...
Have a Plan - Mezzanine Safety Essentials
The moment you see or hear the word "mezzanine" in your workplace, your thought should immediately turn to fall protection. In general industry, the minimum height at which fall protection is needed is 4’. Because mezzanines are typically used to store goods or machinery up off the floor...
Learn about Fall Protection Positioning Devices
The following safety huddle represents OSHA's safety compliance regulations for positioning device systems 1926.502(e). Always consult directly with OSHA compliance standards and manufacturer recommendations before utilizing these systems. Positioning device systems are not fall arrest...
6 Dangers to Consider with Rooftop Safety in WinterWhat you need to know about providing safe, protected work environments in winter.
If you live in a part of the country where winter means snow, ice, and blustery cold winds, you know that outdoor work and work at height presents a unique set of hazards to workers. Weather conditions cause...
Railing Needed for Rooftop OSHA Violation [Before & After]
It happens to the best of us! Your inspecting the work site and you discover an issue of non-compliance. This is what happened to a recent customer. They had four spots on their roof that were clear OSHA violations. OSHA requires that workers exposed to a fall hazard MUST have fall...
Beginner's Guide: Work Platforms
There are many types of work platforms: aerial work platforms (such as scissor lifts), scaffolding, or prefabricated, permanently-installed platforms. Which one you choose to use depends on the type of work you plan on doing and the duration of that work. A quick paint job, for instance...
What Cal-OSHA Says About Skylights
Unprotected skylights are dangerous and kill people each year. It’s too often that a worker trips, leans, or backs into one of these glass death traps and plummets to the ground below. For this reason alone, protecting these hazards need to be top of mind. OSHA has listed how to provide a...
OSHA and Illegal Immigrants
I recently had the opportunity to cross our southern border and experience Hispanic culture first hand. I didn’t go to a resort or a hotel on some beach. I went to stay with some dear Mexican friends who live in the mountains of Veracruz. An unintended consequence of the trip was a view into...
How Many Roof Anchor Points Do I Need?
There is nothing simple about roof anchor points.
Being that is our aspiration to create simple and safe solutions for all workers at heights, we felt it necessary to address one of our most commonly asked questions.How Many Rooftop Anchor Points Do I Need?
Unfortunately, like many...
Safety Railing for Sloped Rooftop
Unprotected sloped rooftops can allow fall-related worker fatalities to occur on your time clock. As a safety personnel or building maintenance manager, it is your number one priority to protect your employees from bodily harm to the best of your abilities. In fact, the law states that you are...
Why Don't People Wear Fall Protection?
There are many reasons why people should wear fall protection, yet countless workers still avoid wearing fall safety equipment. These same workers will blame the employer or the equipment and always look for every reason or excuse for not wearing it. The fact of the matter is that this
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...
Roof Walkway for Safe Access to Rooftop Solar Installations
As rooftop solar installations grow, so grows the need to access the roof safely.
Part of roof top safety is having a proper rooftop railing installed. On a metal roof there are other safety concerns. The metal ribs can cause a significant trip hazard. Additionally, the metal roof may not be...
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...