Safety Advice When Working at Height
Working at height carries more risk than working at ground level. However, if workers follow safety guidelines, they can accomplish what they need to at height without undue risk to themselves. Workers need to know about appropriate equipment as well as about how to use that equipment...
Durable & Cost Effective Railing for the Water Industry
Putting railing around water presents itself with a number of particular challenges.First of all, you have the fact that there is water everywhere, and generally speaking water and metal dont get a long. In addition to the water rich environment, you have the added challenge of...
Roof Railing in NYC - Protecting a Historic Rooftop in New York CityAfter a historic building in NYC was cited with multiple code violations by the city, Flag Waterproofing & Restoration reached out to Simplified Safety for help choosing the right perimeter guardrail to secure the building and become compliant.
Five Ways to Kill Yourself While Using a Fall Protection System
Wait, kill yourself while using a fall protection system? Those things are supposed to prevent that from happening, right? Of course they are, but the key part of that phrase is: supposed to. If you’re not using a fall protection system properly, or not taking into account some external...
What's the difference between different types of fall protection?
Back when we launched the site we put together a comprehensive chart on the differences between different types of fall protection. Those difference are classically labeled as fall prevention (or passive fall protection), fall restraint, and fall arrest (or active fall protection). Click on...
Is OSHA Compliance for Fall Protection Good Enough?
Every day thousands of you are exposed to a fall hazard in the workplace.
Often times someone has already put forth the work to implement fall protection for you according to OSHA regulations.
But is that really enough?
Ever since the OSH Act in 1970,...
The Dangers of Clearing Snow from Rooftops
The recent accident in Westwood, MA regarding the fall of a worker clearing snow from the roof of a business, underscores just how dangerous this job can be. In this particular instance, the worker fell through a skylight and landed on the ground 25’ below. In light of the situation,...
Wear your Safety Harness! You'll be glad you did!
Sean McNulty is glad he wore his fall protection harness! On Monday, January 10, 2011 he lost his footing when a beam shifted on the roof of a demolition project. The fall protection deployed and stopped him from falling more than six stories.
The article notes: "If he didn't have his fall...
When Will the New Walking/Working Surface Rules Arrive?
“When will the new walking/working surface rules arrive?” is a question that’s been asked for many, many, many years (as in about 20), but it finally looks like we may have an answer. According to a regulatory agenda published by OSHA in May of this year, the Administration plans to...
Pallet Gates for Work Platforms [Case Study]
Pallet Gates are typically found on mezzanines, but they can be used in other industrial applications. This pallet gate was used on a work platform that was built around an industrial mixing platform. The pallet gate allows for items to be lifted onto the platform (e.g. pallets of materials to...
Safety Railing Solutions for Diverse Environments
Below is 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. All of these safety railing solutions are OSHA compliant unless...
Why Can’t My Managers Get My Staff to Comply?
Sometimes you can have the best program on paper, but it doesn’t seem to be translating well to real-world implementation. Maybe your workforce is telling you they like the program, but every time you observe them, they’re breaking the rules. Maybe your supervisory personnel seem...
Metal Rooftop Railings and Guardrails
We have had this product available for a while, but have never featured it properly. KeeGuard Metal Roof Top Railings are designed to protect workers who are operating around a roof edge on a metal building. The use of S-5! clips and connectors, means that the railing system will not...
Hatch Safety: Are You Keeping Your Employees Safe?
Falconer, 43, was employed as a seaman on a tugboat operated by maritime company. While carrying an engine part, he fell 14 feet through an open hatch in the engine room causing bodily injury. Falconer sued the maritime company alleging the company was negligent in failing to have safety...
Falling into Workplace Safety
OSHA reports that falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites and annually account for one of every three construction-related deaths. Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics states there were at least 442 construction worker fatalities during 2007 as a...
How Can Contractors Working at Height be Kept Safer?
Excuses, excuses, excuses, that's what we hear from residential and commercial contractors that fail to comply with fall protection policies and standards. In 2011, 251 out of 721 worker fatalities were the result of falls. It's time to stop making excuses and start making the...
Safety on the Set!! Theatrical Guardrail
This safety guardrail was installed on the set of the production of The Conduct of Life at Texas A&M University. The railing was mounted on the stage to prevent the performers from falling over the edge. The railing performed both an aesthetic and functional purpose. Justin M., the...
Ensuring Your Guardrail Is Mounted Safely
The manufacturer states that the guardrail you purchased will exceed OSHA required loads.
Will it be safe after installation?
Often times we look to the manufacturer of the safety rail to ensure the railing will be strong enough for our application. Whether it be a 200 lbs on the top...
Three Safety Cultures – Which One Are You In?
Whenever I deliver a training class to a group of workers for whom I’m also serving as a safety consultant, I explain that there are two things I need to do: 1) Keep them safe and 2) Keep the company compliant.
In that order.
The trick is that if I’m achieving the first one, I am almost...
Video: 5 Things to Know about Post Fall Rescue
One of forgotten elements of fall protection is the post fall rescue. It's not enough to stop a fall, you need to know how to rescue the victim. Hightek, a fall protection and scaffolding training and consulting company in Canada, has released a short video to cover the basics of a post fall...
Dealing with Rooftop Obstacles
We’ve spent a good deal of time in past blog posts discussing the hazards associated with falls from rooftops. There’s good reason for that, of course, as it is a pervasive and potentially deadly hazard, but as safety professionals, we must be sure to mitigate all recognized hazards, not...
Removable Safety Railing at Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls has been the subject of much attention leading up to Nick Wallenda's tight rope walk across the falls. Some of the conversation surrounding the tight rope walk has been about safety. For this event, the tight rope walker was actually tied off to the wire to prevent him from falling...
The Cost of a Workplace Rooftop Fall Hits More Than Your Bottom Line
We’ve all heard the news stories about tragic rooftop falls leaving an employee with a tragic injury or worse. Your first thoughts are of the employee and their family. Then the question of whether it was preventable begins to loom. Then you ask, are you making sure your greatest asset –...