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  • Fall Protection Installation: Details Matter
    Pre installation planning for a new customer often begins with a phone call from an EHS manager wherein the potential customer explains their need and various alternatives are discussed in general terms This is almost always followed by an on site visit wherein one of our fall protection experts can evaluate the hazards and have a discussion with workers to determine how and where they accomplish their daily tasks These workers generally have a greater knowledge of the actual dangers they face and the specific tasks they perform than the higher level personnel who hire us In addition we make a preliminary evaluation of the adequacy of structural building components to which a system can be attached We can then have a discussion about specific systems that can be used and the advantages and disadvantages of each Upon return to our office we take everything learned from the on site visit and related discussions to provide a detailed quote that outlines the specific equipment we propose along with the total price for the installed system FallProof s Workforce Has Received Competent Person Training All of our installers have received OSHA compliant competent person fall protection training In addition they have OSHA 10 certification aerial lift training manufacturer certifications and extensive on the job familiarity with the systems we install Our entire workforce has had background checks and our drug and alcohol policy requires pre employment random and post incident testing and they have TWIC cards SWAC cards and other identity verifications that allow them access to a variety of controlled facilities Many of our clients are Fortune 500 companies and we are familiar with their safety and documentation requirements Some use third party compliance providers such as ISNetworld or PICS to audit and verify their outside contractors compliance with company safety policies and insurance requirements We are registered with these consortiums and within one to two days can generally become prequalified with a new customer that is also a member For those customers that use their own staff to verify adherence to safety policies we can generally provide any needed documentation on the same day it is requested Fall Arrest Systems Require A Sound Engineered Design We provide as built drawings that are signed and sealed by a professional engineer licensed in the appropriate jurisdiction for the fall arrest systems we install This ensures that the system design is sound that the supporting structure can withstand the maximum forces with a safety factor of two which could be generated in the event of a worker fall and that the fall clearances are adequate to stop a falling worker before they reach the next lower level Our Careful Planning of Logistical Details Minimizes Disruption Our goal is to make every installation as painless as possible for our customer As one example we often install systems during plant shutdowns or off hours to minimize disruption Selection of the right lift equipment scissor boom or articulated taking into account the height that needs

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  • Fall Protection On New Construction: Our Wish List For Architects
    them in after construction is substantially completed can lead to cost overruns penetration of a brand new roof with the resulting warranty issues inadequate structural strength where an anchor is needed and similar problems FallProof offers both consulting and design and engineering services to architects and contractors during the planning phase of new construction Follow European Standards Eliminate Fall Hazards and Reduce Risks During The Design Phase Unlike in the U S in Europe there is an explicit duty on architects to eliminate fall hazards and reduce risks during the design phase to the extent it is reasonably practical We believe that U S design firms should act as if this standard also applied here until such time as OSHA incorporates similar regulations By doing this they will best serve their owner clients who will end up with a safer workplace for their tenants maintenance teams and employees It also will prepare forward thinking firms for the inevitable when similar regulations become standard in the U S For Rooftop Fall Protection Consider That Parapet Walls and Guardrails Require No Training Where appropriate the preferred form of rooftop fall protection is either guardrail systems or parapet walls because they require no worker training or special equipment Either of these systems can be designed in however once construction has started it is difficult or impossible to modify the plans to include a parapet wall In one recent situation a new building was designed and built with a parapet wall approximately 30 high in a location frequented by maintenance workers Because it was less than 42 high the parapet provided no protection without modification Once built the easiest solution would have been to add railing at least 12 high to the top of the existing wall however that alternative was rejected by the architect because it interfered with the aesthetic design of the building The remaining alternative was to install a horizontal lifeline along the inside of the parapet On closer analysis however our structural engineer determined that the parapet wall did not have the strength needed to withstand the force plus the margin of safety that could be generated by a falling worker attached to the lifeline The ultimate costly solution involved penetrating the brand new roof to install structural supports to which the lifeline could be attached This entire situation could have been avoided with proper considerations during the design phase when the parapet wall could have either been made 42 high or constructed with the strength needed to support a horizontal lifeline For Green Roofs Resolve Issues At The Outset Green roofs have many advantages and useful features but they also have special issues from a fall protection standpoint that should be considered during the design phase Chief among them is the fact that they require more workers on the rooftop due to the need to maintain the live roof Where a parapet wall or other type of perimeter system is used care must be taken to ensure that the

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  • Fall Protection For Universities and Colleges: Hazards Abound
    vents etc the workers must be provided with adequate fall protection according to the work environment This might be as simple as setting up a portable temporary guardrail along the unprotected edge of a flat roof or attaching a non penetrating guardrail system to a rooftop parapet that is less than forty two inches in height Other features such as hatches skylights chimneys etc will also need to have permanent or temporary guardrails installed around them during rooftop work see below Whether a university rooftop needs to have a permanent solution installed on it depends on the layout and the nature and frequency of work done on the roof For example if a classroom building has a pitched roof that maintenance workers need to frequently access to service HVAC equipment located near the edge horizontal cable lifelines or single point anchors can be installed Workers should then be required to wear a fall restraint harness attached to the anchorage connectors using a self retracting lifeline SRL while working In the event of a slip or fall the SRL will lock up and prevent them from falling over the edge Green Roofs Environmentally Friendly But Danger Lurks Many universities are now installing green roofs containing lawns of green grass or gardens of plants and shrubs on the flat roofs of campus buildings A green roof has environmental benefits i e it provides natural cooling to the building but it also requires frequent maintenance For example botany students and caretakers must often cut grass pull weeds and do other gardening activities At the very least a green roof should have a guardrail system set up along any unprotected edges even if this means encircling the entire perimeter with a guardrail Also skylight openings should be treated as an unprotected edge Any person who regularly works on the green roof should be made aware of the potential fall hazards and how to avoid them Debris Netting Older University Buildings Present Inconspicuous Hazards Technically this is not a fall protection solution but it should be mentioned Sometimes older university buildings such as libraries have a problem with old moldings plaster chunks of concrete pieces of statues and gargoyles and other exterior decorations falling off their structure These falling pieces of debris have the potential to injure passing pedestrians One solution is to install debris netting around an older building s deteriorating moldings statues etc until repair work can be done to restore those architectural features Vertical Ladders and Water Towers Accidents Are Waiting To Happen Sometimes university buildings have vertical ladders attached to their outside walls Also some older campuses have a water tower or observatory towers These ladders should be outfitted with a vertical cable fixed track lifeline or an SRL to protect users while ascending and descending the ladder Theaters Sports Arenas and Stadiums Keeping Workers At Height Safe Many universities have traditional proscenium arch theaters with both a catwalk and work platforms in the backstage area These hazardous work areas can

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  • FallProof Announces Its New Website To Better Serve The Fall Protection Needs of Its Customers
    Design and Engineering Fall Protection Consulting Fall Protection Equipment Inspection Fall Protection Installation Fall Protection System Certification On Site Fall Protection Survey Industries Applications Aviation Aircraft Hangars Bridges Infrastructure Construction Energy Historical Buildings Manufacturing Distribution Sports and Entertainment Steel Mills Transportation and Trucking Water Utilities On Site Fall Protection Survey Blog Privacy Policy Sitemap Home Blog FallProof Has A New Website With You In Mind Browse By Topic Fall Protection Basics Fall Protection Equipment FallProof Projects Guardrails Industry Specific Solutions Netting Solutions OSHA and ANSI Rescue Rooftops Safety Training FallProof Has A New Website With You In Mind September 15 2015 9 34 pm by Ray Nardo In addition to FallProof working hard to make America s workplaces safer with installations of fall protection systems we have been busy redesigning our website to serve you better New features include Improved and refined navigation Responsive to all device sizes Contact and request a quote forms with document upload One click calling by mouse Skype or phone app Internal site search New sidebar menus Blog posts by topic and Patriotic color scheme We are interested in your your feedback so feel free to offer your comments Coming soon will be more about information about recent projects we have been working on such as the installation of fall arrest systems from horizontal and vertical lifelines to fixed and rigid track lifelines and davit arms and swing and jib arms Our 15 000 square foot warehouse also has been brimming with activity while providing clients nationwide with short term rentals of all sorts of equipment for temporary construction projects and our engineers have been busy with design and engineering projects for custom solutions as well Whether you need rooftop guardrails or skylight railings and screens or personnel safety netting for a conveyor belt or

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  • Fall Protection Basics
    Steel Mills Transportation and Trucking Water Utilities On Site Fall Protection Survey Blog Privacy Policy Sitemap Home Blog Fall Protection Basics Browse By Topic Fall Protection Basics Fall Protection Equipment FallProof Projects Guardrails Industry Specific Solutions Netting Solutions OSHA and ANSI Rescue Rooftops Safety Training The Fall Protection Experts Are Taking Your Questions February 2 2016 8 24 am by Ray Nardo FallProof Systems is excited to announce that it started 2016 by further expanding its website with the addition of a new section dedicated solely to everyday users of fall protection equipment and existing customers and their workers This includes an ask the experts form and dedicated question and answer pages organized by industry known as Frequently Asked Questions on many websites The new form will allow site visitors to ask our fall protection experts any question related to fall protection guardrails safety and debris netting training etc Read more Cable Versus Fixed Track Lifelines What Is The Difference April 18 2014 1 44 pm by Ray Nardo Fall arrest systems are designed as a safety backup mechanism when a worker must be exposed to a fall hazard in order to accomplish assigned tasks When the worker needs to be able to move along either a horizontal or vertical plane lifelines are used to protect the worker The lifelines can be constructed using either cable or fixed track Read more Fall Safety Equipment 3 Ways To Achieve A Return On Investment March 14 2014 3 59 pm by Ray Nardo While a comprehensive or strategic fall prevention or protection plan is certainly admirable advantageous and the right long term solution it s not always practical to implement all at once The implementation of a complete solution is often a costly and time consuming undertaking Do you have to implement

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  • Fall Protection Equipment
    rungs covered with mud grease rainwater snow or ice Vertical lifelines should be mounted onto fixed ladders to provide fall protection for following types of structures Read more Steel Mill Fall Protection Exploring Different Solutions January 12 2015 12 33 pm by Ray Nardo From a facilities standpoint you can apply all types of fall protection systems to the steel industry Workers in steel mills are often required to use fall protection equipment for personal safety and for OSHA regulation compliance The types of fall protection solutions installed in steel mills are usually based on several factors including the layout and conditions of the environment the number of personnel accessing a certain area the frequency of activity in that area and the budget concerns of the steel mill s owners Read more Netting and Fall Protection Installations by FallProof Dec 2014 January 5 2015 3 04 pm by Ray Nardo Major Transportation Bridge Highway Netting FallProof was excited to have been given the opportunity to provide debris netting for the iconic Pulaski Skyway which is currently undergoing a 2 Billion rehabilitation and renovation project One of the primary traffic arteries into New York City this project has many moving parts Working with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the general contractor awarded the project we provided 115 000 square feet of our RocBloc netting product Read more Rooftop Lifeline Systems What Are The Options December 1 2014 9 54 am by Ray Nardo In our previous blog article we talked about fall protection equipment for rooftop activities We discussed how to install and use portable guardrails around unprotected edges and hatches and how to use skylight railings and screens to protect workers from falling through skylights Read more Guardrails for Rooftop Hatches Skylights and Roof Edges November 14 2014 10 56 am by Ray Nardo In our last blog article we talked about how to identify fall hazards on a rooftop Today we will look at the fall protection equipment that is available to handle some of these hazards Not every hazard can be avoided using safety equipment But there are several types of fall protection systems that you can use to provide a solution to hazards such as Read more Self Retracting Lifeline Inspection What To Look For On A Daily Basis October 13 2014 9 36 am by Ray Nardo Inspections are essential in making sure your fall protection systems perform correctly To ensure that your personal protective equipment is in good working order and will protect you from injury in the event of a fall your self retracting lifelines SRLs should be inspected daily before each use Remember if you are the one using the PPE it is your life on the line and that means you are the one responsible for checking it every day before trusting it with your life Read more Personal Fall Limiter What Is It and How To Use It September 23 2014 11 38 am by Ray Nardo In a

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  • FallProof Projects
    Blog Privacy Policy Sitemap Home Blog FallProof Projects Browse By Topic Fall Protection Basics Fall Protection Equipment FallProof Projects Guardrails Industry Specific Solutions Netting Solutions OSHA and ANSI Rescue Rooftops Safety Training The Fall Protection Experts Are Taking Your Questions February 2 2016 8 24 am by Ray Nardo FallProof Systems is excited to announce that it started 2016 by further expanding its website with the addition of a new section dedicated solely to everyday users of fall protection equipment and existing customers and their workers This includes an ask the experts form and dedicated question and answer pages organized by industry known as Frequently Asked Questions on many websites The new form will allow site visitors to ask our fall protection experts any question related to fall protection guardrails safety and debris netting training etc Read more FallProof Has A New Website With You In Mind September 15 2015 9 34 pm by Ray Nardo In addition to FallProof working hard to make America s workplaces safer with installations of fall protection systems we have been busy redesigning our website to serve you better New features include Improved and refined navigation Responsive to all device sizes Contact and request a quote forms with document upload One click calling by mouse Skype or phone app Internal site search New sidebar menus Blog posts by topic and Patriotic color scheme Read more Debris Netting on the Pulaski Skyway February 20 2015 9 29 am by Ray Nardo You re probably familiar with the Pulaski Skyway from the opening of the TV show The Sopranos It s the bridge with the black steel truss girders that Tony Soprano drives over on his way home to his New Jersey mansion Opened in 1932 the Pulaski Skyway is New Jersey s most famous elevated

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