Rooftop Fall Protection for Manufacturers of Consumer Products

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More than two-thirds of the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is comprised of consumer spending, including durable goods (e.g., toasters, toys, television sets), non-durable goods (e.g., tissues, toothpaste, t-shirts), and services (e.g., tax preparers, telecom, training).

Manufacturers of durable and non-durable goods are typically guided by standards for their consumer products. For example, all toys intended for children 12 years of age and younger must be third-party tested and certified for safety. Electrical appliances, power tools, lighting fixtures, and a host of other products are tested for safety by Underwriters’ Laboratories to earn the coveted UL in a circle.

As safety is a crucial consideration in design, engineering, and production, manufacturers of consumer products must also consider the safety of their maintenance workers, who keep the plant running smoothly. With heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and other equipment often installed on the roof, OSHA-compliant fall protection is essential for workers performing inspections, maintenance, cleaning, and repairs.

Before all, safe access.

Roof Hatch Railing Kits

Workers often take their first step onto a roof through a roof hatch—literally a hole in the roof. A railing hatch kit, which bolts directly into the hatch, not the roof, provides grab bars to help workers ascend. It surrounds the hatch with OSHA-compliant guardrails and a self-closing gate to prevent falling back through the hatch.

Protection at the edge.

Roof Guardrail

Even a fall from a one-story rooftop can be fatal. An unprotected perimeter is the most evident danger for any worker on the roof. For flat and low-slope roofs, a freestanding guardrail system provides a perimeter barrier that collectively protects multiple workers. It installs without penetrating the roof and is constructed of strong, durable, and corrosion-resistant aluminum or galvanized steel.

A permanent roof edge railing system features a modular design to conform to virtually any roof size or configuration. For infrequent or temporary work or confined spaces, a mobile or portable railing kit can meet the safety needs of the workers and OSHA regulations.

Shine on for skylight safety.

Skylights

Although skylights have covers, OSHA considers them to be holes in the roof as most cannot support the weight of one worker. To protect against workers falling, a skylight screen can be installed over the skylight, or a guardrail can be installed around the skylight. Neither the screens nor railings will block the sun from shining through.

Longing for lifelines.

Lifelines

A lifeline provides fall protection and fall arrest (restraining a fall). It has three major components: (1) an anchorage system, (2) a body harness, and (3) a connecting device between the anchor and body wear.

There are distinct types of lifelines for individuals; however, a horizontal lifeline is an engineered system of anchors and stainless steel connecting cable that can span up to 39 feet between posts and protect up to three workers at once.

Anchor-based safety.

Anchors

Although all components of a lifeline must be in top working order, lifeline safety starts with an OSHA-compliant anchor that is part of a complete fall arrest system. It must be capable of supporting 5,000 lb. per employee or maintains a safety factor of at least two to the maximum fall arresting force.

For a flat or low-slope roof, a mobile, deadweight anchor provides outstanding flexibility. A permanent, single-post anchor can accommodate confined spaces.

A tour guide for walkways and platforms.

Walkways

Once on the roof, workers may face slippery conditions due to weather, obstacles to overcome, such as ductwork, piping, and cables, or a change in level, and the need to be elevated above the roof to reach parts, controls, and other components of the equipment they must inspect or service.

  • A roof walkway system is built from sturdy steel frames and anti-slip treads to provide a safe path for workers and, when fitted with guardrails, offers added fall protection.
  • Crossover platforms allow workers to step up and over obstacles on the roof or navigate a change in level.
  • Work platforms incorporate the modular steel design, anti-slip treads, and guardrails of walkways and crossovers to enable workers to access equipment at elevated heights. They are also ideal for use inside the plant for machinery maintenance and inventory handling.

Over the top for Davit arms.

Davits

Façade maintenance, window washing, restoration, painting, and other tasks may require workers to be suspended from the roof. This is especially true for multi-story buildings when ladders, scaffolds, or lifts are too expensive or impractical. A Davit arm and base system lowers, positions, and suspends a worker to perform the work and then raises the worker back to the roof.

Take the next step for safety.

If your company manufactures consumer products and rooftop fall protection is your responsibility, contact Safeguard Industries. Our services include a discussion and evaluation of your needs and concerns about regulatory compliance, a site visit to conduct a safety audit, and then developing a plan of action. Our services can include as little or as much as you need, from design, engineering, and fabrication to installation, training, and other support.

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