tieoffWorker safety should be given priority status in any project that involves working at or from considerable heights, for example on a transformer. Even simple slip and fall accidents can assume drastic proportions when the worker is engaged in carrying out repairs or installations a good distance from the ground. When the work is being done at high risk locations like transformers, there is a dual risk of electrical shock causing a fall which results in injuries. Irrespective of whether the worker impacts with the ground or with other objects during the fall, the injuries sustained can be really severe.

OSHA takes a serious view of situations where workers are allowed to work at heights over 10 feet without adequate fall protection anchor systems. Recently, OSHA officials have levied a fine of over $135,000 against a construction company that had workers on a house project, engaged in work at a height without fall protection.

The need to address more electric shock risk

The first risk that comes to mind when repairs or other work needs to be done atop a transformer is that of electric shock. However, it is equally important to think about the height at which the work needs to be done. Investing in the right fall arrest equipment can potentially save lives, prevent or minimize injuries and help the workers go about their job with greater freedom and confidence.

Providing the right kind of fall protection anchor systems indicates that you are a responsible employer, concerned for the safety of your employees. It’s a simple way to show your work force that they are a valuable asset to your business- knowledge that is sure to keep them motivated and happy about working for you.

The best fall arrest system for transformers

There are a number of different fall arrest anchors used in various environments but when it comes to transformers the one significant aspect to consider is that the protection system should be compact and lightweight enough to be transported to the top with ease. The Portable vacuum anchor fits the bill perfectly. OSHA complaint as it is, this anchor ensures that there is no risk of having fines imposed for not providing adequate fall protection to workers.

This fall arrest anchor is a self contained product that does not need and electrical connections to affix it firmly to the transformer surface. All it needs is a compressed air bottle and the anchor is fixed with no wires or lines presenting a ‘trip- over’ risk. Since it can mounted both vertically and horizontally, this anchor is useful irrespective of where the repair or other work needs to be carried out on the transformer. The rubber seals are made with EPDM, meaning that these fall protection anchors can be used in bad weather conditions with perfect safety. They affix onto the non- porous surface securely without causing damage to the former, making these a good choice for almost any situation where work is being carried out at a height.

A roof hatch offers safe access to roof areas for workers engaged in HVAC equipment maintenance works, renovation works, and so on. Most of the non-residential buildings are equipped with a roof hatch safety system. A typical roof hatch safety system comprises of grab bars and a self-closing safety gate. An open roof hatch, especially one that is unattended, can be dangerous. It is a fall hazard that can cause injury or even death. It is a safety and liability concern that all the building owners must address. If a roof hatch safety system is not in place, it can result in a fine from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).

Working on the roof itself can be dangerous. You may think that as long as the worker looks where he/she is going, there is no risk of falling through the roof hatch. However, in reality, that is not the case. No matter how careful you are, there is always the possibility of falling down a roof hatch, maybe while you are carrying something around or by losing balance suddenly. A roof hatch safety guardrail will help to prevent this.

Compliance options

OSHA Safety FirstThere are a number of ways the building owners can ensure compliance with OSHA fall protection standards when it comes to roof hatches. They can instruct the workers to immediately close the hatch after accessing the roof, and then open it only to exit the area. However, it is not a very practical option since they cannot enforce all the building personnel to do this. Also, it is difficult to check whether this is followed religiously. Hence, a railing system with its own self-closing gate is the best option. Once a worker enters the roof area or exits it, the gate will automatically swing shut. This and the railings will maintain a barrier around the opening, all the time. This will prevent anybody from falling down the roof hatch accidentally. The grab bars offer extra safety while entering and exiting through the roof hatch.

Fixed roof hatch safety guardrail

Like the name indicates, it is a permanent roof hatch guardrail system. It can be used on a variety of roofs. It provides fall arrest and fall restraint around openings and leading edges of the roof. It is preferred on a lot of modern buildings because of its stylish appearance. It can be bolted to the roof with a gasket connection. It can be easily installed. The system meets the OSHA standard 1910.23 (a) (2). Once the system is installed you do not have to worry about it anymore.

Non-penetrating roof hatch guardrail system

Hatch penetrations or roof curbs are not required to install this safety system. It is a one-piece design, hence it does not have to be assembled. It can be installed with minimal efforts. The non-penetrating roof hatch system can be installed without performing any drilling on the roof. It has a 2-feet safe landing zone. A worker can climb out, gain footing, and then open the safety gate.

Most of the modern day hatches and the safety guardrails are constructed out of corrosion-resistant and long-lasting materials. A hot-dip galvanized finish can ensure durability no matter what the outdoor environment is.

With a roof hatch safety system, a building owner can provide safety of workers working around open hatches.

Fall Protection Safety Training

Fall protection turnkey services include site survey and assessment, design and engineering, fall protection equipment manufacturing (custom) and its installation, and safety training. The complete program is OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) compliant. The program is designed in such a way that it will not affect the job productivity of the employees. Also, the safety equipment will not only provide safety but will also allow the workers to work without making any compromise. Levitra 10

The program is available for various sectors, such as manufacturing, energy, construction, chemical, transportation, entertainment, mining, aerospace, and much more. The major advantage of having an in-house turnkey fall protection program is that you will be able to ensure quality and consistency in all your projects.

Site analysis

DSCF7213This is the first step in the program. It forms the basis for a suitable fall protection program. An on-site visit will be conducted based on the requirement. The structures will be studied, and documented. Workers will be consulted to understand in-depth about any potential fall hazards. Once the analysis is completed, you will be given a report. It will contain all the challenges that should be met to ensure a safe work environment for the workers. You will also be given the estimated cost for the whole program, including design, manufacturing, installation, and training.

Custom Engineering

DCP_4444The fall protection systems will not only be designed to take into account the system hardware and the loads on the structure of the building but also in such a way as to minimize the impact on the body when arresting a fall. Once the design phase is complete, the safety equipment will be custom built, ensuring that the OSHA and ANSI requirements are met. Strict quality inspections are conducted to make sure that the equipment are without any faults, and only then will they leave the factory.

Installation

Site Installation of your Fall Protection SystemMost of the safety equipment have to be installed in the production area. This may affect the productivity. In order to minimize any impact on productivity, the installation timing will be coordinated with the management. That is, the management will be consulted on when the safety system could be installed. The management will be able to provide a time when the productivity will be less impacted. Also, most of the major parts are assembled and then transported to your factory. This will save them time as well.

Safety training

3No matter how efficient the safety equipment are, if proper training is not provided to the workers on how to use them, they may not be that effective. In the turn-key approach, training is an indispensable part. Fall-and-rescue simulations, hands-on training sessions, and so on are conducted at the site to teach the workers how to use the safety systems. Once the workers are adept at working the safety systems, they will be able to work with confidence. Again, the safety training timing will also be coordinated with the management so that the production time will not be affected.

The program also includes helping your company in obtaining the OSHA and ANSI certification for your system.