CAI Fall protection experts have implemented Horizontal Lifelines for applications including the maintenance and inspection of the following: roofs, HVAC, skylights, solar panels, drains, gutters, security cameras, communication systems and many more!
One of the major benefits of a horizontal lifeline system is that a skilled designer will place the system in a manner that provides continuous fall protection from the roof access point such as a hatch or ladder to the parts of the roof requiring access such as HVAC equipment.
The horizontal lifeline system will be designed to be supported from your roof structure. CAI fall protection systems have been installed on various roof types such as standing seam, composite, Membrane, Built-up, Concrete, Metal, and Wood Sheeting.
The horizontal lifeline is 316 stainless cable as well as most of the components to provide a long lifespan in outdoor environments.
A qualified person will design the roof horizontal lifeline system that complies with the regulations and allows you to be productive. The qualified person is required to design your fall protection system as OSHA 29 CFR 1926.32(l) states.
CAI horizontal lifeline systems have a pass-through feature. This allows the user continuous uninterrupted access by means of a special machined trolley that safely transitions over intermediate anchors without having to disconnect from the fall protection system.
By using energy absorbing posts or installing in-line shock absorbers we reduce the forces of the fall on your roof to protect the structure and the user.
Besides the cable horizontal lifeline we can also provide a rigid track system that is preferred for its aesthetics, low profile and reduced fall clearance features.
|STANDING SEAM||COMPOSITE OVER CONCRETE||COMPOSITE OVER STEEL DECK|
|Aluminum clamps are designed to attach to the standing seam without making any roof penetrations.||Installs into concrete decking roofs by penetrating with concrete bolts.||Anchors to built up or composite steel panel roofs with penetrating toggle bolts.|
|WOOD DECK BUILD UP||WOOD BLOCK BUILD UP||TRAPEZOIDAL INSULATED PANEL|
|Installs on wood block built up roof types and penetrated with lag bolts to fasten the anchor to the roof.||Installs on wood deck built up roof types and penetrated with lag bolts to fasten the anchor to the roof.||Designed to attach to metal sheathing or trapezoidal roofs with penetrating system fasteners.|
A roof horizontal lifeline system is much more than a cable strung between two anchors. Here are the considerations we make when designing a fall protection system for you:
|1.||The horizontal lifeline system will be placed in a manner to afford the user fall protection from the roof access point such as a hatch or ladder to the parts of the roof requiring access such as drains.|
|2.||Is the system to be rated for fall restraint or fall arrest? This will play a factor in the placement of the system from the leading edge, type of tie-off equipment and rescue conditions.|
|4.||The method of attaching the anchor system to your roof structure in a manner that distributes the loads of the fall and protects the structural integrity of your roof. See ‘Roof Attachment Types’ tab for additional information.|
|5.||If the system is determined to be fall arrest there has to be a rescue plan in place per OSHA. CAI Safety can assist you in developing the rescue plan.|
All these considerations will be detailed and specified in custom engineered drawings that we will prepare for your roof horizontal lifeline system.
Increasing the distance between anchor and work area increases possibility of a swing fall. Swing falls are hazardous and can cause injury or death if not properly controlled. Swing fall are caused when a user attaches to an anchor or horizontal lifeline and then approaches a leading edge at an angle instead of being in parallel with a horizontal lifeline.
During a fall the user will swing like a pendulum to the center of gravity and this swing adds to the fall distance and the high likelihood of impacting an object before the fall arrest equipment can start to work.
|Chance of swing fall increased||Chance of swing fall decreased|