We, PFAT, Partners in Fall Anchor Technology, appoint and coordinate nationwide for the Building Owner, the Four Professional Contractors necessary to achieve Rooftop Anchor Point compliance with the 2016 OSHA 29CFR 1910 Window Cleaner regulations. Existing contractors are welcome.
Those are the Structural Engineer PE, Subject Matter Expert (Window Cleaner), Safety Engineer CSP and Installer/Tester.
No additional cost is anticipated over the cost of hiring each independently by the Owner or Building Manager. Our Board seeks a Pledge from each contractor to work in cooperation for the Building Owner’s interests. The Board consists of experienced window cleaners and installers.
Nigel Ellis, Ph.D., CSP, P.E., CPE. Chairman
EXTENSION LADDER SAFETY: Another step in the right direction.
Expose to and discuss with as many workers as possible during Stand-Down week. NOTE: OSHA is planning on 5,000,000 workers to be exposed to the Stand-Down in 2018. Making workers aware of the danger of ladder falls is the goal. The OSHA Alliance and OSHA recommend holding horizontal ladder handholds only (rungs).
Our advanced theme is; Reduce ladder fall exposures at work and home!
Product: GrabSafe Portable Ladder Extension Mark II. Supplier: LeadingEdgeSafety.net.
GrabSafe feels safer for roof access and reduces fall exposures.
- 3-foot ladder extension product is safest for roof access transition.
- Fits to any existing ladder meeting ANSI A14.2 metal and A14.5 fiberglass.
- Meets OSHA ladder extension requirements: Clark Interpretation12-22-05.
- Meets worker expectations for this walk-through ladder, no step around.
- Aluminum – lightweight addition 6-pounds on each side.
- GrabSafe runglet is 1-11/2 –inches diameter, the optimum size for handhold strength.
- One less ladder for contractors to carry on the truck/van!
- Meets findings for Ph.D. thesis for horizontal handholds (rungs and grab bars).
- Reduces dangers of vertical handholds.
- Increases confidence in ladder use.
- Hold rungs and runglets ONLY on ladders for handhold reliability (especially for 18-24-year-old workers).
- Tested for 1000-pounds of strength without distortion.
- 15-degree angle enables many more applications, e.g. painting and excavation.
- Always tie down ladder before using.
Climbing ladders without fall protection represents billions of fall exposures.
Falls are the leading cause of work deaths.
Ladder accidents in 2014 represent over 20% of all work fall deaths.
Ladder fatalities have risen 18% since 2011 through 2014.
Excellent for use with 16-foot and 24-foot extension ladders.
Takes seconds to install at ground level each side.
GrabSafe locks onto your ladder and tightens for security.
Holding vertical siderails can cause the hand to slide; therefore only hold rungs.
Did you know: Half of all OSHA ladder citations are for failing to extend 3-feet above step off level.
3-feet GrabSafe will quickly pay for itself!
DEMO: Requirements: Secure your extension ladder on a low commercial or residential building roof. GrabSafe Portable are $165 plus shipping from Leading Edge. Safety (1-800) 990-2990, att’n Cody for next day delivery! Gather group(s) 1-20 workers; invest 1 hour discussing ladder safety issues with your experienced ladder climber. May 7-11 state the training given e.g. ladder safety, by your company and its length, location and date. All attendees will then receive an OSHA Certificate of Participation.
Dr. J. Nigel Ellis was a guest speaker at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo on October 9, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Ellis’ presentation was titled, “Three Point Control for Ladders”.
The slides from this presentation are available here.
Dr. J. Nigel Ellis was a guest speaker at the Slips, Trips and Falls, The Way Forward Conference on October 5, 2016 in London, England. Dr. Ellis’ presentation was titled, “Fragile Roofs: Skylights/Rooflights”. The Future of Plastic domes.
The slides from this presentation are available here.
Dr. J. Nigel Ellis was a guest speaker at the 21-hour Philo Seminar on September 24, 2016 in Detroit, MI. Dr. Ellis’ presentation was titled, “Fall Protection for Cell Towers/Poles/Rooftops”. The slides from this presentation are available here.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. Accounting for 345 of the 899 construction fatalities recorded in 2014. Falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those deaths. Some of these deaths can be prevented if designers incorporate horizontal grab features. This will help enable workers to more effectively while using a three-point control when climbing ladders and other structures.
Read the OSHA Alliance document (PDF Download)
The Way Forward: An Update on Falls at the same Level, Stair Falls and Elevated Falls.
This is practical and research information on what is new for building owners, specifiers, safety managers, architects, risk managers for Hotels, Manufacturing, Food, Transport, Leisure, Health Clubs etc.
From the event website:
Slips, trips and falls are the biggest cause of unintentional injury in the world today. This 2 day international conference will share the latest research and ideas to help develop solutions to reduce the incidence and impact of this ongoing problem. Slips, trips and falls on the level, stair falls and falls from height will all be addressed and updated with the latest thinking. The Conference Co-Chairs are Steve Thorpe, Chair, United Kingdom Slip Resistance Group and Richard Bowman, Chair, Slips, Trips and Falls Technical Committee, International Ergonomics Association.
Date: 4 and 5 October 2016:
Organized by the UK Slip Resistance Group
Click here for more information and Speaker List
The safety requirements for employees working on scaffolds as defined by OSHA are often overlooked by many, but could essentially be the difference between life and death falls.
The safety requirements for employees working on scaffolds as defined by OSHA are often overlooked by many. This could essentially be the difference between life and death falls.
Without a doubt, scaffolds should be able to hold it’s own weight and four times the maximum intended load applied. In addition to this, OSHA states that “each employee more than 10 feet above a lower level shall be protected from falls by guardrails or a fall arrest system.” However, those who are on a single-point or two-point adjustable scaffold are required to be protected by a personal fall arrest system as well. Making sure construction companies understand when each requirement is needed is essential to the safety and protection of their workers.
In addition, employers are required to train scaffold employees on the hazards and dangers. As well as, how to minimize the risk of injury as well as, proper procedures to follow. Without the proper training of employees who use scaffolds, companies are not taking full advantage of the safety equipment required.
Overall, following scaffolding regulations are essential to protection of employees. The training on these systems are absolutely imperative and should never be overlooked.
For more information on fall protection, fall safety training, and procedures, please visit FallSafety.com where safety is #1.