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What are Leading Edges? Protect Them with Guard Railings

Leading Edges: a regulatory term for a very real risk that every construction manager, laborer, or facilities maintenance worker understands too well. As a reminder, a leading edge is an unprotected edge and side of a floor, roof, or other walking/working surfaces which changes location as additional floor, roof, or formwork sections are placed. While a part of every job site (and theoretically, every building, period), they present a risk for even the most seasoned workers.

In this article, we’re exploring the different types of leading edges your team might encounter, along with other considerations, and how safety guard rails can protect them.

Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Utilizing Rooftop Guardrails

Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes when Utilizing Rooftop Guardrails

To keep your workers safe—and comply with OSHA's fall protection guidelines—you must provide rooftop guardrails for crews working at elevations of six feet or more. Recognizing the necessity for fall protection systems is the first step towards workplace safety, but OSHA compliance requires extra diligence, in-depth knowledge, and preventative troubleshooting.

From years of experience with OSHA's regulations, we know that certain aspects of safety rails can present unforeseen challenges for safety managers. To help, we've compiled a list of the six most common mistakes we have seen. Additionally, we provide some actionable solutions to these common mistakes—and hope to help provide better protection for you, your workers, and your equipment.

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Don’t Forget About Rooftop Safety When Opening a New Facility

It's likely that your company will at some point need to add onto an existing facility or establish operations in a new location. Whether this is because of business growth, a change in demographics or tax law, or another consideration, it can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. But with sufficient planning, your transition can be safely and smoothly completed, with minimum stress and maximum efficiency.

Stay OSHA Compliant During Winter Roof Maintenance with Safety Guard Rails

Stay OSHA Compliant During Winter Roof Maintenance with Safety Guard Rails

When winter arrives, it's easy to think that having a roof fall protection system — like safety guard rails — isn’t a top priority. After all, outdoor work slows significantly in the colder months. The truth is, there’s plenty of reasons your workers may need to get out on the roof this winter, and you’ll want to play safe — no matter what the weather may bring.

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Where to Start When It Comes to Fall Protection Systems for Roofs: Your 5-Step Guide

Establishing an effective system for your roof is not always an easy process, especially if you lack experience or familiarity with OSHA regulations. Fortunately, you can streamline your fall protection efforts by following some simple steps. Below is your five-step guide to establishing fall protection systems for roofs.

Why Safety Railings Are A Must, Even If You Rarely Access Your Commercial Rooftop

If you’re a commercial facility owner, roof fall protection might be the last thing on your mind. The idea of installing safety railings and guardrail systems can seem less of a priority to more demanding business objectives and, understandably, it can fall to the wayside. After all, if no one is up there regularly, shouldn’t you focus on more pressing concerns?

Unfortunately, this oversight can come back to haunt you. The truth is, you’ll likely have someone accessing your roof several times a year. Today we’re going to look at some situations that require rooftop access, and why roof fall protection is mission critical – for you, for your employees, and for your business.

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Your New Year’s Safety Resolution: Don’t Drop the Ball on Rooftop Fall Protection!

Just because New Year's is over doesn't mean you should drop the ball on your safety resolutions. You don't have to wait for an OSHA fine or citation, either. The right time for fall safety to be a top priority is right now. There are always simple steps you can take to help minimize the likelihood of rooftop falls. By resolving to follow the ten tips below, you can operate your businesses with a fresh approach to rooftop fall protection.

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How to Pick the Right Roof Fall Protection Systems for Your Facility

Staying compliant with OSHA's regulations doesn't only help you avoid fines: it protects your workers as they perform their tasks. The only way to stay compliant and keep your workers safe at the same time is to install the correct roof fall protection systems for your needs. And because roofs can vary in structure, it's important to recognize some key differences. We'd like to take a look at how to pick the right guardrails or safety railing for your facility—and how you can protect your business and workers at the same time.

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Get Compliant Before a Surprise OSHA Inspection – Avoiding a Rooftop Fall Protection Fine

If you’ve ever been shocked when an OSHA inspector arrives unannounced to inspect your rooftop fall protection methods, you’re not alone. These random checks surprise many companies. Safety officers fear the inspector will discover issues that violate OSHA's stringent requirements. Managers wonder if the investigator will shut down their operations for job-related hazards. Chief executive officers worry their companies will pay a fine if their roofs fail inspection. It’s no fun for anyone.

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Overlooked Rooftop Fall Hazards – Protect Your Workers with Guardrails

As a safety manager or CEO, you likely focus the majority of your roof fall protection efforts on reducing fall risks around the edges of a roof. However, there are other rooftop fall risks that warrant attention. Failure to devote attention to these risks can leave employees and visitors at heightened risk for injury. Below is a glimpse of some commonly overlooked rooftop fall hazards and how guardrails can help you keep employees safe and avoid costly OSHA fines.