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How Regionality Affects Your Roof Fall Protection Plan

Roof fall protection is important no matter where you live, but rooftop risks vary depending upon your region and its weather conditions. How you train your employees, identify dangers, and manage those risks will vary, too.

OSHA lists numerous requirements that apply to all situations; for example: "The employer must ensure each employee on a runway or similar walkway is protected from falling 4 feet (1.2 m) or more to a lower level by a guardrail system.”

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When to Use Horizontal Lifelines

The Occupational Health & Safety Administration makes it abundantly clear—roof fall protection is non-negotiable. But even with OSHA’s strict requirements, you still have some options when it comes to fall protection systems. This is because every job site is different, and the risk of falling presents itself in different ways from site to site. For example, roof slope, holes and hatches in the roof, and where the leading edge is in relation to the work zone can present different challenges. Fortunately, with options like safety railings, horizontal lifelines, safety nets, and more, you’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to choosing the right fall protection systems for your workspace.

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Keep Your Campus Aesthetic and Maintain Safety with Custom Safety Railings

An attractive campus starts with beautiful buildings. Even a cursory glance at Architectural Digest’s 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America makes it abundantly clear: campus architecture—whether classic or contemporary—plays a large part in school perception and culture. It’s no wonder universities and other institutions of higher education spend so much time and money maintaining and restoring their original buildings. Careful consideration is given to new construction and how it fits in, both with the landscape and the existing structures. Planners and designers want to create a unified appearance on campus, an admirable challenge on campuses that likely includes buildings erected over the course of several decades or centuries! Because of this, safety railings and rooftop fall protections might be the furthest thing from their minds.

Safety News: September 2019

Safety in the News: September 2019

Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of SEPTEMBER 2019:


Acting OSHA Construction Safety Head Made Official
Scott Ketcham is officially the top administrator of the safety agency’s Directorate of Construction after serving for several months as acting head of the office, the Department of Labor announced Sept. 16. Ketcham succeeds Director Dean McKenzie, who died in November 2018.

Beyond Fall Protection Equipment: Making Safety Work in the Real World

When companies follow OSHA regulations for roof fall protection, they’re doing more than avoiding fines. They are making the workplace a safer place for all, whether employee, contract worker, or visitor. It’s nice to think that implementing fall protection equipment like a guardrail is enough—but it doesn’t always work out that way. From inclement weather to unexpected visitors, the world is full of variables and unforeseen situations. To keep your workers and visitors safe at all times, roof safety strategies need to include both equipment and workplace culture. To put together a complete roof fall protection strategy, here are few things to consider:

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Is OSHA Increasing Inspections? Get Your Rooftop Fall Protection Up to Code Now

Over the past few years, OSHA has been steadily increasing the frequency of its inspections. OSHA carried out more inspections than ever in 2018 (32,000) and recently, Secretary of Labor Jim Acosta went on record saying that he "fully expects inspections to increase" in 2019.

Fueled by the government shutdown and coincidental retirements, OSHA's overall employee numbers were lower in 2018 than the year before. But, they still managed to carry out more inspections. This year, they have already committed to hiring 27 additional full-time inspectors — and they expect to hire 67 by the end of the year. When these new employees are trained and ready-to-inspect worksites, the overall presence of OSHA is going to be even more visible.

Safety News: September 2019

Safety in the News: August 2019

Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of AUGUST 2019:


New Brochure Spotlights OSHA On-Site Consultation Program (Safety+Health)
According to OSHA, an onsite consultation offers small employers confidential workplace safety and health services, assistance with finding and fixing hazards, advice on complying with OSHA standards, and help with establishing and improving safety and health programs and training workers.

Guard Rails & Lifelines: Providing the Right Fall Protection System for Your Roof

If you’re a safety manager, keeping your employees healthy and safe is a top priority. To serve that purpose (and to avoid hefty fines), staying compliant with the OSHA regulations on fall protection should be a top priority, especially on commercial rooftops. Fortunately, there are several OSHA-approved solutions available that make staying compliant simple. Since each situation is different, your fall protection system needs to match your individual requirements. Let’s take a look at the two main ways to keep your team out of harm’s way and how you can choose the right system for the job.

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BlueWater to Exhibit at RETA 2019 National Conference

CHASKA, MN – (August 23, 2019) – BlueWater, makers of industry-leading rooftop safety solutions, will exhibit at RETA 2019 National Conference in Las Vegas, NV, as part of Safety Products Group.  Dates for this year’s show, held at the RIO All Suites Hotel & Casino, will be October 8-11, 2019.

At the booth (#513), attendees can meet with safety experts from BlueWater (and its sister company Fabenco) and see the latest innovations in passive and active OSHA-compliant fall protection solutions for the food and beverage manufacturing industry.