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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.

Safety in the News: January 2019

 

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

 


Roof Stunt With "Epic Sax Gorilla" Costs Minor League Baseball Team Thousands of Dollars in Fines (Deadspin)
This past June, the Tacoma Rainiers brought reindeer mascot Rhubarb and local icon “Epic Sax Gorilla” up onto the roof of Cheney Stadium, where the Triple-A club plays, for a routine crowd-pleasing stunt.

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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Budget reductions and changes in policy have contributed to an overall decrease in OSHA inspections in recent years. But even with fewer inspections, safety concerns are always a top priority for employers. Remember that less frequent visits from OSHA inspectors do not mean lower risk of accidents or decreased responsibility for safety and accident prevention in your workplace. To protect your workers and your business, always fully adhere to OSHA standards, and ensure proper installation and use of the safety equipment and rooftop fall protection systems. Participation in a qualified voluntary compliance program may also help you be exempt from future programmed visits.