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Safety in the News: May 2019 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of May 2019: Public Citizen, Labor Groups Seek OSHA Heat Standard (EHS Today) Public Citizen and 111 other safety and labor groups recently called on the … Continue reading
7 ways to maintain ladder safety 7 Ways to Maintain Ladder Safety and Security in Your Industrial Facility - Ladder safety continues to be one key element in keeping your facility running smoothly and without accident. Government safety regulations clearly dictate the basic rules you must follow when it comes to placing and using ladders, and you’ll want to … Continue reading
Safety in the News: April 2019 -   Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of April 2019:   OSHA, Partners Set for Sixth National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down (OHS Online) The national safety stand-down encourages employers and employees to … Continue reading
Workers discussing roof fall protection Key Differences Between US & Canadian Roof Fall Protection Regulations - Providing roof fall protection is key for any business. If you have a business with manufacturing sites in both the United States and Canada, then you’re already aware that there’s both similarities and differences in safety regulations of the two … Continue reading
Safety in the News: March 2019 -   Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of March 2019:   OSHA Enforcement Trending Downward, Advocacy Group Claims; DOL Says Inspection Totals Up (Safety+Health) OSHA enforcement activity “continues to decline” under the … Continue reading
Tractel Welcomes Renae Kohanek-Hameed - CHASKA, MN (March 6, 2019) – Tractel is pleased to announce that Renae Kohanek-Hameed has joined the company as its newest Sales and Marketing Associate. Tractel Welcomes Renae Kohanek-Hameed was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by
Safety in the News: February 2019 -   Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of February 2019:   OSHA Revises Whistleblower ADR Policy (Safety.BLR) OSHA has updated its policies and procedures for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve whistleblower … Continue reading
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, … Continue reading
Safety manager surveying fall protection systems for roofs 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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Safety in the News: December 2018 -   Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of December 2018:   Workplace Safety Saves Lives and Money. Is Your Facility Prepared? (OHS Online) OSHA requires employers to protect employees from electrical hazards, … Continue reading
Picking a rooftop fall protection system 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 … Continue reading
Inspection OSHA Statistics Total OSHA Inspection Statistics - 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 … Continue reading
Safety in the News: November 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of November 2018:   Fall Protection in Construction: OSHA Launches Emphasis Program in Pacific Northwest (Safety+Health) Enforcement of the REP – which covers Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington … Continue reading
osha inspector 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. … Continue reading
Safety in the News: October 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of October 2018:   OSHA Unveils New Look for State Plans Webpage (Safety+Health) OSHA has redesigned its State Plans webpage to help simplify access to contact and jurisdictional … Continue reading
overlooked rooftop fall hazards 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 … Continue reading
Safety in the News: September 2018 -   Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of September 2018:   OSHA Seeks Nominations for Construction Advisory Committee (Safety+Health) The 15-person committee advises the assistant secretary of labor on construction standards and … Continue reading
BlueWater Announces Nationwide Installation Service - CHASKA, MN – (October 1, 2018) – BlueWater, a division of Tractel, has announced a new nationwide installation service for all of their safety rail systems, as well as for a variety of other fall protection products. Bluewater is a … Continue reading
Safety Myths Avoid Workplace Safety Myths and Keep Employees Safe with Guard Rails - Your workplace may not be as safe as you think, especially if certain common safety myths have infiltrated your work environment. Even if you believe your workplace is extremely safety conscious, the truth is that we’re all vulnerable to accepting … Continue reading
tools Choose the Right Roof Fall Protection Tool for the Job - Safety needs to be the number one priority of every supervisor and employee involved in a rooftop project. While it’s not always possible to eliminate every potential hazard, it is crucial that they are identified and that the proper roof … Continue reading
Safety in the News: August 2018 -   Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of August 2018:   Why Being “OSHA Legal” Isn’t Enough (EHS Today) In 1970, OSHA created permissible exposure limits (PELs) that remain the rule of … Continue reading
Tractel to Exhibit at 2018 NSC Congress and Expo in Houston, TX -   CHASKA, MN – (September 10, 2018) – Tractel, makers of industry-leading in-plant and rooftop safety solutions, will exhibit at the NSC Congress and Expo in Houston, TX. At the newly redesigned booth (#525), attendees can see the latest safety solutions from brands … Continue reading
Educational Facility Rooftop Fall Protection for Schools and Other Educational Facilities - Education doesn’t just happen inside of a school building. The roof is a great place to teach kids about solar energy or rooftop gardening. However, with rooftop access comes a need for rooftop safety. In addition to students, maintenance and … Continue reading
Safety Inspector Reviewing OSHA Guardrail Regulations Cal-OSHA vs. Federal OSHA Guardrail Regulations: Know and Understand the Differences - The Cal-OSHA code, written to protect workers in the state of California, is notoriously more stringent than federal OSHA regulations for guardrail protection and roof fall protection systems. If you’ve been managing or paying attention to workplace safety issues, you … Continue reading
Safety in the News: July 2018 -   Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of July 2018:   Protect Workers from Extreme Heat, Advocates Urge OSHA (EcoWatch) A broad coalition of worker advocacy, public health, and environmental groups called … Continue reading
Safety in the News: June 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of June 2018:   American Chemistry Council Creates PPE Infographic for Auto Refinishers (Safety + Health) In partnership with OSHA, the American Chemistry Council has published an infographic to encourage … Continue reading
Extreme Sun Extreme Sun & Rooftop Safety: How Summer Heat Puts Your Employees At Risk - Most people look forward to the longer, sunnier days of summer. But when it comes to working outside, especially on industrial rooftops, summer can pose a big threat. Heat, high humidity levels, and intense sunlight can not only damage your … Continue reading
Fall Protection for Roof Holes Fall Protection Systems for Roof Holes: OSHA’s Definition and Addressing the Risks - Roof holes pose a constant threat to the safety of rooftop workers. Failure to install the proper fall protection systems can lead to employee injury and may result in serious citations and fines issued by OSHA. By taking the proper … Continue reading
Safety In The News: May 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of May 2018:   NSC Division Offers ‘Public Eye on Safety’ Online Library (Safety+Health) The NSC Government & Public Sector Division’s Public Eye on Safety is a collaborative … Continue reading
Difference Between OSHA 1910 and OSHA 1926 OSHA’s Roof Fall Protection Rules: Know the Difference Between OSHA 1910 General Industry & OSHA 1926 Construction Standards - OSHA safety standards, especially for roof fall protection, can be a source of confusion for many industrial companies. Two OSHA standards can apply – 29 CFR 1910, which governs “general industry” safety standards and 29 CFR 1926, which governs construction … Continue reading
SUmmer Maintenance for Industrial Rooftops Summer Maintenance for Industrial Rooftops: How to Keep Workers Safe - Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a maintenance-free industrial rooftop. Summer may seem like a time when minimal maintenance is needed, but think again. Even the most durable roofs require periodic inspections and maintenance to foster their longevity and … Continue reading
Rooftop Safety for Construction Workers A Guide to Rooftop Safety for Construction Workers and Safety Managers - If you’re a construction worker or safety manager, you know that rooftops are full of accidents waiting to happen. In fact, falls are the most common cause of workplace injury and death in the construction industry. Injuries from falls can … Continue reading
Safety In The News: April 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of April 2018:   Employers now offered OSHA training in Valparaiso (nwi.com) Northwest Indiana employers can now get Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in Valparaiso … Continue reading
Architectural Design Roof Safety Rail Can Roof Fall Protection Actually Complement The Architectural Design of a Building? - When customers and vendors think of your company or brand, they have a very specific perception. After all, you work hard to maintain a positive image and convey the values that are important to your company. Those values must make … Continue reading
Safety In The News: March 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of March 2018:   OSHA Makes Trench Protection a National Priority (Safety.BLR.com) OSHA has announced that one of its priority goals for 2018 is to reduce … Continue reading
Safety Railings for Manufacturing Companies Why Safety Railings Are a Must for Manufacturing Companies - As the manufacturing industry continues to grow across the globe, employers must heighten their efforts to protect employees from job-related injuries. With workers facing a host of safety risks on a daily basis, employers need to ramp up their efforts to keep … Continue reading
Eliminate Rooftop Fall Risks with Safety Rails Eliminate Rooftop Fall Risks with Safety Rails - The most important thing you can provide to employees who need to work on a roof is dependable rooftop fall protection. Whether they’re on top of a roof for routine maintenance or as part of a larger project, no job … Continue reading
fall protection systems for roofs Fall Protection Systems for Roofs: Avoid Damage with Non-Penetrating Guardrail Systems - If you’re looking for a durable fall protection system that won’t damage your rooftop, non-penetrating guardrail systems are ideal. Non-penetrating fall protection systems for roofs aren’t designed to be temporary, but since it’s not physically attached to the roof it … Continue reading
Safety In The News: February 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of February 2018:   Workplace Safety: Employee Perceptions, Employer Policies Not Aligned (Facility Executive) When it comes to workplace safety, employers often miss the mark in critical … Continue reading
Tractel Announces Hiring of New Strategic Accounts Manager - CHASKA, MN (February 20, 2018) – Tractel is pleased to announce the appointment of Jared Kirkpatrick to the position of Strategic Accounts Manager. Tractel Announces Hiring of New Strategic Accounts Manager was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by
Stay OSHA Complaint with Safety Guard Rails How to Stay Compliant and Avoid Costly OSHA Fines with Safety Guard Rails - Maintaining a safe workplace environment that is free of fall dangers must be a top priority for industry leaders, managers, and employees alike. It is vitally important that every measure is taken to assure the safety of crew members, others … Continue reading
Safety In The News: January 2018 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of January 2018:   OSHA offers reminders for staying safe when removing snow (Safety+Health) Wintry weather has taken hold across much of the country, so OSHA … Continue reading
Safety In The News: December 2017 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of December 2017:   ‘Tragic trend’: On-the-job deaths at highest level since 2008, BLS reports (Safety+Health) A total of 5,190 workers died from on-the-job injuries in … Continue reading
roof fall protection systems Roof Fall Protection Systems: Benefits of Portable Guardrails - As a safety manager, each decision you make is critical for ensuring a safe workplace for your employees. You not only need to keep up to date with current OSHA laws, but determine the best methods for keeping your workers … Continue reading
Safety In The News: November 2017 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of November 2017:   Fall Protection: Are You Fully Prepared? (OH&S) Companies have a constant need to improve the safety of employees and the environment they … Continue reading
Tractel Welcomes New Logistics Coordinator, Shawn Raddatz - CHASKA, MN (December 1, 2017) – Tractel is pleased to announce the appointment of Shawn Raddatz to the position of Logistics Coordinator at the BlueWater facility in Chaska, Minnesota. Tractel Welcomes New Logistics Coordinator, Shawn Raddatz was last modified: June … Continue reading
Safety In The News: October 2017 - Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of October 2017:   Why you need to be active about passive fall protection in your facility (BIC Magazine) At the 2017 NSC Congress & Expo, OSHA … Continue reading
Atwood-Prior, Inc. Joins the Tractel Family - CHASKA, MN (October 23, 2017) – Tractel is pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2017, Atwood-Prior, Inc. has been appointed as the company’s new Western States representatives. Serving the Pacific and Rocky Mountain regions for over 34 years, Atwood-Prior … Continue reading
Tractel Welcomes New General Manager, Lance D. Harry - CHASKA, MN – (June 20, 2017) – Tractel is pleased to announce the appointment of Lance D. Harry, P.E. to the position of General Manager. Mr. Harry will oversee the BlueWater Manufacturing business located in Chaska, MN and the Fabenco … Continue reading
BlueWater Announces New Partnership with Northeast-based Distributor Beacon Sales - CHASKA, MN (March 15, 2017) – BlueWater, a Tractel brand, has announced a new partnership with Beacon Sales, a leading distributor of building materials in the Northeast United States. This partnership combines BlueWater’s industry-leading line of passive fall-protection products with … Continue reading
Tractel to Exhibit at National Safety Council Expo in Anaheim -

CHASKA, MN – (October 10, 2016) – Safety Products Group, makers of industry-leading rooftop and in-plant safety solutions, will exhibit at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Anaheim, CA, October 17-19, 2016.

At the booth, attendees can see the BlueWater LumiGuard solar warning light, as well as their innovative Skylight Defender and SafetyRail 2000 products in action. SafetyRail 2000 (SR2K) is BlueWater’s most versatile passive fall protection system, eliminating the danger of potential trip hazards on rooftops. The Skylight Defender from BlueWater is a non-penetrating frame used to prevent injury from falling through skylights. In addition to these two products, BlueWater will demonstrate their entire line of rooftop safety solutions in a mock rooftop environment in Anaheim.

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Tractel to Exhibit at ASSE Safety 2016 Conference - CHASKA, MN – (June 24, 2016) – Safety Products Group, makers of industry-leading rooftop and in-plant safety solutions, will exhibit at the ASSE Safety 2016 Health & Safety Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, GA, June 26-28, 2016. New at the show will be Safety Products Group’s interactive trade show booth, which will showcase their BlueWater and Fabenco brand products in application, and bring the show attendee into the environment where the company’s products live. Continue reading
BlueWater to Exhibit at the 2016 International Roofing Expo - February 12, 2016, CHASKA, MN - The leader in modular guardrail systems and passive fall protection, BlueWater, a Safety Products Group company, will be exhibiting at the 2016 International Roofing Expo® [IRE], taking place February 17-19, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida USA. The International Roofing Expo is an annual trade show and educational conference where all segments of the roofing construction and maintenance industry come together for three days of face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking. Continue reading
BlueWater Manufacturing Non-Penetrating Skylight Defender Protects Against Falls Through Skylights - December 18, 2014, Chaska, MN - BlueWater, a leading manufacturer of modular guardrail systems, introduces its Skylight Defender. Engineered to prevent employee injuries and deaths from falls through skylights, this non-penetrating fall protection solution meets and exceeds the 200 pound national OSHA regulation as well as the California OSHA mandates by withstanding and supporting at least 400 pounds. To eliminate any damage to the skylight or roofing membrane, the Skylight Defender requires no drilling. Using basic tools, the Skylight Defender simply fastens onto the skylight frame using a unique compression system in about 30 minutes. Depending on the application, larger skylights may require some drilling. Continue reading