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Common Myths About Rooftop Guardrail

custom color rooftop guardrailIn our business, we attack fall protection challenges using a hierarchy of controls.  We start by looking at the simplest hazard mitigation strategies before moving on to more complex options.  Prime examples of this approach include eliminating the hazard or applying administrative controls such as training personnel on how to work safely at heights.  When these techniques are insufficient, we begin looking at additional strategies such as passive fall protection, fall restraint, or the use of a fall arrest system.

When most folks hear the phrase “fall protection,” their minds go to horizontal lifelines which can prevent a worker from falling (fall restraint) or rigid rail fall arrest systems that stop a worker from striking machinery below the work area or the ground level.   Make no mistake–these common fall protection systems have merit.  That said, the hierarchy of controls previously mentioned only prescribes these approaches when less complex solutions aren’t viable options.

Fall restraint and fall arrest systems require a worker to don a body harness and tie off.  The effectiveness of a fall arrest system depends on an engineer’s ability to perform the calculations needed to ensure the system–and the structure used to anchor the system–is sufficient to absorb the energy applied during a fall.  Put another way, there are a lot of complex variables to consider.  Passive fall protection systems have fewer variables that can fail.

Guardrail is one of the best examples of passive fall protection.  Simple to install and easy to use, guardrail protects workers from the hazards posed by your rooftop’s leading edges.  Rooftop guardrail eliminates the need to tie-off, as well as the annual inspections and re-certifications associated with roof lifelines.  What’s more, rooftop safety railing minimizes the need for employee training.  Despite these benefits, rooftop guardrail systems have their detractors.  Some of the concerns we hear about guardrail are valid, but in many instances, folks dismiss guardrail as an option before arming themselves with the facts.  Below are some common misconceptions about rooftop guardrail, along with our attempts to set the record straight. Read more…

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New Freight Rate Announcement for OSHA Compliant Roof Guardrail and Loading Dock Safety Gates

At Diversified Fall Protection, we are committed to offering competitive pricing on both our guardrail products and our freight.  The best pricing on OSHA compliant roof guardrail and loading dock safety gates is of limited value when freight charges are too high.  Our logistics team constantly works on ways to reduce freight rates for our customers, and, as a result, we have significantly reduced the automated rates delivered by our online freight calculator.  When you use this tool, you may also notice that we encourage customers to call us direct at 1-800-354-2719 so we can shop the freight further.  In some cases, the shipping rate displayed by the calculator is the best we can do, but in other situations, we can use alternative freight companies to provide even better value for our customers. Read more…

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