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4 Steps to Inspecting Your Fall Protection Equipment

Posted by Amy Westebbe Apr 24, 2019 11:51:24 AM

There are so many choices when selecting safety harnesses—different types of buckles, padding, impact indicators, and more. All OSHA-compliant harnesses will keep workers from plummeting to the ground below, but pricier models will do more to prevent injury; they may have additional padding in essential locations, more adjustment points, additional stretch in the webbing, or other safety features.

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Topics: safety, Construction, fall protection, harness, fall protection equipment, D-Ring, rooftop, protective equipment, personal fall equipment

Don't Let Falls Like This Happen at Your Job Site

Posted by Amy Westebbe Apr 23, 2019 4:39:40 PM

Scaffolding and ladders can be a construction worker’s worst enemy. Without proper safety equipment, they are putting themselves at risk for the #1 cause of construction fatalities—falls. With one of every three construction deaths being the result of a fall, it’s an employer’s responsibility to provide proper protection.

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Topics: safety, Construction, personal fall protection, ladder, scaffolding

7 Best Practices for Rooftop Spring Cleaning

Posted by Amy Westebbe Apr 4, 2019 2:07:28 PM

Spring signals that it’s time for a new start. So after the ice melts, what can you do to renew the safety of crews inspecting a roof or working on rooftop systems? A good idea is to check for debris left over from snow, ice and gusty winds. And why not use this time to review safety policies, conduct a company-wide refresher on rooftop safety, and make sure that your workers and job sites are well equipped.  

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Topics: Construction, fall protection, OSHA, roof

Springtime Commercial Window Cleaning Has Shining Benefits

Posted by Amy Westebbe Apr 4, 2019 1:55:44 PM

Spring is warm and refreshing, and it’s time for your windows to shine again. Winter makes it difficult, impractical, or impossible to clean windows in larger buildings or hi-rises. During those months, however, your windows are taking a beating. A high quality commercial window cleaning company can make all the difference, and the benefits go beyond letting the sun shine in. 

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Topics: fall protection, window washing

5 Tips for Protecting HVAC Workers from Falls, Trips and Slips

Posted by Amy Westebbe Jan 29, 2019 10:00:33 AM

Falling from a rooftop is a very real hazard throughout the construction industry, and most certainly for HVAC workers. Whether installing HVAC equipment or doing regular maintenance, careful planning for fall prevention is an essential part of every job. At the bare minimum, compliance with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards is a must.

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Topics: fall protection, OSHA, personal fall protection, roof

Skylights: A Deadly Hazard for  Workers on Rooftops

Posted by Amy Westebbe Jan 28, 2019 10:13:45 AM

Here are 6 tips for keeping your workers safe.

The danger of falling—and being fatally injured—while working off a roof top is inescapable in construction. Compliance with OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Act) regulations, along with attention to worker awareness and training, should be a given for any reputable construction company, or building owner.

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Tips for Working at High Elevations and Safety on Rooftops

Posted by Susan Ring Dec 27, 2018 7:20:53 PM

Hazards and dangers are inherent in any job, but when working high up in the air, the risks increase. From roofers, to window cleaners, to construction workers – everyone needs to be prepared for the risks involved in their job while working at a higher elevation. Most accidents that occur are a result of falls but many of these can be prevented. Here are some tips to increase your awareness and help you to stay safe at higher elevations.

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Topics: safety, Construction, personal fall protection, protection, roof

An Overview of OSHA Violations

Posted by Susan Ring Dec 27, 2018 1:17:53 PM

Building managers usually do their best to pay attention to safety standards, making sure that their workers and workplace are safe. But often what you think you're doing is correct, it's not compliant with official OSHA standards, and can leave you in a not so favorable position with the law. At its worst, the OSHA regulation is ignored and that will result in some huge fines and possible incarceration.

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Topics: safety, fall protection, OSHA

Happy Holidays and Season Greetings!

Posted by Danielle Bosse Dec 21, 2018 1:12:41 PM
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Topics: christmas

Got Snow? Get Your Rooftops Ready

Posted by Susan Ring Dec 3, 2018 6:48:47 PM

In 2015, New England was pounded by snow. The buildup caused hundreds of roofs to collapse, resulting thousands of dollars in damage, not to mention injuries. Removing snow from a roof can be very dangerous not only to the people involved, but to the roof structure as well.

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Topics: fall protection, protection, shoveling, winter

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