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Company Safety Starts at the Top - Are Your Ladders Compliant?

SafetySeriesLaddersPart6Fixed ladders may not be in constant use at your building—there’s probably much more going on inside your structure than on top of it. But you still need to remember the big picture. CentiMark is used to looking at things a little differently.

Our roofing industry experts examine scenarios from the top-down. The truth is, someone, at some point, will need to access your rooftop. When that happens, you’ll want to be certain that you’re providing them with a dependable way to reach their destination. Safety at height can be easy to forget; so it’s always a good idea to review your facility’s setup.

OSHA Compliant Ladder Systems
When considering rooftop safety, facility engineers and directors need to pay special attention to the total length of the climb. Anytime work needs to be done on the roof—whether for your HVAC unit or the actual rooftop itself—you’ll want to ensure how that designated area is reached is OSHA-compliant. Climbs that equal or exceed 20’ feet require ladders with additional safety devices. A fixed ladder alone will not be good enough at higher elevations. Landing or rest platforms, ladder cages and other fall arrest systems are excellent options for upholding your company’s commitment to safety, as well as OSHA requirements.

Fixed Ladders from FIXFAST USA
CentiMark is proud to offer these types of custom solutions for our clients. With nearly 50 years of experience in the roofing industry, we understand how important it is to have a roof that is functional, sturdy and safe. We take fall prevention very seriously and are honored to partner with FIXFAST USA for the latest products in fall prevention and safety equipment. With their help, we’re now able to bring the very best rooftop access and fall protection systems to CentiMark clients all across the country. Incorporating their KATTCLIMB aluminum fixed ladders into our rooftop designs is just another way we help companies promote safety in the workplace.

We’ve chosen to utilize KATTCLIMB systems because they can fit literally any application. The customizable features allow us to construct the perfect system for clients on-site. Modular components allow parts to be cut to their required height, and options for floor mounts even include non-penetrating bases. KATTCLIMB systems help simplify the process for meeting OSHA standards.

Smarter Designs for Safe Rooftop Access
We’re firm believers that you should never have to compromise worker comfort for safety. In reality, the two go hand-in-hand. Ladders with a more ergonomical design will naturally be more comfortable, and therefore safer, for anyone using them. The wide body design and rungs on KATTCLIMB ladders actually help maximize the climber’s hold and ease of movement. Other fixed ladders often have smaller bars, which can be uncomfortable to grip.

If you want to promote a culture of safety in your workplace - don’t ignore user comfort. The right fixed ladder system and rooftop design can help everyone on your site do their best work, both inside and out. At the end of the day, safety at height designs shouldn’t be that complicated. It’s just about getting feet back firmly and safely on the ground.



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