There are a lot of scenarios where a guardrail might be the only thing that stands between you and a devastating fall. In order to keep your employees and contractors safe, it’s important to review your existing rooftop safety setup on a regular basis.
Steps for Rooftop Safety
Whenever we talk about promoting safety in the workplace and safety at heights, the first step is always about prevention. Companies that want to prevent fall hazards and other accidents do as much of their work as possible on the ground.
The next step is to supply proper training and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). Workers need to have the right equipment to do their job safely, and they need to be informed.
Finally, the worksite itself must be designed to protect your people and service contractors. When it comes to rooftop safety, permanent guardrail installation is arguably the most important step.
Fatal Fall Statistics
Heights can be dangerous, and even just a few feet can make a world of difference in the case of someone’s injury. Recent data from OSHA indicates that nearly 40% of deaths in construction result from falls. Even when you add up the other top three fatal injuries, the number of fatal falls still outnumbers them—by more than double. It’s no wonder the OSHA requirements place such a high importance on fall protection equipment.
About 212,670 workers are seriously injured by workplace falls in a single year. We all need to do our part to reverse those alarming statistics and take a serious look at our last line of defense: permanent guardrails.
Guardrail Safety Requirements
When you want to have permanent fall protection, check the following:
- Working surfaces with an unprotected side or edge
- Ramps, runways and other walkways without guardrails
- Steep roofs with unprotected sides and edges and/or guardrail systems without toeboards
Each of these setups needs a guardrail system, safety net or personal fall arrest system to protect employees or contractors from falls. Working four feet or more above a lower level poses real threats to personal safety. Ensuring that you have the right guardrail in place will help you provide a safe place to work for your employees and outside contractors.
FIXFAST USA Guardrail System Designs
Finding the best guardrail system for your building doesn’t have to be a complicated process. When you partner with the right company, following safety standards becomes second nature.
CentiMark works with FIXFAST USA products to help our clients meet—or even exceed—their safety goals. We understand that every client and every roof is different. That’s why we work with fall protection equipment that can be easily customized to meet our needs. One of the main benefits of FIXFAST guardrails is that their systems are versatile. The modular KATTSAFE designs include options for non-penetrating guardrail installations, as well as internal side mounts, external side mounts and top mount applications.
Adding fall protection around your roof perimeter, rooftop machinery or other unprotected fall edges goes a long way for your building safety. If you have any questions about how FIXFAST products can help improve your new or existing guardrail setup, please give us a call.
CentiMark takes great pride in the fact that our safety program is unmatched in the roofing industry. We are committed to maintaining the same degree of success and reputation in safety as we have in the quality of roofing services that we provide.
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