Rigid Lifelines Quarterly Newsletter

New Vision: To become a worldwide leader in fall protection solutions.

New Mission Statement: Rigid Lifelines is driven by a passion for providing industry with quality user-friendly solutions to keep workers safer and more productive at elevation.

Upcoming Trade Shows

World of Concrete
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center (Las Vegas, NV)
Dates: February 5-8
Booth #: N1057

Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS)
Location: Kentucky International Convention Center (Louisville, KY)
Dates: February 24-26
Booth #: 350D

Upcoming Training Sessions

Rigid lifelines competent person training classes

February 7 & 8, 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Start Time: 8:00 A.M.
End Time: 5:00 P.M.

March 4 & 5, 2013
Location: Morgantown, PA
Start Time: 8:00 A.M.
End Time: 5:00 P.M.

June 27 & 28, 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Start Time: 8:00 A.M.
End Time: 5:00 P.M.

August 19 & 20, 2013
Location: Morgantown, PA
Start Time: 8:00 A.M.
End Time: 5:00 P.M.

October 24 & 25, 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Start Time: 8:00 A.M.
End Time: 5:00 P.M.

The first day of the training is scheduled for participants to arrive, settle in their hotel rooms, and have a dinner with the group. The second day of training is when the actual course occurs. The course covers information about Rigid Lifelines products and components and the XSPlatforms system and components.

Product Highlight

Rigid Lifelines Fold-Away System

The Fold-Away fall protection system is one of our most adaptable systems for a variety of different facilities. It can be attached to either the wall or a support system to keep floor and ceiling space available for other things. When you need to have a fall protection system, but you also need to use an overhead crane, the Fold-Away fall protection system is an excellent choice. The folding arms make it easy to access the system when you want it and simple to put away once you’re finished. These systems can either support one or multiple workers, depending upon your needs. And our systems can be designed to cover multiple workstations if you need coverage in several locations.

New Stuff

New Products will be available soon...

Rigid Lifelines has been making huge innovations in the world of fall protection. By March 1, 2013, we will be offering our newest product: the Anchor Trolley. The Anchor Trolley uses brakes that generate friction against rigid track to minimize trolley drifting. Reducing drifting along the track will potentially allow conscious and able-bodied workers to perform a self-rescue if they are close enough to their fall point.

Rigid Lifelines has also partnered with XSPlatforms to provide rooftop fall protection solutions. These systems will be available by February 1, 2013. XSPlatforms systems feature fall protection for up to 4 employees as either a temporary or permanent fall protection solution. The system requires 1.18” diameter holes at the anchorage points every 40 feet and they are connected by stainless steel cable.

Thoughts from George

Rigid Lifelines was originally developed as an additional product line for Spanco Inc. In 1998 the local Spanco Representative Jack Fasick was asked to look at a problem for one of our workstation bridge crane customers. The customer needed to protect workers at various heights in his facility while they were working on rack structures. He had a limitation on the overhead clearance available, plus he needed to limit the fall distance since there were a myriad of objects the worker could hit if he fell inside the racks.

 A typical wire rope system could not be used since there was not enough overhead clearance to absorb the rope sag in the event of a fall. This meant that the fall distance would be far too great, which would result in injuries to their employees from falling into obstructions. The solution was an enclosed track which could be used with minimal headroom, eliminated rope sag, and decreased the fall distance to avoid the obstructions.

From this experience, we decided to look at other industries and areas which could benefit from this technology. As time went by, we developed a truss track which gave the same benefits as the first system and could be supported on longer spans. Then, we designed manual and motor-operated fold-away systems which could operate underneath overhead cranes and bridge systems which could span across tracks to give a larger area of effective coverage. This was followed by free-standing and column-mounted swing arms and other custom engineered systems. This enabled us to install systems where employees were working at heights. These locations include: rail yards, aircraft hangars, steel mills, truck depots, boat yards, and other manufacturing facilities in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Along the way, Spanco became more involved with overall fall protection for workers. We joined the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP). Our chief engineer now sits on the ANSI committee which is developing a specification for the use of rigid tracks for fall protection.

Approximately three years ago, we decided that we needed to specialize in worker safety. So, we created the Rigid Lifelines division to address the fall protection market specifically. Since that time, we have been concentrating on worker safety at heights, developing a portable fall arrest system, offering our own line of SRL’s and Harnesses, providing rooftop fall arrest systems, and manufacturing other fall protection products. We have hired specialists in the safety industry to enable us to offer a more comprehensive set of solutions for fall hazard areas.

Rigid Lifelines has developed a training program for the use of our products and general fall protection education by a representative who has decades of experience in fall protection applications and fall protection product development. It is part of our mission to educate our distributors and users in the safe use and practices of fall protection equipment, rescue plans, and general worker safety.

featured blog topics

This is a collection of some of our recent blog posts. We felt that these particular posts may be helpful reference material for anyone who needs fall protection at their jobsite.

This blog provides a basic overview of the different terminology that ANSI uses in regards to identifying who can use certain types of equipment and who can perform certain tasks on a worksite.
Users and Choosers - A Guide to ANSI Terms

In part 1 of our rescue planning series, we provide all of the requirements that OSHA expects of a fall rescue plan in the workplace.
Part 1: Rescue Plans OSHA 1926502 [D][20]

Part 2 of our rescue planning series discusses Appendix F of the OSHA post-fall rescue requirements. In Appendix F, OSHA discusses the different things that need to be considered in the event that a worksite decides to use an offsite rescue team.
Part 2: OSHA 1910146 Appendix F: Rescue Team Criteria and Factors

This blog offers information about the differences between training techniques for Authorized Rescuers compared to Competent Rescuers.
ANSI Z359.2: Training for Authorized Rescuer vs. Competent Rescuer

When you need to write a hazard assessment, sometimes it’s helpful to have a guide. Thankfully, this blog is here to help simplify the process of conducting and writing your assessment.
How to Write a Hazard Assessment as per the Fall Protection Code

*A Note from Hannah*
This newsletter will be distributed at the end of each fiscal quarter. If you have information that you want posted in this newsletter, please e-mail Hannah Addison at haddison@spanco.com with your topic.

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