Rigid Lifelines Quarterly Newsletter

ASSE RECAP

This years ASSE’s Safety 2015 was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Over 600 companies exhibited at this year’s trade show. In addition to the exhibitors, ASSE offered over 200 sessions presented by engineers and safety professionals. These sessions covered more than 20 topics in the safety industry from Effective Communication Skills for Safety Professionals to Next Generation Fall Arrestors and Lifelines. Attendees could learn from a variety of teaching methods, such as roundtables, lectures, and small group discussions.

At Rigid Lifelines®, educating others in the importance of fall protection safety is our highest priority. We accomplished this task at Safety 2015 by equipping our booth with touch screen monitors, where our trained safety professionals could not only tell attendees about fall protection solutions, but also show them those solutions. Our printed literatures, such as our catalog and product fliers, were also available as reminders of the fall protection solutions and products displayed. Our Evolve Full Body Harnesses, Connex Shock-Absorbing Lanyards, and Defy Self-Retracting Lanyards (SRL’s) were also displayed for others not only to see, but also to touch. Attendees were able to try on our Evolve Harnesses to see how they fit, discover our different types of Connex Shock-Absorbing Lanyards, and/or test the locking speed of the Defy SRL’s.

In addition to our quality soft good products, this year at Safety 2015 we highlighted our Anchor Track. Displayed on the bottom of our booth header, our enclosed Anchor Track can be used in many applications. Our 10 quality engineered Anchor Track Systems include our maintenance-free Anchor Track, which also can be sold separately to upgrade your existing system. Our Anchor Track comes standard with our Anchor Trolley technology, which offers effortless movement, virtually eliminates post-fall drift, and greatly increases a worker’s odds of self-rescue after a fall event. By zero-deflection and eliminating the bounce effect, our rigid Anchor Track decreases impact forces, meaning a fall event does not impact other workers on the same track. Offered in different types, sizes, and options, our self-cleaning Anchor Track can even be customized to accommodate curves and slopes.

Despite the advancements in the fall protection industry made apparent by the products and technologies presented and displayed at Safety 2015, it is clear that there is room for improvement. As engineers develop new tests, it is realized that the current standards and products are not as safe as believed. Safety 2015 and trade shows like it are vital to the fall protection industry because they provide an avenue for safety professionals to present their findings, and more importantly, their solutions for current dangers and problems in the safety industry.

UPCOMING EVENTS

National Safety Council Congress and Expo
Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: September 28-30, 2015
Booth #: 1221

NBAA 2015
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: November 17-19, 2015
Booth #: N2109

LEADING SALT DISTRIBUTOR UPGRADES TO MOBILE FALL PROTECTION SYSTEM

Overview
Salt City, Inc. based out of Westfield Massachusetts, is a leading salt distributor specializing in the distribution of road salt to surrounding municipalities and townships. The salt comes in on railcars, which are unloaded through a hatch at the bottom of the car and onto a conveyor below. Typically, the salt flows out of the bottom hatch with ease, but sometimes complications occur. For example, the salt sticks together in big chunks and needs to be broken apart to fit through the hatch. The only way to access the salt is through a hatch on the top of the railcar. A metal rod with a chisel on the end is used to break apart the salt. As large chunks are broken up, the railcar begins to rock and shake, which exposes the workers to serious fall hazards. Salt City’s original fall protection method was a ladder, leading up to a platform with a small rail around it. Workers were able to tie off onto the railing and climb on top of the railcar. In the event of a mishap, this system may prevent a fall, but could still cause serious injuries.

Solution
The operational technology manager for Salt City reached out to Jack Norton from Warner Specialty Products, Inc. for a fall protection safety evaluation to determine if they needed to upgrade their current system. Jack visited the facility along with Rigid Lifelines®’ rep Timothy O’Leary, and Mike Gaugh, facility manager for Salt City. O’Leary felt they needed a dexterously engineered fall protection system to keep workers safe when climbing on top of railcars. Rigid Lifelines, along with the management team at Salt City decided that a Griffin would best fit their fall protection needs. The specific system that was installed is a 20-foot by 28-foot mobile skidded Griffin with dual tracks for two-person passability.

Rigid Lifelines’ rep Timothy O’Leary conducted a daylong training orientation on the safe use of their new system. The training covered a variety of safety standards and regulations, for example, the correct way to put on a harness, how to tie-off properly, how the overall system works, and a variety of ways to help them formulate a rescue plan.

Impact
According to Salt City’s facility manager Mike Gaugh, their new Griffin fall protection system is ergonomic, highly effective, and surprisingly easy to use. Workers are able to access and use their safety equipment quickly and conveniently. The system allows workers to access the top hatch of the railcar and free up any stuck salt that will not filter through the bottom hatch and onto the conveyor.

The skidded Griffin system is also completely mobile and can be easily moved from location to location with a forklift. This mobile system provides a fixed path of fall protection coverage up to 30 degrees off center, and is perfect for protecting workers who need to access vehicles or aircraft for any purpose. With the assurance of Rigid Lifelines’ Skidded Griffin, the workers at Salt City are able to complete their job safely and effectively with less possibility of a fall event.

CONSEQUENCES OF DECIDING NOT TO USE FALL PROTECTION


 

RECENT BLOG POSTS

This section is a collection of some recent blog posts that may be helpful or interesting reference materials for anyone who is involved in the fall protection industry.

Difference between Fall Protection for Recreational and Industrial Use
Although there are clear differences between the two, understanding which equipment is best used in industrial and recreational fall protection will help keep people safer while at height. Learn more about the difference between fall protection for recreational and industrial use in this blog.

Rope Access Systems
What should you do when the protective equipment specified in current standards does not apply for your specific work application? Rope Access Systems are designed for fall protection where conventional methods cannot work. Learn more about Rope Access Systems in this blog.

Understanding the Benefits of ANSI Z359.15
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is always striving to improve their comprehensive safety standards and requirements; that’s why their new standard—ANSI Z359.15—is so important to companies that use single anchor lifelines and fall arresters on a daily basis. Learn about the benefits of ANSI Z359.15 in this blog.

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