Rigid Lifelines Quarterly Newsletter


The 2015 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Not only did over 1,000 companies exhibit this year, but NSC offered seminars and keynotes featuring current safety industry issues and ideas and insight into the latest in safety innovation. Over 120 technical sessions were also offered, covering topics from electrical safety to employee engagement. NSC also presented six deserving safety professionals with the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) for their outstanding contributions to the safety industry.

Our goal at Rigid Lifelines® is to educate others in the importance of fall protection safety. In addition to displaying our quality products, our booth at NSC was equipped to show our solutions to fall protection hazards with touch screen monitors and printed catalogs and fliers. Our trained safety professionals were also on hand to answer any questions. 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 our Defy™ Self-Retracting Lanyards.

Our booth this year highlighted our Anchor Track™.  Displayed on the bottom of our booth, our enclosed Anchor Track is our staple product. Our 10 engineered Anchor Track Systems include our virtually maintenance-free Anchor Track, which can also 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 self-rescue capability. Our rigid Anchor Track decreases impact forces with zero-deflection, 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.

NSC 2015 and trade shows like it are vital to the safety industry because they offer avenues for safety professionals and engineers to present the latest and greatest solutions to safety issues. Both manufacturers and end users can stay current in what they offer to businesses and employees. As technology continues to advance, so will the creative solutions to safety hazards and problems.


Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA 2015)
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: November 17-19, 2015
Booth #: N2109

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Overview                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Amtrak Maintenance Facilities are where technicians service train cars and maintain equipment safely and efficiently. These facilities perform some of the company’s most important mechanical services. Located in Bear, Delaware, the Amtrak Bear Service Pit is the largest of Amtrak’s Maintenance Facilities. This facility services Amtrak’s entire group of Acela, Metroliner, Viewliner, Amfleet II, and Superliner passenger cars and equipment from the Northeast Corridor and Long-Distance Trains. Amtrak required a system that could protect the employees from falling while lifting heavy objects from the train cars. Unhappy with the continuously rising estimates from competitors, the superintendent of the company contacted Rigid Lifelines and Spanco to see if the companies could work together to solve the problem.

Solution                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This system has an unusual overall function, making it a rare piece of equipment that most other companies can’t match. The system must lift heavy materials while also protecting workers from potential fall hazards. To accomplish both of these functions, Spanco provided a Freestanding Workstation Bridge Crane that included 4,000-pound runaways with one (1) 4,000-pound bridge for material handling, while Rigid Lifelines provided two (2) fall arrest bridges, each rated for two people. Rigid Lifelines and Spanco provided 10-foot bridge buffers so that workers can safely use the lift equipment at height. The employees can now use the system to remove heavy AC units from the top of train cars while being protected from potential falls.

Impact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The dual system provided the versatility needed to lift heavy materials while simultaneously keeping the employees safe from falling, all at an affordable price. This system provided confidence in the know-how of Rigid Lifelines and allegiance to merchandise from Spanco. The system has definitely provided a better working environment. Thanks to Rigid Lifelines and Spanco, the employees can now use the system to remove heavy AC units from the top of train cars while being protected from potential falls.


Rigid Lifelines’ staff is excited to welcome Adam Ballester to our team. Adam started in July 2010 on the sales team of our sister company, Spanco. By the end of 2010, Adam was tasked with Rigid Lifelines’ work as well as Spanco. For the last two and a half years, Adam has served as Spanco’s Technical Sales Manager.  During his tenure as Technical Sales Manager, Adam improved our product offering and enhanced how we sell and market our solutions.

Adam’s credentials for his new role include a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering with a minor in Business and Economics from Lafayette College as well as five years of experience in the fall protection industry. Adam accepted his new role as National Sales Manager because the role “provides the ability to make a greater positive impact on the company.” Adam says that he will “have fun taking on the challenge of making Rigid Lifelines a top name in the fall protection industry.” Adam’s professional goal “is to become the best in the fall protection industry. I want people to associate my name with fall protection safety.”

Adam’s main job requirements include orchestrating and directing the sales path of Rigid Lifelines while developing valuable, lasting relationships with customers. Adam’s job requirements will also include managing the sales representatives and dealer network and traveling throughout North America. When asked what he enjoys most about his new role, Adam said, “I enjoy having the ability to make a difference both to the company and to the fall protection industry. I also enjoy helping Rigid Lifelines’ dealers continue their success.”

When not at work, Adam’s favorite hobbies are spending time with his wife and friends and playing golf, racquetball, and fantasy sports. Adam’s tremendous work ethic and leadership ability are evident in everything he does. Adam brings a wealth of product and process knowledge to the National Sales Manager role, which will be a significant asset as he works to develop Rigid Lifelines into the leading brand of rigid rail fall protection solutions.


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.

How to Inspect Your Fall Protection System Effectively

Companies must follow many policies and regulations, such as a fall protection program, rescue plan, and proper training for users. Maintaining these tasks can seem overwhelming, and inspecting a fall protection system effectively is no exception. Learn how to inspect a fall protection system effectively in the blog.

Trends in Personal Protective Equipment

The ways in which workers injure themselves change little from year to year. Learn how trends in personal protective equipment are being incorporated to protect workers in this blog.

Fall Protection for the Oil and Gas Industry

As the oil and gas industry continues to expand, keeping oil and gas workers safe must be a high priority. Learn about fall protection for the oil and gas industry in this blog.






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Nathan Muller

Senior Technical Writer | Rigidlifelines.com
Nathan Muller is the Senior Technical Writer for Spanco and Rigid Lifelines. Nathan has nearly four years of experience in technical communications and copyediting. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Professional Writing. He is also a member of the Society of Technical Communication.