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 In the event of a fall from elevation, for example by a window cleaner, tougher OSHA inspections will seek to clarify "what steps were taken to protect the worker from injury or death - and what additional steps could have been taken?"

The owner's best defense is the Pro-Bel documentation showing compliance with the ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Standard i.e. section 1.6.2 (Assurances) which states that "Building owners and/or their operating agents shall provide window cleaning contractors with written assurance that the installation or structure has been inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the I-14.1 Standard. Ultimately, the ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 provides legal counsels with a powerful tool (or weapon) when determining fault for window cleaning/suspended maintenance accidents.

With every Pro-Bel installation, Pro-Bel provides engineer stamped drawings and a Log Book outlining mandatory annual inspection requirements, in accordance with OSHA and I-14.1 guidelines. In addition, it is recommended that the building owner post a copy of the Pro-Bel engineer-approved shop drawing showing equipment layout and details of the window cleaning/suspended maintenance system. The drawing should be located adjacent to the roof entrance for ease of review by window cleaners, inspection authorities and Pro-Bel if necessary. A copy of this drawing must also be provided for the maintenance contractor/personnel prior to commencing work.

"Building owners and cleaning contractors shall
not allow suspended work to be performed unless
it has been determined that the building has provided,
identified and certified anchorages." 

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Ajax, ON  L1S 6W1