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Recent changes to Federal OSHA Walking Working Surfaces (1910.27) has created concern within the property management world with respect to roof anchor certification. Pro-Bel has received a lot of questions this past year from building owners/managers concerned that the roof anchors on their buildings are not certified.

 

The deadline for anchor certification is November 20, 2017, but there is no need to panic if you are receiving this news for the first time. Simply contact us for an action plan. Our certification specialists will assess and determine compliance with respect to the new certification requirements and the status of your existing roof anchor system. The action plan will provide you with facts and recommendations for compliance with the new OSHA Law.

 

To help with the assessment we recommend sending the following documents for our engineering team to review:

  1. Roof anchor drawings.
  2. Previous inspection and/or load testing reports.

 

If you do not have access to these documents please contact us and one of our certification specialists will be able to assist you further.

 

By having Pro-Bel review your anchor system you can eliminate any questions with respect whether or not your anchor system is ready for use and avoid any delays in having your windows cleaned in the spring.

 

Please contact us at 1-800-461-0575 or e-mail at finalosharule@pro-bel.ca to arrange an appointment and review of your anchor system. We have the largest network of qualified technicians across the US who are competent and able to respond in a timely fashion to any requests.

 

Thank you,

 

Brent La Porte

US Inspections Manager

Employer Sentenced to 30 Days Jail After Worker Injured

 
September 15, 2017 12:47 P.M.

 

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Ji Nan Li, carrying on business as Yi Yi Construction, was sentenced to 30 days in jail after a worker was seriously injured by a fall.

On December 3, 2015, a worker employed by Ji Nan Li was working on the roof of a construction project located at 7 Burlwood Road in Brampton. The worker was wearing a harness attached to lanyard, which was connected to a lifeline. In order to move to a different area of the roof, the worker detached the lanyard from the lifeline and moved toward a different lifeline at the peak of the roof. The worker slipped before reaching the new lifeline and fell nine metres (29.5 feet) to the ground, suffering serious injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that the worker was not attached to the travel restraint system at all times as required by section 26.1(2) of the Construction Regulation. This was in violation of section 25 (1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

This was Ji Nan Li’s second offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. On February 10, 2013 a worker employed by Ji Nan Li fell eight metres ( 26 feet) from a roof and suffered fatal injuries. Ji Nan Li was fined $15,000 for this offence on October 10, 2014.

Ji Nan Li pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days jail. The sentence was imposed by Justice of the Peace Jeannie Anand.

 

Matter:                       

Occupational health and safety

 

Convictions:

Ontario Regulation 213/91

Section 21.6(2)

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Section 25(1)(c)

 

Join the conversation using #worksafeON and #workfairON

 

Janet Deline Communications Branch
For media inquiries only: MOLMedialine@ontario.ca
416-326-7405

 

 

 

 

Hiring a Design and Sales Coordinator!

Division: Ontario

Reports To: Sr. Design Consultant, General Sales Manager

Employment Type: Permanent Full-Time

Location: Head Office, Ajax

Start Date: October 2017

About Us:

Today Pro-Bel is an international company employing more than 200 people. We strive on having the best people that are experienced and specifically trained to provide the leading service in the high-rise window cleaning safety industry.

To date we have completed more than 9,000 projects worldwide. We have strived to push our industry forward by continually designing safer equipment that is easier to use. Our engineering team has developed Pro-Bel into a professional engineering firm. Our ability to create custom products and solutions suited for modern architecture is what has helped to establish Pro-Bel as the industry leader for engineered fall arrest and suspended access systems.

For over the past 35 years Pro-Bel has built relationships with thousands of architects, building owners and property managers World Wide. Pro-Bel is known as the original roof anchor company and over the years has continued to expand their product line and operations worldwide. We now offer a complete line of window washing equipment and fall protection systems that includes but is not limited to Roof Anchors, Davits, Horizontal Lifelines, Electrical and Mechanical Equipment such as Permanent Powered Platforms and Building Maintenance Units.

Overview

Assisting and/or coordinating the Sr. Design Consultant who provides preliminary roof anchor layout that are integrated onto rooftops on high rise buildings.

Responsibilities:

Design

  • Learn to assist with reviewing building design and equipment needs by identifying building structure and complexity.
  • Learn about code and regulatory requirements

Sales Coordination

  • Field incoming emails, faxes and phone call for projects bidding, designs, general questions
  • Set up accounts in Sales Force (CRM system), add contacts, attach all applicable information for sales, set bidding date/time, and keep current.
  • Review specs/drawings, prepare file, request clarification from client, additional drawings if required for sales to review and provide proposal/design and/or budget
  • All communication with the, architect or bidding General Contractor’s
  • Identify new opportunities from internal lead generating system and present them to the Design Consultant
  • Complete all bid documents for new project, rate sheets and Schedule of Values requests
  • When a project is awarded;
  • Send Letter of Intent/Contract etc. to team/administration
  • Complete budget and project profile .
  • Prepare file for Project Manager
  • Send RFI email and obtain CAD files, and anything additional that maybe required to start the project

Follow up

  • Budgets, design overviews and some proposals
  • Track down awarded GC’s for quoted projects
  • Update Sales Force, obtain new information on a continuous basis.

Change orders

  • Prepare all change orders
  • Prepare back up information for change orders. Run budgets, get invoicing etc.
  • Obtain pricing from our manufacturing department for any custom equipment required for our projects.
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications & Experience

  • Completed Architectural Technology or Civil Technology diploma or degree or equivalent
  • 2 years of construction experience is preferred
  • Working knowledge of construction equipment and techniques, drawings and specifications, building materials, and required standards applicable to discipline
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficient using AutoCAD is beneficial
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to interface and communicate effectively with others
  • Effective English oral and written communication skills and ability to represent the company and project team in a professional manner to the Client, Architect, related staff and the community
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Ontario

What Pro-Bel Has to Offer

  • Benefits package
  • Competitive wages
  • Bonus potential
  • A commitment to ongoing development and support with accredited training and education programs
  • Room for growth and advancement
  • Fun and casual environment
  • Office is closed between Christmas and New Years
  • Company social events
  • Excellent location, close to the GO Station and Highway 401
  • Industry leader and continuously expanding

Other

We invite you to join us by forwarding your resume to Ashley (please quote Design and Sales Coordinator – DSCPB-092017 in subject line).

ashley@optimumhrsolutions.com

We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free work environment and recruitment and selection processes accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants for considering a career with us; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Ajax, ON

Required experience:

  • construction: 2 years

Required language:

  • English

Court Reviews New Fall Protection Rule in Challenge

By Bruce Rolfsen

A federal appeals court has been asked to review OSHA’s new fall protection rule for general industry that covers about 112 million workers ( Corp. Cleaning Serv. Inc. v. OSHA, 7th Cir. App., No. 16-4244, 12/27/16 ).

The rule takes effect Jan. 17, though some compliance deadlines are delayed.

Corporate Cleaning Services Inc., a Chicago company specializing in high-rise window washing, is requesting the court review. The petition for review was filed Dec. 27 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

The company supports the majority of the fall protection provisions of OSHA’s new fall protection rule, the firm’s attorney, Nora Flaherty of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella PC, told Bloomberg BNA Dec. 30.

Corporate Cleaning is seeking review of a single provision, 29 C.F.R. 1910.27(b)(2)(i), which concerns rope descents at heights over 300 feet. The company is challenging the 300-foot provision because it is based on misinformation received by OSHA several years ago, Flaherty said.

Specifically, Flaherty said, the company believes OSHA shouldn’t have relied on an obsolete 2001 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) voluntary standard, ANSI/IWCA I–14.1–2001 Window Cleaning Safety.

The committee that drafted the rule was made up of members who had a vested interest in the design, manufacture and use of scaffolding or swing stage equipment, Flaherty said.

OSHA was unaware of many of the problems because they didn’t come to light until after OSHA completed its hearing in January 2011, Flaherty said.

The OSHA rule includes a note from the agency that the voluntary standard was withdrawn by ANSI in October 2011. The note also says that OSHA rejected a union’s complaint about the makeup of the ANSI committee because the panel was accredited by ANSI at the time and the 2001 standard was approved by ANSI.

Updates 45-Year-Old Rule

The fall protection rule (81 Fed. Reg. 82,494) updates the 45-year-old walking-working surfaces standards (29 C.F.R. 1910 Subpart D) and the personal protective equipment standards (29 C.F.R. 1910 Subpart I) by taking into account changes to safety practices and gear made since 1971.

The rulemaking began in 1990 during the first Bush administration and went through two hearings and three comment periods before the final rule was issued Nov. 18.

Because the rule (RIN:1218-AB80) will take effect late in the Obama administration and has implementation costs of more than $100 million annually, the rule could face review by the Trump administration and the next Congress under the provisions of the Congressional Review Act.

Ira Levin and Nora Flaherty of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella PC in Chicago represent Corporate Cleaning Services.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Rolfsen in Washington atBRolfsen@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl atlpearl@bna.com

For More Information

The petition for review is available at http://src.bna.com/k4D.

The rule is available at http://src.bna.com/k4C.

Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Reproduced with permission from Occupational Safety & Health Reporter 47 OSHR 14 (Jan. 5, 2017). Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

Pro-Bel SUMMARY of NEW OSHA RULES

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health administration 29 CFR, Part 1910 [Docket No. OSHA–2007–0072] RIN 1218-AB80

Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems)

· OSHA has published its revising and updating general industry standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with window cleaning and suspended stage work.

·      Significant changes are included for building owners/property managers in reference to fall protection. Building owners must identify, inspect, test, certify, and maintain anchorages for both new and existing buildings and re-certify, as necessary (at least every 10 years).

·      The regulation includes new provisions addressing fixed ladders, rope descent systems and fall protection systems; including anchor inspection, certification and responsibilities.

The rule becomes effective on January 17, 2017. Some date requirements in the final rule have compliance dates after the effective date.

In developing this final rule, OSHA determined that identifying, inspecting, testing, certifying, and maintaining anchorages and providing information about the anchorages must be the responsibility of building owners. OSHA stated in their published preamble of the regulations that only when building owners take responsibility for anchorages and provide written information to employers and contractors, can there be adequate assurance that workers will be safe when they use RDS (Rope Descent Systems). Final paragraph (b)(1)(ii) establishes a new provision that requires employers to ensure that no employee uses any anchorage before their employer obtains written information from the building owner.

“In other words, the final rule requires that employers ensure no employee uses an RDS until the employer obtains written information that the building owner has identified, tested, certified, and maintained each anchorage, so it is capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds in any direction for each worker attached. The final rule also requires that the employer keep the written Information from the building owner for the duration of the job. “

The final rule now emphasizes that building owners must provide assurance information to service contractors or employers that anchor systems have been inspected by a ‘‘qualified’’ person who has conducted the inspection and provided certification. The final rule defines “qualified” as: “a person who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience has successfully demonstrated the ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project” (§ 1910.21(b)).

The final rule, similar to the construction scaffold rules, defines “scaffold” as: “a temporary elevated or suspended platform and its supporting structure, including anchorage points, used to support employees, equipment, materials, and other items’’. OSHA is proposing that general industry comply with the construction industry’s scaffold standards in 29 CFR 1926(L). By requiring employers in general industry comply with the construction scaffold standards, consistency will be achieved, as well as a decrease in any confusion that would likely arise if the standards were different between these two industries.

OSHA also acknowledges that its powered platforms standard contains a requirement similar to the final rule (§ 1910.66(c)(4)). Also, the I–14.1–2001 standard requires that employers (i.e.:  window cleaning contractors) and building owners not allow suspended work to occur unless the building owner provides, identifies and certifies anchorages (Section 3.9).

“Under the final rule, employers are not to allow workers to attach to an anchorage and begin work if the employer did not receive written certification that the anchorage is capable of supporting 5,000 pounds. Specifically, final paragraph (b)(1)(ii) prohibits employers, when there are no certified anchorages, from ‘‘making do’’ or attaching RDS to alternative structures, making the assumption that these structures are capable of supporting 5,000 pounds. “

Finally, OSHA believes that the written information on anchorages that building owners must provide to employers will be helpful for employers throughout the job. Employers can use the information to keep workers continuously informed about which anchorages have proper certification. The information will also be helpful if there are work shift-related changes in personnel, if the employer brings new workers to the job, or if there is a change in site supervisors. Therefore, the final rule is requiring employers to retain the written information on anchorages they obtained from building owners for the duration of the job at that building. In final paragraph (b)(1)(iii), OSHA provides employers and building owners with additional time to implement the requirements in final paragraphs (b)(1)(i) and (ii). The final rule gives employers and building owners one year from November 18, 2016 to meet the new requirements in final paragraphs (b)(1)(i) and (ii). This means that building owners must identify, inspect, test, certify, and maintain each anchorage by the compliance date.

The new standard also recognized that it has been 23 years since OSHA’s 1991 Patricia Clarke memorandum allowed the use of RDS, provided they have ‘‘sound anchorages”. However, the agency also addressed other important concerns when developing the final rule; Namely proper rigging including a maximum height for RDS, the use of suction cups as local stabilization and tool lanyards to prevent public injury.

OSHA retained the RDS height limit in the final rule because the I–14.1–2001 national consensus standard included the same limit. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the I–14.1–2001 standard, and industry widely uses it. OSHA believes the national consensus standard reflects industry best practices.

OSHA believes proper rigging of RDS equipment is essential to ensure that the system is safe for workers to use. To ensure proper RDS rigging and safe use, OSHA believes that employers also must take into consideration and emphasize the specific conditions present. For example, OSHA believes that giving particular emphasis to providing tiebacks when using counter weights, cornice hooks, or similar non-permanent anchorages is an essential aspect of proper rigging and necessary to ensure safe work.

To illustrate, when tiebacks and anchorages are not perpendicular to the building face, it may be necessary for worker safety for employers to install opposing tiebacks to support and firmly secure the RDS, have at least a 30-degree sag angle for opposing tiebacks, or ensure that no angle exists on single tiebacks.

Final paragraph (b)(2)(vi), like proposed paragraph (b)(2)(v) and the 1991 RDS memorandum, requires that each worker uses a separate, independent personal fall arrest system, when using an RDS.

Final § 1910.140(b) defines “personal fall arrest system” as: “a system used to arrest an employee in a fall from a walking-working surface”.  A personal fall arrest system consists of at least an anchorage, connector, and a body harness, but also may include a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or suitable combination of these devices (§ 1910.140(b)).

The final rule requires that the personal fall arrest system meets the requirements in 29 CFR part 1910, sub-part I, particularly final § 1910.140. This final rule is consistent with other existing OSHA standards (e.g.: § 1910.66(j), Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance, Personal Fall Protection; § 1926.451(g), Scaffolds, Fall Protection), as well as the I–14.1 consensus standard (Section 5.7.6).

“OSHA believes the provision is essential to protect workers from injury or death if a fall occurs. As the 1991 RDS memorandum mentions, requiring workers to use personal fall arrest systems that are completely independent of RDS ensures that any failure of the RDS ( e.g.:  main friction device, seat board, support line, anchorage) does not affect the ability of the fall arrest system to quickly stop the worker from falling to a lower level. “

OSHA believes that suction cups are widely used and accepted by employers and workers who use RDS, (even by those employers who doubt the need for stabilization) because the devices have a track record of being effective and economical. As far back as July 31, 1991, OSHA allowed employers to use suction cups to meet the stabilization requirement in the 1991 RDS memorandum. OSHA notes that a review of the rule-making record failed to show that suction cups cause anything more than a few isolated cases of window breakage.

OSHA believes the performance-based approach in the final rule assures that employers have maximum flexibility in meeting the requirement to secure equipment (e.g.: tools, squeegees, buckets) that workers use. Many different types of tool lanyards and similar methods are currently available to secure equipment. Tool lanyards and other securing equipment are available in many types, lengths, and load capacities. A worker can secure the equipment at various points, including the worker’s wrist, tool belt, harness, and seat board.

According to OSHA, the rule also incorporates advances in technology, industry best practices, and national consensus standards to provide effective and cost-efficient worker protection. Specifically, the rule updates general industry standards addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards (subpart D), and adds a new section specifying requirements for personal fall protection systems (subpart I). “The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, David Michaels, PhD. “OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls.” The agency estimates this rule will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year. Most provisions of the rule take effect on January 17, 2017.

Other highlights of the rule include:

  • The rule requires employers to protect workers from fall hazards along unprotected sides or edges that are at least 4 feet above a lower level. It also sets requirements for fall protection in specific situations, such as hoist areas, runways, areas above dangerous equipment, wall openings, repair pits, stairways, scaffolds, and slaughtering platforms. It also establishes requirements for the performance, inspection, use, and maintenance of personal fall protection systems.
  • The rule codifies a 1991 OSHA memorandum that permits employers to use Rope Descent Systems (RDS), which consist of a roof anchorage, support rope, descent device, carabiners or shackles, and a chair or seat board. These systems are widely used throughout the country to perform elevated work, such as window washing.
  • The new rule includes requirements to protect workers from falling off fixed and portable ladders, as well as mobile ladder stands and platforms.
  • The rule adds a requirement that employers ensure workers who use personal fall protection and work in other specified high-hazard situations are trained, and retrained as necessary, about fall and equipment hazards, including fall protection systems.

The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on November 18. On January 17, 2017 (60 days after its publication date), all provisions will take effect, with the following exceptions:

  • Ensuring exposed workers are trained on fall hazards (6 months);
  • Ensuring workers who use equipment covered by the final rule are trained (6 months);
  • Inspecting and certifying permanent anchorages for rope descent systems (1 year);
  • Installing personal fall arrest or ladder safety systems on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections, including fixed ladders on outdoor advertising structures (2 years);
  • Ensuring existing fixed ladders over 24 feet, including those on outdoor advertising structures, are equipped with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system, or ladder safety system (2 years); and
  • Replacing cages and wells (used as fall protection) with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 feet (20 years).

 

OSHA’s Final Rule to Update, Align, and Provide Greater roof top safety

Everyone is responsible for preventing falls when working on a roof. The building owner/property manager, the self-employed contractor, any subcontractor and the worker are each responsible for safety considerations.

Health and safety on the roof starts when the decision is made to access the roof or work begins near the roof edge. All aspects of working safely at a height should be considered. The general rule is: A fall protection system is required when there is a fall hazard of more than 10 feet and where the roof parapet edge is less than 42 inches tall. (plus or minus 3 inches)

” Preventing falls from heights is a priority for federal OSHA. Building owners are responsible to actively manage any significant hazard and provide assurances to the employers / contractors working at a height . .”

Doing nothing to address safety is not an option. In order to stay safe when working at a height, you need to ensure effective controls are in place to prevent people being harmed. To select the most effective controls, you must consider the following steps:

Eliminate the chances of a fall by doing as much of the preparation work as possible before work begins. Normally this is done by doing a fall hazard roof assessment. The assessment report will review all aspects of safe access and egress for all work activities that may take place on the roof. The intent is to isolate the worker from the risk of a fall by using roof edge protection guard rails as means of prevention. In some situations a combination of controls will be required to ensure safe work.

“falls from heights starts with a professional fall assessment of your roof top.”

Edge protection should be used as a means of isolating workers from a fall. This includes guard rails, horizontal life lines, localized tieback and lifeline anchors.

Edge protection should be provided on all the exposed edges of a roof, including the perimeter of buildings, skylights or other fragile roof materials and for any openings in the roof. This also applies to openings and edges of floor areas. Where there is the risk of workers falling through openings in a roof, the openings should be identified and guarded.

 

 

  • A full hazard assessment of the roof is needed before work starts? Developing a checklist and work plan is good practice.
  • Are workers trained or supervised to work on a roof, near the roof edge or over the edge using suspended equipment safely? Is there safe access to all roof areas including a review of access ladders and catwalks?
  • Have the roof and fall arrest system been inspected, reviewed and tested if needed and has the building owner/ property manager provided assurance that the system is suitable for the intended work to safely access the building edge or facade?
  • Have all the access restrictions been identified and understood by the contractors in order to protected them from falling off roof edges and do they have a rescue plan?
  • Are workers protected from falling through skylights, vulnerable penetrations or other brittle roof conditions and Are people below the work protected from the dangers of falling materials?
  • Are the weather conditions suitable for working on a roof and do roof workers have appropriate footwear to prevent them from slipping?
  • Have lower electrical hazards and vehicle traffic hazards been identified?

Other possible considerations may be to eliminate the hazard of a fall from a roof and work from the ground using extension poles,scaffolding and mobile elevating work platform.

It’s the law – doing nothing is not an option!

Compliance with the legal requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act is the responsibility of anyone associated with working at a height in a place of work. The law recognizes that the building owner/property manager has the necessary means to control, eliminate, isolate and minimize fall hazards.

See federal OSHA new fall protection mandate that effects existing buildings with anchors. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3903.pdf

For more information call 1-800-461-0575

www.pro-belgroup.com

Building Owners and property managers must certify their roof anchors within one year!

OSHA has revising and updating its general industry standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with window cleaning and suspended stage work.

Significant changes are included for fall protection systems, including identified, tested, certified, awindow-cleaning-high-rise-copynd maintained each anchorage. The rule becomes effective on January 17, 2017, and will affect all Pro-Bel systems through out the USA except for California and New York. Its important to contact Pro-Bel inspection department at 1-800-461-0575. Please note certification of Pro-Bel systems can only be inspected, tested and certified by Pro-Bel or a Pro-Bel authorized agent.

OSHA addressed the category with the second largest compliance costs, scaffolds and rope descent systems, the final standard provides greater specificity than the proposal regarding the need for proper rigging, including sound anchorages and tiebacks. The final rule at § 1910.27(b)(1)(i) and (ii) states that before any rope descent system is used, the building owner must inform the employer, in writing that the building owner has identified, tested, certified, and maintained each anchorage so it is capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN) in any direction, for each employee attached and, moreover, that the employer must ensure that no employee uses any anchorage before the employer has obtained written information from the building owner that each anchorage meets the requirements of paragraph (b)(1)(i). Finally, the employer must keep the information on building anchorages for the duration of the job. The information must be based on an annual inspection conducted by a qualified person, with certification of each anchorage performed by a qualified person, as necessary, but at least every 10 years. As described earlier in this cost analysis, OSHA assumed that building owners and employers would comply with this requirement by scheduling periodic inspections and certifications of building anchorages.

Feel free to contact Marc Lebel, CEO @ 1800-461-0575

Why is the initial inspection important to the General Contractor?

 

Since I began managing the Pro-Bel US Inspection Department back in 2014, we have completed over 3500 annual inspections on roof anchors, davits, monorail, rigging sleeves and fall protection systems.

While most inspections go as planned, there are those systems that have not been inspected for years. For one reason or another, the system was not installed per the drawings and the final drawings do not correspond to the installation which may be a surprise to the Property Manager.

There are a myriad of reasons as to why the roof anchor system may not be installed per plans and specifications, however, if an initial inspection was performed prior to substantial completion of the project, all deficiencies would have been addressed and documented.

An initial inspection would not only ensure that the end users have a system that is safe and compliant, but would also protect the General Contractor from litigation.

So, what is an initial inspection and how do you sign up for one?

An initial inspection is just what it says.  It is a first time/initial “technical audit inspection”. Pro-Bel inspects for system defects, compliance issues and as-built locations of equipment. Our inspectors take photos of the equipment installed and document both positive and negative findings.  We will work with you to ensure that any deficiencies are corrected.

The second component to this initial inspection is having the equipment load tested as prescribed by our Engineering Department.  The load test may be important if there is any question about installation or structural integrity of the building.

If there is an issue with the structure, it is much easier and more cost effective to install reinforcing when the ceilings are open during construction rather than trying to retrofit an occupied building years later.

At Pro-Bel, our goal is to help General Contractors deliver a complete system to their clients so that there are no issues in the coming years with respect to safety, compliance or inspection after the building is turned over to the owner.

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One of our US Inspectors on-site

Pro-Bel has the largest network of certified inspectors and technicians in the industry and we are looking forward to earning and keeping your trust.

General Contractors can contact Brian Barks at brianb@pro-bel.ca to obtain a bid to have Pro-Bel perform the recommended initial inspection.
 

– Brent LaPorte, US Inspections Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Spring!

Well, we are a couple of weeks into spring and in both our personal and professional lives we look forward to spring cleaning.  Maybe not look forward to it, but it is inevitable that cob webs need to be swept away, lawns need to be fertilized and windows need to be cleaned.

Most of our clients are on an annual roof anchor inspection program where we proactively book the inspection so that there is no delay in getting their windows cleaned.

However, we do get the odd emergency call for an anchor inspection because the sirentenants of a residential or commercial building are continually asking “When are we getting the windows washed?”

Thankfully, we have a team of inspection professionals across North America who can be on your facility often, within days of receiving such a call.

While we do our best to spread these annual inspections throughout the year, spring is our busiest season.

Our sales team of Beverly Bean and newly hired, Brian Barks, can provide you with a proposal to have your roof anchors, roof davits, monorail or fall protection systems inspected in a timely fashion.  With our electronic report writing system and customer portal, you can have the system approved for use and have access to your reports and roof anchor drawings with little or no effort on your part.

If you are not part of the growing number of clients who are enjoying the benefit of the Customer Portal, please contact us to see how you can gain access to all of your roof anchor inspection documents and rigging drawings.  You can access this portal from any device and download and share with your window cleaning contractors or with any compliance officials who may visit your site to check your documentation.

Everything that our team at Pro-Bel has come up with, that is available to any of our clients, is to ensure you have easy access to all of your inspection documents at all times.

The two most important documents that your professional window cleaner will want to see are the inspection report and the rigging drawings which show the roof anchor locations, roof anchor details and any notes with respect to restricted areas and rigging diagrams.

If you do not have access to your up to date inspection report or rigging drawings, documentsplease contact Pro-Bel to provide you with both.  If you do not have rigging drawings, our technicians can perform an initial inspection and identify existing roof anchors or roof davits, complete a take off and provide rigging advice and ultimately approve the equipment for use.

 

So, as we look forward to longer, warmer days, we are also reminded of some of those “chores” that must be done.  Pro-Bel can assist you in checking at least one item off of your long list of to do items.  This will ensure that you get your windows washed in a timely fashion and when your tenants look out their home or office windows, they do so with a smile.

To our existing clients, thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and to new clients, we look forward to working with you.

To book a new inspection please contact Brian Barks at brianb@pro-bel.ca or existing clients with questions please contact Account Manager Beverly Bean at beverlyb@pro-bel.ca.  Load testing or maintenance should be directed to Michael Gardner at michaelg@pro-bel.ca.  Of course you can call us direct at 800-461-0575.

As always, if you have any comments, complaints, or questions, feel free to contact me direct and I will do my best to ensure that your concerns or questions are answered quickly and to your complete satisfaction.

Yours in safety,

 

Brent La Porte

 

 

“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop” – Mark Twain

Interesting quote from one of the wittiest authors of all time.  As I create an outline for my monthly blog, I am reminded that sometimes too much information is truly too much information, particularly when discussing the dynamic topic of roof anchor inspections.

We in the industry are inclined to throw all sorts of codes and standards at our prospective clients, advising how Federal OSHA and ANSI I-14 mandate that the permanently installed fall protection equipment be inspected on an annual basis by a competent person and citing section numbers that quite frankly, I have to look up every time I’m asked.

So, in keeping with the theme I will tell you all what I know and then stop.

 I KNOW THAT …

  • If you have roof anchors, roof davits or any type of fall protection equipment on your facility that it MUST be inspected on an annual basis.
  •  This is required by not only ANSI and Federal OSHA but by every major equipment manufacturer.
  •  Every day across the United States tens of thousands of workers put their lives at risk by performing dangerous tasks either while suspended 40 floors above a busy street or walking a narrow beam or ledge in a bustling factory.
  •  These workers rely on the equipment they are attached to or suspended by to be in good working order to ensure they get home safely to their families every
  •  Having this equipment inspected and maintained, annually as a minimum requirement, is the first step in protecting your workers and contractors from harm.
  •  The cost of an annual inspection cannot be compared to the cost of a human life or to the quality of human life.
  •  If we had to quantify the cost of an annual inspection against the cost of an OSHA fine or civil litigation that it would not even be 1% of 1%.
  •  Most folks are not intentionally disregarding having these inspections done.
  •  By educating our current and prospective clients that we will earn and retain their business for years to come.
  •  I have the most diverse and experienced team of technicians across North America.
  •  My in house staff is efficient and dedicated to providing our clients a superior service experience.
  •  As a client if you are not satisfied with the service you received I will personally make it right.

Lastly, I know that if you call and ask me where it says you have to have your roof anchors inspected that I will have to look it up and send you the link. I also know that I’ll be happy to do it.

 As always, contact me direct with any questions, comments or concerns.

Brent La Porte

 

 

 

 

 

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