When US Fall Protection was started several years ago, we were focused primarily on the roofing industry. We knew that there were numerous suppliers of fall protection systems, but none that offered turn-key solutions. We also knew there was a need to find systems that could be installed without voiding roofing warranties and that properly met OSHA, CSA and EU standards. After conducting in depth engineering tests at the University of Cincinnati, we realized that what was needed was a truly unique anchorage system and so we turned to the European market for help. After researching available products and systems, we settled on one that met all the needs of the roofing industry. From that simple beginning, we have expanded from our emphasis on roofing, and have grown to become a market leader across the full spectrum of fall protection requirements. We specialize in the consulting, design, supply, installation, testing and inspection of fall protection systems. From our broad solutions base, we are able to complete all types of projects for all our clients, regardless of what their needs might be.
Our areas of expertise include work on both public and private buildings, aircraft hangers, transportation, telecommunications, utilities and an almost endless list of applications. So, whether it's a bridge, a tower, or a structure, we have your safety and compliance covered.
We offer everything you need to work in horizontal, vertical, inclined, or overhead environments. We can provide everything from Permanent Systems, Temporary Systems, Flex Cable Systems, Rail Systems, Barrier Systems, Self-Retracting Systems, Walkways, Anchors, Single and Multi-span over-head connections, and non-penetrating Guard Rail systems. We also provide a wide selection of Connectors, Harnesses, and ladder and skylight systems. The list just goes on and on.
Why Fall Protection?
Regardless as to whether all building owners, designers, engineers, architects, roof consultants, and general contractors embrace safety or not, it is their legal and moral obligation to protect workers. You can also be certain that more regulation is coming, whether we like it or not. Fall protection is a hot topic at the moment. On April 26th, 2012, the US Department of Labor Secretary, Hilda L. Solis, announced a new campaign led by OSHA to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry. Not to be outdone, the US Department of Health and Human Services issued a detailed instruction to all building owners recommending permanent fall protection on all buildings. You can read it here.
According to OSHA, the most frequent accidents in the workplace are falls. Unfortunately, falls are also the most fatal. Falls take over 1000 worker lives a year and are a $5.7 billion industry problem, according to a Liberty Mutual study. In fact, OSHA's 2013 Top Ten List of the most frequently cited violations had Fall Protection rated as number one. In 2014, OSHA issued compliance directive to the cell phone industry due to the large number of fatalities caused by falls from towers.
This OSHA Fall Prevention Campaign also teamed up with NIOSH, NORA, and several other high profile organizations. In time, permanent fall protection systems will be mandatory in the US just as they are in Europe. Given the risk of looking at crippling fines and devastating personal judgments in civil court, the time to act is now. Are lawsuits against building owners common? You bet. And the numbers are growing every year. Is this how you want to read about your business or building??