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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Fall Protection Systems would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.  Our offices will be closed from Thursday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 25th.  Should you have a fall protection emergency, please contact us at sales@fallprotectionsystems.com.

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PS Industries

 

Effective December 3, 2018, PS Doors will officially change their name to PS Industries Incorporated.  As the company has evolved from being a manufacturer of high-quality industrial doors to one that also produces safety/fall-protection products and flood barriers, they are changing their name to reflect their breadth of product offerings.

PS Industries

The company will have the same ownership, same team and same service, but a new website: psindustries.com

“Just like the doors we’ve been building since 1974, this name change is all about transitions,” says Cory Melland, President of PS Industries. “As we expand our horizons and look for new opportunities, we need a name that isn’t limited to one aspect of our business. While doors have been and will continue to be a focal point of our business, we now do much more, protecting people and property with a selection of products that continues to evolve and expand. We’re excited about what the future holds for our company, our employees and, most importantly, our customers.”

PS Industries is a leading manufacturer of industrial doors (PS Access Solutions), safety/fall-protection products (PS Safety Access) and flood protection products (PS Flood Barriers). With custom fabrication capabilities, PS Industries serves a wide variety of sectors, including the military, energy, agriculture, food processing and all types of manufacturing. PS Industries is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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How Automation Increases Workplace Productivity And Safety

Since the dawn of time, mankind has sought ways to make our work easier. From the moment a hunter first used a sharp rock to cut meat from a fresh kill, we’ve focused on using technology to save ourselves time and effort. Although today’s automated manufacturing processes are a long way from stone tools, the principle behind them remains the same. Machinery and computers continue to take more off our shoulders and increase our capacity to achieve. In production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers around the world, automation plays an increasingly important role.

Productivity and safety guide from Basin Material Handling.

However, there are those who remain skeptical about the place such technology should have in our industries. They fear that robots could pose a hazard to human workers or completely replace them. It’s true that robotic equipment has decreased our dependence on manual labor to a certain extent. Yet any fears about this technology should be outweighed by the tremendous benefits it provides. The modern industrial workplace is more productive, more profitable and safer for humans, thanks to these machines.

 

For example, a key way automation improves the industrial environment is by doing highly dangerous and strenuous tasks. This frees manpower that can be used in other areas. Because robots can perform these jobs without tiring or becoming distracted, they also cut down on the risk of accidents and injuries. Another advantage is that managers don’t have to spend as much time supervising because they can be assured that an unwatched robot is just as productive. This means supervisors and management are able to direct their energies to other, more beneficial areas.

 

Despite appearances, automation is no more than just the latest in a long line of tools we use to simplify our work. For further information about the many benefits automation provides, review the accompanying guide.

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OSHA Blue Roof Fall Protection

OSHA Issues Recommendations

With all the recent Hurricane activity and damage in the United States OSHA has issued some recommendations.  An OSHA Blue Roof Fall Protection fact sheet includes safety tips for installing plastic tarps on damaged roofs.  These “Blue Roofs” are temporary roofing protection after rooftops have been damaged by severe weather.  Hazards include slippery surfaces and they also conceal trip and fall hazards such as skylights and vents.

OSHA Blue Roof Fall Protection

Electrical lines

Identifying electrical lines and taking steps to prevent electrocution is a high priority. After a storm, there are often downed overhead power lines. All power lines should be treated as live. The utility company should be contacted to ensure lines are de-energized. Metal ladders should never be used near power lines or in close proximity to energized electrical equipment.

Roof condition

Before installing a tarp, the capacity of the roof to support workers safely should be determined.

Fall protection

OSHA requirements at 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1926.501(b)(10) and 1926.501(b)(11) establish fall protection requirements for low-slope roofs and steep roofs, respectively.

  • A low-slope roof has a slope less than or equal to 4 inches (in.) of vertical rise for every 12 in. of horizontal length. When engaged in roofing work on a low-slope roof that has one or more unprotected sides or edges 6 feet (ft) or more above lower levels, workers must be protected from falling by conventional fall protection—that is, guardrail systems, safety net systems, and personal fall arrest systems. Protection can also be provided by a combination of conventional fall protection systems and warning line systems, or a warning line system, or a safety monitoring system. A safety monitoring system is an alternative fall protection option for low-slope roofing work; this requires the designation of a competent person to monitor the safety of workers and to warn them when their work puts them close to a fall hazard. When engaged in roofing work on low-slope roofs 50 ft or less in width, the use of a safety monitoring system without a warning line system is permitted.
  • A steep roof has a slope greater than 4 in. vertical per 12 in. horizontal. When working on a steep roof that has one or more unprotected sides or edge 6 ft or more above lower levels, each worker must be protected by guardrail systems with toeboards, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.

Other recommendations

  • Never install a tarp while it is windy or raining.
  • Use proper protective equipment, such as hard hats and eye protection, and/or other control measures, such as chutes and barricaded areas, when removing roof debris. This ensures employees on the ground are not exposed to hazards from falling objects.
  • Use a roof rake or brush from ground level for debris. If using a ladder, ensure the use of proper safety techniques to prevent falls.
  • Whenever possible, avoid getting on the roof when tasks can be done from ladders or other stable platforms.
  • When accessing the roof, lean the ladder at a safe angle—that is, at a 4:1 ratio (1 ft away from the building at the bottom for each 4 ft of ladder length to the roof eave), and make sure the ladder extends 3 ft above the roof edge.
  • Watch for tripping hazards, including vent stacks, satellite dishes, lightning arresting components, and cables and cleats holding down the tarp.
  • Do not walk on a tarp. A tarped roof will be very slippery, especially when wet.
  • Watch your step—skylights and other openings that have been tarped over will not be obvious to someone walking on the roof.

OSHA’s blue roof fact sheet is at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3926.pdf.

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OSHA Regional Emphasis Program

In Seattle, an OSHA Regional Emphasis Program has been launched.  The purpose of the REP program is to address fall hazards in the Pacific Northwest, specifically within the construction industry.

OSHA Regional Emphasis Program

The states covered by this new program are Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  The new program will go into effect after a period of outreach and education.  According to OSHA the enforcement activities will include “onsite inspections and evaluations of construction operations, working conditions, record keeping, and safety and health programs to ensure compliance.”

“Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry,” Barbara Goto, Region 10 acting administrator and Region 9 administrator, said in the release. “This emphasis program is designed to reinforce the requirement to use fall protection systems to protect workers from serious and fatal injuries.”

To learn more about fall protection products and services offered by FPS contact us at 888-596-5367.

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Maximum OSHA Penalty Proposed

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Kasper Roofing & Construction Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries at a Maitland, Florida, worksite. The Orlando, Florida-based roofing contractor faces $134,510 in penalties, the maximum OSHA penalty allowed by law.

OSHA Penalty

OSHA inspectors determined that the employee was performing residential roofing activities without fall protection when he fell. OSHA also cited the company for failing to provide fall protection training to employees and conduct frequent inspections to ensure employees were utilizing fall protection.

“Workers can be protected from falls by the use of harnesses and other fall protection devices,” said OSHA Tampa Area Office Director Les Grove. “This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had complied with OSHA’s fall protection standards.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.

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Top Ten Cited OSHA Violations in 2018

Last week at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo, OSHA announced the top ten cited violations for fiscal year 2018 that ended September 30th.  The top five OSHA violations remain the same since 2014.  In order the top five are fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout.

Top Ten Cited OSHA Violations

Patrick Kapust, the deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs said, “the top 10 represents the most frequently cited standards, and they are a good place to start for the employer in identifying hazards in their own workplace.”

Here is the full list in order:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,270 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,552
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,336
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,118
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,944
  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,812
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,294
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,982
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,972
  10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,536

Fall Protection Systems is committed to working with their customers to prevent falls by provide cost effective safety solutions.  Learn more about our no-obligation site analysis and our engineered fall protection solutions by contacting us at 888-596-5367.

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2018 NSC Expo

The FPS sales marketing team is back in town after the 2018 NSC Expo last week in Houston, TX.  This year’s show and booth demonstration had an emphasis on rooftop safety and featured a virtual reality training simulator.

During the full VR experience, users were asked to identify potential safety and fall hazards while standing on a rooftop.  Next, they were tasked with selecting the proper type of personal fall protection for a specific rooftop job.  This includes, anchor point attachments, harness selection and inspection, as well as connectors.

Finally, a fall is simulated with the selections made to show the user how their safety choices will impact a user that sustains a fall.

If you would like additional information on fall protection, or rooftop fall protection please contact us at 888-596-5367.

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Fall Protection Basics

How well do you know the differences between fall protection, fall prevention, fall restraint, and fall arrest?  This informational video brought to you by Capital Safety addresses the fall protection basics in the workplace.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an onsite fall protection audit please contact us at 888-596-5367.

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2018 National Safety Council Expo

Fall Protection Systems is pleased to be participating in the 2018 National Safety Council Expo in Houston, Texas from Monday October 22nd through Wednesday October 24th.

2018 National Safety Council Expo

Stop by booth #3839 to see the newly designed Fall Protection Booth.  Along with a new layout we are featuring 3D fall protection training to everyone that wishes to participate.  Our fall protection experts can walk you through the training simulation and answer any questions you may have.

If you have not registered to attend and would like to we invite you to be our guest.  The link below will give you access to a complimentary expo pass.  When prompted use priority code: 12964.

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