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Compliance Assistance Resources from the US Dept. of Labor

In a news release issued January 11th, 2019 by the US Department of Labor there will be compliance assistance resources to protect workers from falls. Here is a copy of the release.

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace, the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry. OSHA’s goal is to promote awareness about common fall hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on fall prevention, and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities. These resources, which continue the goals of the Department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), encourage and facilitate compliance evaluations.

Falls can be prevented if employers plan ahead to ensure the job is done safely; provide the right equipment; and train workers to use the equipment safely. OSHA is working with industry stakeholders to provide informative compliance assistance resources.

  • The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers …
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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.

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 …
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Product Highlight: Loading Dock Safety Gate

The safest way to keep things moving on your dock! The OSHA-compliant Loading Dock Safety Gate reduces the danger of falls from docks, bays or exposed edges when closed.

Designed with patent pending features and built from heavy duty materials, this gate is expertly counterbalanced to enable easy, one hand operation. The Loading Dock Safety Gate operates smoothly, utilizing a slam-proof dampening system with no pinch points to protect users and products alike. With two options available, adjustable to fit a standard 8′ or 10′ loading dock as well as a 10′ or 12′ gate with the new LDSG-144-PCY version.

 

 

Loading Dock Safety Gate Benefits

  • Safety That Pays – The Loading Dock Safety Gate keeps your team safe while keeping your dock running efficiently
  • Flexible Sizing – Adjustable to fit standard 8′ or 10′ loading dock
  • Easy Operation – Counterbalanced design makes it easy for one person to operate the gate smoothly with just one hand
  • No Slamming – A unique dampening system keeps the gate from closing hard, and the damper is specially mounted high up to prevent …
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Free Standing Fall Arrest Systems

Fall Protection Systems is pleased to offer a divers product offering to suit all needs fall protection.  With several options for free standing fall arrest systems in our online store, we want to highlight the FlexiGuard A Frame System today.

The FlexiGuard™ A-Frame System provides a secure anchor point on a portable structure to give workers increased coverage and protection. Depending on the configuration, this system has the capacity to provide fall protection for up to two workers and can be easily moved from job site to job site, providing safe and reliable fall protection where you need it. These systems are ANSI, OSHA and CE compliant. DBI-SALA® has created a proven process for developing unique solutions. Whether it’s an existing or modified product, or an entirely new design, FlexiGuard™ always meets the requirements of your specific application. Each custom solution is driven by our customers’ needs and is dependent on the industry, environment and specific design constraints, including government standards. We also have numerous pre-engineered systems that may be a perfect solution to your fall protection challenge. All of …
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Safety Footwear & Fall Protection

Benefits of Safety Footwear for Heights

Safety at a workplace is unnegotiable at any job and a must. Reliable employers should ensure that all measures of caution (including safety footwear) are taken to keep their employees safe and to prevent any accidents. Construction jobs fit into a particular category that is especially risky as it involves working at heights.

Employees should never accept work offers that don’t include safe working conditions or a guarantee that all precautions are in place.  Properly secured working job means everything is done to control risk factors and minimize the chance of accidents appearing. The workplace does not matter, and everyone deserves to feel safe at their job no matter if it is related to office or field. The first step towards safety is providing workers with proper attire. This includes safety hats and footwear, visible clothing and PPE or Personal Protective Equipment.

Risks of working at heights

While all workplaces need to be properly secured, working at heights involves way more risks and requires high caution. Falls and slips are the most often …
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OSHA Inspection Preparation

Do you know what to expect from an OSHA inspection?  This blog post will help you with OSHA inspection preparation for your organization.  Inspections typically occur after a complaint is filed or if an accident occurs in the workplace.  Here is what you need to know to understand what to expect.  OSHA inspections are comprised of 3 parts; an opening conference, a walk around of all or part of the workplace, and a closing conference.  Depending upon the size of your workplace an inspection can take hours or several weeks to complete.

Opening Conference

The day of the inspection, the inspector will first meet with representatives of management and representatives of employee’s (if there are any).  The purpose of the inspection will be identified and will be kept as brief as possible.  If they are following up on a complaint, the inspector will make sure that the inspection addresses those hazards.  If for any reason management or employee’s object to a joint conference, there can be two separate opening conferences.

Before the inspection and after the opening conference, the inspector …
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Free Fall Protection Analysis

Free Fall Protection Analysis with FPS

Did you know that FPS offers free fall protection analysis with no obligation?  Falls are only second to motor vehicle accidents in terms of annual injuries and cost and the highest in the workplace.  When a fall takes place on a work site from a higher level, the damages can be unforgiving.  Scheduling a onsite fall analysis will help reduce the risk of falling and chances of injury.

Current Fall Protection Analysis

The FPS site analysis begins with observing current safety procedures and operation.  By fully understanding the workplace, our fall protection experts can make the best recommendations for fall protection solutions.  Fall protection hazards and instances of non-compliance with OSHA & ANSI will be identified.  Fall hazards can be the result of many situations such as; obstructions in walkways, poor walking surfaces, unprotected edges, misuse of current fall protection and even falling objects.  The benefit of having our fall protection expert onsite is that they can fully understand what solutions are feasible and will be the most user and cost effective for your …
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Free Shipping Remote Power Tagline

FPS Offers Free Shipping Remote Power Tagline

Free Shipping Remote Power Tagline – The DBI-SALA Power Tagline System is ideal for use in applications where bridge cranes or other temporary overhead obstructions exist and fall protection is needed. The system provides easy remote access to an overhead self-retracting lifeline. The Power Tagline system and Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) is mounted overhead and above moving obstruction(s). It is used to lower the SRL’s lifeline allowing for attachment to the worker. Upon completion of work the system is used to raise the lifeline up and out of the way. Cranes and other overhead machinery are then free to pass.

Free Ground Shipping On All Remote Power Taglines in January – Code REMOTESHIP

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2017 Fall Protection Winter Conference

2017 Fall Protection Winter Conference – St. Louis, MO

The 2017 Fall Protection Winter Conference begins tomorrow in St. Louis, Missouri.  Our fall protection team will be meeting to review year end data from 2016 and planning for the upcoming year.  There will also be an awards ceremony recognizing the outstanding efforts from our team as well as a fun team building event.  Work hard, play hard!

The Future of Fall Protection

FPS recognizes that the future of fall protection is a service, not a product.  We can provide solutions for all your fall protection needs, answer questions regarding OSHA compliance and most of all keep your workers safe.  There will be additional product training to keep our technicians up to date on all the latest product innovations.  It is our goal to have the largest tool belt when it comes to fall protection.  We’ve got your covered!  Learn more about our solutions here.


OSHA Competent Person

Who Qualifies as an OSHA Competent Person?

An OSHA competent person is defined as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them” [29 CFR 1926.32(f)].  A “competent person” is referred to in many OSHA standards and documents.  This person should have knowledge and understanding of applicable standards through training and or experience.  They should also have the ability to correct any work hazards identified.

Employers should select a “competent person” for each work site.  In the event of a work site with multiple hazards, the experience needed may exceed the personnel available.  Should that be the case, it is the employer’s responsibility to offer competent person training to that individual.  The training should be specific to their job functions and tasks performed on site.

It is OSHA’s intent to use the competent person as an extension of the safety officer of the company.  By empowering site level workers with more responsibility, …
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