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OSHA Safety Gates: A Comparison of Two Self-Closing Options

This article highlights the features of our most trusted safety swing gates. Read on to learn more about FabEnCo's industrial safety gates and BlueWater self-closing safety gate to see which of these OSHA safety gates is right for your … Read more

Your FabEnCo Experts For The Canadian Market

We at W.S. Safety Technologies were very excited when FabEnCo released their new pallet safety mezzanine gate. Up until they developed this product companies were simply putting together two standard safety gates in a saloon door style configuration. The … Read more

Self-Closing Safety Gates: Know Your Options

W.S. Safety carries the top three options for self-closing safety gates. We work closely with our customers to provide the best option for their swing gate needs. FabEnCo Self-Closing Safety Gates FabEnCo self-closing safety gates will dramatically … Read more

Solutions for Your Fixed Platform and Gangway Needs

Fixed platforms and gangways are a great solution when you need to assist in railcar access or transport truck access quickly and safely. Our on-site assessment will allow us to assist you in making the correct choice for your particular application. As … Read more

The Importance of Rooftop Warning Lines

While warning lines do not take the place of fall protection equipment they can help create a safer environment when used together on rooftops. According to OSHA, a warning line system consists of ropes, wires or chains and supporting stanchions which … Read more

Temporary Rooftop Guardrails - Which One is Right for You

Temporary rooftop guardrails can be used for many different applications in construction and maintenance. A few of these uses include rooftop maintenance, new roof installation, solar panel installation on roofs, HVAC/RTU maintenance and building … Read more

Q. Why Are More Companies Choosing Safety Rail 2000?

A. Meets and exceeds numerous USA and Canadian codes for permanent and temporary guardrailing including: OSHA, OBC, CSA, OH&SA, OSHA, CAL OSHA, Alberta OHS, WorkSafeBC, and TSSA variance requirements. Standard Safety Rail 2000 lengths include 3′, … Read more

Q. What Are Companies Using SafetyRail 2000 For?

A. Companies are using BlueWater SafetyRail 2000 guardrail systems for: Roof Top Fall Protection, Temporary Fall Protection, Roof Edge Protection, Roof Hatches, Skylights, Hazard Barriers, Warehouse Dock Doors, Warehouse Mezzanines, Warehouse Traffic … Read more

Q Why are companies choosing Safety Rail 2000FG Fiberglass Guardrails?

A. No holes need to be drilled It's 100% portable Meets and Exceeds OSHA Regulations for Fall Protection ... … Read more

Q. What is the OSHA requirement?

A. OSHA Reference 29 CFR 1910.23 guarding of floor openings and holes. "(a)(2) Every ladderway floor opening or platform shall be guarded by a standard railing with standard toe-board on all exposed sides (except at entrance to opening), with passage … Read more

Control Zones - An Underrated Option for Rooftop Safety

The 'control zone' concept offers a method of indicating a safe distance from the roof edge. At W.S. Safety, we see this concept as a missed asset. If you have a large roof, there may not even be any need to invest in an anchor system at all. … Read more

Understanding Rooftop Safety Requirements in Canada - Part 1

You have a list of daily tasks. As an Operations Manager, Business Owner, Project Manager or Consultant this keeps you busy. On top of that, you have fall protection regulations and other such requirements to follow. This may seem like a lot, but when … Read more

Why Are Skylights an Extremely Dangerous Hazard?

First and foremost, all rooftop workers should be familiar with the layout of the roof before beginning work. This can prevent falls, fines and serious injuries. When working on a roof equipped with skylights, the main risk of falling through a skylight … Read more

Understanding Rooftop Safety Requirements in Canada Part 2 - Provincial Requirements

Rooftop safety requirements in Canada are divided by region. Following these requirements can help your company protect an unsafe roof. In our article we published online in June Understanding Rooftop Safety Requirements in Canada - Part 1, we briefly … Read more

Why Series: Fixed Ladder Fall Protection Requirements

Access ladders have hidden dangers that can lead to severe consequences if fixed ladder fall protection requirements are not met. … Read more

Fall Limiter vs. Self-Retracting Lifeline: What’s the Difference?

When deciding between a fall limiter vs. a self-retracting lifeline (SRL), there are a few things to keep in mind. A simple self-retracting lifeline definition is a fall safety device with a spring loaded line or cable that connects to a worker’s … Read more

Ladder Hazards & Control Measures For Reducing Fall Risk

Despite laws surrounding ladder hazards and control measures, falls from ladders continue to be a leading cause of serious injury and fatality in Ontario workplaces. Unsafe ladder use is among the factors that contribute to fall risk. … Read more

Scaffold hazards and control measures

It’s estimated that over half of all scaffold accidents in Ontario every year are falls. While convenient to use, scaffolds can pose serious risks if proper precautions and working at heights control measures aren’t observed. Considering that … Read more

OSHA Fixed Ladder Requirements

By implementing various changes to standards and policies, OSHA hopes to save employers hundreds of millions of dollars every year by preventing fatalities and lost workdays due to injuries related to fixed ladders. Let’s take a look at the key … Read more

Building Regulations for Roof Access Hatch

There are a number of safety regulations and building code requirements in Ontario relating to the use of roof access hatches. Hatches must meet the standards required by the National Building Code (Canada) and the Occupational Health and Safety … Read more

Ontario Ladder Safety Regulations

Misusing ladders or ignoring safety precautions can result in serious injuries or fatalities. When ladders are not secured properly, are slippery or defective, or not used in conjunction with appropriate stabilizers, workers are far more vulnerable to a … Read more

Skylight Safety - OSHA Requirements

To help ensure that workers do not fall through a skylight, OSHA has clear regulations regarding the rooftop safety measures that are necessary … Read more