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Skylight Fall Protection Guardrails: A Solution to a Real Hazard

Rooftop skylights are an often overlooked rooftop hazard due to the false sense of security they provide. The problem arises when personnel have to access the roof for maintenance or inspection purposes and may happen to travel unsafely near or around …

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Worker Falls Through Skylight Alert

Alert: Worker Falls Through Skylight Issued: November 2000 Content last reviewed: January 2012 PDF Version [136 Kb / 1 page | Download Adobe Reader] Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of …

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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 …

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Hatch Protection Equipment: An Integral Part of Rooftop Safety

W.S. Safety is the Canadian Supplier of many rooftop safety products from industrial netting and guardrails to safety gates and warning lines. We want to take this time to tell you about another rooftop safety solution -- roof hatch protection …

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Confined Space Rescue Systems for Water Treatment Facilities and Industrial Applications

You never know when you might have an emergency, when you might need dependable confined space rescue systems. On January 22nd, a city worker in Lake Pleasant, Arizona experienced something many of us have experienced: he threw his back out. To …

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Fall Protection Industry March Month In Review

News from W.S. Safety, industry leaders in fall protection systems: We've seen a real increase in business over this past month as the snow gradually thaws and customers are back on rooftops, doing maintenance, etc., and workers are being exposed …

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Fall Protection Regulation General Requirements

Understanding fall protection regulations is an important part of a safety plan for industrial work environments - do you know what's required in yours? …

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Complete Roof Safety System Includes Proper Equipment Use

A proper roof safety system has many elements to be considered and it is important to make sure your workers use equipment how it is intended to be used to avoid accident and injury. One accident that can occur is called "Bottoming Out". It …

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Fall Arrest Netting Saves Lives - Rules For Proper Use

Last month in the Hinckley Times a 45 year old construction worker was reported to have fallen off of a roof after being hit by a pallet that was in motion. Luckily the site had fall arrest equipment in place which arrested the man's fall and he …

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Roof Hatch Safety with Guardrails

Roof hatches are present on most non-residential buildings and allow workers easy access to the roof for the maintenance of rooftop equipment and for roof renovations and maintenance. Roof hatches are very convenient but can pose a serious safety risk to …

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When Fall Protection Equipment Isn't Used Injuries Happen

Just a few days ago a worker in Bellvile, Ontario, was on a roof carrying and installing building trimming when the trimming he was carrying hit a power line giving him a severe shock that sent him plummeting 35 feet to the ground below. The worker …

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Fall Protection Industry June Month In Review

Every month, we at W.S. Safety like to share construction safety related news from around the globe and occasionally our own news as well. Here are a few highlights that we found newsworthy this June. News from the construction safety …

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Fall Protection Industry July Month In Review

As a leader in fall protection services, W.S. Safety keeps a beat on construction safety industry news. Here are a few highlights that we found newsworthy this July. News from the construction safety industry: A worker in Georgia was cited by OSHA …

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Confined Space Safety

This year, a company in California was fined $82,090 by OSHA, for an accident in a confined tank space. The accident, a flash fire inside of a metal tank, resulted in serious burns to an industrial painter. Fortunately, the employee was rescued but spent …

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Safety Net Systems For Fall Protection

When working in any environment that leaves an employee open to falls, an employer cannot have enough fall protection equipment in use. A good addition to your fall protection system would be to include safety nets. As with all safety equipment, it is …

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Customized Solutions for Your Fall Protection Needs

If you are in need of a customized fall protection system, W.S. Safety Technologies has the ability and knowledge to create one for your specific solution. Always keeping in mind the health and safety of your employees and paying attention to OHSA …

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Rooftop Snow Removal - Keeping it Safe

With the winter weather upon us, it is important to make sure all of your employees are trained for fall protection safety taking into account the swift temperature changes, snow and ice factors and unpredictable conditions that can happen at a worksite …

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Fall Safety Training - An Employers Responsibility

It has been reported that nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. Due to much of the work being dangerous, the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is much higher than the …

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Water Treatment Facilities Safety System

Prior to entering a confined space, it is absolutely essential to have a work and rescue plan in place. With water treatment facilities - both clean water and waste water - providing durable confined space retrieval equipment that can withstand the …

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Horizontal Lifelines for Pipe Rack Safety

While working at heights on a construction site can be dangerous, there are many OSHA safety regulations an employer must provide to their employees regarding equipment that will keep them safe. This is especial true when working on pipe racks. One of …

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Fall Protection System Saves the Day on Better Call Saul

We at W.S. Safety, have been enjoying the new show on AMC's 'Better Call Saul'. Without giving away too many spoilers, on Season 1, Episode 4, 'Hero', there is a great scene that shows us the importance of using proper fall protection equipment and how …

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May 2015 Month In Review

WS Safety month in review - May 2015 As the weather finally started turning nicer this past month construction activity was up and also unfortunately fall accidents and fatalities. It seemed like a particularly bad month for accidents. We are hoping …

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Active vs Passive Fall Protection - Five Reasons I Would Choose Rooftop Guardrails

If you are a consultant, project manager or operations manager and are looking for roof safety systems, here are five reasons for choosing rooftop guardrails. …

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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 …

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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 …

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3 Height Training Requirements for Building Safer Teams

In April 2015, the Ontario government rolled out new legislation affecting height training requirements for employers and workers in the construction industry. Changes were prompted by the alarming number of injurious or fatal falls that were occurring …

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Why Series: Harness Inspection Record Keeping for Controlling Risk

Maintaining safety on construction sites requires the implementation of a comprehensive fall protection program. Elements of the program include educating and training workers on the proper use of equipment, the selection of equipment appropriate to the …

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What is a Lone Worker? Minimizing Height Safety Risk

Lone workers can easily find themselves in vulnerable situations. Depending on the nature of the work, specific dangers to lone workers could involve exposure to chemicals or machinery, excessive heat and noise, accidents, and environmental hazards …

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Roof Safety Line Step-by-Step Installation

A roof safety line, also known as a lifeline, is typically a horizontal line connected between two points. The line is connected to a lanyard, which is then connected to the harness of a worker. Because it is installed parallel to the surface of the …

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Fall Arrest vs. Fall Restraint—Two Types of Height Safety Systems

What is the main difference between fall arrest vs. fall restraint systems? Fall arrest equipment is designed to stop a fall that has already happened. It is activated after a worker slips, “arresting” their fall in mid-air. On the other hand, fall …

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Working At Height Procedure | Frequently Asked Questions

Having a comprehensive working at height procedure is key to avoiding disastrous fall-related accidents. This article will introduce you to some considerations when codifying your height safety measures. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Skylight Safety Measures - 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 …

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Roof Work Safety Checklist - Part One

The following information is an OSHA compliant roofing safety checklist and guide to support basic safety measures for workers on rooftops. …

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Roof Work Safety Checklist - Part Two

In this article, we will review several other key components to developing a comprehensive and OSHA-compliant roofing safety checklist. …

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Skylight Defender Safety Screens

Why should you buy a skylight safety screen? To ensure safety for workers on rooftops, OSHA requires that every skylight on any given rooftop work site has an appropriate safety screen or guardrail to prevent possible falls. …

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Skylight Safety FAQs - Part One

The Skylight Defender safety screen is a must-have to ensure rooftop safety. We have put together a series of the most relevant and frequently asked questions about the Skylight Defender and issues relating to skylight safety. …

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Skylight Safety FAQs - Part Two

The Skylight Defender safety screen is a must-have to ensure rooftop safety. We have put together a series of the most relevant and frequently asked questions about the Skylight Defender and issues relating to skylight safety. …

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Roof Inspection Checklist

Rooftop hazards can range from being relatively mild to being critical with severe consequences. Identifying hazards, cataloguing them and addressing them with professional solutions can be accomplished with an in-depth roof inspection and evaluation by …

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Skylight Fall Protection in Winter

Skylight safety is of paramount importance when considering the risks of working on a rooftop during the winter. Learn about the greatest winter skylight hazards and how to mitigate them. …

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