Better late than never? Usually that’s the case. But when designing fall protection on a building, we like to suggest the earlier the better. So let’s zip backward in time when an architect is designing the plans for a building. This is the time when some critical questions need to be asked — and answered — resulting in saving not only a tremendous amount of time, but also a huge amount of money.
- Does the building need permanent Building Maintenance Equipment (BMU), or is it easily accessed by a Bosun chair?
- Is the building over 300 feet high? If so, permanent equipment must be installed, as per the OSHA Final Rule as of January 1, 2018.
- Do the drawings show that the roof anchors are in the correct places and meet the 15-degree rule? Are there enough roof anchors to bring the building into compliance? These questions should be seriously considered before adding heavy, mechanical equipment on the roof that might have to be moved to provide for anchors.
- Does the parapet meet the required height of 42″? Even if the building already exists, GSS can help extend the parapet to meet this requirement.
- Do the plans show the safety features required around skylights, roof edges, hatches and other roof openings?
- How close to the lead edge is your fall protection? Does it meet minimum requirement by law?
We don’t expect everyone to know all there is to know about the above safety and fall protection laws and regulations. But at GSS, it’s our business to know. We are happy to spend time with architects during this early phase of design, and help everyone make the right decisions that can save many thousands of dollars. And more importantly, it can save lives.
Architects… stay ahead of your competitors – Contact GSS to schedule a consultation today!