GAP DETAIL: EVERY ARCHITECT SHOULD KNOW THIS

Illustration of Gap Detail. Technical Detail attached below.A common element in buildings today includes public terraces, which often have glass guardrails that are unable to bear the load of lines. In the case of non strucutral elements, one solution for suspended facade access is designing a more expensive davit system that provides clearance over the parapet. However, if we are …

What is Fall Protection?

Photo: Horizontal Lifeline SystemFall Protection Systems fall under 2 categories: Fall Restraint and Fall Arrest. In any non-public area, if there is a guard (such as a parapet) less than 915mm, there is a fall hazard present. In public areas, the minimum guard height is 1100mm.FALL RESTRAINT Fall restraint is the first approach we design for. This begins with keeping a …

ATTN ONTARIO: SUSPENDED PLATFORM WORK REQUIRES A SPECIAL PRE-USE INSPECTION

suspended platform work in progress The Ministry of Labour requires a “Special Pre-Use Inspection” on all anchors or fixed supports before any suspended work is started and used for construction purposes (work such as caulking, painting, window replacement, brick work, etc.). In other words, all work other than window cleaning. The Ministry of Labour continues their safety blitz on existing …

ATTENTION: New CSA Load Test Requirements

One of our trusted installers, Matthew, load testing a Pro-Bel roof anchor.The new CSA update, published in June 2020, requires on-site post-installation load testing of anchors and other permanently installed suspended access equipment.  As of June 2020, CSA Z271:20 “Design of Suspended Access Equipment” outlines a new requirement for on-site post-installation load testing of anchors and other permanently installed suspended …

Working Near Electrical Hazards

If your building is in a downtown metropolis area, window washers will likely be working close to live power lines, which can be dangerous! If your building is in a downtown metropolis area, window washers will likely be working close to live power lines, which can be dangerous.  Whether the using or designing a window washing and façade access system live …

Window Washers Rescued After Stage Collapse

Video from CP24; see original article here.“They both made it to the same ledge and they were both basically saved by their safety equipment.”- Stephan Powell to CP24On the afternoon of September 24, two window washers were rescued after their stage collapsed in Midtown Toronto. The individuals were working near the 18th floor of 2180 Yonge Street when their stage …

OSHA’s Final Rule to Update, Align, and Provide Greater Roof Top Safety

Everyone is responsible for preventing falls when working on a roof. The building owner/property manager, the self-employed contractor, any subcontractor and the worker are each responsible for safety considerations. Health and safety on the roof starts when the decision is made to access the roof or work begins near the roof edge. All aspects of working safely at a height …

National Safety Stand-Down: To Prevent Falls In Construction (Repost from United States Department of Labor)

 https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/ Check out the above link to OSHA Department of Labor. The following is a few highlights of the article: “The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 279 of the …

It’s Spring!

Well, we are a couple of weeks into spring and in both our personal and professional lives we look forward to spring cleaning.  Maybe not look forward to it, but it is inevitable that cob webs need to be swept away, lawns need to be fertilized and windows need to be cleaned. Most of our clients are on an annual …