Portable vs. Fixed Outrigger Beams

Outrigger beams, used singularly or in pairs, provide a practical means of suspending bosun’s chairs, single work cages or platforms. WHY USE OUTRIGGER BEAMS FOR YOUR WINDOW CLEANING/SUSPENDED ACCESS SOLUTION? Outrigger beams are suitable for buildings under 300 feet (91.4 m) in height and are usually ground rigged. Long span beams are ideal for accessing difficult to reach areas e.g. …

Which Vertical Rigging Sleeve is right for you?

In our business of providing safe suspended access and fall protection, our systems are designed to go over, under or through the building structure. Rigging sleeves allow suspensions lines to pass through obstructions. When going over or under isn’t an option, rigging sleeves are our choice of equipment to fulfill the suspended access scope. In fact, they are fast becoming …

Monorail System – Design Considerations

Often referred to as continuous anchor points, monorail systems consist of a track and traversing trolleys. These are one of our more complex design solutions that are often used to access difficult-to-reach or otherwise inaccessible areas (such as atriums). We have a host of different monorail solutions and if you’re looking for an overview of exactly what this system consists …

Guide to Bosun’s Chair Systems

Worker on Bosun’s Chair using suction cups to stabilize.Window Washing is often performed with either a bosun’s chair system or suspended platform in conjunction with Pro-Bel rigging equipment (such as anchors, davits, outriggers, etc.) Read on for a quick CSA guide of bosun’s chairs and platforms. Please note: if your building is in the United States, these regulations do not …

Roof Rigging – Launching a Platform Explained

Roof Rigged Davit Systems are designed for buildings where ground rigging is not ideal. Sometimes, site conditions, particularly at lower levels, do not allow for a platform to be picked up from the ground. Roof conditions such as permanent equipment, parapet/screen wall height, building shape, and especially suspension height must all be taken into consideration when deciding between designing for …

Anchor vs Davits – What’s the Difference?

Left: Anchors; Right: DavitOne of the most frequent misconceptions we hear is that “we need davits” for a building/project to complete window washing and suspended maintenance.  In certain situations, this is definitely the case; however, davits are not the typical starting point for any design. The misconception is that anchors and davits are the same type of equipment and function …

Roofcars – What Are They?

A Pro-Bel Roofcar recently installed in Vaughan, OntarioRoofcars (learn more about the roofcar services we offer) , sometimes referred to as Building Maintenance Units or BMUs, are one of the more complex system solutions for high rises and/or buildings with unique architectural elements. CSA requires roofcars on any buildings with a drop of 190m (492ft) or higher. See an excerpt …

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 progressContact UsShare this PostMore on the Blog 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 …