REMINDER WALKING WORKING SURFACES CODE CHANGES

On January 17, 2017 OSHA published changes to Sub Part D – Walking Working Surfaces which have a significant impact on building owners and employer’s responsibilities. These changes include but are not limited to the following: Mandatory roof anchorages for window cleaners Mandatory fall protection on low sloped roofs – varying distances where fall protection is required depending on frequency …

Equipment on Terraces

As architects continue to imagine and design complex projects; it is becoming increasingly common that fall arrest and tie-back equipment are located on terraces of buildings. As the condominium market is still as competitive as ever; builders and developers are coming up with special features and incentives to lure buyers.  Items like barbecues, bars, built in kitchens, gardens, lounges, hot tubs, …

Davit Systems

I often hear people referring to window washing systems as davit systems.  While this certainly is true it is not the only way to complete window washing (see The Roof Anchor and Roof Anchors Explained for more).  So what exactly are davits, davit arms, davit bases, and portable davit system then? Davit Arm Assemblies Davit arms are commonly used to rig over …

The Roof Anchor

There are many different types of equipment that are installed for window washing, suspended maintenance, and fall protection.  They can include (but are not limited to): roof anchors, wall anchors, soffit anchors, davits, rigging sleeves, horizontal trolley’s, monorail, gantry’s and roof cars. With all the customized equipment out there – nine times out of ten it is a simple roof anchor that gets the job done! …

Customized Rigging Sleeve

Pro-Bel was recently faced with the problem of installing a rigging sleeve on an existing building where we had no access to the ceiling below the roof. The interior atrium of the building could not be cleaned (or maintained) because there was no lift/platform that would reach the height required (and there was no other access point to install any …

Working With A Standing Seam Roof

We are often asked to provide our equipment on buildings with a standing seam roof.  In the past this request would make even our most knowledgeable designers cringe but alas we have engineered a solution. What is a Standing Seam Roof? A standing seam roof consists of a series of sheet metal panels that are connected “above” the panels (creating …