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 …

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 …