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 …

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 …