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When a steel mill crew’s fall protection system inspection revealed damage to lifelines in its meltshop, the mill tapped LJB to help overhaul the system. In this article published in Iron & Steel Technology magazine, discover the keys to creating the customized fall protection system that not only protects workers, but also withstands the extreme meltshop environment.
Each year, facility owners spend millions of dollars and countless hours designing, installing, inspecting and testing anchorages related to work at heights. Too often, the resources spent do nothing more than give the owner a false sense of security. In fact, the time and money spent load testing anchorages may be doing more harm than good—damaging equipment and distracting from other potentially higher risk issues. In this article published in Professional Safety magazine, LJB’s Rupert Noton, CEng, MIStructE, and Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers’ Andrew T. Emmons, P.E., provide critical information on anchorage testing, enabling you to enhance the safety of all workers at heights and make smart investments to reduce risk.
Fall protection equipment is the most visible aspect of a fall protection program, and it can be the most costly as well. Unfortunately, these investments can be nullified due to equipment misuse or “cheating”—using the equipment outside its intended use. The article explains the misuses and recommendations for how to rectify the misuses.
- Never Underestimate the Risks of a Confined SpaceLast month, a high school classmate of mine, and his co-worker, were involved in a fatally tragic, yet totally preventable, accident in a grain elevator—among other hazards, a confined space. I’ve spent my whole life working and doing my part to make sure that family, friends and coworkers are educated… Read more »
- Why the 3M SRL recall is about more than the equipmentAs you may have heard, 3M has issued a stop use and recall of its DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines—likely the most significant recall in the history of fall protection in terms of units, cost to the manufacturer and users’ business disruption. As… Read more »
- Vol. 6 – OSHA clarifies RDS certification requirementsAs many in the fall protection industry expected, OSHA has published a letter of interpretation (LOI) in response to a question about testing anchorages for rope descent systems (RDS). You can read it for yourself here, but when you do, I caution you to be attentive to the details. You’re… Read more »
- LJB Project Manager Gives BackLJB project manager Tracey Riepenhoff, P.E., C.S.P., PMP, has led and performed hundreds of fall hazard risk assessments and abatement design projects for LJB clients. It’s meaningful work that Tracey never takes lightly—knowing that her expertise may be the difference between someone safely working at heights and someone suffering a… Read more »