Ensure worker safety with proper fall protection testing
To meet the requirements of various industry standards as well as the OSHA Final Rule for Walking and Working Surfaces, companies must regularly test and inspect their fall protection systems. Wikstrom Engineering Consulting, P.C. is an expert in inspecting, testing, and certifying anchors and davit rooftop safety systems. Here are some insights on ensuring safety through fall protection testing.
Evolving fall protection regulations
The OSHA Fall Protection Codes are constantly evolving because they are revised regularly to keep up with ever-changing ANSI requirements. The fact that codes are updated regularly creates a compelling argument for regular fall protection testing. In general, the Fall Protection Code includes the standards for personal fall protection systems incorporating a harness that will either prevent or arrest a free fall from height. This includes:
- Fall restraint systems
- Work positioning systems
- Rope access systems
- Fall arrest systems
- Rescue systems
The most recent major update to the Code was in 2017, and it requires that:
- Exposed workers are trained on fall hazards
- Workers who use equipment covered by the final rule are trained
- Permanent anchorages for rope descent systems are inspected and certified
- Personal fall arrest or ladder safety systems be installed on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections including fixed ladders on outdoor advertising structures
- Existing fixed ladders over 24 feet, including those on outdoor advertising structures, are equipped with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system, or ladder safety system
The importance of fall protection testing
Roof anchors and fall protection devices perform a critical service—they keep workers safe and able to do their jobs effectively. By inspecting annually and testing every 5 to 10 years, after a new installation, roof repair, or during an extended time of use, you provide an essential service to your employees and contractors who rely on these fall protection systems. And, by regularly testing your systems, you not only protect your workers but your building as well because an incident resulting from an improperly installed or functioning anchor can cause damage to both your roof and façade.
For these reasons, fall protection testing is vital to your organization. OSHA, ANSI, and other safety regulatory boards have fall protection standards in place to ensure safety—and even though building owners may not always be held responsible for contractor actions, you may find yourself liable if the cause is found to be a poorly maintained rooftop safety system. To protect workers, your facilities, and yourself from fines and insurance settlements, you should entrust a company like Wikstrom Engineering Consulting to ensure your fall protection devices are designed, installed, and maintained properly.
Want confidence in your rooftop safety system? Our process is simple—just provide some details about what equipment needs to be tested or inspected, receive a quote, and schedule the work—we’ll take care of the rest.
Make your fall protection testing smooth and streamlined—contact Wikstrom Engineering now!
Wikstrom Engineering Consulting, P.C. has over 14 years of experience and clients across the country—we perform over 375 inspections annually to ensure the safety and compliance of rooftop fall protection systems. Put your employees in the hands of experts you can trust.