Vol. 5 – Spend Wisely on Anchorages to Truly Improve Safety & Manage Risk

To conclude this blog series, we want to provide a specific recommendation for how to not only comply with OSHA’s regulations, but also increase safety and manage risk for your organization. Simply put: You cannot comply with one line of the OSHA regulation and think your systems are safe. Consider this: When you prepare to […]

Vol. 4 – The Value of a Qualified Person

As explained in the previous blog posts in this series, the evaluation of rope descent anchorages can be incredibly complex—and potentially very damaging. However, that doesn’t change the fact that OSHA still requires building owners to provide the assurance that their anchorages are fit for use. When deciding how to move forward, it is critical […]

Vol. 2 – Is Anchorage Load Testing Doing More Harm than Good?

Because of the new OSHA regulation language on rope descent anchorages, which we covered in our last blog post, many facility owners are heavily investing in designing, installing, inspecting and testing anchorages. Too often, though, the resources spent do nothing more than provide a false sense of security—or worse, cause more harm than good. It is […]

Vol. 1 – Do I Have Rope Descent Anchorages and What Does that Mean for Me?

When an organization takes ownership of a building, they also take on the responsibility for protecting workers who will inspect and maintain the facility. Many building owners hope to transfer that liability to the contractors they hire, but it cannot be fully avoided. In some cases, OSHA specifically places responsibility on the building owner. Rope […]

FAQs on new OSHA Fall Protection Regulations: Vol. 6 – Rope Descent System Anchorages

This post in our blog series on new OSHA fall protection regulation focuses on common questions related to fall protection anchorages. Most questions on this topic stem directly from the language below from 29 CFR 1910.27(b)(1)(i): “Before any rope descent system is used, the building owner must inform the employer, in writing, that the building […]

Fall protection peer group benefits petrochemical industry

Writing advisors and presentation professionals always say to avoid using overplayed business terms like “recreating the wheel,”  “best practices” and “lessons learned.”  But sometimes, those things are legitimate and provide real value to an organization.  LJB recently organized a group of petrochemical industry professionals to talk about fall protection.  The goal of the group is to […]

Fall Protection Anchorages

Fall protection anchorages are a hotly debated topic, and one that I am personally passionate about.  A poll question from a recent webinar on fall protection system certification has sparked some healthy debate on anchorages once again. The question:   True or false – By law, all anchorages must be designed by a qualified person. The […]

Who Designated that Anchorage?

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am passionate about fall protection.  I have special concern over fall protection anchorages, since they are the last link to a successful active fall protection system, and often, there is no redundancy. It troubles me that when OSHA mentions identifying a 5,000 pound anchorage, they do not state […]