With Lives on the line — FREE design may not be best option.
While getting something free may sound enticing, however, when the details of a “FREE design service”, are examined (often after the system is installed and paid for) the experts find these free plans fall short of OSHA and ANSI Standards, Overlooking latent risks to the users, not to mention operationally inefficient to use. This is because the “FREE design service” can’t allocate enough time to develop the plan, or the person(s) working the plan may not be adequately qualified to develop the system.
Building owners have discovered too late that the FREE design service they signed up for has put them on the hook for unnecessary exposure to risk and increased operational cost. Former sales manager David Street who worked with a Window Washing Equipment producer said, ‘The free equipment layout our salesman would make for the architects was preliminary and not intended to be part of the construction documents used to build the fall protection and suspended access system’.
Conversely, contracting a qualified suspended access and fall protection design consultant, with adequate time to work with you to develop a plan can reduce your exposer to risk and operational cost. When you are in the market for design service for a new or existing building, we recommend you ask your prospective suspended access and fall protection consultant the following:
- Has the designer or anyone in the company been trained and certified as a fall protection competent person?
- How much time will be allocated for the consultant to meet with the project team and other *stakeholders, to develop the plan? (*e.g.: Architect/EOR, suspended access providers, owner’s rep’s and so forth)
Summit Anchor Co. design consultants are qualified in suspended access and fall protection, taking adequate time to develop specific real-world design plans, thus reducing exposure to risk and, down the line, reducing contractor frustration and extra operational costs.
Instead of free design, seek smart design. Ask prospective suspended access and fall protection consultants the following:
- Has the designer or anyone in the company been trained and certified by a fall protection competent person?
- Will the fall protection consultant meet with the building project team, building suspended access providers, and other stakeholders to develop the complete and legitimate design plans?
Why FREE design can cost you?
Free design isn’t better design – especially when lives are on the line. Though fall protection and anchor companies offer “FREE design service,” design professionals may find that these free plans are operationally inefficient, fall short of OSHA and ANSI safety standards , and overlook latent risks to the users.
Frequently these incomplete design plans lead to frustration for contractors during the construction phase of the project.
Why choose Summit Anchor as a consultant for your next building project
Our company has been a trustworthy leader in suspended access and fall protection services for over 20 years, consistently providing durable, high performance products used for suspended access and fall protection. Summit Anchor’s trademark Drop Forged 1035 Quenched and Tempered eye outperforms other anchor eyes on the market.
Our access Systems that can be used for rope descent systems (RDS), swing stage operations, and fall protection for window cleaners, exterior bulking maintenance workers, emergency personnel and other suspended heights contractors. These systems include:
- Roof Rigged and Ground Davits systems
- Horizontal lifelines
- Intermittent Stabilization
- Hatch Guards
- Fixed Ladders
Why is Summit Anchor Company the best choice in fall protection and suspended access systems?
As architects and engineers merge the aesthetic with the practical, Summit Anchor delivers realistic solutions for suspended access, fall protection, and other height safety concerns.