Get it Right the First Time —
Why Does Fall Protection Design Matter?
By Gus Strats – Summit Anchor Company, Inc. February 24th, 2022
Edited by – Keisha Winston
Good planning can save lives and money
A top concern for building owners is return on investment. Still many building owners fail to consider how comprehensive fall protection and suspended access design is key to getting the best return on investment. Why?
- Reduced Risk – Well-placed fall protection equipment eliminates or reduces risk of accidents or deaths from falls.
- Reduced Manhours – Workers at height can access their work safely and efficiently. This can significantly reduce maintenance costs.
- Reduced Costs – By designing plans that address fall protection needs from the start, building owners can avoid expensive retrofits later.
The best fall protection and suspended access designs consider the variety of users, from window cleaners to roofers, rigging to the building’s equipment for their work. During the design stage, building owners and their representatives should collaborate with the fall protection designer to understand the impact that any proposed system will have on costs and tolerance for risk.
A comprehensive fall protection plan anticipates a variety of building maintenance needs – both on the roof and the facade. Click the image above to enlarge.
CAUTION: Who does not love the word “free”?
Some companies offer “free design services” for fall protection systems. However, building owners could find that these plans lack comprehensive, cost effective fall protection solutions adequate over the life of the building or fail to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
Summit Anchor designs safe and efficient fall protection and access systems that make sense.
Call a member of our sales team today so your building can be safe from the top down.