Gap Detail: Every Architect Should Know This

A common element in buildings today includes public terraces, which often have glass guardrails that are unable to bear the load of lines. In the case of non strucutral elements, one solution for suspended facade access is designing a more expensive davit system that provides clearance over the parapet. However, if we are involved early in the project, our designers …

Prescient Building Structure and Window Washing Systems

Prescient is a company that designs and constructs buildings with a proprietary light gauge steel design.  They are a new company founded in 2012 in the US that over the past few years, has begun applying their construction methods on mid and high-rise buildings. Building with Prescient provides developers/owners with both savings in construction costs as well as shorter durations …

Is Your Fall Protection System in Good Hands?

The manufacturer of your system or a professional engineer are the most qualified to provide you with inspections and certification services.  It’s important that your Fall Protection and/or Suspended Access System is being inspected in compliance with OSHA 1910.27. One requirement is that your system be inspected by a “qualified person”. Here’s how OSHA defines this term: “Qualified describes a …

Working Near Electrical Hazards

If your building is in a downtown metropolis area, window washers will likely be working close to live power lines, which can be dangerous! Whether the using or designing a window washing and façade access system live power lines should be taken into consideration. It’s important to consider the not only the proximity of the power lines but also the type …

OSHA’s Final Rule to Update, Align, and Provide Greater Roof Top Safety

Everyone is responsible for preventing falls when working on a roof. The building owner/property manager, the self-employed contractor, any subcontractor and the worker are each responsible for safety considerations. Health and safety on the roof starts when the decision is made to access the roof or work begins near the roof edge. All aspects of working safely at a height …

National Safety Stand-Down: To Prevent Falls In Construction (Repost from United States Department of Labor)

 https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/ Check out the above link to OSHA Department of Labor. The following is a few highlights of the article: “The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 279 of the …

Suspended Platform Work on Existing Buildings Require a Special Pre-Use Inspection

This article is to inform building owners and property managers that the Ministry of Labour requires a “Special Pre-Use Inspection” on all anchors or fixed supports before any suspended work is started and used for construction purposes (work such as caulking, painting, window replacement, brickwork, etc.). In other words, all work other than window cleaning.   The specific pre-use engineered …

REMINDER WALKING WORKING SURFACES CODE CHANGES

On January 17, 2017 OSHA published changes to Sub Part D – Walking Working Surfaces, which have a significant impact on building owners and employer’s responsibilities. These changes include but are not limited to the following:   Mandatory roof anchorages for window cleaners Mandatory fall protection on low sloped roofs – varying distances where fall protection is required depending on …

Employer Sentenced to 30 Days Jail After Worker Injured

September 15, 2017 12:47 P.M. BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Ji Nan Li, carrying on business as Yi Yi Construction, was sentenced to 30 days in jail after a worker was seriously injured by a fall. On December 3, 2015, a worker employed by Ji Nan Li was working on the roof of a construction project located at 7 Burlwood Road in …