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 …

Building Owners and property managers must certify their roof anchors within one year!

OSHA has revising and updating its general industry standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with window cleaning and suspended stage work. Significant changes are included for fall protection systems, including identified, tested, certified, and maintained each anchorage. The rule becomes effective on January 17, 2017, and will affect all Pro-Bel systems …

It’s Spring!

Well, we are a couple of weeks into spring and in both our personal and professional lives we look forward to spring cleaning.  Maybe not look forward to it, but it is inevitable that cob webs need to be swept away, lawns need to be fertilized and windows need to be cleaned. Most of our clients are on an annual …

US Inspections knows that….

“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop” – Mark Twain Interesting quote from one of the wittiest authors of all time.  As I create an outline for my monthly blog, I am reminded that sometimes too much information is truly too much information, particularly when discussing the dynamic topic of roof …

"Whose Liability is it Anyways?"

It’s the end of a successful 2015 and as a Department Manager I am inclined to sit back and reflect on what my department did well, what we did not do well and on how we can grow the business while continuing to exceed our customer’s expectations. This type of introspection forces me to look at just what our “business” …

We are hiring Technical Sales Support Representative

https://www.ziprecruiter.com/quiz/bb8436c7/post Technical Sales Support Representative Role: We are looking for a technically-oriented individual to join our sales support team. This person will provide day-to-day assistance to our technical sales managers. As part of the sales team, this position will also help support new revenue growth by working with the technical sales managers in developing and delivering sales and design proposals, …

Wood Frame Buildings

A significant change to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) was just revealed that positively affects the fall arrest anchor and tie-back equipment industry. It was recently announced that wood frame buildings can be built up to six storeys tall in Ontario (which is an increase from four storeys) effective January 1, 2015. Since roof anchor systems are required for maintenance …

Engineering a Complete Anchor System: Part 2

Since inception, Pro-Bel’s purpose has been to protect workers from falls.  The selection of fall protection, suspended maintenance, and window washing equipment to create an effective and efficient system is highly specialized and requires in depth knowledge of rigging methods / practices and safety regulations. There are two common misconceptions related to the design of these systems. 1)    There is …

Equipment on Terraces

As architects continue to imagine and design complex projects; it is becoming increasingly common that fall arrest and tie-back equipment are located on terraces of buildings. As the condominium market is still as competitive as ever; builders and developers are coming up with special features and incentives to lure buyers.  Items like barbecues, bars, built in kitchens, gardens, lounges, hot tubs, …

Engineering a Complete Anchor System: Part 1

Fall arrest and tie-back anchors are primarily designed to protect workers from falls while working on or over the roof edge. While a clear understanding of codes, regulations, and standards is of the utmost importance; the first consideration (after safety of course) is function when designing proper window washing, suspended maintenance, and fall protection systems.  Often buildings will install a …