Working Near Electrical Hazards

If you are washing windows in a downtown metropolis city, you will certainly be working close to live power lines.  Whether it is working from a: Bosun’s chair Ladder Temporary platform Scaffold working near hydro lines can be dangerous!  Unfortunately, some property managers and maintenance workers do not fully understand the risk that these lines present. Making the Area Safe In …

Customized Rigging Sleeve

Pro-Bel was recently faced with the problem of installing a rigging sleeve on an existing building where we had no access to the ceiling below the roof. The interior atrium of the building could not be cleaned (or maintained) because there was no lift/platform that would reach the height required (and there was no other access point to install any …

Working With A Standing Seam Roof

We are often asked to provide our equipment on buildings with a standing seam roof.  In the past this request would make even our most knowledgeable designers cringe but alas we have engineered a solution. What is a Standing Seam Roof? A standing seam roof consists of a series of sheet metal panels that are connected “above” the panels (creating …

Working With Hollow Core Precast

Every type of roof structure presents its own unique challenges in new construction for companies who supply and install permanent equipment on them.  With structural steel its reinforcing, with concrete it can be missing a pour.  Hollow core precast can be looked at as one of the most challenging roof construction types for the installation of window washing, suspended maintenance and fall protection …

Perception vs. Reality

The following is an email that was sent to me from our CEO, Marc Lebel.  I thought that it was an interesting message about interpreting “common beliefs” for yourself.  I hope that everyone takes something positive from this message and applies it to themselves at some point this year. I recently traveled to an area that is not considered by …

Roof Anchors Explained

Roof Anchors are the most common piece in the permanent window washing equipment industry. This article will help you better understand what a roof anchor is and why they are so popular. A roof anchor at first glance is a very simple product, a basic post with a u-bar attached to the top. Looks can be deceiving and when it …