Tethers for Tools and Equipment Comply With ANSI 121-2018 and ISEA Standards

FallTech, a manufacturer specializing in fall protection safety products and gear, introduces its FallTech for Tools dropped object prevention program. Falltech for Tools is a complete ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 tested and compliant range of solutions that feature tool attachments, tool tethers, premium self-fusing no-heat tool tape, speed clip attachment tethers, a wrist anchor attachment system, and hard hat tethers.

FallTech for Tools is designed to accommodate the most commonly used tools in construction trades and other industries. These include tools with captive eyes; open- and closed-handle tools; and open- and closed-handle tools with triggers, including impact hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, spud wrenches, and power tools. 

“The driving force behind this program is the over 230 fatalities a year as a result of dropped objects and equipment in the U.S. alone, making it the third leading cause of death in the workplace,” said Scott Miller, vice president of sales for FallTech. “That is approximately two fatalities every three days. Our customers trust FallTech products to help them prevent fall injuries.  Now we are introducing quality designed and tested solutions to help prevent injuries as a result of dropped objects while keeping others and their fellow workers safe, as well.”

For more information, visit  http://falltech.com/falltechfortools.aspx.

Dual-Class Self-Retracting Devices Meet Both Class A and Class B Guidelines

Malta Dynamics introduces the Hybrid Hog, the new Dual Class Self-Retracting Lifeline that gives you the advantages of both Class A and Class B retractables, all in one. The Hybrid Hog comes in both a 20′ Dual Class SRL and a 30′ Dual Class SRL.

Self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) are a staple piece of personal fall protection equipment used to keep workers safe when working at heights. SRLs generally come in two versions—Class A and Class B—established by ANSI standard Z359.14-2012. Both types of SRLs limit the maximum peak arresting force to 1,800 pounds as required by OSHA (OSHA 1926.500 subpart M) when worn with a body harness, but the two classes differ on two key dimensions: maximum arrest distanceand average arresting force.

Class A SRLs are defined as devices that provide a maximum arrest distance of 24 inches (610 mm) and an average arresting force not exceeding 1350 pounds (6kN). This class of SRLs is designed to arrest a falling worker very quickly, and is typically used in areas where fall clearance is limited. Think of it like slamming on the brakes in your car when you need to stop immediately—it may be a little jarring, but what matters is stopping before you hit anything.

Class B SRLs are devices that provide a maximum arrest distance of 54 inches (1372 mm) and an average arresting force not exceeding 900 pounds (4kN). This type of SRL also stops a falling worker safely but arrests the fall a bit more gently. Slowing to a stop over a longer distance makes the stop less jarring. This is why you gradually slow to a stop when you’re driving up to an intersection instead of slamming on the brakes—it’s a lot more comfortable if you can afford to slow down gradually.

The new Hybrid Hog from Malta Dynamics combines the advantages of each class into a single device that meets the standards for both classes. The Hybrid Hog offers a maximum arrest distance of just 24 inches to qualify as Class A while alsolimiting the average arresting force to 900 pounds to qualify as Class B. 

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Roof Perimeter Safety System Now Features Stainless Steel Adjustable Threaded Parts

FallBan is made in the United States in Jefferson City, Missouri, to meet all your roof fall protection needs. Introduced in 2005 and patented in both the United States and Canada, the FallBan Cableguard System is designed to provide a temporary or permanent safety barrier around the perimeter of the roof. Horizontal steel cables are anchored to the roof and attached to vertical steel stanchions spaced at 20-foot intervals and then tightened to form a barrier to protect anyone on the roof from accidental falls.

According to the company, the addition of stainless steel adjustable threaded parts has made the FallBan Cableguard System better than ever. With just a few simple parts, quickly and easily installed, your roof can be OSHA and/or SOR compliant. Roofing or maintenance on a rooftop, under construction or on an existing structure, installed as a temporary or permanent system, FallBan protects everyone on the roof.

For more information, visit www.fallban.com

New Rescue Harnesses Feature Lightweight Design, Breathable Padding

The Malta Dynamics adds a new line of rescue and retrieval safety harnesses. Featuring a comfortable, lightweight design with breathable padding, the Razorback Elite and Elite MAXX Rescue Harnesses get the job done even when working in confined spaces.

“The built-in rescue handles make this safety harness ideal in situations where you are able to retrieve a down worker,” said David Ivey, Fall Protection Engineer.

According to the company, the Razorback Elite’s lower chest strap is perfect for female workers. Other key features include quick-connect buckles, reflective stitching, a new back D-Ring design and two additional D-Ring attachment points.

“We want to keep you and your workers in the safest and most reliable fall protection systems,” Malta Dynamics President Chris Holland said. “That’s why we never stop innovating.”

The Razorback Elite harnesses are now available in the following lightweight models:

B3001: Razorback Elite Rescue Harness (SML) Weight = 3.8 lbs.

B3002: Razorback Elite Rescue Harness (XL-2XL) Weight = 4 lbs.

B3201: Razorback Elite MAXX Rescue Harness (SML) Weight = 5.5 lbs.

B3202: Razorback Elite MAXX Rescue Harness (XL-2XL) Weight = 5.7 lbs.

This new product launch from Malta Dynamics complements the premium fall protection systems and services offered by the manufacturing company.

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Rotating Deck Anchor Features 360-Degree Self-Orienting D-Ring

The FallTech Rotating Deck Anchor is designed for maximum versatility and safety with a 360-degree self-orienting D-ring for use in temporary fall arrest or restraint applications. The reusable Rotating Deck Anchor is designed for installation onto exposed #10 rebar and threaded rod and is secured with user-supplied rebar wing nut or hex nut.

The anchor is designed for installation onto 1-inch diameter exposed threaded rod or exposed #10 rebar. It features a plated stainless steel anchoring plate, steel plated D-ring and bushing, and its 360-degree self-orienting D-ring follows the user’s movement. The product requires a user-supplied fastener to complete the installation. According to the manufacturer, the product meets ANSI Z359.18-2017 and OSHA 1926.502,1910.66.

A Youtube video of the product is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xUOY-6nx0s.

For more information, visit http://falltech.com

New Cut-Resistant Gloves Designed to Prevent Jobsite Injuries

PrimeSource Building Products introduces a new range of cut-resistant gloves under its GRX brand. According to the manufacturer, the new range will meet the demands of American contractors and workers, who are looking for better cut protection, and more durability and value, without sacrificing comfort or dexterity.

“GRX offers workers the latest glove technology in comfort, fit and performance,” said Jarrett Adams, Director of Building Accessories. “We’re adding more cut-resistance options for workers while offering the same levels of breathability and dexterity. This is a strong package to increase job-site safety, which is a big push for us.”

Some of the main features of the new GRX cut-resistant glove line include:

·The 700 Series features PalmWick Breathable Palm Technology, which allows the hand to breathe on the palm side of the glove. The special nitrile coating allows sweat and moisture to wick away through the palm.

·The 600 Series features the ExaGrip Latex Palm, which combines best in class durability and grip. This proprietary palm coating can handle the toughest and most abrasive tasks.

·The 500 Series features classic polyurethane palm coatings in multiple styles, offering an ergonomic fit in traditional cut-resistant liners.

According to the company, each series offers a great grip in wet, dry, and abrasive applications. The gloves are available in sizes S-XXL

“Our time on the jobsite with contractors showed that workers would often remove their cut-resistant gloves to perform certain tasks. We found that this was due to the gloves either being inflexible and bulky, or not breathable, which left workers hands hot and uncomfortable. With GRX gloves, workers will not need to take them off to perform dexterous tasks, this increases worker safety,” said Adams. “Our new technology is like a second skin that breathes and provides and a higher level of hand protection than anyone has been able to offer.”

The new cut-resistant technology meets ANSI standards and comes in a range of ANSI A-2 (500 grams to cut) for light to medium cut protection, all the way up to ANSI A-6 (6,000 grams to cut) for extreme cut hazards on the job. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council, the average hand injury claim now exceeds $6,000, with lost time workers’ compensation claims reaching nearly $7,500. The average reported hand injury results in six days off work. Hand injuries are the second most common injury on the jobsite, with cuts and lacerations being the number one hand injury.

 “Hand injuries sideline millions of American workers every year, “Adams said. “Our cut-resistant GRX gloves are designed to help workers avoid injury. This ensures the gloves are being worn, not left on their belt.” 

For more information, visit www.primesourcebp.com.

Ladder Extension System Helps Provide Safe Access to Rooftops

The Safe-T Ladder Extension System from Dynamic Fastener easily attaches to most standard extension ladders and allows for safe and easy access to rooftops. According to the manufacturer, it requires no tools, drilling, or bolting to install, and is one of the most effective means of improving the safety of nearly any ladder. Once installed, it provides two offsetting handrails that offer a point of walk-through to step on or off the ladder.

This item will allow workers to comply with OSHA standard 1926.1053(b), which states, “When portable ladders are used for access to an upper landing surface, the ladder side rails shall extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface to which the ladder is used to gain access.” 

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.

New Personal Fall Arrest Systems Available in Complete Kits

Malta Dynamics’ new line of Personal Fall Arrest System bags is designed for safety and convenience. Available with 25-foot and 50-foot options, these personal fall arrest systems are designed to be convenient, save time and ensure the safety of crew members working at heights.

This complete all-purpose and ready-to-go carry bag includes:

  • A full body harness
  • A 25-foot or 50-foot vertical lifeline assembly with a shock pack and positioning device with a lanyard extension
  • One heavy-duty reusable anchor
  • A durable bag with a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap and handles

According to the manufacturer, all components meet ANSI regulations and OSHA requirements, including ANSI Z359.13-13, ANSI A10.32-12, OSHA 1926 Subpart M, and OSHA 1910.

“The PFAS Kit is the ultimate solution when you or your staff work at heights,” said Malta Dynamics President Chris Holland. “The portable unit allows you to save time, show up to the jobsite prepared and feel confident about the fall protection equipment you are using each day.”

Find your fall protection solution in one convenient bag today.

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

New Crossovers Provide Safe Access Over Rooftop Obstructions

Kee Safety Inc. introduces its Crossover Safe Access Platforms to provide safe, efficient routes for maintenance, construction, and other personnel when accessing rooftops of flat and low-sloped buildings. Engineered to comply with OSHA safety standards, the new multi-purpose Crossovers feature a Kee Walk anti-slip modular walkway and platform system with handrails that enables workers to step over piping, HVAC equipment, and other obstructions as well as traverse changes in rooftop levels. The Crossovers can accommodate standing seam, metal profile, and other roof types, and they install without penetrating the roof membrane, according to Kee Safety.

Steps and platform floors are built using high-grade nylon treads, checker plate, or steel grating. Base feet can be roof-mounted, have fixed feet, or a combination of both. Safety railings are constructed of Kee Lite Aluminum or Kee Klamp Galvanized Steel for strength, durability, and corrosion-resistance. The new Crossovers integrate seamlessly with Kee Safety OSHA-compliant fall protection systems and equipment to deliver a complete rooftop safety solution, the company states.

Each Crossover Safe Access Platform is custom designed based on the specific rooftop application criteria to meet worker access and safety needs. They can be delivered in fully pre-assembled systems or with modular sections, or partially-assembled flat-pack containers for simple, on-site installation, according to the company.

For product details and to download a free brochure, visit: https://www.keesafety.com/products/rooftop-crossove

For more information, visit www.KeeSafety.com

New Line of Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines

Malta Dynamics introduces its Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines. According to the manufacturer, the Edgehog line meets ANSI standard Z359.14-2014 for a worker capacity range of 130-310 lbs. Boasting a compact and lightweight design, the Class A Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines feature durable housing, a quick-action braking system, an integral shock absorber and a swivel top connection point.

“A leading edge self-retracting lifeline can be critical,” Malta Dynamics President Chris Holland said. “If a worker goes over an edge, as the self-retracting lifeline contacts the edge and comes over, there is a potential the cable could break if it’s not specifically designed for leading edge use.”

 “A condition we see very common with a lot of our customers is what we call foot level tie off,” Holland continued. “This means the self-retracting lifeline’s directly attached to the deck, often because there is no overhead anchorage available. If you were to go over the edge and fall, the leading edge self-retracting lifeline is designed exactly for this scenario.”

The Malta Dynamics Edgehog units contain shock packs on the end. When the cable becomes isolated over an edge during a fall, the shock pack engages to reduce arresting forces. This puts less force on the worker who has fallen and also doesn’t damage the cable.

According to Malta Dynamics Fall Protection Engineer David Ivey, the presence of a shock pack alone does not make a self-retracting lifeline a leading edge unit. For a self-retracting lifeline to be used in a leading edge situation, it must be tested and marked by the manufacturer for leading edge use.

The two new Edgehog product lines include standard style self-retracting lifelines as well as personal units. The standard units feature a convenient carry handle while the personal units have built in back padding.

“Our personal Edgehogs actually attach to the back of your harness,” Holland said. “In the case of a fall the shock pack is actually built into the padding. All day long while you’re wearing it, this is padding your back but in the case of a fall it works as the shock pack.”

Dual personal units are also available for work sites where mobility is important. “Dual units provide optimum safety when transitioning from one anchor point to another,” Ivey said. “They allow for 100 percent tie-off without compromising on mobility.”

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.