In 2015, ArcelorMittal Woodstock, a manufacturer of tubular steel products for the automotive industry, contacted Rubicon Safety, an Ontario distributor of Delta Prevention products, to install fall arrest equipment for the first time. The plant had to be equipped with permanent lifelines to carry out working at heights over a production line inside the building.
A lifeline is an engineered system that provides personal protection which also requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), training and annual certification of compliance with current safety standards. This initial on site consult, allowed the distributor to identify areas at very high risk of falling and the opportunity to provide a rooftop safety audit. The manufacturer’s plant in Ontario has several ventilation units on several roof levels and often very close to the edge without a parapet. As such, the Company agreed that rooftop safety rail would ensure the safety of their workers & subcontractors & over the course of a few years were able to receive the capital funding to proceed with the project.
It is thanks to the perseverance of the Rubicon Safety team who, at each annual certification, continued to advocate for the benefits of roof guardrails. Unlike lifelines, guardrail protection systems do not require any additional equipment or annual certification and protect all users at the same time. By emphasizing the advantages of Delta Prevention’s fall protection equipment, i.e. a collective protection, durable, corrosion-resistant, eco-responsible, without roof perforation, Made in Canada, and covered by a 10-year warranty, the distributor managed to convince the steel giant to install the guardrails for the safety of its employees.
The Final Situation
In total, more than ten places at risk of falling have been protected on the company’s roofs. The total length of guardrail used was in excess of the length of two NFL football fields. VSS Classic and VSS Compact guardrail installations were used as required, in addition to a set of guardrails for roof access ladders. If you also need fall arrest equipment or training, visit the Rubicon Safety website here.
Delta Prevention is a manufacturer of non-penetrating fall protection equipment for rooftop. With innovative materials and industry leading versatility, Delta Prevention’s VSS System is the safest and most durable collective fall protection system on the market. Visit our website at deltaprevention.com