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In the world of General Industry, where our top priority is ensuring the safety of both our hardworking employees and the valuable equipment they use, you can count on FrenchCreek Fall Safety – a renowned manufacturer specializing in fall protection solutions. At FrenchCreek, we take ladder safety very seriously, and we’re proud to offer not one, but two ladder safety systems that align with the latest safety requirements set by OSHA.
This article aims to go the extra mile by providing an in-depth exploration of our two exceptional ladder safety systems: the rigid rail and cable ladder safety systems. Our goal is to equip you with all the knowledge and insights you need to make a well-informed decision for your workplace. So, let’s take a deep dive into the world of Rail vs. Cable Ladder Safety Systems, where safety standards are not just met but exceeded to ensure the well-being of your workforce and the protection of your valuable equipment.
FrenchCreek takes immense pride in providing rail ladder safety systems that have become the go-to choice for safely accessing elevated areas across a wide spectrum of industrial settings. These versatile systems are trusted and relied upon in diverse industrial environments.
The core of these systems lies in their design, featuring a rigid rail or track carefully secured to a fixed ladder. This rail serves as a lifeline for workers, ensuring their safety during tasks that require them to ascend to elevated positions. What makes this system especially safe is the fall protection trolley that workers securely attach themselves to. This trolley isn’t just an ordinary piece of equipment; it’s an ingenious safety mechanism. In the event of an unexpected fall, this trolley immediately springs into action, swiftly locking onto the rail with precision, thus arresting the fall and preventing any further descent.
The combination of the fixed rail, fall protection trolley, and quick response in case of a fall ensures that workers have the freedom to climb the ladder knowing that their safety is uncompromised.
Conversely, FrenchCreek Fall Safety’s cable ladder safety systems utilize a flexible cable or lifeline that runs along the entire length of the ladder. Workers attach themselves to this cable using a harness and cable grab, providing fall protection while allowing greater mobility. The cable is affixed to the top and bottom of the ladder via two brackets, and a tensioner is employed to eliminate any slack in the lifeline.
The installation of the cable grab at the fixed ladder’s base is a straightforward process, and it diligently trails the worker’s ascent. In the event of an unforeseen fall, the cable grab will promptly engage, securing itself to the lifeline, while the shock-absorbing pack activates, effectively mitigating the impact of the fall arrest forces on the worker.
The vertical cable system stands as a well-established and time-honored solution in the realm of fall protection for fixed ladders. Its reputation is built upon years of reliable performance and safety, making it a trusted choice for safeguarding workers in various industries.
Choosing between FrenchCreek Fall Safety’s rail and cable ladder safety systems depends on your workplace’s specific requirements and tasks. Considering budgetary factors, both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. The rail system proves to be cost-efficient when dealing with ladders equipped with multiple standoffs. On the other hand, the cable system offers greater cost efficiency for long ladders with single spans. However, when it comes to applications in corrosive environments and potable water settings, FrenchCreek always recommends opting for the stainless steel version of the rigid rail system.
When it comes to ladder safety, FrenchCreek Fall Safety’s rail and cable ladder safety systems are highly capable options. Each system has its unique advantages and disadvantages, making them suitable for different scenarios. By understanding the distinctions between them, you can select the one that best aligns with your safety requirements. Prioritizing the well-being of your workers and the integrity of your equipment is a step in the right direction for a safer and more efficient workplace.
A: OSHA requires employers to have ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems for fixed ladders that extend more than 24 feet.
A: Employers may use fixed ladders with cages or wells up until the time a cage, well, or any ladder section requires replacement, at which time a ladder safety or personal fall arrest system must be installed in accordance with 1910.28(b)(9)(i)(C), or until November 19, 2036, when all fixed ladders must have a personal fall arrest or ladder safety system as required by 1910.28(b)(9i)(D)
A: Yes, our rail systems can often be retrofitted onto existing ladders with proper installation. FrenchCreek requires dimensions on the length of your overall ladder, the spacing between your ladder rungs, and the size & shape of your ladder rungs to configure the system.
A: FrenchCreek Fall Safety’s cable ladder safety systems tend to have a lower initial cost. However, if your ladder has multiple landings or standoffs the rigid rail system is generally more budget-friendly.
A: Assess your specific needs, considering factors like stability, mobility, and budget, to make an informed decision. For any assistance, please get in touch with our customer service team at 877.228.9327 or send us an email at [email protected].