I recently spoke with a contractor and a manufacturer about a project that brought a bus company’s roof into compliance with OSHA regulations. The multi-level roof lacked perimeter fall protection, and its ladders weren’t up to code. The story has some lessons for roofing contractors out there.
I recently spoke with a contractor and a manufacturer about
a project that brought a bus company’s roof into compliance with OSHA
regulations. The multi-level roof lacked perimeter fall protection, and its
ladders weren’t up to code. The story has some lessons for roofing contractors
Liberty Lines Inc., headquartered in Yonkers,
is one of the largest privately owned transportation companies in New York. Josh Crespo,
Service Manager for Hayden Building Maintenance Corp., the company hired to do
the roof maintenance for the building, was aware of the problem, as were the
folks at Liberty Lines. They put their heads together to find an answer to the
safety problems that wouldn’t cause any damage to the existing roof, which was
in very good shape. They found the ideal solution in the KeeGuard, a
non-penetrating safety rail system manufactured by Safety Rail Source.
In a joint effort, Safety Rail Source, Hayden Building
Maintenance and architect Mitchell Koch worked with Liberty Lines to install an
OSHA-compliant safety railing system and replace the ladders to bring the
building into compliance with OSHA requirements.
You can read the whole story in our June issue, but in a
nutshell, the lessons that jump out for contractors are these:
1. In this instance, the company knew the roof needed edge
protection, but that isn’t always the case. Building owners might not know that
their roof isn’t in compliance with OSHA, and it’s the contractor’s job to
2. Installing a permanent safety rail system where needed is
a good investment for the building owner and a moneymaking venture for the
contractor. It’s also a great upsell on a re-roofing job.
3. As an added bonus, in this case Liberty Lines was able to
tap into federal dollars through the government’s stimulus package to help
subsidize the installation, making the cost even more appealing to the business
According to Hal Swindell of Safety Rail Source, his
company’s products include railings for the roof edge, skylights and roof
hatches. He believes the KeeGuard system presents a great opportunity for
contractors to help their customers and generate more revenue at the same time.
“It’s a clean, easy installation and a great upsell,”
Swindell said. “It’s an opportunity with new customers and existing business
that helps the contractor bring the building up to code. Many buildings are out
of code and the building owners don’t even know it. It’s up to the contractor
to inform them.”
For more information about Safety Rail Source, visit www.safetyrailsource.com.