Fall Protection Myths and Misconceptions

Training for Suspended AccessDoes a 6 ft. edge clearance provide adequate fall protection safety for OSHA guidelines? Are construction rules interchangeable? Do portable ladders require fall protection? OSHA’s fall protection safety guidelines CFRs 1910 and 1926 have been met with mixed levels of adoption, clarity, and confusion, caused by self interpretation and a lack of awareness of the OSHA 351 Standard Interpretations since their introduction in 1973. Many of the current myths and misconceptions surrounding OSHA fall protection standards began as self-interpretation, where a company decided what the standards meant, and their interpretation became so popular that many people are unable to differentiate those practices from actual OSHA standards.

Spider will address some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding fall protection safety.

Misconception: 29 CFR 1910 (General Industry) & 29 CFR 1926 (Construction) Standards Are Interchangeable

Many professionals treat CFR 1910 General Industry and CFR 1926 Construction standards as though they are interchangeable. This is a common misconception and can result in dangerous situations in at-height workplaces. It is crucial to determine the type of work before setting the safety standards. However, the gaps between CFR 1910 and CFR 1926 are closing, but most at-height work applies to CFR 1926, which means that those standards should be applied if you are uncertain of the type of work being done.

Myth: 6-Foot Rule

The 6-foot rule, or the idea that no fall protection is needed if all work is performed at least 6 feet from an edge, is a myth. It is also completely wrong according to both OSHA standards. OSHA has created multiple interpretation letters to attempt to clear up the issue, including a 1996 letter and a May 2000 letter. While OSHA determines that there is no distance that provides absolute safety from a fall, a distance of 50-100 feet would be considered a de minimis violation of standards (it is a violation of standards to not have the fall protection, but it does not directly affect health and safety and is therefore not included on a citation), and the use of non-conforming guardrails 15 feet from the edge is another de minimis violation.

For General Work, a designated area is close to the 6-foot rule. However, a designated area must have a clearly marked perimeter, be on a roof with a slope of 10 degrees or less, and only applies for temporary work. Also, access to the area must be clearly marked.
According to CFR 1926 Standard Subpart M, there is no safe working distance for construction work, and a guardrail or other standardized fall protection measures should be included.

OSHA 1926.5010(b)(10) requires that employees working on low-sloped roofs with unprotected sides and edges and drops of six feet or more be protected from falling by guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, or a warning line system combined with either a guardrail system, safety net, safety monitoring system, or personal fall arrest system.

Myth: Portable Ladders Require Fall Protection

It is a common myth to assume that no fall protection is required on portable ladders. While it is understood that fixed ladders of certain heights require a cage or well for ladders of 20 to 30 feet, many people assume that these rules also apply to portable ladders. While General Work CFR 1910 does not include any references to portable ladders, Construction CFR 1926 refers to portable ladders, but fails to outline specific rules. However, in interpretation letters, OSHA states that fall arrest and fall protection are not required for portable ladders but does recommend fall arrest systems for any heights over 15 feet. It’s also important to meet the envelope requirements for ladder stability (4:1 angle, tie-off, footing, hands free, center of gravity. etc.), and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Misconception: A Body Harness and a Lanyard Immediately Make a Worker Safe

The idea that a worker is safe as soon as he or she puts on a body harness connected to a lanyard is a dangerous misconception. In order to ensure actual safety, it is crucial to calculate the distance of the lanyard, appropriately position the anchor, calculate pendulum fall, and ensure that the lanyard will not bounce when the worker falls on it. Without the appropriate calculations, a worker could be in just as much danger with a body harness and a lanyard as without them.

Myth: Rescue Planning Just Means Calling Emergency Services

Leaving a worker in a suspended situation after a fall might result in their death while waiting for emergency services to arrive. In many cases, suspension trauma must be dealt with within 14 minutes in order to prevent permanent damage or death. Construction standards state that the employer must attempt the prompt rescue of an employee after a fall, but does not specify the definition of ‘prompt’.

Myth: You Don’t Need Fall Protection for Very Temporary Work

For construction, it is mandatory to provide fall protection in any area where workers are on a surface that is more than six feet above a lower level. Because workers can fall at any time, the duration of the work has no bearing on whether or not the standard should be implemented, except during initial inspections prior to the start of the job. In fact, OSHA 1926.501(b)(1) requires fall protection for jobs even lasting only a few minutes.

Other: Fall Restraint

Fall restraint and fall positioning are frequently confused. Fall restraint is the process of using a physical apparatus to prevent a fall, and fall positioning is the process of using a physical apparatus to restrict any fall to a maximum of 2 feet. The big question here is whether or not fall restraint is permissible under General Work or Construction instead of Fall Arrest. While not explicitly mentioned in the original CFR 1910 or CFR 1926, both General Work and Construction guidelines include standard interpretations that allow for fall restraint.

The proposed changes to CFR 1910 sections D and I incorporate fall restraint as restraint line systems and mandate that lines should be capable of sustaining a tensile load of at least 3,000 lbs. In situations where you cannot fall, body belts are acceptable rather than a full body harness, and you can use a longer lanyard with a tether that prevents a fall in any direction and a 3,000 lb. anchor. If a personal fall arrest system is needed, refer to the guidelines and standards for personal fall arrest instead.

The best way to combat potentially dangerous fall safety misconceptions is to ensure that everyone on the job site is fully educated and aware of OSHA standards and their interpretations. You can review fall protection training requirements in 1926.503(a)(1).
Spider is the largest manufacturer and distributor of suspended access and fall protection solutions in North America. Contact us at 877-774-3370 for a range of fall safety protection equipment including lanyards, full body harnesses, and guardrails, or to request more information regarding our OSHA-approved fall protection safety training.

 

 

The content in this blog post was derived from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and published by OSHA. To read the original post in its entirety click here.

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Spider Staging Curtain Wall Applications

curtain wall installationOver the past seven decades, Spider has provided reliable access solutions to contractors working at height around the Americas. Some of these solutions include swingstages and Beta Max material hoists to help glazing contractors meet the needs of their most demanding curtain wall installation and maintenance projects. Spider’s focus on operational excellence and our commitment to listening to our customers ensure that we continue to research and develop new products to meet changing industry needs. Now, we are excited to deliver on that commitment with the introduction of two new lifting solutions for curtain wall applications: the Spider Dual Monorail System and the Spider Glazier 2200.

Spider Dual Monorail System
Spider’s Dual Monorail System is a complete solution for curtain wall applications, capable of offering precise horizontal and vertical positioning of large curtain wall panels. This innovative monorail solution is configurable as a single or double monorail and provides full worker access, as well as continuous, horizontal mobility for swingstages and material hoists around a structure’s perimeter.

With rotating pinned connectors, simple bolted splice plates, and support beams to accommodate rooftop obstructions, the Dual Monorail System is designed for ease of installation. The system features Spider’s new 6-in. x 8-in. I-beams, which are capable of supporting up to 3,000 lbs and are used for both the monorail and outrigger support, eliminating the need for extra outriggers. Engineered corner sections enable traversing from one building elevation to another, making it easier than ever to work with changing heights. Finally, the straight monorail can be configured to cantilever up to seven feet past the last outrigger, providing access to hard-to-reach areas.

• Fully integrated suspended access manufacturing and engineering
• Complies with OSHA 1926.451
• Engineered per customer application

Spider Glazier 2200
The Spider Glazier 2200 is a mobile material lifting solution capable of handling your most complex curtain wall applications while simultaneously ensuring maximum productivity and safety on elevated job sites.

Engineered to meet the challenges of curtain walling, the Glazier 2200 offers optimal flexibility with variable outreach ranging from 18 inches to 4 feet and an adjustable boom height of up to 117 inches. It’s also capable of lifting up to 2,150 lbs. With a variable frequency drive, it operates at speeds of up to 70 fpm, to simultaneously deliver mobility and high lifting capacity at speeds that support productivity.

With quick set adjustable tiebacks, standard Spider counterweights, heavy-duty low-profile casters, and a passive wire winder capable of holding 300 feet of 3/8-in. wire rope, the Glazier 2200 can improve jobsite efficiency. The counterweighted material lifting solution is capable of precise panel positioning with fine tune adjustments from the wireless pendant remote.

Built-in safety features include overload and overspeed protection, a top limit switch to stop the load at the upper limit, a tieback locking device that reduces the time required to reposition the tieback, and a steering handle to reposition the hoist without removing the counterweights.

The Spider Glazier 2200 complies with:
• ANSI / ASSE A10.5-2006
• ASME B30.17-2006
• OSHA 1926.552

Contact us today at 877-774-3370 to discuss your next curtain wall access challenge, or to request a custom solution from our engineers. With 25 branches in the Americas – including our newest location in Louisville, KY- 24/7 customer support, and engineers with local safety expertise, we’re here to help.

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Spider Innovates in Wind Farm Access

360° Blade Access Platform Spider is dedicated to creating cutting edge at-height access and safety solutions, and we take pride in our work. We have remained a leader in the suspended access field for nearly 70 years thanks to our consistent dedication to quality, workmanship, and safety. Our innovations in at-height access extend beyond scaffolding and hoists, and we offer custom engineered solutions for our customers’ specific needs. The 360° Blade Access Platform is one of those innovations, because it affords workers 360° access to a windmill blade for maintenance, repair, and construction. In late 2015, Spider was approached by Akuo Energy with a request to create a solution to access their wind turbines, and we delivered a custom engineered solution.

Akuo Energy
Akuo Energy is France’s leading independent producer of renewable energy with subsidies in ten countries, including Uruguay. While Uruguay’s temperamental climate is excellent for producing wind speeds to generate high amounts of energy, the climate also requires consistent blade maintenance during the operation stage. Akuo Energy developed their own inspection, repair, and preventive maintenance services specifically for the region, but needed help with the access aspect. They approached Spider, and after a thorough analysis, Spider’s 360° Blade Access Platform was chosen as the best solution for their needs. However, due to the large size of the wind turbines on Akuo Energy’s wind farm, the standard platforms were too small.

The Challenge
The 300-ft Norex N117, Vestas V112 and V117 wind turbines required 360° BAP capable of passing over the largest portions of the large blades. In addition, because Akuo Energy’s maintenance team required mobile equipment, it had to be transportable and easy to assemble and disassemble to minimize long-term costs and installation time. Due to the size of the blades, the platform required would be the largest Blade Access Platform created by Spider, and one of the largest in the world.

The Solution
Spider’s expert team of engineers designed a 500-lb capacity, 15-ft x 7-ft 360° BAP, complete with four 1,500-lb traction hoists. With custom dimensions, the platform was able to capture the lower blades and pass the max chords to offer complete access. The new BAP was designed to be modular, allowing maintenance technicians to quickly assemble, disassemble, and transport the entire platform using a standard trailer.
Spider also custom engineered a rigging solution to work with the BAP, and provided initial rigging services, a Competent Person Training course to enable the crew to operate the rigging safely, and on-site supervision for the first project to ensure safety and productivity. The entire project was designed, manufactured, and delivered in just four months, with the initial blade capture commencing in January 2016.

The Client
Akuo Energy is well on their way to using our Blade Access Platform in regular maintenance and repair of their wind turbines.

Superb technical support, good practice, common sense, and fast decision processes were paramount in achieving our goal of purchasing a wind turbine access solution,” said Ing. Andrea Piñon, Asset Manager – South America, “Throughout the entire process we had a great relationship with Spider and very good responses from their team.”

“They succeeded in designing our platform, one of the biggest in existence, and enabling access to 100% of the larger blades installed in Uruguay. Once the platform was delivered, Spider’s field service technician was here to personally train our platform operators to ensure good safety practices and the correct set up and operation of the platform.

“We have a project to acquire a second platform to provide additional services to the region, and plan to continue to work together with Spider very soon. We are very happy customers and recommend them fully!”

In addition to our regularly available standard access and safety equipment, the Spider Systems Group is available for handling custom and large scale projects. Contact us at 877-774-3370 to discuss your needs, or to request a custom engineered solution.

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SpiderLine™ Fall Protection Equipment in Action

SpiderLine - Ohare Automated Transit System Bridge
Spider’s patented SpiderLine™ Temporary Horizontal Lifeline (THLL) is a safe, reliable, and proven fall protection solution for ironworkers, as well as those working on bridges, building construction, rooftops, and other elevated surfaces. Spider is proud to offer superior features at an affordable price, which is why we are continuously working to improve the quality and standards of our SpiderLine™. The newest version offers improved standard features and base options to increase flexibility, safety, and productivity.

The four NEW base options allow easy installation and optimal flexibility with any project. These include bolt down, weld down flange, weld down with no flange, and a concrete rebar clamp. Features such as top of beam bolts and a wing nut to tighten the chain allow for easier installation.

The built in standard modular pass-through stanchions allow freedom of movement because they allow workers to move around without having to unhook, use Y-Lanyards, or order additional parts. This makes our system more affordable than competing THLL systems, and improves productivity.

Our simple but robust chain clamp for I-beam stanchions makes installation easy with no parts to lose. Plus, the wide clamp option accommodates beams of up to 36 in. with flanges of up to 3 3/8 in. thick.

The SpiderLine™ offers safety and convenience, with a 12.5° vertical angle to allow an open walkway for workers and a low profile chain to eliminate tripping hazards. Finally, our improved energy absorber shear pin prevents over tensioning and improves tension indication to reduce wear and tear on parts, allowing you to work in safety.

•    Easy to install
•    Improved energy absorber shear pin supports up to 400 lbs.
•    Max length – 300 ft
•    Minimum length – 20 ft
•    Max span between stanchions – 60 ft
•    Max workers per span – 2
•    Max workers per installation – 6
•    5/16 5×26 WS Wire Rope
•    Meets OSHA & CSA requirements

Spider’s fall protection equipment has been rigorously tested on hundreds of projects around the Americas, and has earned its reputation for safety, reliability, and productivity. Depending on our client, Spider works with you to provide safety materials and training in addition to our fall protection equipment.

O’Hare Automated Transit System Bridge, Chicago, Il – Rossi Contractors was hired to widen a span of the O’Hare Automated Transit System Bridge over I90 in Chicago, Iiinois. The job required complete fall protection for the contractors, who would be simultaneously installing track ties, running, power, and control rails due to the short time frame of the project. Spider offered on-site safety training as well as 600 feet of SpiderLine™, allowing Rossi Contractors to set up 300 feet on each side of the structure and to deploy as many as 40 workers at once to maximize productivity. The SpiderLine™ pass-through feature allowed workers to move freely around the space without disconnecting from the system or using Y-lanyards. Finally, Spider manufactured custom brackets to position independent systems away from the base to provide unobstructed space for the installation of track and components.

Spider offers a full line of fall protection equipment including anchorage, connective devices, full body harnesses, and our SpiderLine™. Contact us at 877-774-3370 to learn more, or to request a quote on your own fall protection solution.

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Fall Protection Safety Solutions from Spider Staging

fall protectionSafety is an integral part of working at height. That’s why Spider offers a complete line of fall protection safety solutions to complement our suspended scaffold equipment. From fall protection harnesses and lanyards to rope grabs and beam clamps, our safety equipment is thoroughly tested and certified to the most rigorous OSHA and ANSI standards. Like all Spider equipment, our safety products are available through our 24 locations throughout the Americas.

Three Components of a Personal Fall Arrest System
A quality personal fall arrest system (PFA) should include three components: the anchorage, connective devices, and bodywear. Spider offers a full range of solutions, including a selection of each of these crucial safety items, which you can use to create and customize your own PFASs.

Body wear, or a full body harness, is a crucial part of any PFAS and must be worn by any suspended access worker on a job site. A full body harness distributes force during a fall to reduce the chance of harness-induced injuries, suspends a worker in case of a fall, and provides support while waiting for rescue after an arrested fall.

It is crucial to select a full body harness for the work environment and the work to be performed in order for it to offer maximum protection. For that reason, Spider offers a number of harnesses in various configurations for different applications and needs.

Spider Harnesses
Spider provides a range of fully adjustable harnesses in sizes small to XXL and for waists ranging from 33 to 56 inches. The right harness should be as comfortable as regular clothing, so sizing and fit are crucial to safety. Each full body fall arrest harness features lightweight webbing, leg adjustments, a chest strap, back sliding D-ring for fall protection, and semi-universal sizing.

We’ve also worked in a number of design features to improve the safety and convenience of our harnesses.  For example, a lanyard loop eliminates lanyard slack and tripping hazards, the chest strap is sewn in to ensure that it stays in the proper position, and a sub-pelvic strap offers greater support and helps to keep the user upright while arresting a fall.  Also, our No-Slip SURE-GRIP web prevents loosening, with constant T-Fastening options, an adjustable mating buckle for fast hook-up, tongue buckle leg straps for fast adjustments, and a sliding back D ring. Comfort features include optional replaceable shoulder pads to distribute the weight of the tool bag to reduce fatigue, padded back support, and a padded D-ring.

•    Conforms and tested to OSHA 1926 Subpart M and ANSI Z359.1-2007
•    One of the most affordable harnesses on the market
•    Lightweight and designed for comfortable, all day wear
•    Adjustable pads for comfort and weight distribution
•    2-color design makes donning the harness easier
•    1 Year Workmanship/Defect Warranty
•    Max Worker Rating 310 lbs/140.6 kg
•    Hardware – 4130 Steel/ Minimum 5,000 lbs. of tensile strength
•    Heavy duty nylon construction

Connecting Devices & Anchorage Connections
Spider provides a wide selection of connecting devices and anchorage connectors in a variety of models and configurations to complement our harnesses. Spider’s connectors are capable of supporting up to 5,000 lbs (2,268 kgs) of force and should be chosen according to the work environment.

Contact us at 877-774-3370 to learn more, or to request a quote on your own fall protection solution. We offer trained technicians through each of our 24 branches in the Americas, provide custom engineered solutions backed by local safety expertise, and we’re happy to help.

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Spider Partners with Next Generation Scaffold

Shaft (3)Spider has been specializing in top of the line hoists and scaffolding equipment for nearly seven generations, and we are now offering a new and unique vertical and horizontal access solution with significant savings to our customers.  By partnering with Next Generation Scaffold Services, Spider now offers SafeDeck, a game-changing scaffolding access solution for a range of industrial and commercial applications including power plants, oil refineries, nuclear facilities, bridges, atriums, skylights, shafts, stacks, and more.

SafeDeck
SafeDeck scaffolds offer significant time and labor savings over traditional methods, including up to a 70% reduction in materials for installation and dismantling, up to a 50% reduction of scaffold-related man hours during critical outages, and a reduction in exposure to leading edge falls.

The unique versatility of the SafeDeck scaffold system allows you to work with both horizontal and vertical platforms, allowing for more versatility in creating custom solutions, and it supports large areas and high load capacities.  SafeDeck also allows erectors to safely swing trusses with OSHA-compliant handrails, which is a key improvement over current erection and support methods.

SafeDeck in Action  
Spider has used NextGen scaffolds to offer versatile solutions for our clients. One example includes working with the El Dorado County Transportation bridge crew to provide suspended access to the old Mosquito Bridge over the American River in Placerville, California. The wooden bridge is 75 years old, nine feet across, 140 feet long, and is crossed by 1,300 vehicles daily.

Spider Staging on Mosquito Bridge

Challenges – The El Dorado County Transportation was called on to replace the main bridge support beams. Each wooden beam weighs 500-800 lbs and is up to 18 feet in length.  With narrow roadways and rugged terrain, the options for scaffolding types and installation were limited.

Solution – Spider used a 20 x 24 foot NextGen floating platform to allow two workers enough space to dismantle and remove an old beam and replace it with a new one. Due to the narrow roadways and rugged terrain, the scaffold was constructed offsite and rigged in place with a crane. With four double lined SC1000 air hoists, the entire platform had a capacity of 8,000 lbs – more than enough for two workers, equipment, and material. Finally, Spider provided two material hoist line kits with SC1000 traction hoists to transport the beams. Spider’s on-site training crew ensured that the crew was able to safely and efficiently operate and reposition the platform for the duration of the work.

Contact Spider at 877-774-3370 for more information about Next Generation’s scaffold solutions, or to request a quote. We offer 24 local branches across the Americas with custom engineered solutions that benefit from local safety expertise, and our trained technicians are happy to help.

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Operating Spider Hoists in Cold Weather Conditions

Winter months bring cold and potentially extreme weather, which affects everyone working outside. However, with an average 1-degree temperature drop for every 100 feet of altitude, plus added wind chill, working at height in cold weather can be much more hazardous than working in the same weather on the ground. Considering potentially slippery surfaces, exposure to the elements, increased wind speeds, and ice or snow build up, it is crucial for workers at height to take extra safety precautions when working in cold weather conditions. But while OSHA has extreme wind regulations, there are no such standards for working in cold weather, so extra safety precautions are often overlooked.

For example, in cold weather, it is important to bundle up and wear warmer, protective clothing to prevent hypothermia, frostbite, or cold-related stiffness while on the platform. Because it’s colder on suspended platforms, where wind and the elements are more of a concern, this is doubly important when working at height.

However, even bundling up has its own challenges. Clothing can be heavy and restrictive enough to cause fatigue, and might be bulky enough to create issues with a safety harness. In a very cold environment, you might be tempted to put on as many layers as possible, which can greatly restrict mobility. While investing in lightweight thermal clothing is always a good idea for working on scaffolds in cold weather, it’s also important to take steps to ensure the safety of someone wearing 3 to 5 layers of bulky clothing.

Tips for working in heavy winter clothing:
• Adjust harnesses to fit the new bulky clothing.
• Weigh the clothing and add the new weight to the total platform weight.
• Use shorter shifts as heavy or restrictive clothing causes fatigue.

Ice and Snow
You should never work in any form of precipitation, including snow. It’s also important not to work in icy conditions. Platforms should be de iced and completely dry before they go up, and if ice forms on the platform in air, workers should come down. Built up ice is slippery and heavy, which can cause a variety of problems, including adding significant weight to the platform. Ice can also get into ropes, pulleys, gears, and machinery, so it is important to inspect the rigging for ice and snow before using it.

Instruct Workers on Hypothermia
Working in pairs is always a good idea, especially in cold temperatures. A partner can recognize the signs of hypothermia, spot ice or other hazards, and help if you become incapacitated from the cold.

The signs of hypothermia include:
• Exhaustion or reluctance to keep moving
• Slurred speech
• Disturbed vision
• Collapse

In case of hypothermia, partners can follow these steps.
1. Prevent further heat loss. Get off the platform, change into dry clothing if possible, and bundle in additional clothing or blankets.
2. If the person is conscious, give them warm (not hot) water (no caffeinated drinks).
3. Get help or call emergency services and proceed based on their instructions.

Contact your local Spider branch if you have any questions about operating your Spider hoist in cold weather.

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Spider Case Study: Power Plant Maintenance

Spider Case Study: Power Plant Maintenance Spider is an expert in rigging, hoists, and suspended scaffold equipment, and we’ve been supplying at-height contractors for nearly 70 years. One of our services is custom solutions, and we work with our clients to create equipment and platforms designed around the specific needs of challenging jobsites.

Cannon Sline Inc. came to us in need of a custom solution after being hired to perform maintenance on the AEP Cardinal Station Unit 3 Cooling Tower in Brilliant, Ohio. The project featured multiple challenges, but Spider was able to create a solution so that the company could access the tower and perform maintenance as needed.

Project Scope
Cannon Sline Inc. needed to inspect, repair, and coat the entire interior surface of a cooling tower at the AEP Cardinal Station. The tower was 424 feet (129.3 m) high and featured a 200 foot (61 m) diameter, making the size a challenge of its own.

Challenges
In addition to the large size of the tower, the jobsite presented a number of unique challenges requiring custom solutions:
• The sloped surface did not work with existing parapet clamps.
• A platform could not follow the sloped wall. A custom design with a change of direction sheave was needed.
• The change of direction sheave meant that a winch system and anchor plan were necessary.
• Existing lightning protection meant a standard topside rigging system would not work.
• The entire system had to be easy to use and easy to relocate to keep to the 11-week outage schedule.

Spider’s Solution
Spider reviewed Cannon Sline’s custom requirements and designed a solution for their needs. We designed and built a custom parapet clamp for the sloped parapet wall. We also created a platform for the sloped wall utilizing a primary and secondary wire rope system running the length of the platform. A custom change of direction sheave system allowed the platform to follow the sloped contour of the tower walls, facilitating access to the underside of the slope. We also designed custom devices to be integrated into standard rental equipment, reducing the overall cost of the project. Finally, everything was designed, manufactured, and delivered onsite in just 5 weeks to meet the project’s tight deadline.

With more than 70 years of experience in putting people to work safely at height, Spider knows rigging. Plus, with 24 operation centers in the Americas, and over 200 trained professionals on our staff, we’re available wherever you are, so we can offer fast, responsive, and hands-on support. Contact us at 877-774-3370 to learn more, or send us your requirements for a custom solution. Spider is happy to help.

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Spider Elevator Capabilities

elevator hoist capabilitiesIf you are installing, maintaining, or modernizing your elevator, Spider has a full range of tools and lifting equipment, as well as custom solutions designed for your needs, to handle every elevator suspension job. With nearly seven decades of experience putting people to work at height, we have the tried and true experience to make sure your job goes smoothly and safely and stays within budget. Spider’s dedication to quality, operational excellence, and premium technical support ensure that you get the quality tools and hoists you need to finish the job safely and on time. Plus, we’re available nationwide, so you get the support you need, no matter where you are.

Spider’s Elevator Solutions
UL-Listed Hoists, ranging from 220-2,200 lb capacity:
• Astro E2200
• SC1000 and SC1500
• UpPro P1010

JoBox – Our standard JoBox includes all of your elevator access equipment plus nearly 50 tools in one convenient kit.

Custom Solutions - Discuss your project with your local Spider branch, and we will work on a customized solution to meet your requirements.

Nationwide Service and Support
With 24 branches in the Americas, Spider is capable of offering rapid support, delivery, and service wherever you are so you can meet project deadlines and maximize worker uptime. This also ensures national accounts receive consistent, reliable products and services regardless of their location. Additionally, with our 150 factory trained technicians and 24/7 customer support, we can quickly provide answers to get you back to your project quickly.

Contact Spider at 877-774-3370 for a quote or to discuss your elevator access needs.

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The Importance of Hoist Service

Improving the safety and longevity of your hoist is an important consideration, not only for meeting OSHA requirements and safety standards, but also for protecting your investment in the hoist. Preventive maintenance and routinely scheduled inspections should be sufficient to keep your hoist safe for normal use, but we also require regular teardown and repair to ensure the continued reliability of the equipment.

OSHA 1910.28(I)(9)
OSHA standard 1910.28 mandates safety requirements for working with scaffolding, and the (I)(9) requirement states that it is mandatory to use equipment in line with the manufacturer’s maintenance and usage instructions.

Which Spider Hoists Require Annual Servicing? *
While you can find the operating and servicing instructions in the operator’s manual, the following includes a general overview of which Spider hoists require annual teardown and rebuild.
• ST-17
• ST-27
• SC30
• ST-18
• ST-180
• SC40
• ST-19
• LSR1
• Zmac/1000®
• ST-26

Additionally, Spider hoist models SC1000 and SC1500 require a teardown and rebuild every 3 years, or every 105 operating hours, whichever comes first.

*Special Considerations
Keep in mind that sometimes hoists require more frequent servicing. For example, if your hoist is used more frequently than the guidelines indicated in the operator’s manual or if it is used in corrosive or debris-filled environments, you should be sure to adjust your service appointments accordingly to ensure optimal operation and safety. Familiarize yourself with the service instructions in your operator’s manuals, and when in doubt, contact your local Spider branch for assistance.

Hoist Before Service

Hoist Before Service

hoist after servie

Hoist After Service

Servicing Your Spider Hoist
In order to ensure service that meets OSHA standards as well as Spider’s own strict quality requirements, only a Spider trained technician should service your hoist.

Contact your Spider team at 877-774-3370 to find out when your hoists were last serviced, or to schedule a service appointment.

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