The FallBan System has been tested with a Missouri Licensed Professional Engineer observing, who certified the results, FallBan meets and exceeds Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1926.502 and 1910.29 standards, Corps of Engineers standard EM 385-1-1, and Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations SOR/86-304, s.2.12(1)(2)
Attachment to the roof (which is beyond our control) is the responsibility of the installer. Each project should be inspected to determine the strength and sturdiness of the roof perimeter edge in which a roof fall protection system might be installed. Rotted lumber or very rusted metal could mean poor attachment.
During our OSHA and Canadian Occupation and Health Safety Regulations compliance testing we used #12 screw (made for mechanically attaching insulation to a roof deck) to attach the
*“IF IT IS NECESSARY TO MEET O.S.H.A. 1910.29(b)(2)(ii), NETTING OR SCREENING CAN BE INSTALLED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A FALLBAN SYSTEM. A VINYL COATED NETTING WILL BE OFFERED FOR THIS PURPOSE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE
FOR PURCHASE THROUGH OUR COMPANY”.
OSHA 1926.502, OSHA 1910.29, Canadian SOR/86-304
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Corps of Engineers EM 385-1-1
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OSHA requires a guardrail system to be tested to a 200-pound force. Some unexpected circumstances could exceed the 200-pound force.
For example, if a 200 pound, 6-foot tall person was walking at 4.3 miles an hour and stumbled, due to his momentum, his shoulder could hit the guardrail system with just under a 600 pound force. The 200 pound test OSHA requires may not be enough.
For testing purposes, this person’s shoulder would hit the guardrail system about 30” high off the roof. We chose to do the testing at the second cable of the FallBan system, which is 29.5” off the roof.
With a FallBan CableGuard System set up with cables and anchors in place, at the second cable the FallBan System has been flexed to 615 pounds of force without failure and returned back to its original shape. For informational purposes, destructive testing was done on FallBan up to 1500 pound force causing permanent deformation of the stanchions, but the FallBan system did not separate or allow any openings (it stayed intact). This test was done on a 13 inch thick concrete wall using 3/8” x 4” sleeve anchors to assure the fastening and decking would not fail before FallBan products could be tested to their limits.
FallBan components were also tested individually at the second cable location, installed on a 2 x 6 treated lumber fascia and perimeter nailer situation, attached with only four # 12 Firestone 1 5/8 inch screws installed horizontally through the face of the “Stanchion Support Plate” into the 2 x 6 fascia. The “Stanchion” alone not only met the 200 pound OSHA required force test, it met and passed a 400 pound Force. The “Stanchion Support Plate” deformed under these conditions when more force was applied.
In cases where it is required to remove the lower support of the stanchion (known as the “Stanchion to Wall Rest), The stanchion alone also surpassed the 200-pound test. A good example is where a window is in the exact location where the “Stanchion to wall rest” were to press against the wall.
Another single “Stanchion” was tested, again on a 2 x 6 treated lumber fascia and perimeter wood nailer, without a “Stanchion to Wall Rest,” again, using Four #12 Firestone fasteners, two 1 5/8 inch screws installed vertically down through the top of the “Stanchion Support Plate,” and two 1 5/8 inch screws installed horizontally through the face of the “Stanchion Support Plate.” The stand-alone stanchion without a “Stanchion to Wall Rest” sustained a 300 pound Force.
In another test using only two 1 5/8 inch screws vertically attached through the top of the “Stanchion Support Plate” and again without a “Stanchion to Wall Rest,” the screws started to pull out at 225 pounds Force.
Test Conclusion: As long as fasteners held in place, the FallBan components will easily handle the OSHA-required loads. Furthermore, the individual components of FallBan will provide even greater strength when assembled together in a complete roof perimeter system.
If necessary, a “Stanchion to Wall Rest” may be removed and the system still complies with OSHA Fall Protection Requirements (if utilizing 4 fasteners per Stanchion)
SECUREMENT AND ATTACHMENT OF THE FALLBAN COMPONENTS AND SYSTEM IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INSTALLER.