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Horizontal Lifeline Systems for Working at Height at TATA Steel

In this video, we take you to TATA Steel in Warren, Ohio and showcase several horizontal lifeline systems we installed to help protect their workers at height.

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Their First Problem: 0:27

TATA Steel had a passive fall protection system surrounding two towers used in the steel making process. The issue was that when they removed one of the rollers from the center of either tower, a new 40-50 foot fall hazard was created that the passive guard rail system couldn’t control.

That system needed to be able to secure multiple workers and allow them to move and perform maintenance while hands-free.

Our First Solution: 1:07

Wayne Garrett, a Lifting Specialist, worked with Kevin Muldoon, Product Manager for Engineered Lifeline Systems and Fall Protection, and TATA Steel’s Environmental Safety and Utilities Manager, Mark Grabigel, on a solution that would serve multiple locations throughout their facility.

They started by installing two Tractel TravSafe Lifeline Systems on either side of both towers that would allow multiple workers to perform their duties safely with 100% tie-off.

Their Second Problem: 1:46

TATA Steel initially had their maintenance workers move platforms into position alongside their boilers for service. The platform systems would roll into place, lock their wheels, and use a passive guard rail system while the worker was at height. It was a labor-intensive process that added time and risk to the job.

Our Second Solution: 1:56

An additional TravSafe horizontal lifeline system was put in place to remove the additional use of the platforms and allow 100% tie-off while working at height on the boiler systems.

Their Third Problem: 2:15

TATA Steel installed a homemade lifeline system of their own to ensure their employees had the ability to tie off while working at height. The issue was that since the system was homemade, there was no way to certify it. This meant that there was no inspection criteria to base an inspection or required maintenance off of, making it impossible to adhere to OSHA fall protection standards.

Our Third Solution: 2:39

We installed two specifically-engineered stanchions to their normalizer system. This solution used those stanchions as the ending anchor points for an additional TravSafe horizontal lifeline system. With it, came the ability to inspect, maintain, and certify their fall protection system.

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