Is a “Qualified Person” Always an Engineer?

Is a “Qualified Person” Always an Engineer?

Does a “Qualified Person” need to be an Engineer? By Kevin Denis, Director of Special Projects I’m confused! Does a “Qualified Person” need to be an Engineer? This is a question that I (and many people) frequently get when trying to determine who can function as a...
5 Core Tenets of Fall Protection

5 Core Tenets of Fall Protection

5 Core Tenets of Fall Protection By Kevin Denis, Director of Special Projects Gravitec has worked with employers for 35 years protecting their workers at height, long before OSHA had fall protection regulations and ANSI had standards.  As I’m surfing the internet, I...
5 Must Haves

5 Must Haves

5 Must Haves By Collin Kupers, Fall Protection Training Instructor When you spend more nights in a hotel bed than your own, it is important to prioritize your traveling supplies. Finding the right balance between too much and too little takes time and purposeful...
Why you need a G4 Kit

Why you need a G4 Kit

WHY YOU NEED A G4 KIT By Caitlin Bearman When minutes matter, seconds count. In the event of a fall, time is working against you from the first moment. Risks of suspension trauma and other injuries only increase the longer the worker (and rescuer) are suspended....
The Gravitec Difference: Fall Protection Training

The Gravitec Difference: Fall Protection Training

The Gravitec Difference: Training By Kevin Denis, Director of Special Projects It’s always a little awkward to talk about yourself without coming across as boastful or arrogant. So I will do our best to explain our training philosophy and how we stack up against our...
Paid to Climb

Paid to Climb

PAID TO CLIMB? HECK YES! By Joel Schwarcz, Lead Rope Access/Fall Protection Training Instructor Enjoy going rock climbing with nothing but 300 feet of air beneath you, a light breeze blowing through your hair, descending a rope, listening to your favorite tunes, and...
How Do You Rescue?

How Do You Rescue?

How Do You Rescue? By Kevin Denis, Director of Special Projects Whenever a worker is using a personal fall arrest system, an employer must plan for rescue. It’s possible and predictable that a worker may be suspended from the fall arrest system unable to get back on...
You’re Never Too Busy to Recertify

You’re Never Too Busy to Recertify

You’re Never Too Busy to Recertify By Jim Costello We speak with dozens of workers at height every week, all around the country, and everyone is scrambling for workers. Finding ANYONE that’s properly trained at working at height is even more challenging. If...
Student Carabiner Race

Student Carabiner Race

Gravitec Student Carabiner Race Why a Carabiner Race? There have been long-standing misconceptions that automatic locking carabiners are too difficult to open or are not as secure as the screw-gate or twist-lock. With practice, training, and time, Gravitec has found...
Rope Access

Rope Access

Rope Access By Joel Schwarcz What is Rope Access and why should I care? Need to inspect the suspender cables on a suspension bridge without closing down traffic? Perform repairs on a dam’s tainter gate? Powerwash the Space Needle? Clean the windows of a skyscraper? Or...
The 411 on Compatibility

The 411 on Compatibility

The 411 on Compatibility By Kevin Denis The sentence …”to any object that is incompatibly shaped or dimensioned…” appears frequently in occupational health and safety regulations and many organizations fall protection policies. It’s very easy to say “all connections...
Are you missing a Key Player?

Are you missing a Key Player?

Are you missing a Key Player? By Jim Costello Too often, the importance of a Program Administrator is overlooked when creating a Managed Fall Protection Program (ANSI Z359.2). Many companies wrongly believe that just because they’ve got a competent Trainer or...
It’s Not Luck, It’s Skill

It’s Not Luck, It’s Skill

It’s Not Luck, It’s Skill By Wilo Castillo, Training Advisor Due to increased regulations and release of voluntary consensus standards more and more employers are addressing fall protection and rescue training. Employers have many options and methods to...
Stay Warm & Safe at Height

Stay Warm & Safe at Height

Stay Warm & Safe at Height We talk so much about fall protection, but how about winter protection? Here in Northwest Washington its that time of year again, freezing temperatures, ice, and even a little bit of snow. Cold weather conditions can affect your body and...
People Don’t Float or Fly

People Don’t Float or Fly

PEOPLE DON'T FLOAT OR FLY Understanding the Basic Principles of a Primary and Secondary in Fall Protection Here it is. Whenever a person is working at height, they should have a primary and a secondary means of protection. A “primary” layer of protection is what...
Why Choose Engineered Anchor Points?

Why Choose Engineered Anchor Points?

WHY CHOOSE ENGINEERED ANCHOR POINTS? Suggestions are always given on how to choose a non-engineered anchor location. With each anchor you must always take into account strength, location, and compatibility. There are only two ways to determine the strength of an...
The Z-Rig Followup

The Z-Rig Followup

The Z-Rig Followup Making Your Z-Rig Work For You – Levi Delong So you’ve got yourself a Z-rig. Maybe Santa even brought you that tactical version you’ve been asking for. Now what?  There are a lot of uses for a Z-rig, but let’s look at a few ways to make it...
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