Engineering & Fall Protection Solutions
Gravitec is also a fall protection training company that allows our Engineering Department to take a unique approach to eliminate fall hazards by applying the fall protection hierarchy, a fundamental fall protection concept, to all engineering projects we take on.
We begin every project by thinking about how we can “engineer out” the fall hazard and remove the risk associated with the task. Next, we look at using traditional fall protection methods such as guardrails and handrails. Only after evaluating those options do we begin to apply standard engineering principles in designing fall restraint systems or fall arrest systems. By working through this fall protection hierarchy, we can provide our clients with the best possible solution at a cost-effective price.
We have successfully completed projects in a wide variety of unique work environments:
- Airplane hangars
- Amusement parks
- Colleges and Universities
- Film studios
- Food processing plants
- Hydroelectric facilities
- Manufacturing plants
- Medical centers
- Railroad loading terminals
- Telecommunication towers
- Truck loading bays
- Water towers
- Wind farms
Why Choose Gravitec?
“Architects and Contractors didn’t concern themselves with fall protection in the past. Today, however, whether it’s a classic Gothic cathedral in Boston, a newly constructed luxury condo in San Francisco, an early Neoclassical government building in Washington DC, or a state-of-the-art rocket launch pad at Cape Canaveral, these specific structures require distinct fall protection systems. Fortunately, Gravitec’s Engineering team designs and installs world-class, bespoke solutions, for a myriad of clients and structures, since 1986.”
– Joshua Mills, Engineered Systems
Gravitec leads the industry in all aspects of fall protection consulting, including fall hazard evaluation, systems design, research, standards development, and construction and inspection of fall protection systems. We also offer fall protection expert witness testimony and fall protection litigation support. No matter how complicated or challenging your specific fall protection needs are, we can help you, and consulting is often the first step to the solution.
The Subaru Telescope is an 8.2-meter optical-infrared telescope operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan that sits atop the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii at an elevation of 14,000 feet. Operations and maintenance personnel are exposed to fall hazards of up to 300 feet, both off the top of the telescope and into the dome itself, during troubleshooting and maintenance tasks.
Gravitec supplies pre-engineered fall protection systems from a number of fall protection system manufacturers. Before we make the decision to support a manufacturer’s products, we ensure that they meet or exceed the high standards already set by our engineering staff and management. Our clients can feel confident that if Gravitec supplies a pre-engineered fall protection system, it will meet all applicable standards and regulatory requirements, as well as pass our stringent criteria. Sometimes there is not a pre-engineered system that will work. Our staff of full-time engineers are highly trained specialists in the field, affording them the ability to design unique fall protection systems that other companies and manufacturers do not produce.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was having trouble with their existing pass-through horizontal lifeline system, as it was causing shuttles to snag on the intermediate connections. This interfered with employee movement across the locks, where workers were exposed to a fall hazard of 30 feet. As a result, USACE put out a bid for a Uniline system, and Gravitec was awarded the job.
Gravitec can fabricate any fall protection system in our fabrication/weld shop. We have relationships with top metal fabrication shops in the US and Canada allowing us to construct systems in convenient locations.
United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) personnel access the top of the approximately 30 electrical power transformers at The Dalles hydroelectric dam. Workers use a ladder to climb the 15 feet transformers and are exposed to a fall hazard while performing maintenance.
We install the systems we design, as well as pre-engineered fall protection systems. All products are thoroughly vetted by our team to ensure they meet or exceed our high standards.
Gravitec installers are trained in fall protection, rope access and rescue techniques. We are keenly aware that our fall protection systems are in place to save lives and that ensuring the quality of an installation ensures the safety of the people connected to our systems.
Our installation crews are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and tools to ensure that the job will be executed safely, quickly and professionally.
The roof of the Century Square high-rise in Seattle, WA is made up of three semi domes. The top semi dome runs the complete length of the building, the second semi dome is a quarter dome for much of its length, and the third semi dome protrudes 20’ to 30’ from the face of the building at a much lower floor. Workers were exposed to fall hazards in excess of 300’ during window washing activities, and the existing procedures and equipment did not instill confidence or allow for 100% fall protection.
To be reliable, fall protection and rescue equipment must be regularly serviced and inspected. Some equipment may be exposed to harsh or damaging environments while others may be unused for extended periods. Gravitec’s independent inspection services help our clients keep their equipment in good working order and compliant with the most current regulations and standards. Equipment may be sent to Gravitec for detailed, documented inspections performed according to manufacturer instructions. Written findings are forwarded to our clients for proof of inspection. For larger inspections, Gravitec can send the inspector(s) to your site. They can inspect and record approximately 15 to 20 soft good items (lanyards, harnesses, anchor straps, etc.) an hour. Besides keeping fall protection equipment in good order, Gravitec’s inspections also enable our clients to track equipment purchases and perform cost analyses. Inspections offer a history of each piece which allows employers to gauge value versus cost for that type of gear. Gravitec also has competent and qualified Fall Protection engineers that can inspect any fall protection system. We provide an inspection that gives our customers peace of mind that the system will perform as expected.
SEATTLE CITY HALL
Seattle City Hall required a variety of fall protection systems and access solutions to be designed to effectively address the needs of the project. Gravitec determined the best system for every type of issue by identifying the challenges of each area of the building and combining several solutions to allow window washers and maintenance workers access to necessary areas.