Falls while working at heights are the leading cause of serious or fatal accidents suffered by employees in the public works and building sectors. In Quebec alone, according to the province’s occupational health and safety board, the CNESST, there are more than 700 falls per year just in the construction sector. And this figure doesn’t even take into account falls incurred in other sectors such as vehicle maintenance, where workers may need to work on the roof of a truck trailer, a snow plow, or a tanker truck, railroad loading where cargo needs to be sampled and analyzed, maritime transport, and so on.
With this in mind, one of the most overlooked fall protection options for work at height are rigid rail systems. However, these comprehensive, continuous anchor systems offer a multitude of benefits and meet certain safety and mobility needs that other systems simply cannot. For example, lifelines do not offer even close to the same mobility as a rail system, and even less so when intermediary supports are required. In contrast, rigid rails allow for smooth, continuous movement along a system of any length. Rigid rail systems are particularly effective in permanent facilities when working at height, such as for vehicle maintenance duties, work on an elevated platform, or even repairs of a mechanical or electrical nature in a factory setting.
When it comes to industrial safety, fall protection tops the list. Worker safety must be your number one priority if you want to keep your daily operations running smoothly. Industrial warehouses, service workshops, factories, distribution centres, port facilities…no matter your working environment, industrial safety requires specialized knowledge and skills.
Article 346 of the Regulation respecting occupational health and safety states that “the wearing of a safety harness is mandatory for all workers exposed to falls of over 3 m from their work stations, except if a worker is protected by some other device that ensures equivalent safety or by a safety net, or when he is only using some means of access or egress.”
Diamond mines are few and far between on the planet, with only a handful located in Canada. It is with great pride that Les Équipements JPB was called upon by the Stonoway Diamond Corporation to design and install a freestanding rooftop guardrail on the main building of the Renard Mine, the company’s flagship asset and the first diamond mine in Quebec. Located in the James Bay region of north-central Quebec, it is the only mine in Canada with year-round access, a major asset.