Reliance Fall Protection Competent Distributor Sales Professional Course
Introduction • Reliance • Fall Protection Marketplace • Fall Protection Basics • ABCD’s • Fall Protection Hierarchy • Active Fall Protection • Product Categories
Introduction Reliance Industries began operations in the year 2001 by patenting a revolutionary new technology for the design of horizontal lifeline systems that allowed the reduction of fall height requirements without increasing end-loadings. These Tuned-Cable™ horizontal lifelines are one of those “it can’t be done” innovations that suddenly seem simple once you understand how they work. The lifelines were followed by unique anchorages, the concrete embed system with remote connection, beam clamps and trolleys, and other engineered products. Reliance offers a comprehensive full-line catalog (shown here) that includes complete information on our products, services, and general fall protection concepts and practices.
Facilities Overview • Deer Park, TX • Corporate Headquarters • Soft Goods Manufacturing • Product Assembly • ISO 17025 Accredited Testing Facility • Fall Protection Training Center • Denver, CO • Engineering & Product Development • Hard Goods Manufacturing
Testing Facilities and Capabilities • ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory. • Indoor and outdoor capabilities • ANSI compliant and certified test towers • Certified equipment to perform dynamic and static tests necessary for all applicable standards compliance • Quantified test results readily available • Products are tested not only to meet standards, but to reach far beyond their scope in creating “Higher Standards” • Tensile testing up to 20,000 lbs. (88.8 kN) • Drop towers that capture data via Dasylab™ software, which translates the results to spread sheets and graphs • Analysis of areas where efficiencies may be gained and incorporated into product designs
Testing Facilities and Capabilities Reliance Testing Laboratory is pleased to announcethat it has received its ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation through ACLASS. ISO 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories is the main ISO standard used by testing and calibration laboratories. Laboratories use ISO/IEC 17025 to implement a quality system aimed at improving their ability to consistently produce valid results.
Training Facilities and Capabilities • Our state-of-the-art Training facilities teach students : • Increased awareness about the hazards of falling from heights • The ability to identify fall protection hazards • An understanding of the risks of at-height work • How to develop inspection procedures & programs • How to implement procedures to mitigate fall protection hazardsReliance also offers : • A monthly training program for Competent Inspectors of Fall Protection Equipment • Quarterly courses for Fall Protection Competent Persons • Coming soon – online training capabilities
Innovation Reliance has developed several truly innovative fall protection concepts that have helped establish higher standards for Fall Protection. Among them are : T.E.S.T.S. : Tool & Equipment Safety Tether System This unique system provides the ultimate in protection for dropped-tool hazards. Shock absorbing lanyards are attached to tools via a proprietary anchoring system. Dropped tools cease to be a hazard to persons or equipment below, and costly damage to dropped tools and equipment is eliminated. 15-50 lb. Lanyard Tool Anchor Ring 0 - 15lb. Lanyard • Available in a variety of load capacities - almost any hand tool can be fitted • Proprietary energy absorber can accommodate tools weighing up to 50 lbs (22.6kg) for added safety • Anchor loop available for tools with built-in anchor slot for quick application • Field installable anchors available for tools that will not accommodate lanyard spring hooks • Multiple anchor rings can be installed on one tool for added safety • Patent Pending anchor banding and fasteners available in bulk quantities for large tool rooms
Innovation Tuned Cable® HLL Technology Concrete Embed Anchor System Tuned Cable systems provide :• Free spans up to 200’ • Lower end loads • Multiple end anchor choices • Stanchion variety • Reduced line tension & limited fall distances • Receiver is cast into place with a 10,000 lb anchor strength • Ties into rebar to increase strength in green concrete • Numerous inexpensive receivers • Remote connect/disconnect, up to 20’ overhead Tattletale™ Webbing Steelhead™ Snaphook TattleTale™ web is inspectable web. It has a colored inner core which becomes exposed when the web becomes damaged by cuts or abrasion. Color that shows through “tells” the user that the equipment needs inspection, and where to look. • 100% proof-loaded to 3,600 lbs. • Patented FanGate™ design prevents webbing and hardware from being trapped behind gate • Prevents gate loading, guards against potential rollout/burstout • Design of the hook body makes false engagement impossible.
Fall Protection Marketplace Little Comprehensive data on the size and composition of the market exists. Frost & Sullivan has published annual reports which contain a lot of good information. However, these reports tend to under-estimate the size and volatility of the market and they consistently misidentify or ignore key players in the market.
Fall Protection Market Place TITAN by Miller
Total US Fall Protection Market estimated at ≈ $624 million per annum. This figure includes installed systems, but not all passive fall protection (i.e. guard rails and nets). With all passive measures taken into account, the market exceeds $1 Billion per year, and is growing.
Where does Reliance fit in the current market place? • Reliance is a small manufacturer, but we are the only small to medium sized maker with full-line capability. • Reliance is the only maker in North America with its own fabrication facilities. • Reliance is less reliant on open-market components and is one of only two US manufacturers to develop its own proprietary, patented connectors. • Reliance has a commanding market-share in CFPS considering its small size (6%). • Reliance is poised for growth and has increased manufacturing head-count in order to facilitate expansion of the line and to provide a higher level of service to its distributor partners. • Reliance is one of only three manufacturers that operates an ISO 17025 Fall Protection Laboratory for self-certification with witness. • In terms of size, Reliance is a third-tier player, but with strong first to second tier capabilities.
Capital Safety (DBI-Sala/Protecta), Honeywell (Miller/Titan), MSA Guaridan, FallTech, 3M Reliance, Web Devices, Elk River, Ultrasafe, Web Devices Bashlin, Buckingham, Klein, Gemtor, Webb Rite, Etc.
A system must always include a full body harness and connecting means between the harness and an anchorage or anchorage connector. Such connecting means may consist of a lanyard, energy absorber, fall arrester, lifeline, self-retracting, lanyard or suitable combinations of these components. ABCD=PFAS A= Anchorage B= Body Support C= Connector D= Deceleration Device
Anchorage- The terminating component of a fall protection system or rescue system that is intended to support any forces applied to the system. Care must be taken to distinguish between an anchorage and an anchorage connector as those terms are commonly used interchangeably. An anchorage is typically a fixed structural member required for the stability and other purposes of the structure itself. Examples include a beam, girder, column or floor. An anchorage connector, on the other hand, is a component that provides an interface to which the fall protection or rescue subsystem may be attached when the anchorage itself does not have a compatible connection point.
Body Support- An assembly of webbing arranged to support the human body for fall protection purposes, including during and after fall arrest. The term “body support” is generally used to refer to a full body harness, chest harness, chest/waist harness, or a body belt. It generally includes adjustable means for fastening it about the body and attachment points suitable for fall protection applications.
Deceleration Device- A component of a personal fall arrest system designed to limit the maximum arresting force(MAF) on the person and anchor point. • Types of Deceleration Devices: • Shock Absorbing Lanyard • Self Retracting Lanyard • Vertical Fall Arrester
Hierarchy of Controls • Remove the fall hazard through redesign • Implementation of a passive fall protection measure • Implementation of a personal fall protection system Elimination or Substitution: Removal of the fall hazard. Passive Fall Protection: Isolation of the hazard from workers. Fall Restraint: Connection of the worker to an anchorage, preventing the worker from reaching the fall hazard. Fall Arrest: Connection of the worker to a system designed to stop a fall after it has begun. Administrative Controls: Work practices or procedures designed to warn a worker before he or she approaches a fall hazard.
Remove the Hazard Example A: A rolling crane type structure constructed in a building providing safe access to all structural and mechanical parts of the structure. Example B: Integrated means by which equipment can be lowered to the ground for maintenance instead of the worker going up to the level of the equipment.
(Passive systems don't require the worker to do or wear anything extra.They work all of the time and in all conditions once they are installed. Implementation of a Passive Fall Protection Measure • Guardrails - Guardrails will keep the worker on an elevated surface. • Stairways - Stairs provide a protected means of ascending and descending form heights. • Platforms - A platform is an elevated secured surface that usually incorporates guardrails in order to eliminate fall hazards.
The 3rd group would be a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS). The difference between a personal fall protection system and a personal fall arrest system is the arrester. The PFAS has an arrester that reduces the total impact force on your body resulting from a fall. The arrester may be a shock absorbing lanyard or it may be incorporated into a mechanical device like a self-retracting lanyard.
What is your application? Work Suspension Rescue Retrieval Fall Arrest Dielectric Work Positioning Climbing
Fall Arrest Systems or Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS), are those that are intended to arrest the fall of an authorized person in the event that they lose their purchase while working at height. Personal Fall Arrest Systems typically consist of: • Anchorage (The structural element to which the user is attached, typically coupled with some form of anchorage connector) • Bodywear (Full Body Harness consisting of straps which fully captivate the user’s torso) • Connecting Device (An element that connects the user to the anchorage/anchorage connector) • Deceleration Device (An element that reduces the arresting force in an effort to protect both the user and the structural integrity of the anchorage – The connecting device and deceleration device are commonly one in the same, i.e. shock-absorbing lanyards or self-retracting lifelines) • Anchorage, Bodywear, Connecting/Deceleration Devices are commonly referred to as the ABCD’s of Fall Arrest. Each of these four components are available in a wide variety of types and configurations, each of which is designed to mitigate specific hazards or to support specific work process.
Restraint or Travel Restriction Systems are those which secure the authorized person to an anchorage using a lanyard short enough to prevent the user’s center of gravity from reaching the fall hazard. As with Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Restraint Systems include an Anchorage/Anchorage Connector, Bodywear (Full Body Harness, preferrably) and a Connecting Device. Typical connecting devices for Restraint applications are lanyards of fixed or adjustable length having a snap hook for attachment to the back D-ring of the user’s Full Body Harness as well as a hook on the opposite end for connection to the anchorage. When properly rigged, the user will be unable to reach the fall hazard, and is therefore restrained – making a fall physically impossible.
Work Positioning Systems are those that are configured to allow an authorized person to be supported on an elevated vertical or inclined surface so as to enable them to work with both hands free from body support. • A properly configured Work Positioning System is comprised of: • Anchorage/Anchorage Connector located at or near the user’s waist. • Full Body Harness including attachment points at the hip or waist – Typically a pair of D-rings, one located on each side of the body. • Connecting Device – A positioning lanyard, preferably in a “V” configuration, having snap hooks at the ends to affix to the hip/waist D-rings and a third hook in the center to attach to the anchorage. • Back-up Personal Fall Arrest System consisting of a shock-absorbing lanyard or SRL attached to the user’s back D-ring and secured to a second independent anchorage.
Climbing Systems are those which allow the user to ascend and descend a structure (usually a fixed ladder) while maintaining at least three points of contact at all times while being simultaneously tied off to a vertical lifeline, cable, rail or track affixed to the structure. • A properly Configured Climbing System will include: • Vertical linear anchorage (VLL, rail, track or cable) • Full Body Harness with front or sternal D-ring • Fall Arrestor with connector
Work Suspension Systems are those which support 100% of the user’s body weight (including equipment) for the purpose of accessing a work location. • A properly configured Work Suspension System will include: • Primary Anchorage/Anchorage Connector which supports the suspended user. • Suspension Line (Connects the user to primary anchorage and supports the weight of the user and their equipment) • Full Body Harness • Seat Board or Suspension Seat (Bears the user and/or the user’s equipment and is secured to the suspension line – the seat may or may not be integral to the user’s Full Body Harness) • Back-up Personal Fall Arrest System attached to a second independent anchorage.
Full Line Product Overview Full Body Harnesses Snaphooks & Carabiners Shock Absorbing Lanyards Positioning Devices Self Retracting Lifelines Vertical Systems Anchorage Devices Confined Space & Rescue Guardrails & Overhead Rails Horizontal Lifeline Systems
Full Body Harnesses “A” Series • Competitive Position • Un-belted FBH’s with mid-grade quality and construction • Fits just below DBI Delta and Miller Duraflex based on perception and price • List price from $64.88 - $231.05 for Nomex versions • DBI Delta list prices start at over $100 • Protecta Pro list prices start at $45.50 • Tattletale™ webbing • Impact load indicators • Bar-coded individual serial numbers • Indelible serial number in back plaque • “Floating” thigh stitching • Improved geometry brings buckles to front of thigh • Angled stitching for “tailored” sub-pelvic fit • Extra large back pad eliminates ‘D-ring droop’ • No elastic webbing • Heat-set labels • Corrosion resistant grommets • Extra thick woven (not sewn) seat & leg webbing for added durability What’s the Difference between our “cheap harness” and those offered by our competitors? “The industry standard construction & industrial Full Body Harness”
Ironman Series • Tattletale™ webbing • Impact load indicators • Bar-coded individual serial numbers • Indelible serial number in back plaque • Removable back support/tool belt, shoulder padding • Reliance Quick-Adjust™ torso adjustment buckles • Slotted positive engaging chest buckle • “Floating” thigh stitching • Improved geometry brings buckles to front of thigh • Angled stitching for “tailored” sub pelvic fit • Extra large back pad eliminates ‘D-ring droop’ • No elastic webbing • Heat-set labels • Corrosion resistant grommets • Extra thick woven (not sewn) seat webbing for added durability • Competitive Position • Belted FBH’s with mid-grade quality and construction • Fits just below DBI Delta and Miller Duraflex based on perception and price • List price from $132.00 - $305.00 for specialty types • DBI Delta list prices start at over $175 • Protecta Pro list prices start at $80.00 “Designed for hard work”
Ironman-Light Series See Sample
Comfort-Shield Series See Sample
Choosing the Right Full Body Harness Fall Arrest Must have a back D-ring Must have a back D-ring Restraint Must have hip/side D-rings + Back D-ring for B/U Fall Arrest 1. What is the harness for? Work Positioning Climbing Must have a front/sternal D-ring Must have Suspension Seat/Bosun’s Chair + Back D-ring for B/U Fall Arrest Work Suspension
Choosing the Right Full Body Harness • Construction/General Industry • Few , if any special conditions • Standard Polyester Webbing and Metallic hardware get the job done. • Harsh Applications or Environments • Extreme filth, contaminants, chemicals • Polyurethane coated polyester mitigates many/most harsh application issues 2. Are there special conditions? • Extreme Heat • Exposure to heat – applications where FRC’s may be required • Nomex/Kevlar webbing is available • Arc/Flash Exposure • Potential exposure to Arc/Flash events primarily in utility and power transmission • Nomex/Kevlar Webbing is available along with insulated hardware to mitigate the event
Price “A” Series is the Reliance Price Option for Budget-conscious users Utility Ironman is the series with the most options, flexibility and durability – it is the work-horse of the line. Productivity Ironman Lite offers the flexibility of the Ironman line with reduced weight for increased productivity 3. Is there a concern regarding user factors? Premium Features Comfort Shield will be the flagship of the line offering lighter weight, improved padding and preferred features. Price, Price, Price We are not the cheapest – customers that want a cheap import don’t want Reliance!
Full Body Harness Accessories See catalog for additional items Tool Pouches & Carry Bags Shoulder, Back, and Leg Comfort Padding Positioning Belts & Tool Belts Tool Lanyards (T.E.S.T.S.)
Snaphooks & Carabiners Alloy Steel Forged Bodies Patented FanGate™ Anti-Rollout Feature Gate ‘Wings’ Protect Rivets Ergonomically Friendly • Reliance leads the way in snaphook design, development, production, and implementation • Design and manufacture our own snaphooks and carabiners • Have exceeded the new ANSI requirements for a 3,600 lb. (16kN)gate for over six years • All Reliance snaphooks are 100% proof-loaded to 3,600 lbs. and incorporate our patented FanGate™ design • All Reliance hooks are designed to anticipate and mitigate deadly transverse loads. • FanGate™ design ensures proper axial loading and prevents webbing and hardware from being trapped behind the gate • Design prevents gate loading, and guards against potential rollout or burstout • Dimensional design of the hook body makes false engagement impossible • All Reliance snaphooks meet the new ANSI standard • 3/4" to 2-1/4" opening snaphooks • .8" to 2" opening carabiners
Shock Absorbing Lanyards BlackMAX™ Skyline™ FatPack™ • Industry standard in single-leg shock absorbers • Made from ‘Tattletale™’ webbing • Comply with stringent ANSI standards • Available with a variety of hooks for use in all types of environments • Two complete independent shock absorber assemblies inside the same shock pack • FatPack™ lanyards are able to absorb a “second” impact, reducing the possibility and severity of injury • Regulates the arresting force depending on the height of fall • Arrest falls in both “Force Level 1” (6’ free-fall) and “Force Level 2” (12’ free fall) conditions • Eliminates the need for 2 styles of shock-absorbing lanyards BigBoy™ QuickStop™ • Designed for use by persons with a total body & tool weight greater than 310 lbs • Maximum Arresting Force (MAF) will not exceed 1800 lbs • Lanyard elongation won’t exceed 42” • Adheres to requirements for equipment designed for users with a total body and tool weight of less than 310 lbs • “Tuned” to greatly reduce deceleration distance in the event of a fall • Designed for use in areas where clearance to the next lower level is less than 14’ • Maximum Arresting Force (MAF) will not exceed 1800 lbs
Positioning and Restraint Devices Rebar Chain Assembly • Ideal for all types of work positioning and fall restraint applications • Effectively limit a worker’s exposure to potential fall hazards • Each includes durable, easy opening hardware and is designed to perform in the toughest of environments. Restraint Lanyard Adjustable Length Restraint Lanyard
Skyloc™ Self Retracting Lifelines • Lightweight thermoplastic case • Two fast and positive cam-driven locking pawls • Available with cable or polyester web • Forged steel Pelican hook • Heavy-duty zinc plated full steel case • Three cam-driven locking pawls • Brass and stainless-steel brake • Galvanized or Stainless aircraft cable • Forged steel Pelican hook with load indicating swivel • Stainless Steel Self Retracting Lifeline • Up to 130’ stainless steel wire rope • Stainless steel swivel snaphook • Stainless steel Power retraction spring • Three cam driven locking pawls • 303 stainless steel SRL housing • Manufactured entirely of non-corrosive metals and composites • 7’ – 10’ working length • External shock pack for added security • Light weight and durable • Dyneema webbing • Pelican, Rebar, or Tie-Back hook • Use individually or twin • New Tie-Back versions available • Meets applicable OSHA & ANSI Z359.01(07) Standards
Back Mount Self Retracting Lifelines DBI-NanoLok™ Miller Turbo T-Bak™ Reliance Stoplite™ Web Devices Predator™ Guardian Double Blow Blocker™ 3M Reload™
Back-Mount SRL’s (i.e. “fall limiters” or compact SRL’s) vs. Energy Absorbing Lanyards • Pros • When used correctly, can reduce fall distance • When used correctly, can reduce arrest forces • Generally reduce tripping hazards • Often increase accessible work areas compared to EAL’s • Cons • Most often, are not used correctly • Increased cost • Increased complexity with greater inspection/maintenance consideration • Increased weight can reduce comfort and productivity • Longer lengths pose a greater swing fall hazard • Many, if not most in the market, are not up to the task
10 – 20 Ft. Self Retracting Lifelines Miller Falcon™ ProtectaRebel™ DBI Ultra-Lok™ Reliance Skyloc™ Web Devices Predator™ Guardian Edge Series™ Fall Tech Duratech™ 3M Reload™
30 – 60 Ft. Self Retracting Lifelines Reliance Skyloc™ Miller Falcon™ and Mighty Lite™ ProtectaRebel™ DBI Ultra-Lok™ Guardian Edge Series™ and Aardvark™ Fall Tech Duratech™ and Contractor™ Web Devices 3M Reload™
75 – 100+ Ft. Self Retracting Lifelines Miller Mighty Lite™ Reliance Skyloc™ DBI Sealed-Blok™ ProtectaRebel™ DBI Ultra-Lok™ 85 ft. Max 85 ft. Max 175 ft. Max 100 ft. Max 175 ft. Max 3M Sealed Reload™ Web Devices Guardian Aardvark™ Fall Tech Duratech™ 195 ft. Max 85 ft. Max 130 ft. Max 200 ft. Max