Safety Pole Installer: An Investment in Protection

The building of large structures requires attention to detail and, most importantly, safety. There is one tool system that mitigates fall risk for employees during the building process: safety poles. In addition, the safety poles allow workers to achieve production faster and more effectively, saving customers time and money. For these reasons, the job of a safety pole installer is integral to ICG’s employee and customer protection.  

Purpose of Safety Poles

While the role of framers at ICG is to frame the entire construction project, they need a safe and reliable way of working while high off the ground. Safety Poles offer the ability for framers to attach themselves to D-ring anchor points and feel stable while they work. At ICG, the role of a safety pole installer is an extremely relevant and important one to keep workers safe. 

Safety poles can be used on multiple job sites, keeping employees safe and insurance claims low. Some of the job sites safety poles are useful on are: 

  • Installation of exterior walls
  • Setting roof trusses
  • Setting framing 
  • Sheathing roofs
  • … and more!

A 7 Step Installation Process

To install a safety pole requires a very specific and thorough process. Our safety pole installers take anywhere from 20-30 minutes for installation, a small amount of time for a huge amount of safety. It also means installation crews can maximize efficiency, working on several job sites in just one day.

Hare, we’ll break down the safety pole installer process into a seven-steps:

  1. Installers arrive on-site and drill holes into the concrete for the pole base. 
  2. The bracing cable plates are then secured to either the sub-floor or the slab of concrete, which depends on what might be required to maximize safety.
  3. The pole is laid out and pre-assembled on the ground to ensure all pieces are where they need to be and so the pole can be properly rigged to the crane. While step three is being done, installers will attach retractable lifelines, which crew members can wear while working. This step can take on different forms, depending on the build’s requirements. 
  4. Bracing cable stabilizer brackets also get installed to ensure stability. The number needed depends entirely on the safety pole system used and the number of poles within that system. The cable connection plate then gets measured and placed. The plates need to be measured quite accurately at a minimum of 45-degree angles from the safety pole base. This creates strength in the system.
  5. A crane raises the assembled safety pole onto its base.
  6. Once raised into its base, the cables all need to be adequately connected and tightened. 

While it may seem like an intricate process, the truth is safety pole installers work quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety of many. The process can be duplicated time and time again within the same day. For large builds with several lots, safety pole installers create the environment for crews to do their work. 

A Strong System Leads to Exceptional Safety

The cables aren’t the only thing that keeps a crew member safe. It is important to recognize all the safety features and how they work together to ensure fall protection

Here are some features safety poles offer your construction project: 

  • Self retractable cables
  • Well measured and anchored bracing cables 
  • 5”x5”x¼ inch steel posts within the pole 
  • Personal fall arrest systems which crew members wear in conjunction

These systems work together to ensure crews are working safely at heights above 6 feet. If a fall happens, all pole system components will be removed and fully serviced to ensure it does its job once again, even if no injury results from the incident. 

A non-injury incident warrants the same safety checks and servicings as an injury fall event because the same amount of force was still applied to the system. This ensures that each installation is completed with serviced and safety-checked materials. 

At ICG, we know that safety comes first, which is why we highly value our safety pole installers. The role of a safety pole installer is intrinsically linked to the success of the logistics, maintenance, and quality of the safety product itself. The role of a safety pole installer ensures businesses capitalize on the investment made for these systems. 

To learn more about ICG’s commitment to safety and efficiency, click here.

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