Safety Pole Installer
The Safety Pole system is a capital investment to aid in the abatement of fall protection hazards for ICG employees. The fall restraint system is attached to the subfloor for both residential and commercial applications. Once the base is installed, there are then a combination pole section sizes placed one on top of the other to reach the intended height. At the top T-section and periodically along with the height of the assembled pole, there are manufactured, D-ring anchor points that serve as locations for workers to tie off to. The Safety Pole Installer role at ICG has the ever-important job of correct and proper installation of Safety Poles for framers to safely attach to when higher than 6 feet.
The installation process takes anywhere from 20 to 30 mins to set up, per floor. Thus, an ICG Safety Pole Crew will be scheduled a number of both takedowns and setups alike in order to fill their workday and aid in the movement of the pole systems from lot to lot and subdivision to subdivision. The safety pole installer first drills holes in the concrete for the pole base and the bracing cable plates to all be secured to either the sub-floor or directly to the slab depending on the application. The pole sections of the system are laid out and preassembled on the ground to allow for it to be rigged in a way that the crane is able to lift the entire assembly and place it onto the base. While the pole is being assembled on the ground, self-retracting lifelines and horizontal lifeline components can also be connected to the top T-section D-rings to allow for immediate connection from a ladder once installed and properly braced.
The Safety Pole System has bracing cable stabilizers that also need to have connection brackets installed. The number of bracing cables is determined by whether a single-pole system or a two-pole system is being implemented. There are a few types of bracing cable connection plates or bases that are each intended for different applications. Regardless of which cable connection plate that is being used, the placement location is measured out to provide a minimum 45° angle out from the Safety Pole base. Once the base and bracing cable anchors are in place, it is then that a crane raises the assembled Safety Pole onto its base. Once the safety pole is on its base, it needs to be secured using the bracing cables. The cables are then connected to their sub-floor connections and tightened until taught.
It is important however to realize that the bracing cables themselves are not the main component that is responsible for arresting a fall, the 5”x5”x¼ inch steel posts that make up the pole will be the component that bends and provides the life-saving integrity needed to effectively arrest a fall. At any rate, every single component of the Safety Pole, in addition to all pieces of the user’s PFAS (personal fall arrest system) will be taken out of service and replaced or reserviced when applicable in the event of any fall. Even those not resulting in an injury. A non-injury fall event where the system was exposed to fall arrest forces warrants the same level of post-accident follow-up on the system itself as one that does result in an injury.
Just as the Safety Pole system is an integral part of ICG’s fall protection plan, the role of the individuals who install the system is intrinsically crucial in the success of the logistics, maintenance, and quality of the processes necessitated to capitalize on the investment made for these systems.