With the rush to conform to the new OSHA ruling regarding the use of slide guards as a primary form of fall protection, there has been a run on safety buckets.
OSHA recently implemented a 3 month phase-in of this rule, to give contractors the time to properly implement new training and safety measures. Now that you can no longer use slide guards as your primary source of fall protection, you should look into outfitting yourself and your crews with the proper fall protection. Safety buckets are the primary (and cheapest) way to conform. But don’t be drawn in just by the price tag. There are varying levels of quality when it comes to these buckets. Are you getting value for your dollar’s worth??
We make our buckets with a high quality 5 point harness. Most of the “cheap” kits only contain a 3 point harness. If you are involved in a fall on the roof, wouldn’t you feel better knowing you have those 2 extra points of connection (not to mention there is less pain in a fall when wearing a 5-point harness)?
Another feature that sets us apart is our use of a blue poly steel rope, as opposed to the polydac ropes that may be prone to fraying. Blue poly steel ropes do not absorb water (nylon rope, when wet, will become 10-15% weaker than dry ropes) and is 10 times stronger than polypropylene.
We have been providing safety buckets to the Roofing Industry for over 20 years. We have vendors that are known for their quality. Remember, these buckets are for your workers or customers safety. Don’t just buy price, buy quality. A few dollars can mean the difference between life and the other option.