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Structural/Facade Maintenance – Fall Protection – Confined Spaces

Whether during the Construction or Structural/Facade Maintenance process, working at heights or in or near confined space areas carries a high level of risk with workers being exposed to many hazards not found within standard worksites. Lack of well thought out procedures, systems, equipment, training and communication can lead to serious injury or death. Today's efforts to protect personnel requires coordination between clients, employee’s, safety consultants and equipment vendors.

One of the many difficulties in choosing consultants and vendors is that these fields are saturated with individuals and companies with varying degrees of knowledge, expertise, incentives and agendas. Consultants, service and equipment providers must be carefully integrated while maintaining a vendor-neutral approach to sustain objectivity and enhanced service levels. Considerations must be made for a client’s situation, budget, timeline, and requested deliverables.

Rauch Safety & Engineering provides advisory and management services that address complex safety challenges. Services that are not based solely on pre-established “best-practices” but that incorporate practical, real world and on-the-ground experiences sourced from our internal team and from our global network of resources. We provide clients with essential expertise in assessing risk, identifying and managing qualified resources and insuring that a dynamic process of effective safety is governed and maintained by a comprehensive, practical, and fully-implemented safety program.


Rauch’s advisory and management services begin at the early design phase and continue through to vendor selection, equipment turnover, commissioning and training and if required, include unbiased and impartial mediation in the event of dispute.

Architects - removes technical coordination for access issues from your core function thus allowing you to focus on softer design issues
Engineers - provides early, accurate information on systems to eliminate redesign
Developers - reduces duplication of effort and provides reduction in risk to change orders

Complex and unique structural designs present an ever increasing challenge for safe access.

A BMU or Building Maintenance Unit is the most commonly referred to piece of equipment and is generally associated with exterior building facade maintenance. However, Structural/Façade Access and Maintenance units can also include bridge travelling platforms, rescue platforms and other similar types of equipment.

As a group, this equipment plays a critical role, encompassing a long-term strategy in the ability to safely build and maintain a wide variety of structures.

With a 30-year history of delivering successful projects for safe access for building systems interior and exterior maintenance on some of the most unique and challenging projects internationally, Rauch Safety & Engineering advises on practical access solutions, identification and choosing of experienced consultants and equipment providers, technical assessment, tender and submittal reviews and subsequently will provide management and oversight of all consultants and equipment providers from concept, to delivery, to commissioning and turnover training.

Case Study: Building Façade and Interior Maintenance Access Program Case Study: Guest Rescue & Building Façade Maintenance Program

Designing and planning for fall protection and confined spaces related issues at the earliest stages will help protect workers and owners during both the construction and later operations phases of a project and will save owners considerable sums when compared against later retrofits.

Fall protection and confined space programs and their associated processes and procedures should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that neither your company, employees nor the public are at risk. Auditing and evaluation also provides clients additional knowledge, filling in gaps so as to generally improve safe work practices.

The budgets, request for proposals, vendor selection, submittal reviews, design, engineering, manufacture and installation associated with fall protection and confined space equipment solutions needs to be carefully monitored to ensure adherence to all applicable codes, applicability to the specific needs and requirements of the project, systems ease-of-use, training and turnover.

Risk Assessment is an important step to developing a site and corporate specific fall protection and confined space plan. Identifying hazards and aligning and balancing the mitigation of those hazards against the need to protect workers and budgetary realities.

Processing vessels, power plants, boilers, sewers, tunnels and chemical tanks are just a few examples of projects that present unique Hazmat and rescue challenges.

Pre-planning including time studies, together with selection and management of qualified onsite EMS, Hazmat Ops and other technical rescue teams to have on standby, as well as the proper selection of personal protective equipment (PPE), trauma kits, rescue equipment, processes, procedures and communication is critically important.

Fall Hazard and confined space awareness training, customized for a client’s specific industry, environment and needs is a key component of any overall safety program.

In many cases there exist major differences between an entities safety department and programs and its workers who find that the access procedures developed have nothing to do with how a specific area is accessed. Workers find their own way to “get the job done” safely or otherwise and fail to communicate issues with their superiors or coworkers thereby placing workers, companies and owners at risk. An IAOP provides cost effective real time identification of actual access practices, is nonthreatening to workers and unbiased in observation and assessment. An IAOP provides a benchmark from which to determine whether access procedures meet all applicable safety standards or, if changes need to be made to better address the actual work/ access conditions.


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