Part 1 General section Includes A. Design, supply, and installation of rigid-rail fall protection system

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Division 11– Equipment
Section XXXXXX – Maintenance and Fall Protection systems

Section XXXXX

Rigid Rail Fall Protection System

Note to Specifier

9453 Coppertop Loop NE
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA 98110
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This specification is only for rigid rail fall protection systems. Since there are many different applications for rigid rails, the specification will need to be modified to suit the specific project. Specific sections that need to be modified have a comment box, similar to this one, describing the action that needs to be taken.

About this Specification:
Currently, many fall protection companies do not analyze the structure connected to the fall protection system and only analyze the interaction between the rigid rail and the user. Designers who do this assume that the structure is strong enough to support the loads placed on the rigid rail. Using the latest standards, this specification was written to force designers to analyze the interaction between the fall protection system and the supporting structure.

Product information:
Rigid rails are engineered systems comprised of steel components designed to protect workers along a specific path. Rigid rails can be designed for various configurations, but are primarily installed along straight paths for fall restraint or fall arrest applications. With each system, protection is provided along a path, offering greater protection over an extended area without the need to disconnect from the system.

Rigid rails have negligible deflection during a fall, limiting the workers total fall distance to (primarily) the deployment of their personal energy absorber. The load produced during a fall is distributed into the supporting super structure, therefore reducing the load on individual components.

If you have any questions about this specification or have a general fall protection question, feel free to call Gravitec Systems (206-780-2898).

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Part 1 General

    1. section Includes

A. Design, supply, and installation of rigid-rail fall protection system.

1.2 Related Sections

Delete any sections below not relevant to this project.
Add others sections as required, below are a few examples:

Section 08600 - Skylights
Section 11060 – Theater and Stage Equipment
Section 11140 – Vehicle Service Equipment
Section 11160 – Loading Dock Equipment
Section 11200 – Water Supply and Treatment Equipment
Section 11500 – Industrial and Process Equipment
Section 13120 - Pre-Engineered Structures
Section 13160 - Aquariums
Section 13165 - Aquatic Park Facilities
Section 13600 – Solar and Wind Energy Equipment
Section 15100 - Building Services Piping
Section 15700 – Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Equipment
Section 16700 - Communications

A. Section 03300 - Cast-In-Place Concrete

B. Section 03400 - Pre-Cast Concrete

C. Section 05100 – Structural Metal Framing

D. Section 05400 – Cold Formed Metal Framing

E. Section 05310 - Metal Deck

F. Section 06100 – Rough Carpentry

G. Section 07510 - Built-Up Roofing

H. Section 07700 - Roof Specialties and Accessories

I. Section 11010 - Maintenance Equipment

1.3 References

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A. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

1. 29 CFR 1910.23(c) (1) & 29 CFR 1926.501(b) (1) - Occupational Health and Safety Standards General Industry & Construction: Duty to have fall protection

2. 29 CFR 1926.502(d) (15) (i-ii) - Safety and Health Regulations for Construction: Anchor Design Requirements

3. 29 CFR 1910.66 I(c) (10), I (d) (iv), II (2) - General Industry: Anchor Design Requirements

B. American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

1. Z359.1 [2007] – Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components

2. Z359.2 [2007] – Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program

3. Z359.6 [2009] – Safety Requirements and Specifications for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS)

4. Z359.13 [2009] – Safety Requirements for Lanyards and Energy absorbers for personal fall arrest systems.

C. International Window Cleaning Association (ANSI/IWCA) I 14.1 [2006] - Window Cleaning Safety Standard: Anchorages and Fall Protection

D. Materials, Bolting, Finishing: American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM)

1. A36 - Standard Specification for Carbon Structural Steel.

2. A500 - Standard Specification for Cold-Formed Welded and Seamless Carbon Steel Structural Tubing in Rounds and Shapes

3. A53 - Standard Specification for Pipe, Steel, Black and Hot-Dipped, Zinc-Coated, Welded and Seamless

4. A325 - Standard Specification for Structural Bolts, Steel, Heat Treated, 120/105 ksi Minimum Tensile Strength

5. A193 - Standard Specification for Alloy-Steel and Stainless Steel Bolting for High Temperature or High Pressure Service and Other Special Purpose Applications

6. A123 - Standard Specification for Zinc (Hot-Dip Galvanized) Coatings on Iron and Steel Products

E. American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1/D1 - Structural Welding Code – Steel

F. Design Standards

1. American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) 325-05 [13th ed.] – Steel Construction Manual

2. National Design Specification (ANSI/NDS) [2005] – Wood Construction Manual

3. International Building Code (IBC) [2009] – Building Design Manual

4. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE/SEI) 7-10 [2010] – Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures

5. American Concrete Institute (ACI) 318-08 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.

1.4 Design

There are many different applications for a rigid rails system. This specification focuses on three applications: Fall Restraint, Fall Arrest, and Window washing. Some applications have the potential to overlap, but it is important to provide the recipient of this document with only one application.

If the rigid rails have multiple purposes or there are more than one rigid rail with varying purposes, then those requirements needs to be clearly specified within the general system description and submittals.

Under the general system description describe your desired rigid rail. Include the number of systems needed, the intended application for the rigid rail, the fall hazards and to what building/structural element the rigid rail will be attached. Provide as much information as possible, even if some of the information cannot be determined. The following is one example of how a general system description might be specified.
  1. General System Description: Provide 1 fall arrest rigid rail fall protection system. The rigid rail will be used for protecting workers while on top of the city buses within the cities maintenance facility. The rigid rail will be mounted above the bus maintenance bay.

B. Design Requirements

1. Fall protection rigid rails shall comply with current applicable OSHA, ANSI, IWCA, and state regulations and standards.

2. General Requirements:

a. The rigid rail must be level (less than a 5% grade).
b. Rigid Rails shall have end stops and equipped with independent trolleys from which restraint or arrest systems can be connected.
c. Rigid Rails shall satisfy the seismic conditions for nonstructural components as described by ASCE/SEI 7 and the most current edition of the IBC. No exceptions can be taken if the system is required to function for life-safety purposes after an earthquake.

Restraint These systems protect workers from nearby fall hazards by restricting their movements. The equipment and components can be the same as those used in fall arrest systems, but the performance of a fall restraint system eliminates any potential for impact loading on the user or system components.

3. Restraint Rigid Rails (ANSI Z359.2 & .6):

a. The rigid rail shall prevent workers from reaching and falling into any open hole or off the edge of a working surface.
b. The rigid rail shall comply with the requirements for fall arrest rigid rails as indicated in this document.
c. Where a worker is using a full body harness the force on the worker’s body shall not exceed 400lbs.
d. The use of fall restraint systems shall be limited to surfaces at or less than a slope of 4:12 from the horizontal, so a fall will not result in dynamic loading on the fall restraint system or where the authorized person could end up being suspended vertically from the system.

Arrest Often, the nature or location of work forbids the use of fall restraint systems. If so, fall arrest systems are the next best option. In these systems, the personal protective equipment is configured to allow a fall. However, the worker’s fall is arrested before striking the ground or other hazardous obstacles.

4. Fall Arrest Rigid Rails (ANSI Z359.2 & .6):

a. The design, selection, and installation of certified fall arrest rigid rails shall be performed under the supervision of a Qualified Person.
b. Fall arrest rigid rails shall have the strength capable of sustaining static loads applied to the trolley at the system’s worst case loading of at least two times the maximum arresting force.
c. When more than one user is attached to a rigid rail, the strengths set forth in b. above shall be multiplied by the number of users attached to the system.
d. The swing fall shall comply with ANSI Z359.6 [5.3]
e. The clearance shall be no less than 2ft from the bottom of the workers feet to the nearest obstruction below the worker.

Window Washing Window washing has its own unique standards that require a much stronger system. Due to these standards window washing anchorages have a higher cost.

5. Window Washing System (ANSI/IWCA I-14.1):

a. Fall Protection Systems shall provide independent fall arrest anchorages in addition to suspension line anchorages for each descent location as required by IWCA.
b. The trolley shall be designed to be compatible with current window cleaning industry standard equipment (e.g. rope descent systems, Boatswain chairs, swing stages, transportable suspension devises).
c. Design of the fall protection rigid rails, and equipment shall meet or exceed the following:
I. The primary support trolley(s) and the safety line trolley(s) shall be designed by a registered professional engineer and designed to support an ultimate capacity of not less than 4 times the rated load (swing staging) plus the fall arrest load for each operator suspended from the track.
II. All rigid rail and supporting structure shall be connected to the super structure using a minimum of two fasteners (e.g. bolts, epoxy anchors, threaded rod, etc...) per anchorage.

C. Sub-System Requirements

1. EALs used with the system shall comply with ANSI Z359.13

2. Harnesses, SRLs, Positioning Lanyards, and VLLs used with the system shall comply with ANSI Z359.1

D. Rigid rails shall be used exclusively for its designed use and shall be marked to prevent other uses.

E. The design shall take into consideration the potential uses of and loads on the rigid rail, in order to facilitate the prompt rescue of workers who may fall while attached to the system.

1.5 Submittals

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A. Submit under provisions of Section 01330

B. Product Data: Manufacturer’s data sheet on each product to be used, including:

1. Preparation instructions and recommendations.

2. Storage and handling requirements and recommendations

3. Installation methods

C. Drawings and Calculations:

1. Drawings:

a. Show the layout of the system including where the system is located and the complete assembly of all components.
b. Including a specification of the number, location, and qualifications of workers using the system.
c. Clearly specifying the equipment dimensions, materials, fabrication details, hardware, and installation instructions.

2. Include calculations prepared under the supervision of a registered Professional Engineer and Qualified Person.

a. Include a statement defining the type of system and indicating that the design is in accordance with the requirements of ANSI Z359.6.

3. The Professional Engineer who oversaw the design of the system shall affix their professional seal to each drawing and specification issued.

D. Operation and Maintenance Data (Z359.2 & .6):

1. Include complete list of equipment replacement parts; identify each entry with the equipment description and identifying part numbers.

2. Include technical information for servicing equipment.

3. Include legible “as-constructed” drawings of the installed system.

4. Include detailed operating procedures:

a. Written by a Qualified or Competent Person.
b. Identifying the rigid rails location
c. Stating any safety precautions that shall be followed during access and egress.
d. Describing proper use of system
e. Describing the limitation on use of system: maximum load, designated equipment, clearance required below worker and maximum number of persons attached to the system.
f. Instructions for inspection, maintenance, and retirement of the system and all of its components, including how often inspection and maintenance are to be performed and a description of the qualifications required for persons performing these tasks.
g. Procedure for inspection:
I. Required or recommended inspection intervals.
II. Detailed instruction for inspecting each component of the system.
III. Description of acceptance or rejection criteria, including retirement criteria, of each component of the system.
IV. Fall protection procedures shall include a requirement that any incidents, including accidents or near misses, be investigated to determine if procedures can be improved.

5. Provide or direct the owner of the system or the employer of the workers using the system to develop and implement a rescue plan before the system is used.

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E. Window Washing

1. Before initial use by the window cleaners, the rigid rail shall be successfully demonstrated by the vendor with the rated load under the complete range of operation and be so certified in writing.

1.6 Quality Assurance

A. Manufacturer Qualifications: Work of this Section to be executed by manufacturer specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of fall protection systems with a minimum of 5 years documented experience.

B. A Professional Engineer, experienced in fall protection, shall oversee the fall protection system’s design.

C. A Fall Protection Qualified Person is required where mentioned (Qualified Person) within this document.

D. A Fall Protection Competent Person is required where mentioned (Competent Person) within this document.

E. Welding to be executed by certified welders in accordance with AWS requirements.

F. Installer Qualifications: Specializing in installation of fall protection systems, under the supervision of a Competent Person.

1.7 Delivery, Storage & Handling

A. Material delivery shall be coordinated with the General Contractor.

B. Storage and Protection:

1. Store materials in a protected area away from construction activities.

2. Special care must be taken with stainless steel since it is not compatible with many chemicals and materials.

3. Materials are to be installed without pre-existing damaged.

1.8 Sequencing

A. Ensure that products of this section are supplied to affected trades in time to prevent interruption of construction progress.

1.9 Warranty

A. Manufacturer's standard limited warranty for materials and workmanship.

Part 2 Products

2.1 ManufactureRs

A. Manufacturers shall comply with the Quality Assurance section of this documentation.

B. Gravitec Systems Inc. Phone: 1-800-755-8455
9453 Coppertop Loop NE Website:
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 E-mail:

2.2 Materials

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A. Structural Components shall comply with the applicable standards:

1. Structural Steel: ASTM A36

2. Structural Tubing: ASTM A500 Grade B

3. Structural Bars, Plates, Shapes, and Sheet Piling: ASTM A6

4. Piping: ASTM A53

B. Fasteners shall comply with the applicable standards:

1. Structural Bolts: ASTM A325

2. Alloy-Steel and Stainless Steel Bolting: ASTM A193

C. Flashing and Sealing Material shall comply with the applicable standards:

1. Anticipated penetrations made into the existing structure shall be the responsibility of the by general contractor, unless otherwise noted.

D. Material substitutions shall be better than or equal to the requirements found in this section.

2.3 Rigid Rail Design

A. Rigid Rail design shall comply with the Design Requirement section of this document.

B. Steel design shall comply with AISC 13th ed.

C. Wood design shall comply with ANSI/NDS [2005]

D. Concrete design shall comply with ACI [2008]

E. Fall protection systems attached onto an existing or new structure shall comply with IBC [2009] and ASCE/SEI [2010]

2.4 Fabrication

A. Fabricate work true to dimension, square, plumb, level, and free from distortion or defects detrimental to performance.

B. Coordinate the system with supporting structure.

C. Welding:

1. AWS D 1.1 as applicable.

2. If Butt welds are used, then surplus welding material is to be ground off to ensure exposed surfaces are smooth. Fillet welds shall not be ground.

3. Slag is to be removed from the materials surface.

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2.5 Finishes

A. Hot Dipped Galvanizing: Comply with ASTM A123.

B. Powder Coat: Safety Yellow

Part 3 Execution

3.1 Examination

A. Do not begin installation until substrates have been properly prepared.

B. If substrate preparation is the responsibility of another installer, notify General Contractor of unsatisfactory preparation before proceeding. Commencement of work acknowledges acceptance of prepared work.

C. Report to the General Contractor in writing, defects of work prepared by other trades and other unsatisfactory site conditions.

D. Verify site dimensions.

3.2 Preperation

A. Prepare surfaces using the methods recommended by the manufacturer for achieving the best result for the substrate under the project conditions.

3.3 Installation

A. Before installation, inspect all parts to insure no damaged parts are used.

B. Install equipment with no irregularities or projections capable of inflicting personal injury or snagging personnel.

C. Install rigid rails and equipment in accordance with manufacturer's printed instructions, shop drawings and as specified.

D. Ensure rigid rails and equipment are installed under the supervision of a Qualified Person.

E. Where bolting is used for fastening, no fewer than three threads are to be exposed and the nut is to be positively locked using a thread-locking fluid.

F. Isolate dissimilar materials as required to prevent electrolytic corrosion.

G. All accidental damage shall be reported to the general contractor and repaired to its original state.

3.4 Field Quality Control

A. Ensure work is inspected and approved by a Qualified or Competent Person prior to use.

3.5 Adjustments And final Inspection

A. Verify that all manufactured units have been installed in accordance with specifications and details, and will function as intended. Adjust any items where necessary to ensure proper operation.

B. Provide a complete drawing set with any revisions to the design or layout of the rigid rails during installation.

C. Provide Engineer's Certificate of Acceptance certifying the system is acceptable for service.

While deliberating on deleting or adding to the training portion of this specification, note that OSHA requires that each employee is trained, as necessary, by a competent person qualified in the nature of the hazard and the correct procedure for the installed systems (1926.503a2). Allowing the contractor to provide training is an excellent way to build into a managed fall protection program. Also it is feasible to delay training until the employees are available.

3.6 Operator Training

A Provide a minimum of 4 hours of operator training after system has been installed. Training is to be for the users of the system conducted at the installation site.

3.7 Maintenance, Inspection and Testing

A. Provide manufacturer maintenance, inspection and testing instructions.

B. Provide documentation that is consistent with applicable OSHA, ANSI and IWCA standards.

End of Section

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