Allied Concrete Silo Project
Allied Concrete identified a Health and safety hazard that when their employees climbed up existing fixed ladders onto cement silos when servicing the filters at the top, the workers were placed in a high-risk situation at the point when they disconnected from the vertical system and moved onto the silo itself.
The challenge was to find a solution to protect the workers from a fall when climbing, but also take them up and away from the risk of a fall at the top of the ladder itself. Once on top of the silo, they needed to disconnect from the safety system within a safe zone provided by the existing handrails.
PBI Height Safety provided a unique proprietary system that could meet the challenge; Innotech’s Taurus Rail system. Taurus was chosen due to its ability to work on multiple planes including vertically, horizontally, right- and left-hand bends and external and internal corners. The system was installed vertically to the ladders then turns 90 degrees to horizontal the top, keeping the worker safe until they are in the safe handrail zone away from the edge.
This national project was completed in one continuous stage by one install team, to ensure a very consistent result throughout. Each site’s safety officer is in control of the unique Taurus traveler unit, meaning access/use of the fall arrest systems is tightly regulated to ensure anyone accessing the silos has all of the required safety processes & training in place.
Firstly, the Taurus systems were installed at each silo, then safety Harnesses, Helmets, and other PPE were delivered with an onsite training session for Allied staff.
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