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The Greater Columbus Convention Center is a 1.7 million square foot facility located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Overtime, the large, unique roof surface of this building has gathered sediment from harsh weather conditions and, as a result, needed to be cleaned. However, there were no fall protection systems installed on the rooftop that would grant safe, OSHA-compliant access to workers to do so.

Initially, the client sought to implement large rigid steel anchors across the rooftop which would require fastening, bolting or welding directly to the steel structure. This implementation would require removal of roof membrane and insulation to install these anchors and, afterwards, the roof would need to be reroofed. This extensive amount of work made the cost to install a complete fall protection system prohibitive.

As an alternative, ESG offered to design, engineer, supply, and supervise installation of XTS horizontal lifelines that offer a unique rooftop retrofit solution. The XTS system utilizes a unique installation method, in which the XTS base plate rests on top of the finished roofing and utilizes a toggle connection to the metal deck below. This set-up eliminates the need for extensive roofing activities other than simple flashing while providing a sturdy anchorage point for use with horizontal lifelines. The XTS system itself is durable and has a long product life as it is composed of both stainless steel and aluminum parts.

In order to further ensure rooftop safety on the building, rooftop workers were trained in the safe use of the installed fall protection systems and were shown how the system should be used in fall restraint. In order to supply a complete fall protection system, a total of 27 horizontal lifelines were installed with 176 anchor points and 5,400 lineal feet of horizontal lifelines.

LOCATION

Columbus, OH

System Designer

ESG Lead Design Engineer, Nathan Louws - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Technical On-Site Specialists

GFP Training Instructor, Doug Boehm - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ESG Eastern US Territory Manager, Don Thompson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.