Guardian Jeff Ward CEO 400wGuardian is delighted to announce that our CEO, Jeff Ward, has received the ‘Rising CEO Award’ from CEO Monthly. An internationally respected publication, CEO Monthly regularly shines a light on the greatest and brightest business leaders from around the world.

Jeff Ward is highlighted as playing an integral role in the harmonization of multiple acquisitions into a single organization, Guardian, making it the largest independent fall protection and prevention brand. Whether working at heights, securing dropped objects, providing custom engineering solutions, or offering industry leading training, Guardian takes a 360-degree approach to keeping its customers safe.

Jeff responded, “Although this award kindly recognizes me, it is really a team award. It was clear that the reason for the award was very much driven by our hard work this year to consolidate around the Guardian brand and promote, hire, and develop some awesome safety experts. In my discussions with CEO Monthly, they clearly recognized our ambition and our bright future. Another great award for Guardian.”

Height Safety specialist Guardian has announced the latest in a series of initiatives aiming to drive speed of innovation and further embed user insights at the heart of its design processes.

Its new state-of-the-art Design and Innovation Center will open in Houston, TX – situated nearby the world class Testing Facility, Training Center and the businesses’ largest Manufacturing Facility – creating a true 360-degree height safety offer in a single US location.

The initiative will encourage regular customer visits to enable collaborative dialogue throughout the design, engineering, testing and training process – allowing unique product insight and facilitating unrivaled responsiveness to customers' needs.

The location nearby the key manufacturing and testing facilities is part of a strategic initiative to improve speed-to-market, recognizing customers’ needs for fast and focused innovation in a rapidly changing landscape.

big BSif top 350Guardian is pleased to announce the Quick Switch® Tool Transfer System has received the Highly Commended recognition for Product Innovation from the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the UK’s leading trade body for the safety industry.  Each year, BSIF recognizes outstanding efforts of safety industry leaders in four categories: Product Innovation, Service, Safety Solutions, and Water Pollution Prevention.

Guardian Head of Sales in Europe, MEA & APAC, Peter Styth, who demonstrated the unique capabilities of the Quick Switch® to the panel of BSIF judges, said of its inspiration: “Every year, Dropped Objects cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of lost hours due to injury. With the Quick Switch® Tool Transfer System, we can bring those figures down dramatically. The Guardian team devotes ourselves to creating a habit of excellence in which increased safety is the ultimate indicator of our success.”

Guardian Jeff Ward CEO 400wBringing the Pure Safety Group’s family of brands under one banner, Guardian helps offer clients around the world an unrivalled range of fall protection and prevention solutions to allow them to operate safely at height.

Prior to May 2021, the US-based Pure Safety Group had a family of Ty-Flōt, Checkmate, HART and Guardian. Each of these brands possessed its own proven pedigree. Guardian, for instance, boasted scale and expertise in US fall protection, while Checkmate was able to call upon cutting edge fall protection design and innovation with a UK manufacturing, training, and design center, and Ty-Flōt was a pioneer in dropped object prevention and foreign material exclusion.

“In May of this year,” explains CEO Jeff Ward, “we took the decision to combine everything under the Guardian banner. As a result, the expanded Guardian is now the world’s largest independent fall protection and prevention brand, working under a shared vision to blend scale, agility and 360-degree thinking in order to make it easier than ever for our partners to operate safely at height.”

HOUSTON, TX, USA, May 17, 2021— Pure Safety Group has announced that its family of height safety brands –Stronghold by PSG, Ty-Flōt, Checkmate, and HART–have all been brought under the Guardian banner. The expanded Guardian is now the world’s largest independent fall protection and prevention brand.

Jeff Ward, Guardian CEO comments, “We are excited by Guardian brand awareness levels amongst the core end user groups we strive to protect. We are proud to further extend the brand offer into an unrivaled range of fall protection and prevention solutions. Our vision is to blend scale with agility to make it easier than ever for our partners to operate safely at height. This is the start of a new journey for Guardian with several exciting initiatives in the pipeline over the coming months.”

HOUSTON, Tex. (Dec. 2, 2020) – Pure Safety Group’sGuardian®Fall Protectionbrand has introduced a new cable lanyard, compatiblefor leading edges, that combines the lightweight durability of a fixed-length lanyardthat permits up to 12 feet of fall protection during the event of a free fall from an at-height working surface.

Dale BartelsonHOUSTON (Dec. 8, 2020) -- Pure Safety Group (PSG), the world’s largest independent height safety product development, manufacturing and training company, has hired Dale Bartelson as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Bartelson will oversee sales, business development, training, customer service and commercial marketing for PSG in North America and Latin America.

Bartelson has close to 20 years of experience in the industrial and safety markets. Prior to joining Pure Safety, he held a variety of sales and channel leadership positions at 3M, including national sales manager for the corporation’s Industrial and Safety Markets Center. His experience also includes developing Fastenal’s safety portfolio, before taking on director-level positions at GOJO and Capital Safety, the fall protection company that was acquired by 3M in 2015. Bartelson holds an undergraduate degree from Winona State University and an MBA from the University of St Thomas.

Second alliance announced this month as PSG strategic alliance strategy grows globally

HOUSTON, TX (Nov. 23, 2020) – Global fall protection company Pure Safety Group (PSG) announced today a multi-faceted engagement with the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) association in the UK.

As part of the partnership, PSG will become a member of BSIF, and PSG CEO Jeff Ward will join the organization’s board of directors. In addition, PSG training director Phil Rashbrook, with 13 years of experience teaching fall safety techniques, will join the BSIF working group dedicated to enhancing safety for workers at height, which is led by BSIF CEO Alan Murray.

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HOUSTON, TX (Nov. 9, 2020 – Leaders at fall protection company Pure Safety Group (PSG) and HSE Global Series, the UK-based safety focused education and networking association, announced today that the organizations have formed a new exclusive partnership to educate companies and their employees on fall protection to reduce the risks of working at height. The agreement is effective immediately, through the end of 2021.

PSG and HSE Global will kick off their partnership at the HSE Global North American Congress, happening virtually now, Nov. 9-10. In 2021, PSG will play a major role on the topic of fall protection at two more HSE Global congresses, held in the UK. At the events and throughout the year, PSG will be an ongoing educational resource for advancements in fall protection equipment innovation, dropped objects risk mitigation, and height safety and rescue training.

Matt Moreau named head of ISEA dropped objects committee,

Faber named vice chair of ANSI anchorage connectors committee

HOUSTON, TX (AUGUST 11, 2020) – Mathew Moreau, product manager of dropped tools and FME at Pure Safety Group (PSG), has been named chairperson of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Standards Committee for Dropped Objects Solutions. The committee is the first ever to focus exclusively on preventing dropped object hazards in general industry, construction and other sectors that involve work at height. In 2018, the committee set the first U.S. standard to establish design, testing and performance criteria for active systems used to prevent dropped objects in the workplace. Dropped objects cause 278 deaths and 52,700 injuries a year in the U.S. alone, according to the latest statistics, making it the third-leading occupational safety hazard.

Jeff Ward Headshot 200wHOUSTON(Sept. 23, 2020) Pure Safety Group (PSG), the world’s largest independent height safety product development, manufacturing and training company, today announced it has named Jeff Ward as chief executive officer. Previously, Ward was president of the company’s international operations. He has spent the last 20 years in various marketing, sales, operations, and general management roles within premium industrial and consumer goods companies. Prior to joining PSG, Ward was CEO of Centurion Safety Products and director of the British Safety Industry Federation. He holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Warwick Business School from the University of Warwick in the U.K. Ward assumes the role of CEO effective immediately and will lead PSG’s global team of fall protection experts.

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HOUSTON (March 20, 2020)Pure Safety Group™ (PSG), manufacturer of fall protection equipment used by workers at height, has introduced the new Checkmate© Xplorer industrial full body harness for fall protection to the U.S. market.

The harness, designed to be more comfortable than conventional harnesses during periods of suspension and frequent loading, features visual alert stitching, an intuitive way for the user to understand the correct way to wear the harness.

HOUSTON, TX (June 18, 2020) – Fall protection leader Pure Safety Group (PSG) named Randy Fernandez as head of sales for PSG’s western region of the U.S., which now encompasses Louisiana and Texas, effective June 1, 2020. In this leadership role, Fernandez will be a primary resource for companies using fall protection equipment in the region. He will manage a team of eight fall protection experts, working with businesses to understand their fall protection, dropped objects prevention, and confined space and rescue needs as well as advising on proper equipment and training for a thorough and effective safety program.

HOUSTON, TX (June 18, 2020) -- Pure Safety Group, the world’s only company dedicated exclusively to fall protection for workers at height, introduces the Guardian Retractable HLL (horizontal lifeline). Available July 8 in North America, the HLL is for use in either fall arrest or fall restraint applications.

During a fall, the Retractable HLL will deploy an extending metal energy absorber designed to reduce peak loads to anchorage structures.

The new Retractable HLL can also be used as part of a fall restraint system, which prevents the worker from reaching the leading edge of a fall hazard.

world of concrete 2020 10WORLD OF CONCRETE SHOW, LAS VEGAS (Feb. 4, 2020)Pure Safety Group™ (PSG) announces new availability of its products across three brands into additional global markets at this year’s World of Concrete (WOC) Show.

Checkmate®, which has been known throughout Europe as a leader in fall protection product innovation for more than four decades, is now, as part of the PSG family, making many of its products available in the U.S.for the first time. The products include the Xplorer harness, ATOM-Xtreme personal Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL),FABX series of SRLs, andseveral rescue and retrieval products, including the TR3 tripod.

Product is part of expanded line up of PSG products moving into new global regions

WORLD OF CONCRETE SHOW, LAS VEGAS (Feb. 4, 2020)Pure Safety Group™ (PSG) is launching the Stronghold® Quick-Switch®Tool TetherSystem for the prevention of dropped objects during work at height.The system is based on the proprietary Quick-Switch design, the only technology that allows workers to switch tools from one connection point to another in a single motion to provide a level of dropped objects safety unmatched in the industry.

HOUSTON (Nov. 1, 2019) – The world’s largest company dedicated exclusively to height safety, Pure Safety Group (PSG), announces an expanded CSA-certified line-up of self-retracting lifelines (SRLs).The newly certified fall protection products include: Guardian Diablo 6-foot 2.0 Web SRL with steel snap hook, aluminum carabiner, aluminum or steel rebar hook; Guardian Dual Diablo 6-foot Web SRL with steel snap hook, aluminum carabiner, aluminum or steel rebar; Guardian Halo 11-foot Web SRL with steel snap hook; and Guardian 20-foot, 25-foot and 30-foot Halo Cable SRL with steel snap hook,  Guardian 20-foot, 25-foot and 30-foot Halo Cable SRL in Leading Edge with steel snap hook and Guardian Halo 50-foot and 65-foot Big Block Cable SRL with steel snap hook, both including models for leading-edge applications. 

HOUSTON (Sept. 06, 2019) – Guardian Fall Protection, a Pure Safety Group (PSG) brand, will introduce a new webbing horizontal lifeline (HLL) at the 2019 National Safety Congress & Expo in San Diego. The Guardian Fall Protection Webbing HLL is a temporary horizontal lifeline designed for use in fall restraint or fall arrest. Its lightweight polyester 65-foot webbing is water- and UV-resistant and can accommodate up to two users with a combined weight of 440 pounds.

HOUSTON (September 06, 2019 – Guardian Fall Protection, a Pure Safety Group (PSG) company, has unveiled its new HTL Horizontal Lifeline (HLL) for use in fall protection systems. The horizontal anchorage accommodates two workers in fall arrest at 30-, 60- and 100-foot lengths.

The HLL is ultra-lightweight and extremely durable. Due to the double-braided polyester rope functioning as the shock absorber, no inline shock absorber is required. Its built-in, inline tension swivel prevents tangling and keeps the HLL in an optimal position. It features nylon thimbles that protect the rope against wear and prevents loops. The HTL’s lower dynamic sag provides exceptional fall clearances.

First in the S Series Now Available for Everyday Fall Protection

HOUSTON (Jan. 07, 2019) – Pure Safety Group (PSG), the largest company dedicated solely to fall protection, has unveiled its Guardian Fall Protection S1 safety harness. The S1 is the first in a series of innovative new harnesses designed with three levels of features for various real life work scenarios. All harnesses meet OSHA standards, exceed ANSI standards and are CSA-certified.

The S1 Harness is a rugged utility option for users who need to grab their fall protection gear and safely get to work. It is designed with water-resistant contrasting core webbing, label cover and impact indicators for easy inspection, dual lanyard keepers and durable rubber web keepers. The S1 features steel hardware that includes a three-bar torso adjustment for quick and proper fitting, various connection point options for use in multiple applications, and a chest strap captivation for performance. The S1 Harness is available in four sizes for optimal fit.

Building on the S1 Harness, the S3 Harness and the S5 Harness, each with additional, enhanced feature sets and innovative components, will launch in the first quarter of 2019. The harnesses in the S series are able to be customized.

HOUSTON (Apr. 22, 2019) -- Pure Safety Group (PSG), the largest company dedicated solely to fall protection, has unveiled a new lineup of three self-retracting lifelines (SRLs). The SRLs are part of the company’s robust schedule of new product launches in 2019, during which it will release more than 20 new products for keeping workers at height safe in construction, oil and gas, energy, utilities, telecom, mining and transportation situations. The SRLs, which meet OSHA standards, exceed ANSI standards and will be CSA-certified, include the GR11, GR6 and GR6 Tie-Back, all under the company’s Guardian Fall Protection brand. The SRLs feature HPME webbing, which is lightweight and highly resistant to cuts and abrasion. The SRLs are designed for use in personal fall arrest and restraint applications, which prevent workers from reaching the leading edge of a fall hazard.

The Guardian GR11 SRL has a capacity of 11 feet and maximum arrest force of 1,800 pounds. It features durable housing that protects its internal assembly, rubber housing grips for comfort, ergonomic handling and impact resistance, an external shock absorber designed to minimize arrest forces, and multiple snap, rebar hook options that are made of steel or aluminum. The GR11 user capacity is 130-310 pounds.

Completes the S Series Line-Up of Harnesses

HOUSTON (Feb. 7, 2019) -- Pure Safety Group (PSG), the largest company dedicated solely to fall protection, has unveiled two new products to complete its Series line -up of three Guardian Fall Protection safety harnesses, with applications for keeping workers at height safe in many real-life work scenario. All harnesses meet OSHA standards, exceed ANSI standards and are pending CSA certification.

The Series 3 and Series 5 full-body fall protection harnesses are used for personal fall arrest, work positioning, restraint and rescue/confined space applications. Both feature a captivated chest strap that prevents improper adjustment and accidental slippage, rubber web ends that fold over and protect the harnesses against damage, and dual lanyard keepers for safe storage of unused lanyard legs. Both have a loop for easily connecting to a dual SRL connector, freeing up the D-ring for other attachments, and an optional heavy-duty waist pad and belt to accommodate tools. Capacity for the harnesses is 130-420 pounds.

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Launches Multiple Products from Booth #2111,

Unveils PSG Brand, and Professional and High Performance Product Categories

HOUSTON, TX (OCT. 22, 2018) – The biggest news in the fall protection industry this year was the ascent of Pure Safety Group (PSG) to become the largest dedicated provider of height safety equipment and services in the world.  In just 10 months, PSG acquired four leading companies: Web Devices, Guardian Fall Protection, Checkmate and Ty-Flot.

At the 2018 National Safety Congress (NSC) trade show in Houston, the company is launching as the PSG brand, a family of the combined company brands and harmonized product lines. PSG is also opening the doors to its global headquarters and the world’s largest height safety training center in Houston, and reclassifying its product lines by professional and high performance categories. The newproducts PSG is unveiling at NSC booth #2111 include:


  • Checkmate Vantage X high performance harness – Ground breaking high performance harness with many patent pending industry “firsts.” One-piece design front cam buckle adjuster has an integrated chest strap and connector, which improves functionality and reduces weight while increasing strength and durability. Features pioneering new Dial D technology with Control D Ring that is user adjusted for easy connection of auxiliary equipment at just the twist of a dial. The dorsal “D” automatically returns to the home position when the user is not connecting a device. Any excess webbing is neatly rolled and tethered back via a unique “Roll n Lock” system.
  • Guardian professional harnesses Series 1, 3, 5 — Series 1 features new rubber web keepers, Series 3 also includes core indicating webbing and dual SRL connectors, and Series 5 also adds coated, forged steel hardware and deluxe shoulder and waist padding.

A New Standard for Fall Protection Anchorage Connectors

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Implementing a proper fall protection plan is difficult. Here are the basics to give you a firm foundation on which to build your fall protection plan.

More than just a number – trigger heights

The legal need for fall protection is generally based on a trigger height, which can vary by industry.  For example, the most common trigger height from OSHA is for construction, at 6 feet. The trigger height drops to 4 feet for general industry. For masonry, such as in overhand bricklaying operations on a supported scaffold, the trigger height can jump to 10 feet. This is because a standard scaffold is 5 feet high, which is below the construction 6 feet minimum trigger height. But when you add a single story of scaffold, the next working surface will be at 10 feet, which triggers you to use proper fall protection.

Trigger height is the vertical distance from a working surface to the next lower working surface – not necessarily the ground. If you are working on an elevated surface 30 feet above the ground, but there is a roof or other surface 7 feet below your working surface, you need fall protection.  Trigger heights refer to the legally required instances when fall protection is required. Common sense, however, dictates that proper fall protection should be used any time a worker is at risk of falling.

Pure Safety Acquires Ty-Flot Drop Prevention Products

• Pure Safety™ is a holding company formed to create a global fall protection business.


Second acquisition in 14 days, fourth in past year, propels company into market leadership position

HOUSTON (June 22, 2018) – Pure Safety Group (PSG) today announced its second acquisition in the past two weeks, purchasing Ty-Flot, Inc., the global leader in dropped objects prevention products and services, rounding out the PSG comprehensive line up of market-leading height safety products for applications across multiple industries. The transaction closed June 15, 2018.

“We’ve been busy building the type of company we’ve heard customers want,” said PSG CEO Brad Gates. “We’re hand-selecting market leaders, with an intentional focus on U.S.-made products in important categories, asking them to join us to build the world’s premier provider of height safety equipment and services.”

Pure Safety Acquires Checkmate in the U.K.

• Pure Safety™ is a holding company formed to create a global fall protection business.
• Pure Safety™ acquires Checkmate Lifting and Safety Ltd. in the U.K.



Acquisition is the third in the past year, establishing Pure Safety Group as the world's largest independent provider of safety equipment, training and resources for workers at height

HOUSTON (June 11, 2018) -- Pure Safety Group (PSG), now the world's largest independent provider of height safety equipment, training and resources, announces that it has acquired UK-headquartered Checkmate Lifting and Safety Ltd., the leading innovator, designer and manufacturer of lifting and height safety equipment, including its product and patent portfolio, installation and training businesses.

The acquisition of Checkmate continues PSG’s plan to expand its full line of height safety offerings, particularly its premium line of products, and extend its global reach. Checkmate is a prime addition to PSG being a product innovation powerhouse with a premium products portfolio including self-retracting lifelines, horizontal lifelines, harnesses, and descent and rescue products. Pure Safety Group will leverage the combined range of all its product brands to extend its offerings to its growing global network.

The acquisition is PSG’s third in the past year; in August 2017, the company purchased Guardian Fall Protection, based in Seattle, and Web Devices, based in Houston.

Guardian is pleased to announce the Diablo Cable SRL-LE. Please read the full press release below.

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The Oil & Gas Journal March 2019 issue highlights Pure Safety Group’s announcement of two new Series harnesses in the Services & Suppliers section.

Pure Safety Group announces Two S-Series Harnesses. PSG completes its Series line-up of three Guardian Fall Protection safety harnesses with the Series 3 and Series 5 full-body fall protection harnesses.

Download the PDF and see page 56 to learn more.


In response to Guardian's policy change regarding the #01205 External Shock Extension Lanyard, please see our updated Extension Lanyard compatibility chart.

Guardian Fall Protection changing its policy regarding the use of the #01205 shock absorbing extension in leading edge applications.

Guardian Fall Protection is issuing an immediate Stop Use and Retrofit notice for the Angel Anchor (#00260).

Please refer to the general press release below regarding the acquisition of Guardian Fall Protection by PureSafetyTM.


Guardian Fall Protection is issuing an immediate Stop and Inspect notice for selected Kernmantle HLLs to ensure proper threading of the Kernmantle lifeline through the tensioner.

KENT, WA – As part of a continuing effort to increase performance across all of its brands to better protect the workforce, Guardian Fall Protection is pleased to announce its membership in the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).

Kent, WA - Guardian Fall Protection is continually seeking innovative ways of spreading safety knowledge and products throughout the workforce.To further this goal, Guardian is pleased to announce that we are making waves by partnering with Sphere 1 effective February 1, 2017.

As part of Guardian Fall Protection's continual process of making the most effective fall protection products on the market, we are pleased to introduce the new and improved Diablo 6' Web SRL.

Guardian is pleased to announce we are now offering Tuff Built's extensive line of fall protection and confined space equipment.

Guardian Fall Protection is excited to announce the opening of three new warehouses, as well as the expansion of our east coast sales team!

Guardian Fall Protection is excited to announce the rebranding of a selection of our self-retracting lifelines (SRLs). We have already begun the process, and we wanted to give everyone a sneak peek at what SRL parts will be affected by the rebrand, as well as detail why Guardian is moving forward with this plan.

In order to provide our customers with the highest quality support, Guardian Fall Protection continually reviews our company policies to ensure they best meet the needs of everyone who uses our products. Upon recent review, Guardian has updated our warranty policy on all products, moving from the previous two-year warranty to a lifetime warranty against defects in material and manufacturing. 

Sudbury, ON – After having experienced double-digit growth over the course of the last year, Canada-based Norguard Industries, a leading provider of fall protection equipment has partnered with the well-established safety and industrial specialists at Pacesetter Sales & Associates.

KENT, WA – After more than doubling the size of its sales team in 2015, Guardian Fall Protection, a leading innovator in the fall protection industry, continues its trend of rapid growth and expansion by announcing new partnerships with the long-standing safety professionals at both Process Marketing Group (PMG) and United Sales Associates (USA).

Guardian Fall Protection, founded in 1993, has experienced an incredible amount of growth and success over its 22 years of existence. It took the efforts and dedication of so many people to get us where we are today, and we are grateful for each and every one of them.

Guardian Fall Protection, who in 2012 acquired exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights to Trojan Tools, is proud to announce the availability of five 'Made in America' Trojan products.

We at Guardian Fall Protection are excited to announce that we will be moving our company headquarters to a new building, located at 6305 S 231st Street, Kent, WA 98032. Only a few minutes away from our current location, this new facility brings with it a multitude of benefits both for us and those with whom we do business.

Guardian Fall Protection, a leading innovator in the fall protection industry, is proud to announce our acquisition of our new subsidiary company, Norguard Industries. Based in Ontario, Canada, Norguard Industries is a top provider of fall protection equipment, and offers a diverse range of products, as well as more than twenty years of experience committed to ensuring worker safety. Those at Norguard Industries are excited to be joining Guardian, and look forward to helping us grow as leaders in the industry we dedicate ourselves to everyday.

Guardian Fall Protection, a leading provider of fall protection equipment, announced today that they have acquired Trojan Tools, the most reputable manufacturer of power tool accessories in the United States. The purpose behind this acquisition is to promote the product line expansion for Guardian's subsidiary company, Qualcraft Industries.