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Guardian Fall Protection FAQ

Skyhook & CB Series

What if I don’t meet the decking/substrate requirements of a ¾" CDX plywood or 20 ga. metal?
There are a variety of different methods. You can use 2×4 bracing for wood applications or you can lay a 4×4 sheet of wood or decking down over the top of the area where anchor points are going to be installed.
Why?
Anything less than the above substrates will not hold 5,000 lbs. which is the requirement for attachment areas. By using 2×4 bracing or another sheet of material, screwed securely into the framing members (truss or purlins), you are, in essence, making that section of decking capable of meeting the 5,000 lb. requirement.
What is the proper spacing if I want to run the 4 worker horizontal line system?
CB: 12’s thru 18’s: 20ft. on center SKYHOOKS: 16ft. on center
How many workers does the horizontal cable system hold?
4 in. FALL RESTRAINT per continuous run of cable; 1 in FALL ARREST per continuous run of cable
How do I attach the cable system to the anchors? Do I attach to each one?
Terminate the cable on one end by running approx. 2 feet through the anchor and clamping it back to the remaining cable with at least 3 cable clamps. For Skyhooks, run the cable through the large hole, then through the small hole, and back through the large hole.

  • Run the end of the cable line through each intermediate anchor (for Skyhook, run only through the large diameter hole)
  • Do not stretch the cable tight! Allow 6 to 8" extra line per 20ft. to allow for slack
  • When selling the line, also add the 2 feet and the slack
  • The slack absorbs some of the impact in a fall
Can I install a CB-1-B on a flat roof?
No. Because it is a flat anchor with no upright it cannot be installed in any waterproof manner. It is intended for vertical structures.
Can I install a CB-1-W for a permanent application?
ONLY if it is installed as recommended and then given some sort of weatherproofing finish. The current unit does not have any weather protection and will rust when exposed.

Construction Tux

Is the harness removable from the vest?
No. The harness is sewn permanently inside the vest.
How do I know what size to order?
View the sizing chart available online. The chart is categorized by chest and waist measurements. The numbers shown in the chart are flexible by about two inches in either direction. You may also call Guardian Fall Protection with an approximate height and weight of the person wearing the harness and get a suggested size from a customer service representative.
What is “duck” material?
“Duck” is a thick material made of 100% cotton and is very similar in look and texture to Carhart brand material.

Snappy Anchor

Applications
  • For use on any roof pitch except flat
  • Temporary, disposable use only
  • Fasteners must penetrate a truss
Includes
Qty. 8, 16d galvanized nails
Is the snappy anchor rated at 5,000 pounds?
Yes. The Snappy used to be rated at 3,000 pounds for restraint use only. The current Snappy model is rated for 5,000 pounds and can be used for fall arrest or restraint.
Why?
The 2" screws have adequate holding power no matter what the pitch, but nails lose holding power compared to the screws depending on how flat the anchor is. In the 12/12 pitch angle, the nails actually pull against one another at an angle, whereas when the anchor is flat, they simply pull out all in the same direction.
Can I install the snappy on a flat roof if I’m using nails?
Yes. But you must be set up in a fall restraint situation when using nails instead of the screws. Fall restraint actually restrains the worker from leaving the edge of the building. (i.e. dog tied up so it can’t actually run out in the road even if it wanted to).
Do I have to buy the fasteners from you if mine get worn?
No, you may use any equivalent #12 × 2″ screw or 3.5" 16d galvanized or duplex nail.

Ridge-It Anchor

Applications
  • For use on any roof pitch except flat
  • For permanent installation, retro fit or new construction
  • Stainless Steel with zinc plated D-rings for weather resistance
  • Fasteners must penetrate a truss
  • Recommended installation is every 10ft. apart, or in any areas where work is to be done
Includes
Qty. 8 16d (16 penny) galvanized nails
What kind of roof can I use the ridge-it anchors on?
Wood roofing – typically for composition or cedar roof shingles. The fasteners must penetrate a truss. If for retrofit, the installer must remove the ridge cap over the truss. In some special cases where the user can find a vertical oriental purlin on a metal deck, the Ridge-It can be installed using screws.
How do you install on a retro-fit?
Here’s how you install on a retro-fit:

  1. You will need to remove a couple pieces of existing ridge cap over the truss.
  2. Line up the Ridge-It over the truss and align the D-rings to the edge of the shingle.
  3. Nail the Ridge-It into the roof, making sure to have all 8 nails at an inward angle into the truss.
  4. Reinstall the removed ridge cap pieces over the anchor. Use a roofer’s nail or some tar to refasten the ridge cap pieces.
Can I install the Ridge-It if I have a vented ridge or a ridge cap wider or smaller than 12 inches?
Yes. But there cannot be any exposed fasteners outside the ridge vent, which is typically the case if you use a 00510 double D-ring Ridge-It with a ridge vent.
Why?
Typically, the ridge vent is smaller than the 12" of material between the D-rings on the 00510. Because that would leave a fastener exposed on one or both sides, the use of the 00500 single D-ring Ridge-It is recommended. The installer adjusts the D-ring on the single so that the ridge vent will butt right up to it.
How many Ridge-Its will I need on my roof?
Recommended spacing is every 10ft. However, if you are only working on one section you can install a Ridge-It in that area.
Can I attach a horizontal lifeline to the Ridge-Its?
No. They are only designed for attachment by lanyards or vertical lifelines. Ridge-It is designed for a downward pull, such as the kind that would occur in a fall. These anchors are not designed for the sideways load that a horizontal line system would create.
What if I want an anchor in place other than on the ridge?
The 00500 single D-ring Ridge-Its can be installed anywhere on the roof, as long as the fasteners penetrate a truss. Simply align the D-ring so that it will be sticking out from underneath the shingle. This type of application is more difficult because you will have to pull up more roofing material.

Temper Anchor

Applications
  • For use on any roof pitch
  • Reusable, temporary use only
  • Zinc Plated for weather resistance
  • Fasteners must penetrate a truss
Includes
Qty. 12 #12 × 2″ Fasteners
Can I use the temper anchor with nails?
Yes. Temper can be installed using 16d (16 penny) galvanized, or duplex (double headed) nails. However, when in less than a 4/12 roof pitch steepness, the worker MUST be in fall restraint instead of fall arrest.
Why?
The 2" screws have adequate holding power no matter what the pitch, but nails lose holding power compared to the screws depending on how flat the anchor is. In the 12/12 pitch angle the nails actually pull against on another at an angle, whereas when the anchor is flat they simply pull out all in the same direction. Double headed nails are an advantage because they are easier to pull out and don’t require a screw gun.
Can I install the temper on a flat roof if I’m using nails?
Yes. But you must be set up in a fall restraint situation when using nails instead of the screws. Fall restraint actually restrains the worker from leaving the edge of the building. (ie. dog tied up so it can’t actually run out in the road even if it wanted to).
Do I have to buy the fasteners from you if mine get worn?
No, you may use any equivalent #12 × 2″ screw or 3.5" 16d galvanized or duplex nail.

Beamer

Am I compliant if I tie off at my feet?
No, you are not compliant if there is an over head tie off point available. However, if there is no overhead tie off available you are only allowed to tie off at your feet when you comply with the OSHA standards regarding this type of application which requires a special lanyard.
If I use the Beamer at foot level, wouldn’t that allow more than a 6 ft. free fall?
That is why you must use a lanyard specially designed for extended free falls. The Guardian 01200 and 01210 5ft. Heavy Duty Lanyards are designed to keep the fall forces less than 1800 lbs. at up to a 10ft. fall.
Why do I have to use a specially designed lanyard for extended free falls?
OSHA allows users to exceed the 6ft. free fall level, which happens when attaching at foot level, as long as their system has the all of the following:

  1. There is no other practical way to tie off overhead. Leaving foot level the best option.
  2. Force on the body is less than 1,800 lbs.
  3. The Heavy Duty shock absorbing lanyards: (01200 and 01210 5ft. double leg) keep the force well below that level at a 10ft. free fall, which is the maximum that could happen using the 5ft. lanyard (5ft. above anchor + 5ft. below anchor that end of lanyard would be after a fall.)
  4. The user will not hit any objects below them.
My Beamer pin (or “T” pin) doesn’t work. Can I get a new one?
Yes, the BMRPIN assembly comes with a new pin, attachment cable, and aluminum crimp sleeves.
What makes the Beamer 2000 the preferred choice of steel erectors around the country?
The Beamer 2000 is a one handed operation that includes no pin assembly so workers don’t have to remove both hands to adjust the Beamer. The Beamer 2000 uses Manganese Bronze for its end cap and adjustable end pieces and Aluminum for its bar. Manganese bronze is stronger than stainless steel and welding spatter will not stick to the bar or any other part of the Beamer 2000.
The Advantage of Aluminum
The aluminum we use, 7000 Series, is so strong that it cannot be welded. Metal, slag, and spatter will not stick to the aluminum bar as if it were another piece of metal. Aluminum is lightweight, which is another advantage over steel.
The Disadvantages of a Steel Bar
What happens with the steel bar is that welding spatter will attach itself to the bar, which usually makes the end and center pieces not slide until the metal is ground off.