At Continental Chimney Safety First means that when all things having to do with smokestack safety are completed, the work can continue. We believe that no worker should ever need to risk his life or the life of his co-workers just to earn a daily wage as an industrial chimney contractor.
In 2017 Continental chimney SPRAT certified our employees: The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) is a member-driven organization that advances the safe use of rope access through education, developing standards, and administering certifications. In addition, SPRAT supports companies and technicians using rope access with regulatory support, networking, and opportunities to participate in developing industry-consensus standards.
In 2016 Continental Chimney developed a membership training organization called I.C.R.R. Industrial Chimney Rescue And Rigging. I.C.R.R. was established because there was a need for a safety organization that addressed the specific problems faced on industrial chimneys. Organizations such as SPRAT are not qualified to preform safe operations on industrial chimneys in the way ICRR is, they are not trained to be “site specific” to the problems faced in the industrial chimney industry. In order to join members must be employed by an industrial chimney repair company for over 10 years and have at least 5 years consecutive experience preforming chimney work and rigging. Listed Members agree to abide by a code for safe industrial chimney rigging and agree not to work with others who will not follow after the same code. The code dictates the following:
1. Have a working knowledge of how to rig on chimneys to be always tied off at all times (ATT) in such a way so as not to be able to fall into a chimney.
2. Have a working rescue plan and experience for bringing a man out of a chimney flue, either out the top of the chimney, or out through the clean out door, or out through the breaching using ropes and various other techniques with a man basket.
3. Understand and have experience with different flue gases in chimneys, how to test for them and how to work around them.
4. Demonstrate a superior knowledge of Industrial Chimney problems and solutions in regards to safety and rigging.
5. Have an ongoing working knowledge and discussions on First Aid.
6. Have rescue practice on a chimney or similar structure at least once a month.
6. Understand the OSHA guidelines for rigging chimneys and related chimney safety.
7. Actively work with an active licensed U.S.A. professional engineer who is able to give recommendations and guidelines for work on industrial chimneys. The engineer’s name shall be submitted with the application for license reflecting the engineer’s experience with chimneys and stacks as well as a working experience with the ASCE FRP STACK STANDARD, ASME STEEL STACK STANDARD, ACI 307 RC CHIMNEYS STANDARD, ACI 313 SILOS STANDARD, ASCE CHIMNEY & STACK INSPECTION GUIDELINES STANDARD, and OSHA STANDARDS.
At Continental Chimney at every job, we daily discuss what the dangers are and go over the right ways to control them. Annually we go over OSHA Safety and Health Regulations for Safety, CPR, High Angle Rescue, and others. Daily and Weekly we go over these standards and other safety material.
We understand that it is important to have a group of workers that work together well, that they have the respect for safety and each other where safety becomes the key part of every step of the job. We employ workers who can firmly grasp good safety habits.
Continental Chimney does not have an accident record with OSHA. Continental Chimney played a key role in defining the final rule for OSHA as to how chimneys should be rigged with chimney scaffolding for standard chimney repair and demolition jobs.
No other chimney company can make this claim. The reason OSHA picked Continental Chimney to give recommendations is that OSHA respected our interest and acute understanding of the safety concerns in the industrial chimney field.
Our recommendations are listed www.osha.gov under Safety Standards for Scaffolds Used in the Construction Industry; Final Rule – 61:46025-46075.
Continental Chimney works only on chimneys, and our workers take OSHA training courses. We have safety meetings every week and safety talks. Our workers are always tied in and we do not use broken equipment.
One important rule is when something is not tied in, it is only a matter of time before it comes loose and gravity takes control over it. In my experience, the typical industrial chimney company follows more stringent rules than other industries.
The second most important rule for Continental Chimney is our policy that all workers shall be tied in at all times. Safety first, and always being tied in means the job will go slower, but slow in this case means safe. But ultimately, safe is faster because you avoid injury.
At Continental Chimney we give the following training for our employees annually, when someone is first employed with us, and more often when necessary:
Safety and Health Regulations for Safety OSHA 29 CFR 1926
Electrical Safety OSHA 29 CFR 1910.322
Scope. The training requirements contained in this section apply to employees who face a risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by the electrical installation requirements of 1910.303 through 1910.308. Note: Employees in occupations listed in Table S-4 face such a risk and are required to be trained. Other employees who also may reasonably be expected to face comparable risk of injury due to electric shock or other electrical hazards must also be trained.
Fall Protection OSHA 29 CFR 1926.500
First Aid/CPR OSHA 29 CFR 1910 151(b)
1910.151(b) In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.
HAZCOM OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(h)
1910.120(h)(1)(i) Monitoring shall be performed in accordance with this paragraph where there may be a question of employee exposure to hazardous concentrations of hazardous substances in order to assure proper selection of engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment so that employees are not exposed to levels which exceed permissible exposure limits, or published exposure levels if there are no permissible exposure limits, for hazardous substances.
1910.120(h)(1)(ii) Air monitoring shall be used to identify and quantify airborne levels of hazardous substances and safety and health hazards in order to determine the appropriate level of employee protection needed on site.
Hearing Conservation OSHA 29 CFR 1910.95
1910.95(b)(1) When employees are subjected to sound exceeding those listed in Table G-16, feasible administrative or engineering controls shall be utilized. If such controls fail to reduce sound levels within the levels of Table G-16, personal protective equipment shall be provided and used to reduce sound levels within the levels of the table.
Incipient Fire Fighting OSHA 29 CFR 1910.157(g)
29 CFR 1910.157(g)(1) requires “where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting.” Hands on experience using actual fires in a controlled environment is not required in your particular case. The employee emergency plan and fire prevention plans in 29 CFR [1910.38(e)] requires training for persons designated to assist in the safe and orderly emergency evacuation of employees. Evacuation techniques could be included as part of this training.
Lockout/ Tag out Authorized Person OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7)
OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard (HCS) contains the required, minimum elements in an employee information and training program. See, 29 CFR 1910.1200(h). Employers must provide training on hazardous chemicals in an employee’s work area when the employee receives his/her initial work assignment and whenever a new physical or health hazard is introduced into the employee’s work area. The HCS training requirements are not satisfied by merely providing employees with copies of MSDSs.
New Employee Orientation OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119(g)(1)
Initial Training [Note: 1910.119(g)(3)Training documentation. The employer shall ascertain that each employee involved in operating a process has received and understood the training required by this paragraph. The employer shall prepare a record which contains the identity of the employee, the date of training, and the means used to verify that the employee understood the training.]
Personal Protective Equipment OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132(f)
Training is required.
Respiratory Protection OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134(e)(5)
The fit-test must be applied to each and every employee required to wear a respirator. [by a doctor]
Welding and Burning OSHA 29 CFR 1910.252(a)(2)(xii)(c)
Insist that cutters or welders and their supervisors are suitably trained in the safe operation of their equipment and the safe use of the process.
Scaffolding OSHA 29 CFR 1926 CFR 1926.451
Rescue Team or Rescue Service Evaluation Criteria 1910.146 App F
Permit-required confined spaces CFR 1910.146
Cranes and Hoists
This image demonstrates the tie in method we use above the stokes litter and positioning. The image is from http://viceaxe.com/drupal/content/high-angle-rescue-training
In 2017 Continental chimney SPRAT certified our employees.
Regular Smokestack OSHA Training
From the.mohonk preserve
“With several hundred over 50,000 rock climbers and other mountain recreationists visiting the Preserve annually, some get into difficulties and the Preserve Ranger team is highly skilled at assisting. The combination of practical experience and advanced training has resulted in the Preserve becoming a hub of Mountain Search and Rescue (S.A.R.) and wilderness first aid training.
Mountain S.A.R. is an interdisciplinary set of skills involving pre-hospital care, understanding of search management, and rescue skills that can be applied in a variety of environments, including very steep terrain. Particularly for rock climbers, knowledge of some or all of these skill sets is important. There is also a large community of individuals who work or volunteer in other aspects of S.A.R. who can benefit from experience and training in these skills.”
Continental Chimney & Engineering LLC practices S.A.R. at the Preserve in upstate NY. We are available to volunteer in S.A.R. emergencies. We understand the difference between Rope Access Rescue and typical Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques.