Fall Protection For ACI Building Systems

Fall Protection For ACI Building Systems

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Jul 1st 2024

ACI Building Systems logo. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.

Who Is ACI Building Systems?

ACI Building Systems, founded in 1990, is a leading manufacturer of metal buildings and roofing systems based in Batesville, Mississippi. Over the years, ACI has grown significantly, establishing itself as a significant player in the metal building industry. The company operates from a 270,000-square-foot facility in Batesville, complemented by technical offices in five states, allowing it to serve a broad customer base across the United States.

ACI prides itself on managing all aspects of projects in-house from start to finish. This comprehensive approach ensures high-quality standards and seamless support throughout the building process. ACI offers diverse products and services, including commercial building systems, medical facilities, retail spaces, office developments, municipalities, multi-unit storage, and regional distribution centers.

In recent years, ACI launched the Accelerated Building Systems product line, featuring cold-formed building systems known for their simple, weld-free construction, cost efficiency, and quick delivery timelines. The company's leadership team is involved in daily operations, ensuring meticulous oversight of design and manufacturing processes. With an experienced and dedicated workforce, many of whom have been with the company for over two decades, ACI boasts deep industry knowledge and a solid commitment to customer satisfaction.

What Are The Most Compatible Fall Protection Anchors For ACI Standing Seam Roofs?

This article educates workers and building owners about the most effective  fall protection anchors tailored for ACI Building Systems' standing seam roofs. Proper fall protection is crucial for maintaining a safe working environment and preventing accidents during installation and maintenance tasks. By understanding the best practices and suitable products, you can ensure the safety and efficiency of your roofing projects.

In the following sections, we will explore each of ACI's standing seam panel profiles and discuss the most compatible fall protection strategies for each. We will highlight the recommended products to ensure comprehensive safety measures are in place when working on ACI's high-quality roofing systems.

SnapLok Panels

ACI Building Systems Snap Lok seam profile. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.ACI Building Systems Snap Lok seam drawing. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.

The SnapLok standing seam roof panel from ACI Building Systems is a versatile and efficient solution that meets various architectural requirements. This 24-gauge panel provides ease of installation, eliminating the need for mechanical seaming, simplifying the process, and reducing labor costs. The SnapLok panel offers flexibility and adaptability for various construction scenarios. It is suitable for use over solid substrates and open framing.

One of the critical features of the SnapLok panel is its 1.75" high standing seam, which creates continuous shadow lines from ridge to eave, enhancing the roof's visual appeal. These panels are available in standard widths of 16" and 18", allowing for customization to suit specific design needs. Fabricated from high-quality steel coated with Galvalume® and factory-applied paint, the SnapLok panels can withstand harsh weather conditions. The Galvalume® coating provides proven weather resistance, often lasting over 20 years, making it a durable and long-lasting choice for roofing systems.

The SnapLok panel is compliant with ASTM E1592 and UL580 Class 90 standards. Thanks to its robust construction and secure attachment methods, these standards certify the panel's ability to resist wind uplift without requiring additional substrates. ACI Building Systems offers a twenty-year material and weather-tightness warranty, underscoring the panel's reliability and long-term performance. The SnapLok panels can be roll-formed on-site, minimizing damage and waste during installation and providing a cost-effective solution for various roofing projects.

Installation of the SnapLok panels is straightforward. The panels are attached directly to the roof structure using pancake-head, self-drilling fasteners that secure the clips to the framing. This method provides a secure installation process, minimizing potential weak points and ensuring the roof's integrity. The combination of aesthetic appeal, ease of installation, and high-performance characteristics makes the SnapLok panel an excellent choice for residential and commercial roofing applications.

Fall Protection For SnapLok Panels

Ensuring worker safety during the installation and maintenance of SnapLok panels is crucial. The following fall protection products are fully compatible with the 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel versions of SnapLok panels, providing reliable and secure solutions for various safety needs.

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1): The SSRA1 anchor system attaches securely to the SnapLock panel seams without penetrating the roof. The SSRA1 fits about 95% of today's standing seam panel profiles.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter: Mounted on SSRA1 anchors, the SSRA2 adapter supports 10'' walkboards without requiring roof penetrations. It offers adjustable height options for different seam heights, enhancing worker safety and flexibility during installation or maintenance tasks.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates: When combined with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, SSRA3 Anchor Plates provide a robust solution for temporary horizontal lifelines. They can support up to two workers, ensuring comprehensive fall protection and mobility during extensive roofing work. 

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor: Ideal for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, the Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor hooks over the ridge to create a secure anchorage point for workers to remain 100% tied off.

By utilizing these recommended fall protection systems, contractors can ensure safe and efficient work on SnapLok panel installations, preserving worker safety and the panels' structural integrity. Following these guidelines and using the appropriate equipment will help create a secure working environment while maintaining the high performance and aesthetic appeal of ACI Building Systems' SnapLok panels.

StratoShield Panels

ACI Building Systems StratoShield seam profile. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.ACI Building Systems StratoShield seam drawing. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.

The StratoShield Roof System by ACI Building Systems meets the highest standards for architectural and functional roofing applications, focusing on appearance and weather resistance. This standing seam roof system provides excellent performance, ensuring superior weather resistance and requiring minimal maintenance when properly installed. Its versatility makes it suitable for new constructions and replacement roofs where weather resistance is a critical design consideration.

Fabricated from high-quality steel coated with Galvalume® and optional factory-applied paint, the StratoShield panels offer long-lasting weathering capabilities. The Galvalume® coating has a proven weather resistance that exceeds 20 years, making it an ideal choice for enduring harsh environmental conditions. The steel panel profiles resist live load and wind uplift without additional substrates, providing cost efficiency and simplifying installation.

StratoShield panels are available in 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel, offering robust performance with a minimum yield strength of 50,000 psi. These panels come in various finishes, including AZ50 aluminum/zinc alloy for painted surfaces and AZ55 aluminum/zinc alloy for unpainted finishes. The panels feature two seams: the TripleLok™ seam, which offers a watertight seal and exceptional uplift resistance, and the QuadLok™ seam, used in high wind load areas to reduce the need for additional sub-framing.

StratoShield panels use panel clips that fasten to the structure while allowing for thermal expansion and contraction. These clips ensure the panels can move without compromising the integrity of the attachment. The seam sealants used in StratoShield panels are non-drying and explicitly formulated for factory and field applications, ensuring a reliable seal under various temperature conditions. The panels meet ASTM E1592 and UL580 Class 90 standards, confirming their superior performance in wind uplift resistance and overall durability.

Fall Protection For StratoShield Panels

The SSRA and other fall protection products listed below are fully compatible with the 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel versions of StratoShield panels, providing secure and reliable solutions for various safety needs.

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1): The SSRA1 anchor system securely attaches to StratoShield panels without penetrating the roof. The SSRA1 features 12 non-penetrating setscrews for maximum attachment strength.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter: Mounted on SSRA1 anchors, the SSRA2 adapter supports 10'' walkboards without requiring roof penetrations. the adjustable height legs accommodate a variety of seam heights. 

SSRA3 Anchor Plates: When combined with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, SSRA3 Anchor Plates provide a robust mounting solution for temporary horizontal lifelines. They support up to two workers, ensuring comprehensive fall protection and maximum mobility during extensive roofing work.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor: Ideal for steeper roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, the Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor hooks over the ridge to create a secure anchorage point for workers on steep roofs. The 16' extension pole allows the Ridge Pro to be installed and removed while the worker remains safely on the ladder.

By utilizing these recommended fall protection systems, contractors can ensure safe and efficient work on StratoShield panel installations, preserving worker safety and the panels' structural integrity. Following these guidelines and using the appropriate equipment will help create a secure working environment while maintaining the high performance and aesthetic appeal of ACI Building Systems' StratoShield panels.

UltraLok Panels

ACI Building Systems UltraLok seam profile. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.ACI Building Systems UltraLok seam drawing. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.

The UltraLok Roof System by ACI Building Systems is a top-tier standing seam metal roofing solution designed to meet the demands of both architectural and functional applications. Known for its superior appearance and exceptional weather resistance, the UltraLok Roof System is ideal for new construction and as a replacement roof for existing buildings. This system stands out for its excellent performance, offering a maintenance-free solution when installed correctly.

Fabricated from high-quality steel coated with Galvalume® and optional factory-applied paint, the UltraLok panels provide a durable and long-lasting weathering membrane. The Galvalume® coating offers over 20 years of proven weather resistance, making these panels suitable for various environmental conditions. The steel panel profiles resist live loads and wind uplift without additional substrates, simplifying installation and reducing costs.

UltraLok panels are available in 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel with a minimum yield strength of 50,000 psi. These panels have two seam options: the TripleLok™ seam and the QuadLok™ seam. The TripleLok™ seam, partially formed in the factory and completed in the field with a powered seamer, creates a watertight seal that resists separation even under severe deformation. The QuadLok™ seam, often referred to as the "Pittsburgh 360," is designed for high wind load areas and can reduce the need for additional subframe.

The UltraLok system uses floating clips to attach the roof panels to the structure, allowing the panels to expand and contract with temperature changes. These clips ensure the panels can move without compromising the attachment's integrity, maintaining a secure and flexible roof structure. Seam sealants are used in factory and field applications to ensure a reliable seal across various temperatures, enhancing the roof's weather resistance.

Fall Protection For UltraLok Panels

It is essential to protect workers while performing tasks at height. The following SSRA and other fall protection products are fully compatible with the 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel versions of UltraLok panels. 

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1): The SSRA1 anchor system securely attaches to UltraLok panel seams with 12 non-penetrating setscrews. 

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter: Mounted on SSRA1 anchors, the SSRA2 adapter supports 10'' walkboards without requiring roof penetrations. The SSRA2 adapters are compatible with most standing seams up to 3" tall. 

SSRA3 Anchor Plates: The Malta Dynamics HLL3001 100' Horizontal Lifeline kit and SSRA3 Anchor Plates provide a portable solution for temporary horizontal lifelines. They can support up to two workers, ensuring comprehensive fall protection and mobility during roofing work.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor: Ideal for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, the Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor hooks over the ridge to create a secure anchorage point.

By utilizing these recommended fall protection systems, contractors can ensure safe and efficient work on UltraLok panel installations, preserving worker safety and the panels' structural integrity. Following these guidelines and using the appropriate equipment will help create a secure working environment while maintaining the high performance and aesthetic appeal of ACI Building Systems' UltraLok panels.

ACI Building Systems installed standing seam roof. Image courtesy of www.acibuildingsystems.com.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Project

For project inquiries, call 863-703-4522 or visit our website at  www.StandingSeamRoofAnchor.com. For detailed fall protection guidelines, refer to OSHA's extensive 48-page manual.

Best Practices for Fall Protection on Standing Seam Roofs

Establish Secure Work Zones

Implement guardrails, warning lines, or other barriers to create safe work zones on low-slope roofs. These measures help ensure a safer working environment and lower the risk of accidents.

Use Roof Anchor Systems Specifically for Standing Seam Roofs

Implement anchor systems uniquely designed for standing seam roofs. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for proper sizing and installation, ensuring accurate seam placement and torque settings. Avoid anchors that require attachment over clips, as locating clips on existing roofs can be challenging and unsafe.

Wear Appropriate Footwear

Workers should wear non-slip footwear designed for smooth metal roof systems and avoid working on wet roofs. Proper footwear improves stability and reduces the likelihood of slips and falls.

Encourage the Use of Trauma Straps

Safety managers should instruct workers to use trauma straps on their harnesses and provide regular training on their proper use. Trauma straps are crucial for preventing severe injuries or fatalities after a fall by reducing suspension trauma.

Develop a Comprehensive Safety Plan

Before starting any roofing project, the safety or project manager should develop an OSHA-compliant safety plan. This plan should include a detailed rescue strategy to protect workers in case of an accident. Thorough planning ensures that all necessary safety measures are in place.

Provide Workers with Premium Safety Gear

Equip your workers with high-quality full-body harnesses and shock-absorbing lanyards. These items significantly reduce the impact load during falls, minimizing the risk of severe injuries or fatalities.

Invest in Permanent Roof Anchor Systems

Consider installing permanent roof anchor systems to provide secure anchorage points for future roof work and inspections. Permanent systems enhance long-term safety and make ongoing maintenance easier.

Take Extra Precautions for Curved Panels

Avoid using seam-mounted anchors on curved metal panels. For curved roof systems, have a trained safety professional conduct site inspections and develop a comprehensive safety strategy tailored to the unique challenges of curved surfaces.

Ensure Stable and Safe Access Points

Minimize fall risks by properly setting up ladders and scaffolding and ensuring they are free from obstacles. Provide comprehensive OSHA-compliant ladder training for workers, and always follow the 4-1 rule for ladder positioning to ensure stability and safety.

Encourage Regular Equipment Inspections and Training

Promote a safety-conscious work culture by scheduling regular inspections of all safety equipment and conducting continuous training sessions. This proactive approach helps maintain high safety standards and significantly reduces the risk of accidents.

By implementing these best practices, you can ensure a safer working environment for your team and maintain the integrity of your standing seam roofing systems.

Howie Scarboro, C.E.O. and co-founder of Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C., recognized the need for continued improvements in roofing safety during the 2010 MetalCon show in Las Vegas. He joined forces with SnoBlox-Snojax, a leader in snow retention and seam clamping technology for metal roofs, to create the SSRA1 prototype. Tested by Gravitec for OSHA/ANSI certifications, the SSRA1 proved to be the industry's lightest, most robust, and most universal-fit anchor point for standing seam roofs. Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C. was born in 2015, shaping the future of fall protection and instilling confidence in the industry.