Fall Protection for Chief Buildings Standing Seam Panels

Fall Protection for Chief Buildings Standing Seam Panels

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Jun 26th 2024

Chief Buildings company logo. Image courtesy of www.chiefbuildings.com

See the Roof Anchor Compatibility Chart for Chief Buildings Standing Seam Metal Roofing.

Who Is Chief Buildings?

Chief Buildings has been a significant player in the metal building industry for over six decades, growing from modest beginnings in Grand Island, Nebraska, into a prominent force in construction solutions. This family-owned business has continually adapted and expanded, impacting manufacturing, commercial, community, and agricultural sectors. The journey started in 1954 with Eihusen Construction Company's home remodeling projects, which later evolved into Chief Construction. In 1959, the company diversified into grain bin manufacturing, establishing Big Chief of Nebraska, now known as Chief Agri in Kearney.

A pivotal moment came in 1966 when the company entered the metal building manufacturing market, creating Chief Buildings. Over the years, Chief Industries—rebranded in 1968—expanded its reach and capabilities, including a grain bin plant in Rensselaer, Indiana, which later transitioned to metal building production. The company's growth strategy included diversifying into manufactured homes with BonnaVilla in Aurora, Nebraska, and acquiring Caldwell Manufacturing Company to enhance its grain storage and aeration equipment offerings.

The 1980s and 1990s saw further growth and specialization, with Chief Fabrication emerging as a separate entity in 1984 and Chief Buildings expanding its manufacturing footprint with additional plants in Rensselaer, Indiana. The company also explored powder coating and structural steel fabrication, continually broadening its expertise and services.

In the new millennium, Chief Industries continued to grow, incorporating Chief Construction Company in Grand Island and establishing remote detailing and drafting locations in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Fort Dodge, Iowa. These strategic moves enhanced the company's design and construction capabilities. This rich history highlights Chief Buildings' resilience, adaptability, and commitment to innovation, cementing its position as a leader in the metal building industry.

What Are The Most Recommended Fall Protection Products For Chief Buildings?

This article educates workers and building owners about the best  fall protection products tailored for Chief Buildings' standing seam panels. Proper fall protection is crucial to maintaining a safe working environment and preventing accidents and injuries during installation and maintenance tasks. We will delve into each of Chief Buildings' standing seam panel profiles and discuss the most effective fall protection strategies for each.

MSC Panel (Mechanically Seamed)

Chief Buildings MSC standing seam panel profile. Image courtesy of www.chiefbuildings.com

Chief Buildings' MSC (Mechanically Seamed Construction) panel is a durable and versatile standing seam roof system, ideal for commercial and industrial applications. The MSC panels are available in 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel substrates. Each panel is 24" wide and can be manufactured up to 50' long, minimizing the number of seams and potential weak points in the roofing system.

The MSC panel features a 3" tall standing seam, enhancing its structural integrity and ensuring efficient water drainage. One of the key benefits of the MSC panel system is its ability to be installed on roofs with shallow slopes, as minimal as 1/4:12 (or 2%), making it adaptable to various architectural designs. The panels are attached using a floating roof design with sliding clips, accommodating thermal expansion and contraction.

Chief Buildings offers the MSC panel in various popular colors and three different paint systems applied over an acrylic-coated Galvalume base to enhance durability and longevity. This combination of practical features and aesthetic options makes the MSC panel a comprehensive roofing solution for various building needs. See the Roof Anchor Compatibility Chart for Chief Buildings MSC Standing Seam Metal Roofing.

Fall Protection for MSC Panels

Ensuring worker safety when installing or maintaining MSC panels is crucial. The following fall protection products are fully compatible with the 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel versions of the MSC panels:

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1):

This anchor system attaches securely without penetrating the roof, preserving the panel's integrity. It is ideal for creating safe anchor points on 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel MSC panels.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter:

This adapter mounts on SSRA1 anchors, supporting 10' walkboards without roof penetrations. It provides adjustable height options for various seam heights, enhancing flexibility and safety.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates:

When combined with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, SSRA3 Anchor Plates offer a robust solution for temporary horizontal lifelines, supporting up to two workers and ensuring comprehensive fall protection.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor:

Perfect for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, this anchor hooks over the ridge, providing a secure anchorage point and ensuring 100% tie-off safety for workers navigating steep slopes.

MVF/MVP Panel (Mechanically Seamed)

Chief Buildings MVF/MVP standing seam panel profile. Image courtesy of www.chiefbuildings.com

Chief Buildings offers the MVF (Mechanically Seam Vertical Leg Flat) and MVP (Mechanically Seamed Vertical Pencil-Rib) Panels, premium standing seam metal roofing systems that combine durability and aesthetic appeal. These panels are designed with a 2" seam height and are available in a 24-gauge steel option, ensuring a perfect balance between strength and lightweight construction.

The MVF/MVP Panels use a clip fastening system rather than traditional fastening methods. Specialized clips are installed on all purlins, securely holding the panels in place while maintaining a seamless and clean roof appearance. This design enhances the roof's structural integrity and provides a sleek, modern look that complements various architectural styles.

In addition to the panels, Chief Buildings provides a full range of accessories and components to complete the roofing system. This comprehensive approach ensures that the MVF/MVP Panels offer reliable and visually appealing options for standing seam metal roof applications across various projects. See the Roof Anchor Compatibility Chart for Chief Buildings MVF/MVP Standing Seam Metal Roofing.

Fall Protection For MVF/MVP Panels

Seam-mounted and ridge-mounted anchors are perfect for installing or maintaining MVF/MVP panels. The following fall protection products are compatible with the 24-gauge steel versions of the MVF/MVP panels:

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1):

The  SSRA1 attaches to the MVF/MVP panels without penetrating the roof, preserving the panels' integrity and providing a solid anchorage point for fall protection equipment.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter:

This adapter mounts on SSRA1 anchors and supports 10' walkboards without needing roof penetrations. It offers adjustable height options for different seam heights, enhancing flexibility and safety during installation or maintenance work.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates:

Used in conjunction with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, SSRA3 Anchor Plates offer a robust solution for temporary horizontal lifelines. They support up to two workers, ensuring mobility and safety during extensive roofing tasks.

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, ensuring 100% tie-off safety for workers navigating steep slopes.

By using the appropriate fall protection systems, you can ensure the safety of workers and maintain the integrity and longevity of your MVF/MVP panel installations. Following these guidelines and using the recommended equipment will help create a safe working environment while preserving the high performance and aesthetic appeal of Chief Buildings' MVF/MVP panels.

STC Panel (Snaplock Style)

Chief Buildings STC standing seam panel profile. Image courtesy of www.chiefbuildings.com

Chief Buildings' STC metal roof panel is a premium standing seam roofing system designed to meet the demands of commercial and industrial structures. This panel boasts a 24-inch width and a 3-inch seam height, crafted from durable 24-gauge Galvalume steel. This construction provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, ensuring a long-lasting roofing solution.

The STC panel system features a snap-together installation process. Panels are attached to the roof purlins using specialized clips, creating a secure and efficient installation method. This design also accommodates thermal spacers, which enhance the overall insulation performance of the roofing system, making it an energy-efficient choice.

A standout feature of the STC panel is its versatility in handling various roof details and transitions. The system includes pre-engineered components for eaves, gables, height changes, and other roof transitions, ensuring a seamless and professional finish. Additionally, Chief Buildings offers a range of trim options specifically designed for these transitions, enhancing the roofing system's aesthetic appeal and functional performance.

While the STC panel shares some characteristics with the MSC panel, it meets specific project requirements and design preferences. The STC panel is a robust and adaptable choice for those seeking a high-quality standing seam metal roof solution. See the Roof Anchor Compatibility Chart for Chief Buildings STC Standing Seam Metal Roofing.

Fall Protection For STC Panels

Ensuring the safety of workers when installing or maintaining STC panels is crucial. The following fall protection products are compatible with the 24-gauge steel versions of the STC panels:

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1):

The SSRA1 anchor system is ideal for attaching securely to STC panels without penetrating the roof, maintaining the panel's integrity, and providing a solid anchorage point for fall protection equipment.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter:

This adapter mounts on SSRA1 anchors, facilitating the use of 10-foot walkboards without roof penetrations. It offers adjustable height options for different seam heights, enhancing worker safety and flexibility during installation or maintenance tasks.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates:

With the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, SSRA3 Anchor Plates offers a robust solution for temporary horizontal lifelines. They can support up to two workers, ensuring mobility and safety during extensive roofing work.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor:

This anchor is ideal for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch. It hooks over the ridge to create a secure anchorage point, ensuring 100% tie-off safety for workers navigating steep slopes.

By implementing the appropriate fall protection systems, you can ensure the safety of workers and maintain the integrity and longevity of your STC panel installations. Following these guidelines and using the recommended equipment will help create a safe working environment while preserving the high performance and aesthetic appeal of Chief Buildings' STC panels.

Chief Buildings standing seam panels installed on a roof. Image courtesy of www.chiefbuildings.com

Standing Seam Metal Roof Anchor Panel Compatibility Chart For Chief Buildings

Chief Buildings MSC MVF/MVP Panel
STC Panel
  22-24 ga. 24 ga. 24 ga.
SSRA 1 YES YES YES
SSRA1 Nylon Tip YES YES YES
SSRA2 Roof Jack YES YES YES
SSRA3 Anchor Plate YES YES YES
The Ridge Pro YES YES YES

 

Contact Us to Discuss Your Project

To share details about your project, contact us at 863-703-4522 or visit our website at  www.StandingSeamRoofAnchor.com. For more comprehensive information on fall protection, consult OSHA's 48-page manual.

Best Practices for Fall Protection on Standing Seam Roofs

Use Roof Anchor Systems Specifically for Standing Seam Roofs

Employ anchor systems designed exclusively for standing seam roofs. Adhere to manufacturer guidelines for proper sizing and installation, ensuring precise placement on the seam and correct torque settings. Avoid anchors that require attachment over clips, as finding clips on existing roofs can be challenging and unsafe.

Encourage Regular Equipment Inspections and Training

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

Ensure Stable and Safe Access Points

To minimize fall risks, correctly set up ladders and scaffolding and be 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.

Provide Workers with Premium Safety Gear

Equip your team with top-quality full-body harnesses and shock-absorbing lanyards. These tools drastically reduce the impact load during falls, minimizing the risk of severe injuries or fatalities.

Develop a Comprehensive Safety Plan

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

Wear Appropriate Footwear

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

Establish Secure Work Zones

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

Encourage the Use of Trauma Straps

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

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 improve long-term safety and facilitate ongoing maintenance.

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.

By following 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.