Fall Protection For CR Systems Standing Seam Panels

Fall Protection For CR Systems Standing Seam Panels

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on May 20th 2024

CR Systems: Standing Seam Panels and Compatible Fall Protection

Safety is always the foundation of a successful project when working at heights. As with all standing seam systems, specialized fall protection equipment is required to protect the panel seams and workers. CR Systems, a leading standing seam panel manufacturer based in Barrie, Ontario, offers high-quality roofing solutions that work seamlessly with various  fall protection products. CR Systems provides a range of standing seam panels designed to meet diverse architectural needs. Their CRS, CRB, and CRC panels are particularly noteworthy for their  compatibility with fall protection equipment. Let's look at these panel profiles and discuss the most effective fall protection products.

CRS 25/CRS 38

The popular CRS series is known for its sleek appearance and excellent performance. CRS panels are ideal for modern architectural designs. They provide excellent weather resistance and are easy to install. The CRS 25 panel has a 1" tall seam and is 17" wide. The CRS 38 panel has a taller 1.5" seam and a 16" standard panel width. Roofers secure CRS panels with hidden fastener clips and mechanically seam them to a 90-degree or 180-degree profile.

Fall Protection for the CRS 25 and CRS 38 Panels

For steel 22-gauge and 24-gauge CRS 25 and CRS 38 panels, SSRA1 seam clamps serve as anchor points that provide dependable attachment solutions for workers. These anchors are particularly effective with CRS 25 and CRS 38 panels, ensuring secure attachment during installation and maintenance activities. The  SSRA1 anchor has six pairs of non-penetrating set screws. This design provides excellent gripping strength while protecting the panels from water leaks.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jacks offer a stable platform for affixing walkboards to standing seam roofs for stable footing during maintenance tasks. Their versatility suits them for various projects involving CRS 25 and CRS 38 panels.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates offer flexibility by allowing the deployment of horizontal lifelines, ensuring comprehensive fall protection coverage across the entire roof surface. By providing flexible anchor points, these plates contribute to a safer working environment on CRS 25 and CRS 38 panel installations.

The Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor works well with CRS 25 and CRS 38 panels. It hooks over the roof's ridge, creating a secure anchor point for workers. The anchor ensures excellent fall protection compatibility for all CRS 25 and CRS 38 metal roof systems, providing workers with an additional layer of safety.

By choosing the proper fall protection equipment compatible with CRS 25 and CRS 38 panels, you can ensure a safe and efficient working environment. These products—SSRA1 Seam Clamps,  SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jacks, SSRA3 Anchor Plates, and Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchors—offer unique benefits that enhance worker safety and streamline the installation and maintenance process.

CRB Panels

CRB panels offer enhanced durability and are perfect for commercial and residential projects. They provide long-lasting protection against the elements. The seam height is 1.75", and the panel width is 17". The CRB batten seam cover offers a unique, bulky appearance.

Fall Protection For CRB Panels

Due to the batten strip design of CRB panels, seam-mounted fall protection devices such as SSRA1, SSRA2, and SSRA3 products are not compatible. However, several effective alternatives ensure the safety and mobility of workers during installation and maintenance activities.

For steeper pitches, specifically from 6/12 to 12/12, the Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor is an excellent choice. This anchor hooks over the roof's ridge, creating a secure anchorage point for workers. The Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor ensures reliable fall protection compatibility for all CRB panel roofs, providing an essential safety measure for workers navigating these steep slopes.

For pitches less than 6/12, the Super Anchor 2815 or Malta Dynamics A6302 make suitable alternatives. This anchorage system offers secure anchorage points by mounting underneath the ridge cap, ensuring workers have a stable and reliable attachment point.

CRC Panels

CRC panels are characterized by their unique design and high strength. They are well-suited for projects that require both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity. This batten cover seam is available in 1" or 1.5" seam heights, and the panel widths are 15".

Fall Protection For CRC Panels

The batten strip design of CRC panels poses the same challenges as the CRB panels. Mounting anything to the seams of this panel can damage the batten covers. Therefore, the SSRA1 and other adapter plates are not compatible in this instance. Several effective alternatives ensure the safety and mobility of workers during installation and maintenance activities.

For steeper pitches, specifically from 6/12 to 12/12, the  Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor is an excellent choice. This anchor hooks over the roof ridge, creating a secure anchorage point for workers. The Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor ensures reliable fall protection compatibility for all CRC panel roofs, providing an essential safety measure for workers navigating these steep slopes.

For pitches less than 6/12, the Super Anchor 2815 or Malta Dynamics A6302 make suitable alternatives. These anchorage systems offer secure anchorage points by mounting underneath the ridge cap, ensuring workers have a stable and reliable attachment point. The Super Anchor 2815 and Malta Dynamics A6302 accommodate the specific requirements of lower-pitched roofs, making them ideal solutions for ensuring worker safety on CRC panel installations.

By selecting the appropriate fall protection equipment tailored to the unique characteristics of CRC panels, you can ensure a safe and efficient workplace. The Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor, Super Anchor 2815, and Malta Dynamics A6302 offer robust solutions that enhance worker safety and streamline CRC panel installation and maintenance processes.

Conclusion

In conclusion, CR Systems' standing seam panels—CRS, CRB, and CRC—are high-quality roofing solutions offering aesthetic appeal and robust performance. When paired with the proper fall protection equipment, such as the Roof Jack Pro Pack,  Malta Dynamics HLL3001, and Ultimate Pro Pack, this standing seam panel system provides a safe anchorage for workers.

Ensuring compatibility between your roofing panels and fall protection systems is not just a matter of compliance but a critical step towards safeguarding your workforce. Investing in quality products and following the best installation and maintenance practices can significantly reduce accidents and injuries.

Remember, the key to adequate fall protection lies in understanding your specific needs and choosing products that work seamlessly together. CR Systems' standing seam panels and our comprehensive range of fall protection solutions can help you achieve safety excellence.

Call us today at 863-703-4522 to discuss your project, or visit www.StandingSeamRoofAnchor.com. You can learn more about fall protection by reading OSHA's 48-page manual.

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.