Fall Protection

Engineered Systems: Permanent Horizontal Lifelines

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3M Fall Protection is a global industry leader in the design and manufacture of engineered fall protection systems and equipment. Our knowledge and practical experience helps our customers reduce risk and increase safety while working at height in frequently accessed environments, such as on bridges, rooftops, arenas, cranes, aircraft hangers, and maintenance facilities for railcars or other large vehicles.

All engineered systems combine ease of use, flexibility and low maintenance, guaranteeing optimum performance and worker satisfaction. Our network of trained, certified installers provides industry-leading installation and training services. Our certified installers are internally trained on every system, helping to provide the right solution in the most responsive and cost effective way possible, all while helping to ensure worker safety and satisfaction.

Composite image of workers on tall structures anchored to permanent roof system, permanent horizonatal lifeline and rigid rail system
What kind of permanent horizontal lifeline do I need?
  • Roof systems

    Roof systems are designed to provide secure attachments on the roof of a building, where there is significant area over which workers can range. In these cases, stationary anchors can give workers a place to connect that will protect them, or rail systems can allow workers to move about the roof while remaining safe.

  • Horizontal systems

    Horizontal systems offer a secure connection point while allowing mobility along the length of a structure such as a bridge, catwalk, maintenance platform or other frequently accessed part of a structure where fall protection is needed.

  • Rigid rail systems

    Among the best in overhead fall protection systems on the market, these enclosed overhead track systems eliminate sag distance that can occur in cable systems, reduce fall clearance compared with foot-level anchors or rail systems, and are well suited for indoor or outdoor use in many applications.

Roof systems

Our range of roof safety fall protection systems provides our customers a choice of highly engineered solutions for the end user while working at heights. These systems are backed up with a thorough understanding of roof system engineering, construction and performance in all types of environments and applications.

  • Worker on roof connected to permanently mounted anchor and cable system
    RoofSafe™ Anchor and Cable System

    The RoofSafe™ Anchor and Cable System is a multi-directional work restraint and fall arrest system designed for all types of roofing materials and structures. This innovative system provides a unique energy shock absorber to protect the integrity of the roof structure while providing optimum worker safety while working at heights.

    Key features:

    • Modular product design accommodates a variety of roof types.
    • The SpiraTech™Force Management anchor provides a low distributed load back to the structure.
    • Improved, cost effective membrane and concrete toggle fixing system enhances thermal efficiency and reduces installation time.
  • Worker on roof connected to permanently mounted rigid rail system
    RoofSafe™ Rail

    RoofSafe™Rail System is a high quality, aluminum rail safety system best suited for modern building projects and maintenance. The system offers exceptional functionality due to the innovative, hands free traveler. RoofSafe™ Rail is capable of navigating corners and changes of direction to provide complete design flexibility.

    Key features:

    • Lightweight, modular rail safety system for use on metal and concrete.
    • Low profile, discrete design provides a discreet safety solution with aesthetic appeal.
    • System provides an innovative, four-wheel traveler to provide ease of use and operation along the rail.

Horizontal systems

Horizontal lifeline systems provide our customers a choice of highly engineered solutions for the end user while working at heights. The versatility of these product solutions allows our end users to solve even the most complex of height safety problems in general industry, construction, facade access, building maintenance, as well as inspection tasks.

  • Worker on roof connected to permanently mounted anchor system attached to structure on roof
    Uni 8™ / evolution™

    The Uni 8™ / evolution™ product line is well suited to modern building projects, refurbishments and can also be used for a wide range of industrial safety applications. This product line offers excellent functionality through it’s free flowing bypass capability and can navigate corners and contours in building designs.

    Key features:

    • Easily navigates around corners and building contours.
    • In-line energy absorbers to protect buildings and structures.
    • Spans up to 12m between intermediate supports.
  • Worker on a railcar connected to a permanent overhead lifeline at a rail loading facility
    Uni 8™ Overhead / evolution™

    The Uni 8™ Overhead system meets the needs of transport and industrial customers including trucks, trains and aircraft, crane walkways and loading bays. This system also has applications in the entertainment and arena industry. The benefit of this system is the support it provides for both fall arrest and controlled descent, and ensures free and unhindered movement for workers when carrying out work at height.

    Key features:

    • 8mm cable system with free running attachment carriage for high overhead applications.
    • Cable system pre-tensioned to 1,125 lbs. (5kN) to reduce cable deflections.
    • System can be designed up to 30m spans between intermediates.
  • 3M Permanent Horizontal Permanent Lifeline in use on a rooftop ledge
    3M™ DBI-SALA® 8 mm Permanent Horizontal Lifeline System

    3M DBI-SALA 8 mm Permanent Horizontal Lifeline Systems make it easier for you to design, specify and install horizontal lifeline systems across a variety of industries, applications and orientations than ever before.

    Key features:

    • Includes free cloud-based software to help calculate and design systems
    • Easier installation with a removable tensioning tool
    • Robust travellers offer continuous system travel, including bypass of intermediate and corner brackets
  • Worker on building roof connected to permanent rail anchor system

    The UniRail™ system consists of a high grade, extruded aluminum rail and is best suited to modern building projects requiring internal and external facade access, inspection and maintenance, including walkways and suspended gantries. The system has also been used extensively for suspended access work by rope access technicians, as it meets the requirements of both abseil and fall protection standards. The system includes a free-flowing carriage which is capable of navigating corners and contours in a building or structure to provide complete flexibility for the end user.

    Key features:

    • “Floating” rail design allows for expansion and contraction to accommodate temperature variations.
    • System can span up to 6m.
    • Ideal system for rope access work.

Rigid rail systems

Our overhead rigid rail systems are among the best solutions for overhead fall protection on the market. The unique enclosed overhead track system enables smooth and uninterrupted travel for one or two users while working at heights. Unlike traditional cable horizontal lifeline systems, this rigid rail system eliminates sag distance and reduces overall fall clearance from the anchor point to the ground. These rigid rail systems can be installed for use indoors or outdoors to support aircraft and vehicle maintenance hangers, manufacturing facilities, rail car applications, warehousing and storage areas, performing art centers and arenas, and other related activities.

  • Composite image of overhead rigid rail system components, railyard and aircraft hanger

    Glyde-Saf™ HD

    Glyde-Saf™ HD is capable of unlimited runs with an overall span length of 15.2m, and allows less fall clearance as compared to a wire cable system. The system allows for longer spans without sag between supports, providing a reliable, cost-effective way to reduce the risk of injury while working at heights.

    Key features:

    • High grade steel construction
    • 2-user rated, 190.5 kg / user
    • Max allowable span is 15.2m
    • Allowable 1.8m cantilever
    • Standard rail lengths: 6.1m and 3.0m
    • Indoor version coated with Black e-coat, Outdoor version coated with Black e-coat and Yellow Powder Coat

Learn More About the ABCs of Fall Protection:

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  • anchor point solutions
    A — Anchors
  • safety harness for body support
    B — Body Support
  • lanyards and self-retracting lifelines
    C — Connectors
  • descent & rescue safety equipment
    D — Descent Rescue
  • work at height safety education
    E — Education
  • tool drop solutions
    F — Fall Protection for Tools
  • netting and guardrail fall protection
    Netting and Guardrail Systems
  • engineered fall protection systems
    Engineered Fall Protection Systems

Learn More About the ABCs of Fall Protection:

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  • A — Anchors

  • B — Body Support

  • C — Connectors

  • D — Descent & Rescue

  • E — Education

  • F — Fall Protection Tools

  • Netting and Guardrail Systems

  • Engineered Fall  Protection Systems

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