SpiderRail® Provides Fall Protection in Columbia University Teachers College Demolition

Seattle – Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, recently provided SpiderRail® temporary guardrails for fall protection during demolition work in a portion of Columbia University Teachers College in New York, New York.

In preparation for a new ventilation system, the customer, Shawmut Design and Construction, planned on removing old masonry air shafts throughout the building. This process left gaping 8-square-foot holes in the floors. In order to protect their workers from potential falls, Shawmut turned to Spider.

Spider's New York team demonstrated its SpiderRail® system on-site, creating a 12-square-foot area out of the non-penetrating, temporary guardrails to surround the openings in the floors. The system prevented workers outside the area from falls and enabled the workers inside to tie off to existing beams with Spider's vertical beam clamps and retractable lanyards.

"Upon seeing the SpiderRail® demonstration, we were immediately convinced this was the best way to keep our workers and everyone else on-site safe," commented Omar Jackson, Area Safety Manager with Shawmut. "We ordered enough SpiderRail® to have five 12-square-foot units on-site – enough to cover the open shafts on each floor of the facility."

"SpiderRail® has been quick to assemble and easy to use, improving our safety and productivity during this demolition project," added Shaun Carvalho, Shawmut's Corporate Safety Director. "Plus, Spider's national presence provides great support to our projects throughout North America. Basically, wherever Shawmut has a location, Spider does as well, making our interactions seamless."

Spider's solution is expected to be on-site until this phase of the project concludes in ____.

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Spider, a division of SafeWorks

365 Upland Drive

Seattle, WA 98188

Telephone: 877-774-3370

Fax: 206-575-6240 

Email: spider@spiderstaging.com

About Spider:

Founded in 1947, Spider, a division of SafeWorks, created the powered suspended access business by introducing the wellknown Spider basket. Since then, our product and service offering has expanded greatly to serve the needs of an ever-growing marketplace. Spider is the largest manufacturer and distributor of access and safety solutions in North America, serving more customers from more locations with a wider variety of products and services than any other company. From baskets, traction hoist and platform rental, to safety and training, to specialty-engineered products - Spider has a strong team of professionals, along with a national network of sales, service and support capabilities to provide you with the most reliable access solutions available.

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