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Access Equipment: Exploring Options For Working Safely

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Spider is the largest manufacturer and distributor of suspended access and fall protection solutions in North America, serving more customers from more locations with a wider variety of products and services than any other company. From work basket, traction hoist and platform rental, to fall protection 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 the most reliable access solutions available.

There are many factors to consider when looking for access equipment for painting and coating work at heights, i.e. understanding your responsibilities to provide compliant equipment. OSHA governs the relationship between you and your employees. This means you must do your due diligence to ensure that the equipment you provide meets the OSHA requirements. Employers are required under OSHA to use hoists tested by both a nationally recognized testing laboratory and a qualified testing laboratory, depending on which code section applies. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is one of three nationally recognized testing laboratories. The signs of a successful system are that the workers are as safe as possible and the project is being completed on schedule, on budget and without excessive risk.

Chris Bates, District Sales Manager

Chris has over 30 years experience in the scaffolding and powered access industry. He has held many positions within Spider. From Area Director with responsibility for 11 of Spider’s 25 branch operations– some of which he green fielded to his current position as District Manager. Chris previously had responsibility for Spider’s National Accounts and Industrial Access offering focusing on growing our relationships with top facility owners, general contractors and specialty subcontractors. He has also held the position of Manager, Wind Industry Temporary Access Solutions supporting blade and tower repair companies as they work with O&M companies, and OEMs to maintain wind farms with equipment and labor solutions, and related training for access.

Chris was instrumental in the development of Spider’s Competent Person Training Class and continues to teach that class as well as performing Product User Training. Chris has presented on suspended access safety for the International Window Cleaner Association (IWCA), Houston Coating Society and Steel Structures Painting Council (SSPC), International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) to name a few. He previously sat on the Safety Committee for the SWRI, a National Contractors Organization.

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