Commonwealth-Wide Campus Fall Protection
The Pennsylvania State University, PA
Under the direction of Facilities Project Coordinator Ron Kobelenske, Stahl Sheaffer provided engineering services to evaluate rooftop access for maintenance personnel based on OSHA requirements and Penn State EH&S Standards.
Field surveys, including interviews with campus maintenance personnel, were performed to determine access methods and protection needs based on routes of travel, equipment proximity to roof edges, and other safety concerns. This information was used to develop schematic layouts for railing, ladders, access hatches, hard-point tie-offs, and other safety improvements.
Schematic designs were coordinated with Penn State’s Campus Planning and Design for aesthetic concerns, and were economized to the greatest extent possible in an effort to extend the budget for the fall protection initiative while maintaining safe working conditions. Designs were also coordinated with ongoing building improvement and re-roofing projects.
“I am the Project Leader for Commonwealth Services responsible for the Fall Protection improvement needs of the University’s 28 Campuses and Research Centers throughout the Commonwealth, away from University Park. In this capacity, I have had the privilege to team with Stahl Sheaffer Engineering (Stahl Sheaffer) to, assess risks, implement designs and administer construction on several projects. Aside from the excellent engineering services and extremely competitive fee SSE is widely known for and has consistently delivered for me, I’m most impressed by the design development methods Stahl Sheaffer implements to reach a successful final design, especially when it comes to working with numerous stakeholders….Stahl Sheaffer is at the top of my list to contact for my Fall Protection project needs. Finally, I would be pleased to speak about my experiences with Stahl Sheaffer Engineering.”
Ron Kobelenske, Project Coordinator, Penn State OPP Commonwealth Services
Beginning in 2015, Stahl Sheaffer has served as the structural engineer for the Commonwealth Campus Fall Protection project, assessing 53 buildings across 16 campuses & designing fall protection solutions as required.