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.
Beginning in 2015, Stahl Sheaffer has served as the structural engineer for the Commonwealth Campus Fall Protection project, assessing 50 buildings across 15 campuses & designing fall protection solutions as required.