With nearly 30 years in the fall protection business, Rick is Western Canada’s premier expert in every component of fall prevention and protection, from design, engineering, installation, and maintenance. A born and bred Edmonton boy, Rick has designed fall protection systems in every state in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and nearly every Canadian province and territory. His project work has taken him from the Hawaiian islands, to the container ports in Vancouver, as far north as Repulse Bay, and as far east as New Brunswick.
Rick’s knowledge and commitment to worker safety at height, combined with dedication to improvement and innovation in fall protection, led him to the CSA Group (Canadian Standards Association). Five years ago Rick became one of only 19 associate members of the CSAZ259 – Fall Protection committee. Rick is the Chair of the Z259.11-05 Energy Absorbers and Lanyards technical subcommittee, and a member of three additional subcommittees (Temporary Guarding, Design of Active Fall Protection Systems, and Flexible Horizontal Lifeline Systems).
Rick was invited to participate on the Part 9 – Fall Protection Technical Committee to recommend changes to the 2009 Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. This committee was charged with the task of recommending improvements to Part 9 for implementation in the most recent legislation. In addition, Rick is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, Edmonton Chapter.
If you were to ask Rick what his most difficult jobs were, he would answer “Grand Central Station and the Quebec Bridge.” The Quebec Bridge is the longest clear-span cantilevered bridge in the world, a National Historic Site of Canada, and the scene of the 1907 Quebec Bridge disaster. Rick and his team designed vertical lifeline systems for each of the approximately 12 ladder access points, each 65 feet high; in addition to the 640 foot long horizontal stretch along the bridge length. Each of the access points was unique with different ladder rotations, requiring specific engineering and installation for each access.
New York’s Grand Central Station project involved the installation of a horizontal lifeline around the entire perimeter of the building’s exterior at two elevations, and another horizontal system around the interior perimeter of the main concourse for access to the lighting. This project was made more difficult because the age and the construction method of the blocks on the exterior meant that each of the hundreds of exterior anchors required a pull test. All the interior work was performed during the night only, to minimize impact on commuters. The upside was that Rick spent two months in Manhattan coordinating the execution of this work.
Rick’s commitment to product innovation and continuous improvement means he’s constantly reading trade magazines and product information, which is why his desk is so messy (according to Rick). Rick travels across the country and even to Europe to learn about new methods, new products, and new strategies related to both safety management and fall prevention and protection.
Rick, together with his team, will use his extensive experience and knowledge to develop a practical solution to your fall protection or safety problem. Give Rick a call, he’ll be happy to help you out.