Jase Franke, COO
Strong safety practices are top-of-mind for every construction company. Apart from prioritizing worker safety, framing contractors are constantly striving to reduce workers’ compensation premiums to drive profitability, ensure OSHA compliance, and capitalize on tax incentives by investing in robust fall protection systems.
California-based Safety Pole is defining a new paradigm in the construction safety space with its all-new, patented Safety Pole System that meets OSHA’s requirements for fall arrest and protects workers during all phases of the framing process. Used by framers, contractors, and other building professionals across the U.S., the modular overhead fall protection system is designed for both residential and commercial projects.
The Safety Pole System works as an overhead tie-off point, which multiple workers can use for enhanced mobility at elevated heights. The modular design allows the user to stack the system from the concrete foundation using existing system sections or move the base up every single floor. The system can easily be transported from job to job and can be configured to meet the budget of construction companies. It also comes with QR codes attached to every 10 ft section, allowing framers to pull up installation instructions in English and Spanish.
Vice President of Safety Pole, Jase Franke, says, “The tie-off point of the system is over the user’s head, preventing the safety pole system from interfering with a framer’s mobility in the workplace. Essentially, the system is working with the framer rather than against them. If you have a tie point toward your feet, you’re likely to trip over the cable.”
Safety Pole has an impressive track record of protecting workers and saving companies significant money by reducing their worker’s compensation premiums. In addition, the Safety Pole System makes companies eligible for government grants for worker safety, as well as full-price deductions for system purchases, as per Section 179 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Between tax deductions, lower workers’ comp insurance premiums, reduction of OSHA fines, and even state grants, utilizing the Safety Pole fall arrest system on job sites essentially covers the entire cost.
The Safety Pole System proved to be of great value for Hugo, Minnesota-based JL Schwieters Construction. Before investing in the system, Schwieters received a $10,000 grant for worker safety. The system was also presented to Schwieters’ workers’ compensation carrier, which offered 5 percent off their premium. Over the next five years, the company recorded an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) reduction from 1.2 to 0.79, which resulted in a 30 percent drop in workers’ compensation premiums. Schwieters was allowed to deduct the full price of the qualified equipment purchase through Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code. Most importantly, the Safety Pole System enhanced the safety of workers by protecting Schwieters’ employees.
The tie off point of the system is over the user’s head, preventing the safety pole system from interfering with a framer’s mobility in the workplace
When contacted, Safety Pole starts with basic company information, inquiring as to how they can be of service. Safety Pole looks into the specific needs of the company and their history of fall protection, determining how they can present the system to their workers’ compensation carrier for a reduction in premiums. Once the client is satisfied and purchases the system, Safety Pole conducts an on-site inspection to provide proper training for the company and its employees.
The Safety Pole System is currently available for purchase and will soon be available for lease so that more framing contractors can meet their safety goals. The company is currently working on a 118lb telescopic system, which would be compatible with the existing Safety Pole System and can be installed by hand without a crane or forklift. Safety Pole has been and continues to strive to be a leader in innovating construction safety.