As career window cleaners since 1975, Bob Zeolla and Stefan Bright were acutely aware of the hazards of working in the suspended access business. Most buildings lacked adequate anchorages, and the rigging practices in the past offered little assurance against a catastrophic accident. The lack of adequate safety equipment and standards resulted in injuries, fatal accidents, and lawsuits against building owners for millions of dollars.
A change for the better…
Bob and Stefan became involved in training and the development of regulations to make a positive change. They put together a team of engineers and construction experts to develop products using the best resources available, and American Anchor was formed. Their initiative has resulted in improved safety for workers, the public, and building owners.
Robert Zeolla, President
- 30 years in the commercial window cleaning and exterior building maintenance industry
- 8 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Window Cleaning Association
- President of the International Window Cleaning Association – 2001
- Current member of the ANSI-IWCA, I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Committee
- Current ASME A-120 Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance Committee member
Stefan Bright, Regional Director
- 25 years experience in the commercial window cleaning & exterior building maintenance industries
- Safety Director for the International Window Cleaning Association
- Chairman of the ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Committee
- Technical Director for the International Window Cleaning Association Safety Certification Program
- Current ASME A-120 Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance committee member
- 2014 Recipient of the American Society of Safety Engineers “Triangle Award” for work related to saving lives in the window cleaning industry.
Discover the difference American Anchor makes…
Constructed with strict manufacturing controls, our anchors feature 304 Stainless Steel U-Bar attachment points and hardware. All other components are hot-dipped galvanized providing the most corrosive-resistant system available. Only certified welders, under the direction of professional engineers, assemble our anchors. Our anchors are backed by a 11 million dollar liability policy and a 2 million dollar product liability policy.
Components are engineered to withstand the rigorous use of suspended access workers for years of trouble-free service.
American Anchor’s skilled team of professionals will work with you to evaluate your facility and design a system that meets your needs, satisfies compliance issues, and protects your investment from liability.
- Site Inspection
- Structural Review
- Roof Safety Analysis and Discussion
- Safety System Conceptual Layout
- Engineered Design
- Installation of Fall Protection Systems
- All products are manufactured in the USA to the Highest Standards.
- Inspections, testing, and certifications of new and existing systems.
Call American Anchor at 800-371-8221 for a no-obligation evaluation of your facility. Our qualified experts will visit with you on site and offer an assessment of your fall protection requirements.
Our skilled team of professionals will work with you to evaluate your facility and then design a system that meets your needs, satisfies compliance issues, and protects your investment from liability.
Codes and Regulations That Affect Suspended Access
We appreciate the opportunity to supply this information and look forward to helping you with your future safety projects. There may be additional codes and regulations that apply to your facility.
|1.6.2||Building owners and/or their operating agents shall provide to window cleaning contractors (certain) assurances: Installation or structure has been inspected, tested and maintained.|
|3.9||Building owners and window cleaning contractors shall not allow suspended work to be performed unless it has been determined that the building has provided, identified and certified anchorages.|
|4.1.1||All buildings where window cleaning is performed employing suspended equipment shall be equipped with roof anchorages or other approved devices that will provide for safe use of the equipment in conformance with the provisions of this standard.|
|188.8.131.52||Portable support devices shall be tied-back to a certified anchorage on the building.|
|5.7.6||Operators of rope descent systems shall utilize and be safely secured to an independent fall arrest system.|
|5.8.6||Operators of a transportable suspended scaffold shall utilize and be safely secured to an independent fall arrest system.|
|13.2.2||An anchorage used for a personal fall arrest system shall be independent from the anchorage used for the suspension system. Fall arrest anchorages shall be provided by the building owner.|
|13.3||Building owners shall provide anchorages conforming to sections 9 and 17 of this standard.|
|14.6.1||When a rope descent system is used for window cleaning, building owners shall provide anchorages.|
|1910.66(f)(3)(ii)(C)||Each transportable outrigger shall be secured with a tie-down to a verified anchorage on the building during the entire period of its use.|
|1926.451(d)(3)(ix)||Tiebacks shall be secured to a structurally sound anchorage on the building or structure.|
|1915.159(a)(8)||Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms.|
|1915.159(a)(9)||Anchorages shall be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 Kn) per employee attached.|
If at any time you would like to have one of our fall protection experts visit your site for a free no obligation consultation, please do not hesitate to call. We can also provide an expert guest speaker to explain to your group or organization these sometimes confusing codes and regulations and how they could affect your bottom line in the event of an accident. We can be reached at our corporate offices, 800-371-8221, or your local American Anchor office listed on our contact page.
When your property needs a fall protection system, work with the experts.
If your building is a new construction or retrofit project, we can design and install a fall arrest system to fit your exact needs. For any size project, our fast response with on-site visits, design, engineering and installation, increases your ability to meet deadlines and budgets, and come into compliance with current industry codes and standards.
If you are an architect, building owner, real estate management or construction company and are in need of information or assistance with your project, feel free to contact one of our locations nearest to you.
71 Elm St., Suite 3
Foxboro, MA 02035
Las Vegas, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
28 Harrison Ave., Unit E
Englishtown, NJ 07726