OSPE-FCC October Luncheon Program

Date: Thursday October 20, 2016

Place: La Scala Restaurant

4199 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin, OH

Time: Registration: 11:30 am, Lunch: 11:50 am, Speaker: 12:00 pm, Closing Remarks: 1:00 pm

Cost: Members: $20.00 & Non-Members: $30.00.

Presentation Material - Here is a copy of a PDF of the presentation


For this luncheon Mr. Seal will discuss the rise and acceptability of rope access and other alternative work at height methods in the construction, energy, and engineering field.  Every engineering project factors worker and site safety into consideration, and worker falls consistently rank as a primary cause of preventable work site injuries and deaths.  Rope access has an exemplary track record of worker safety, better than traditional access methods.  This work method frequently allows workers to perform their duties at locations that negate the need for expensive and cumbersome scaffolding, cranes, and traffic control.  However, the regulatory framework for this work method is often confusing, and the work method itself is often misunderstood.  This luncheon will supply an introduction on what rope access is, how it can be used in different work environments, and what you should be mindful of as an owner, contractor, or design professional when deciding to implement it into you project. 

PRESENTER: Michael Seal, PE   (Senior Bridge Engineer)

Mr. Seal joined Burgess & Niple in June 2000 as an engineer in the Facility Inspection Section.  He is involved with inspections and evaluations of bridges, dams, river locks, and other structures.  He has experience with the use of rope access, fall protection, and technical access for hundreds of bridges and dams, including many of the largest bridges in the US.  He is a Level 3 Supervisor for SPRAT (Society of Professional Roped Access Technicians).  He is a former member of the Board of Directors for SPRAT, and is a 2-term President for the association.  He is an OSHA Competent Person for fall protection.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in ten states.


A certificate for 1 hour of Professional Development for attending the program will be presented at the luncheon.