It's Gravitec's mission to protect the lives and livelihoods of those who work at heights by providing a full range of high-quality fall protection services worldwide including training, engineering, consulting, testing and technical equipment sales.
Gravitec was established in 1986. In the beginning, we were exclusively involved with rescue, but we quickly discovered that in our industry, the real issue resided in a lack of the fall protection and prevention that could dramatically reduce the need for rescues. It was clear that proper training would allow workers to utilize equipment and implement systems to protect themselves. We believe that fall protection training is the cornerstone of any fall protection program, and we were the first company to teach in-depth fall prevention and protection aimed at reducing fall-related industrial injuries. In 25 years, we have become the largest fall protection training company in North America. Our team of fall protection and rescue instructors logs over 50,000 student-training-hours each year.
We also employ a staff of professional engineers and consultants. Through innovative thinking and the used of advanced technology, this team has earned a reputation for developing unique engineered solutions to some of the most complex fall protection issues imaginable. As a result, Gravitec is often contracted to perform site surveys to analyze existing fall hazards and recommend the most appropriate fall protection system for each individual situation. When off-the-shelf systems won't get the job done, our engineers have the capability and expertise to design and fabricate customized systems for the most challenging fall hazards. When the best solution has been identified, our engineers and installation technicians are also available to install and certify these systems according to the required standards and specifications. To facilitate our commitment to technology and innovation, Gravitec operates a fully-instrumented, ISO 17025 accredited testing facility for on-going research and development as well as third-party testing.
We established an equipment sales department to help our clients locate the most reliable fall protection and rescue equipment for the best price. We are not an equipment manufacturer and we do not recommend a single line over another. We believe instead in advocating the best product for each individual application.
We are extensively involved in the development of national and international standards for fall protection equipment and training. Our founder, Randall Wingfield, is the Chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z359 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC), and past Vice Chair of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z259 Committee. Gravitec is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP), National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT).
Our singular focus on fall protection is why thousands of organizations including a broad cross section of government and private entities have sought our help. We value the considerable confidence our clients have given us to protect them by providing the highest quality fall protection services available. As we carry our corporate culture of excellence and innovation into the future, we will continue to match the unforgiving nature of working at height with an uncompromising commitment to professionalism and quality.