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229 Utah Ave
South San Franisco
CA, 94080
United States
(650) 837-8400
(650) 871-1336
Andy Bull

About C.H. Bull Co.


C. H. Bull Company was founded in 1930 by Charles H. Bull as the San Francisco distributor for the Buda Company of Harvey, Illinois, manufacturers of gasoline and diesel engines, jacks and railroad equipment.


Son Charles E. Bull and Son-in-law Harry Sheppard joined the company in the late 1940's following their World War II service in the Marine Corp and Navy. In 1956, founder Charles H. Bull died at the age of 76. He left the company a legacy of honesty and integrity in business and responsiveness to customer needs.

We soon outgrew our San Francisco facilities and in 1966 moved to a new building in South San Francisco Industrial Park. With the additions of top lines, qualified personnel and a major commitment to inventory, the growth continued.


The third family generation came on board in 1970 and now constitutes a major factor in the C. H. Bull Company management. Stan Sheppard, our jacking system specialist, is Vice President and Sales Manager. Andy Bull, after ten years of field sales experience, is President and General Manager of the company.


Our facilities include 17,500 square feet of warehouse, shop and offices in South San Francisco and 8,000 square feet in our West Sacramento location. Our local inventory of supports our sales of Genie personnel lifts and material lifts, ladders, hydraulics, heat exchangers and safety products. Our newest line, ErectaStep is heavily stocked to provide fast solutions for work platforms, stairs and crossovers.  


We have changed our sales philosophy from selling stuff to a customer to helping offer solutions to our customers. Many items we sell are not found in catalogs but developed for the customer after working with their personnel to fully understand the customers needs. This solutions selling model fits well with our mission statement;

We provide products, systems and solutions to keep our customers

Safe, Profitable and Productive.


Safety Training Solutions

In 1989 the State of California passed law SB198. Companies needed to develop an Injury Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). This required all companies to have regular safety meetings. We went to our manufactures and asked for help. So were able to offer training guidelines many were not. We started to do tailgate contractor meetings on job sites. Soon we were asked to come into industrial plants to do training.

Andy loves to do training and many would say after a safety class taught by Andy "The man has passion and sends a strong message of safety." Andy is in front of 100's of people each month. He is asked to be a presenter for trade associations and organizations. Some you might recognize are Plant Maintenance Trade Show, ASSP, CWEA, CASBO, CSHE, and California Parks and Recreation.

These classes are offered to you our customers to help keep your personnel safe. This is a valuable service that will help keep your employees safe and keep them going home each night to the people who love and care about them. 

Most popular class asked for

CH Bull Ladder Safety Training:

Andy Bull is known through-out Northern California for this energetic and informative class. You will learn the essential elements for choosing and using the right ladder for the job. Ladders seem like the easiest thing to use, but too many of us become complacent and forget the basic rules for ladder safety. An inspection of your ladder inventory is included with the class

Class time: 1 hour Contact Andy Bull at

CH Bull Fall Protection & Fall Arrest Training:

Andy Bull has been in the Fall Protection industry for close to 30 years. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Fall Protection Association. CH Bull is an authorized installer for fall protection system for 3M, DBI/Sala, Bluewater, Guardian, Miller, ASE and others. Andy will cover everything from anchorages to descent/retrieval equipment.

Class time: 1-2 hours Contact Andy Bull at

CH Bull Fall protection on Slips, Trips and Falls:

Andy experienced a fall recently on the same level, not from an elevated surface. The fall resulted in being off work for 9 months, multiple hospital stays and surgeries, bills exceeding $400,000 and is still walking with a cane.  There are over 228,000 slips, trips, or falls on the same walking surface in the United States annually resulting in lost time injuries and literally billions of dollars in direct costs to companies as well as individuals.

Class time 1 hour Contact Andy Bull at

CH Bull Basic Confined Space Entry Training:

Andy Bull's common sense approach to confined space entry training comes from years of experience. Andy will explain the procedures as well as what to look out for and you need to know to be safe and possible save lives. Andy will also share with you all his wisdom from years of practical experience with companies like: Capital Safety, DBI/Sala, Protect, Guardian, and Miller.

Class time: 1-2 hours Contact your CH Bull Rep for scheduling

CH Bull Genie AWP/Boom/Scissor Lift Training:

As a factory authorized service center, CH Bull's training staff have been prepared by those whose experience has helped them to become a leader for Genie Lifts in Northern California. This training is recommended as a regular part of your training schedule.

Class time: 1-1.5 hours Contact Andy Bull at

LiftAll Sling & Wire Rope Training & Inventory Inspection:

You may be surprised by what you don't know or thought you knew about proper lifting safety. Jim Anderson of LiftAll has the experience and know-how that comes only from years in the industry. An evaluation of your lifting items will be conducted after the class and a computer read-out will be sent the shop supervisor.

Class time: 1-2 hours Inventory evaluation: 1-2 hours Contact Andy Bull at 

Hydraulic Safety Training: (high pressure 0-10,000 PSI Enerpac and Power Team)

Andy has been in the hydraulics business for over 35 years. This class will teach the basics of hydraulic system safety. Sometimes review of the basics can yield suprising benefits. The highlight of this class is definitely the question and answer session that goes along with the training. We also bring into the class many hydraulic components and encourage class participation. This would be a great opportunity to benefit from Andy's years of experience.

Class Time: 1-2 hours Contact Andy Bull at

PowerLift M20
PowerLift M20
The ReechCraft PowerLift weights only 278 lbs and reaches working heights of 20.5 feet. The stackable masts and platform can be removed to reduce weight to 135 lbs. At roughly 1/2 the price and 1/3 the weight of other push around lifts, the PowerLift is the most mobile lift on the market. No other lift can be transported as easily from job to job or site to site. Call 888.600.6160 or goto for more information.
PowerLift Hitch Hauler
PowerLift Hitch Hauler
The convenient Hitch Hauler eliminates the need for a pickup or trailer to transport the PowerLift. This option allows any vehicle with a type III receiver hitch to transport PoweLift in town or down the highway. Loads, unloads and secures in under 15 seconds. No ropes, chains or straps required!
Slips, Trips and Falls Cost Valuable Working Hours and Unexpected Costs to the Bottom Line!

By: Andy Bull, CH Bull Co – Safety Solutions

Little things can make a big difference!


At 211 degrees you have very hot water.*

At 212 degrees you have boiling water.

Boiling water creates steam and steam can drive a locomotive train.

I guess what we just learned is in live little things can make a big difference.

In Safety, many times it is the little things make a big difference!

I want to share a few little things that could make a big difference.

One of the leading causes of workman’s compensation claims resulting in 9 million people visiting a hospital (or receiving medical attention) would be the category of Slips, Trips, and Falls. Actual lost time injuries from slips, trips and falls in 2018 were 240,160 (BLS). In 2108 I was one of the 240,160. I fell on the same walking surface while demonstration fall protection equipment in my booth. Industry statistics would estimate the average cost of an accident involved with a trip, slip, or fall to be well over $20,000. I was off work for 9 months, on disability income for 7 months, with medical bills exceeding $450,000.

As an owner of a business I am not required to have Workman’s Compensation Insurance but if my accident happened to one of my outside sales people my x-mod would have gone up 49% and my premium would have increased $25,000 a year for three years. You look at $25,000 and say that is not to bad. What if you had 2-3 lost time injuries in a year. Just a little quick math. When I mentioned “unexpected costs to the bottom line” this will show you what I mean. I sell something for $100 and make 30% profit that would be $30. The problem is 94% of that $30 goes to cover my costs so I am now up $1.80. I still have to make another $24,998.20 to break even. I have a good year and make an additional $500,000 in sales at 30%. That would make a nice profit of $150,000. Oh, but wait, overhead at 94% that would be $141,000 now leaving me with $9,000 to help cover that new cost.

There are estimated 95 million work days per year missed (or maybe better stated LOST) due to slips, trips and falls. Of the 240,160 lost time accidents due to slips, trips and falls injuries requiring 31+ days off work was 84,510 (BLS). 52% of the lost time injuries were men and 48% were women (BLS). The following are a few facts about this very preventable group of accidents that are so costly to our companies.

  • 9,000,000 Slips, trips, or falls requiring ER or medical attention
  • 5% of people who slip, trip or fall have broken bones
  • 95,000,000 lost days of work each year due to slips, trips, or falls.
  • $70,000,000,000 in medical costs and compensation annually due to slips, trips, and falls
  • 35% of work-related accidents fall into this category
  • 65% of all lost work days are because of slips, trips, and falls

Most Dangerous Industries

  • Police officers’ rate of slips, trips, and falls is 5 times higher than all other workers
  • Janitors
  • Nurses, nurses’ aides and orderlies
  • Construction workers/laborers rate of slips, trips and falls is 3 times higher than all other workers

Where do falls happen?

  • Flooring and flooring materials contribute to more than 2,000,000 fall injuries each year

What are the primary causes of Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace?

  • 55% floor or the walking surface
  • 24% footwear
  • 10% hazards in the work area
  • 8% training or more correctly said lack of training
  • 3% fraud

In what industry do most fatal falls occur?

  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Maintenance

So, what can we do to help keep our people safer and help them to get home each night to the people who love and care for them most, their families?

  • Make sure when there are wet floors that we post signage warning them, clean up, dry and mitigate the cause of wet floors.
  • Maintain clear aisle ways, passageways, and walkways from obstructions, clutter and power cords.
  • Where possible eliminate uneven floor surfaces where there is walking and working traffic.
  • Make sure there is proper lighting in hallways, stair wells and any place where there might be the opportunity to go from a well-lit area to improperly lit area.
  • If there are carpets or flooring that is torn or not lying flat on the floor fix them or mark them with signage until they are fixed.

So just like the Sargent Phil Esterhaus in the old TV Show Hill Street Blues said at the beginning of each show as he sent the officers out to do their job, “HEY, (pause) Let’s be careful out there.”

Statistics from Bolt insurance Agency and 2108 Bureau of Labor Statistics
*212 degrees – The Extra Degree Sam Parker & Mac Anderson

News Archive

When Do You Need Commercial Stairs (IBC) Vs. Industrial Stairs (OSHA)
11 December, 2019

CH Bull Company Safety Information

When we stop learning we can become stagnant! And nobody likes stagnant water!!

We started climbing these things called stairs when we were one year old! We know what we are doing…or do we?

Let’s look at the anatomy of stairs and where we need one kind of stairs vs another kind of stairs.

  • Commercial Stairs Built for the General Public

The International Building Code (IBC) regulates any set of stairs used by the public, including any stairway that connects a building to a public space. These regulations must account for the safety of every type of person — including children and the elderly.

According to the IBC, stairways with an occupant load of fewer than 50 people must be at least 36 inches wide. Stairs that are higher than 12 feet tall require an intermediate landing in the middle of the stairway. These landings should be the same width as the stairway and extend at least three feet in length.

  • Industrial Stairs

Many businesses have private facilities. Stairs in these environments are not for public use. They can include areas like factory floors and manufacturing spaces where only designated employees to work. Therefore, they are not bound by the IBC.

Instead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Fixed Industrial Stair regulations (1910.24) govern the design, construction and use of both interior and exterior stairs used to access equipment, machinery, tanks, elevated platforms, other floors or pits.

  • Less Space, Less Cost

Larger IBC measurements mean these stairs have a bigger footprint than OSHA stairs. As a business, you want the most value out of your facility’s limited space, so it pays to invest in equipment that requires less square footage.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison. In order to access a 12-foot-high platform, an IBC stair would need 21 steps (7-inch rise, 11-inch tread), making the entire horizontal run of the stairs 19.25 feet. Assuming the minimum width of 36 inches, the floor space used by these stairs is 57.75 square feet. That’s a lot of space used for a staircase! (Also keep in mind that any IBC stair higher than 12 feet must also incorporate an intermediate landing area, taking up even more room.)

On the flip side, take ErectaStep’s stair system, which is fully compliant with OSHA’s codes. To access that same 12-foot platform with these stairs would require just 16 steps (9-inch rise, 9-inch tread), meaning the horizontal run would only be 12 feet long. Factoring in ErectaStep’s 26-inch width gives you a solution that uses 26 square feet of floor space which is less than half the space required by an IBC stair to access the same platform.

If you have questions about the need of stairs in your facility or facilities, please feel free to reach out to our solutions-oriented field sales team.

Lee Wheeler

Cell Phone 510-200-6564

South Bay and Peninsula

John Bruzus

Cell Phone 415-716-1973

Coast and some specific accounts

Terry Ruiz

Cell phone 650-445-3881

East Bay and Central Valley

You can also reach out to me directly and I will get your solutions team member in touch with you.

Andy Bull

Cell Phone 415-716-5583


CH Bull Co.

CH Bull, in our 89th year, is proud to have been serving you, our customers for 89 years or if we just met last month. We are here to provide for you products, systems and solutions to keep you our customer safe, productive and profitable.

Let’s stay safe out there. Remember safety is no accident!

LedgeGuard Mezzanine Safety Gate
02 December, 2013

LedgeGuard is the best solution yet for protecting elevated access points for material loading and unloading operations. It's incredibly easy to use, works almost effortlessly and is easy to install!  Better yet, the LedgeGuard's design is so ingenious it protects your crews without slowing them down!

For complete brochure, CLICK HERE.


The SENTRYGUARD Power Cantilever Gate
22 November, 2013

For the ultimate in productivity be sure to consider the pneumatic powered SentryGuard Gate. This system utilizes the building air supply to power the lift cylinder. The system features a remote control for the forklift driver to carry and a wall mounted push-button control for dock workers. The strobe light alerts personnel that the gate in in operation. 


For complete brochure, CLICK HERE


Telescoping Fall Protection Equipment
05 November, 2013

The Portable Telescoping Skid-Mounted Fall Protection System provides an inexpensive solution to fall protection needs for many locations such as wineries and different agricultural applications.  The system is also ideal for any area that requires temporary fall protection and/or has varying heights perfect for working in the vineyard and on vineyuard equipment. 

The telescoping FPS provides safe, reliable fall protection wherever needed. It includes a 500 lbs. man-rated trolley with permanently sealed wheel bearings. The system provides safer fall arrest performance with minimal deflection, eliminating secondary fall-related injuries typical with safety cable systems. The telescoping FPS be carried by forklift to a new location in minutes. (Built-in forklift tubes included.)


  • Telscoping from 14' to 24'
  • Full system components
  • Built-in forklift pockets
  • Step by step easy installation instructions
  • Complete training materials
  • 5 year full warranty
  • A complete user set (includes: trolley, carabiner, self-retracting lifeline, & safety harness)
  • Designed for 2 simultaneous users

Please contact us at 650-837-8400 to learn more and request a quote.









How To Increase Productivity In Congested Industrial Areas
24 June, 2013

The Genie® Runabout™ with Jib

The Genie Runabout with Jib (GR™-26J) is a versatile, two-person machine well suited for increasing productivity in congested industrial areas, corridors and hallways. The rotating jib provides “up-and-over” maximum clearance of 21 ft 10.5 in (6.70 m).                                                                                                                      

  • Runabout with jib with 140º working range
  • Two-person occupancy indoor and outdoor
  • Hydraulic turntable rotation
  • Driveable when fully elevated in congested areas                          
  • Proportional lift and drive controls
  • Variable speed direct electric drive motor
  • 31 inch inside turning radius
  • 25% gradeability*
  • Non-marking tires
  • Maintenance free rigid steel hydraulic mast and steel platform
  • Class leading light weight of 6,250 lbs..
  • 6'6" colapsed height  and only 3'9" wide

CH Bull Co will be having demonstrations in Northern California with this new lift starting mid August.

We will also have it at the Nor Calif Facilities Maintenance show in Santa Clara Sept 25-26, 2013.

In the meantime, please contact us at 650-837-8400 to learn more and request a quote.





Goes where a mechanical lift or ordinary stepladder cannot go!
22 February, 2013

Ideal for professional applications. Non-conductive, high-strength, light-weight fiberglass. No more tying off. Self enclosing platform is a versatile, safe alternative to tying off. 

Call us at 650-837-8400 today for a demo and price quote. For a limited time, get a free Kindle Fire HD with your first order.


11 January, 2013

This is a question we hear often from our customers. They know they need something, they have all the catalogs but the question asked is "How do we make this stuff work with my problem so my people are safe and we are in compliance with OSHA?"

This is one solution: Work Platforms is often over looked as a solution to fall protection. Click on the attached link to see some solutions. We will be happy to come to your location and in minutes design a work platform using this unique product.

Inroducing Erect A Step







Title Name Email Phone
President CO-CEO Andy Bull 650-837-8400 Ext (406)
SF, Peninsula, South Bay Lee Wheeler 510-200-6564
Coastal to SLO John Bruzus 415-716-1973
Inside Sales Jim Obsitnik 650-837-8400 Ext (407)
Vice President CO-CEO Stan Sheppard 650-837-8400 Ext (401)
East Bay, Napa, Sonoma and Centeral Valley Terry Ruiz 650-445-3881