The solution to overcoming obstacles on roofs

Modern roofs contain a host of hazards which can make accessing them safely and efficiently more difficult than it needs to be.

Inadequate planning at the design stage can mean plant and equipment is poorly placed, or create sudden changes in level, introducing obstacles and making safe access harder.

In some cases, this poor planning can not only make simple work unnecessarily difficult, but can also pose a risk to the safety of those carrying it out, putting them at risk of injury.

To remedy this, Harcon supplies a range of step-overs and access platforms for roofs, to make access easy and safe.

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The hidden danger of industrial roofs

There is a hidden danger lurking on the roofs of industrial buildings in the UK.

Found mainly on warehouses and factories, often built when design regulations were less strict, fragile roofs can pose a serious risk to the lives of workers who may need to access them.

Maintaining plant and equipment, repairing and resealing the roof surface, or even cleaning roof gutters can require roof access, and common roof safety solutions such as guardrail and lifelines can do little to protect workers if the roof surface is fragile.

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The work at height hierarchy explained

When talking about working safely at height, we often reference the ‘work at height hierarchy of controls’. But what exactly are we talking about?

The hierarchy is a set of guidelines laid out in the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which aims to reduce the number of accidents that occur when working at height.

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