Fall Protection is an important aspect of our business and we are always prepared to offer advice and quotations to help businesses install the best solutions for their requirements.
Working at height is hard enough without having to worry about what could go wrong; if the correct safety equipment is already in place then the element of risk is significantly reduced.
Many buildings were built before height safety standards were introduced. At the time it was down to the worker to make sure that they worked safely, the building’s constructors were not expected to install guardrails, anchor points or any other form of collective and fall protection equipment.
Buildings of this era have now reached a time where it is important to be able to retrofit such measures without causing unnecessary construction work in order to fit them. In some instances it is not even necessary to install a permanent system in order to make working at height a safer environment. By using a modular dead weight anchor system, such as the Kee® Anchor it becomes possible to provide a secure fixing for PPE to attached to on roofs with up to a five degree pitch.
A system such as this is ideal for a non-permanent solution for single users to perform routine maintenance safely. Indeed, it is the ideal way of securing a worker while they are installing a skylight protection system.
During some installations though, this system is less practical as the pitch of the roof is too great for the anchor be effective. While this can cause further expense during the initial phase of the upgrading process, the long-term benefits of a permanent system are worth the initial costs.
Some skylights tend to become discoloured with age and these can cause a problem that is not appreciated from ground level. The problem that can develop is that the skylight itself becomes almost camouflaged as it blends in with the surrounding roof panels, which in turn can lead to the hazard of unexpectedly falling through what was considered a ‘safe’ panel.
Even access hatchways can become a fall hazard. Again, there are ways to reduce the risk of accidents around these potentially dangerous situations. Many would argue that common sense would dictate when a worker was getting too close to an access way, but at the end of a long day even the most experienced workers can get tired and concentration slips.
Simple preventative measures can mean the difference between working safely at height and a potentially fatal accident.
The solutions exist to prevent these accidents and if permanent systems are installed they only need to be inspected at regular intervals to keep the users safe at work.