Voids created by access and egress points are a serious risk to life and limb in any raised area or roof.
Whilst barriers and guardrailing will do much to protect those working in or accessing these areas, any system is rendered useless if the void created by an access point from steps or ladders is not protected.
Common solutions to this issue include chains or bars which are pulled across the gap. However, as we’ve previously discussed, these can do more harm than good. These solutions rely on the user replacing them once they have passed through the gap, which many often fail to do.
As well as this, these solutions can provide a false sense of security and might lead to someone leaning on them or grabbing them in case of a fall, leading to breakage and injury, or possibly worse.
So, what is the solution? That depends on just what kind of void you have.
Access from stairs
One of the most common issues, and regularly found in warehouses and loading bays, accessing raised areas from stairs will often create a void in the chosen edge protection system.
Kee Gate self closing safety gates are the ideal solution in this scenario, far superior to bars and chains, and provide complete protection without the inherent risk of user error. The gates are spring-loaded and are designed to close behind the user automatically.
Available in single (1m) and double gate sizes, our Kee Gates have been independently tested to ensure they comply with international standards such as EN ISO 14122 Part 3, and can be cut to size to suit any space.
Available in either galvanised or powder coated safety yellow, our Kee Gates have been extensively tested to ensure durability and peace of mind.
Loading and unloading from mezzanine floors
Mezzanine floors are a common feature of many industrial buildings and warehouses, and are a fantastic way of maximising minimal space, or as a way to keep goods stored out of site.
However, the need to lift goods into the space means a full edge protection system cannot be used, leaving a dangerous void that those accessing the mezzanine during loading or unloading could fall foul of.
To solve this, we supply the Kee Pallet Gate, designed to make the movement of goods between the ground and mezzanine floors safe and efficient. The gate’s innovative self closing design means one side is always closed, protecting those on the mezzanine without restricting loading from the ground.
Compliant to EN 14122-3 and made from the same modular and durable Kee fittings as the standard Kee Gate, meaning they are easy to replace when damaged, Kee Pallet Gates are a unique and effective solution to the fall risk created by mezzanine floors.
Access from ladders
Hopefully, if you have a fixed ladder providing access to a raised surface or roof, you have considered the safety of those using the ladder, perhaps by employing metal hoops or a lifeline system. However, many people fail to consider the risk posed when leaving the ladder itself and moving onto the new level, which is where injury often occurs.
Ideal for protecting openings on ladders, stairs and roof hatches, our full height safety gates are fully compliant with EN 4211: Specification for Permanently Fixed Ladders, which requires gates on ladders to provide the same protection as EN 14122 compliant guardrails.
Our full height spring-loaded safety gates are supplied 1.1m high, and are entirely width adjustable to accommodate openings of up to 1m. As with the standard Kee Gates, they can easily be retro-fitted to existing structures, feature reversible hinges for either left or right side opening, and have been rigorously tested to ensure they close behind the user every time, ensuring complete protection.
If you have a void on your premises that you are unsure of how to tackle, give us a call on 0161 777 4230 to discuss it with our safety experts. You can also use our contact form or view our entire gates range here.