Industrial and agricultural roofs are prone to being fragile and often feature several weak spots and uneven surfaces. This makes them dangerous environments for workers carrying out tasks on the roof or to the roof itself.
According to this year’s HSA report on construction related fatal accidents between 1989 and 2016, the single most common cause of fatal accidents was falling from a height. These accounted for 40% of all deaths in the construction sector and 49% in non-construction businesses engaged in construction activity such as agriculture, manufacturing and public administration. A high proportion of these fatalities were as a result of the victim standing on an object that collapsed, such as fragile roofs or skylights.
Industrial and fragile roof safety is essential. If you contract others to access or maintain rooftop equipment or carry out any form or work at height, then you’re legally required to make sure proper safety precautions are in place. Failing to do this can lead to legal prosecution and either a substantial fine or even imprisonment.
It’s essential that you plan all work at height properly and make sure that it is carried out by competent members of staff or contractors to minimise potential accidents. Selecting the correct equipment is also key to reducing the risk of accidents and falls from height.
Industrial and Fragile Roof Safety Solutions
Access to industrial and agricultural roofs requires solutions that are designed to overcome the challenges of working on fragile roofs and provide the user with a safe working position. Typical solutions you could consider include mesh walkways and mobile walking frames, both of which are designed specifically for use on fragile and industrial roofs.
Temporary Mesh Walkways
Temporary mesh walkways such as our Board-Walk are a great option when access is needed to run from the eaves to ridge. These have the benefit of spreading the weight across support battens, allowing workers to confidently move along the full length of the system.
Systems such as Board-Walk have the added benefits of being designed to fit individual roof sizes and configurations so that they can be installed to run vertically up, or down, or horizontally across the roof. Hatched versions are also available to allow users to bridge over a fragile valley, but also have access to the valley below for maintenance purposes.
Lightweight Mobile Frames
Lightweight mobile walking frames including our Valley Frame are designed to provide safe access for one or two people when working directly in the valley gutters.
These frames can feature outriggers with safety mesh, be cushioned for comfort and can be used to transport light loads. Mobile frames are suitable for typical symmetrical valleys, but can often also be adjusted to suit uneven designs.
Specifying these types of systems provide a safer, quicker, more cost-effective and more practical approach to rooftop access, helping to ensure industrial and fragile roof safety and compliance with regulations .
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