Technically, the true definition of a fall from height is that the victim has fallen either from, or through a roof. This is usually due to the correct safety procedures not being followed, or sadly because of these procedures not being present in the first place.
However, one does not always need to be at height in order to sustain damage as a result of a drop. Falls occur every day, and in so many industries and environments. Stairs, ramps, workplace chasms, embankments, promenades, piers and marinas are all examples of hazards where a fall can occur. All around us, there are examples of hazards such as these. Unfortunately, without the correct protection in place, it is usually only a matter of time before an accident will occur.
Our mission in Skyway is to ensure that this accident never takes place. Our safety barrier systems are designed by our in-house specialists to:
- Provide collective protection from the identified hazard
- Ensure that the system has the correct load bearing capacities
- Eradicate the danger
What do we use?
Our safety barriers are constructed using Kee Klamp fittings, which are manufactured using galvanised steel and meet the requirements of BS EN 1562 and BS EN 1563. These fittings allow for:
- Fast and simple installation
- Strong and durable alternative to welding
- Site variations on account of their flexibility
The advantages of installing a handrail using Kee Klamp is that the fittings are strong and durable, and made to last the test of time. This includes battling the elements (we aren’t exactly known for our fine weather), and both the fittings and tube are corrosion protected. If, over a period of time, any section of the handrail needs to be replaced for whatever reason, it is simply a matter of replacing the damaged section. This process is quick and simple. There are no hot work permits required, and no threading or bolting, which makes the system an effective alternative to welding. And unlike welding, where the welded section is liable to weaken and come apart over time, our fittings are built to last.
Building Regulations Part M
On the 31st December 2015, Aodhán Ó RÍordáin the Minister for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy, announced the coming into force of section 25 of the Disability Act 2005. The law stated that all public buildings must be brought into compliance with part M of the Building Regulations, based on the recommendations of the National Disability Authority. Part M deals with ensuring that a public building is accessible for everybody. This includes having a ramp or steps to access the premises, including an appropriate handrail for the visually impaired and those requiring the use of a wheelchair.
The key points to take note of when installing a National Disability Authority handrail:
- The handrail should be continuous at intermediate landings
- The top of the handrail should be 840-900 mm above the pitch line of the slope or steps and 840-1000 mm above the landing surface
- The handrail should extend a minimum of 300 mm beyond the bottom and top point of a slope or ramp
- The handrail should be smooth and continuous, with no breaks due to fittings
- It should also be terminated in such a way that reduces the risk of clothing being snagged
- A closed end to the handrail is required to alert the user that the handrail has terminated
- A coating should be applied to the rail to ensure that it is not cold to the touch, ensuring that no hand will stick to it on a cold morning
Disability Access Handrail Fittings
To comply with part M, Skyway SAE also uses Kee Access fittings where applicable. These disability handrail fittings are especially designed to comply with the regulations and provide a smooth, continuous finish. Kee Access Fittings fit into each other snugly ensuring that there are no unnecessary breaks or terminations.
Skyway SAE’s installation team are an extremely dedicated and capable group who install safety barrier and guardrail systems, both internal and external, week in and week out. While our design team comes up with the best possible solution to eliminate a hazard, our installation team put this system together. This can include making recommendations and alterations based on the specific site requirements and ensuring that the system is securely fixed and built to last.
We have provided ground based safety solutions throughout the country, in factories, warehouses, hospitals, industrial and housing estates. If you want to talk to a member of our design team, give us a call on 046 92 41771.
Did you know that we also provide Kee Klamp fittings for supply-only needs. Whatever your requirement, we will be delighted to help.