If you want to provide guaranteed protection when accessing a roof from a ladder or roof hatch, or within a premises such as warehouses, loading bays or factories, Self-Closing Safety Gates are really the only solution.
Work at height protection
Chains, bars and sliding link tubes have traditionally been specified to provide safe access to a roof via a ladder or roof hatch. However, it is now recognised that these solutions are open to misuse, particularly when the user forgets to replace the component. This leads to a gap being created which poses a serious fall hazard.
As the name suggests, Self-Closing Safety Gates automatically close behind the user so offer guaranteed protection. When accessing a roof via a fixed ladder, gates can also be used in conjunction with fixed guardrail either side of the ladder to allow safe access onto the rooftop for inspection and maintenance purposes.
Industrial Self-Closing Safety Gates
Self-closing safety gates are also an ideal replacement for chains used on railing systems at ground level. Gates can be used to provide protection on work platforms, machine stairways, and mezzanine floors or to provide safe demarcated area within a factory, warehouse or loading bay.
As with rooftop applications, the benefit of these spring loaded safety gates is that they close automatically behind the user. When a chain is not replaced, the area is left exposed. If this is on a work platform then a fall hazard is created, while at ground level this could lead to unauthorised access into a restricted area such as a loading bay.
The Compliant Solution
Providing a safe working environment is essential. Self-closing safety safety gates not only provide a cost effective solution that is not dependent on the user, they also ensure you comply with current legislation. For example, BS EN 14122 Parts 3 and 4 require gates on handrails to close automatically when released and BS 4211:2004 + A1 2008 recommends that where a ladder breaks existing handrail, a self closing gate should be fitted. So when compared to chains, bars and sliding link tubes, specifying self-closing gates really is an open and shut case.