Skyway’s Guide to Safe Working at Height: Products and Best Practices

Working at height poses unique challenges and risks that require meticulous planning and the right safety equipment to prevent falls and injuries. Skyway, a leading safety company in Ireland, specialises in providing top-quality products to enhance safety and compliance when working at height. This guide explores the essentials of working at height, the importance of risk assessments, and the range of products we offer to keep your projects safe.

Understanding Working at Height

What is Working at Height?

Working at height involves any task where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. This includes working on ladders, scaffolding, rooftops, or any elevated surface. Even tasks at ground level with risks of falling through fragile surfaces fall under this category.

Importance of Risk Assessments

Conducting thorough risk assessments is crucial for identifying potential hazards and implementing control measures. A competent person should carry out these assessments to ensure all risks are properly evaluated and managed. These assessments help determine the appropriate equipment and procedures needed to work safely at height. For detailed guidelines on conducting risk assessments and ensuring compliance with safety regulations, refer to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) guidelines.

Key Safety Measures and Best Practices

Planning and Preparation

Proper planning is the foundation of safe working at height. Before commencing any work, it’s vital to:

  • Conduct a detailed risk assessment.
  • Develop method statements outlining the tasks and safety measures.
  • Ensure all equipment is properly inspected and maintained.
  • Provide adequate training to all workers involved.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a critical role in height safety. Workers should use PPE such as harnesses, helmets, and safety boots. It’s essential to ensure that all PPE is in good condition and suitable for the task at hand.

Collective Protection

Collective protection systems, such as guardrails and safety nets, offer protection to multiple workers simultaneously. These systems should be prioritised over individual protective measures whenever possible to provide a safer working environment.

Access Equipment

Using the right access equipment is key to safe working at height. This includes ladders, scaffolding, and mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) like scissor lifts. Ensure that all access equipment is suitable for the task and properly inspected before use.

Skyway’s Range of Height Safety Products

At Skyway, we provide a comprehensive range of Kee Safety products designed to enhance safety for those working at height. Below are some of the key products we offer:

Rooftop Safety Solutions

KeeGuard Guardrail Systems

KeeGuard Guardrail Systems offer collective fall protection for flat and low-pitched roofs. They are easy to install and provide a durable barrier against falls without penetrating the roof surface. These systems can be installed quickly and require minimal maintenance, ensuring long-term safety and reliability.

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Rooftop Lifeline System

Our Rooftop KeeLine System provides a flexible and cost-effective fall protection solution for workers on roofs. It allows for continuous attachment, reducing the risk of falls. This system is particularly useful for tasks that require frequent movement across the roof, offering comprehensive safety.

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Kee Cover®

Kee Cover® protects fragile roof lights and skylights, preventing falls through these vulnerable areas. The robust design ensures long-term safety and can withstand significant impact, making it a reliable solution for any roof with fragile surfaces.

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Access Platforms and Walkways

Our Safe Rooftop Walkway systems create non-slip walkways on roofs, ensuring safe navigation and reducing the risk of falls. These walkways are designed to integrate seamlessly with existing roof structures, providing a continuous safe route for workers.

Kee Step®

Our Kee Step® platforms provide a safe means of access over obstacles on rooftops and various other environments such as warehouses, maintenance plants, and factories. These modular platforms create a bridge over trip hazards such as piping, industrial machinery, and cabling. They are suitable for a variety of roof types including asphalt, concrete, membrane, and PVC. Kee Step® platforms are available in standard sizes and bespoke configurations to meet specific site requirements, ensuring safe, rapid access over obstructions​

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Kee Walk®

Our KeeWalk Safe Rooftop Walkway systems create non-slip walkways on roofs, ensuring safe navigation and reducing the risk of falls.

working at height Kee Walk

Kee Walk® provides a clear and safe demarcated route, protecting the roof from any unnecessary damage. This anti-slip, level rooftop walkway system is designed for maintenance personnel and other workers, making it an ideal safe access solution. It raises the walking surface and is compatible with various roof types including standing seam, composite, metal, membrane, and trapezoidal structures. Modular step and traverse sections allow safe access on virtually any roof configuration, including sloped roofs up to 35°. The system can be freestanding or fixed and features an open tread design for efficient water drainage.

Board-Walk

Board-Walk is a temporary fragile roof walkway providing safe access from the eaves to the ridge. This system is ideal for creating a temporary work platform on roofs, offering a safe working position around fragile materials like rooflights. The open mesh design spreads the load on support battens, providing added safety. It is modular in construction, fitting individual roof sizes with sections that link vertically or horizontally. Optional accessories include handrails, roof hooks, and valley stop end.

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Valley Walk

Valley Walk is a mobile cage system for one or two people, designed for light maintenance work. It is ideal for valley gutter maintenance, roof light access, and working on fragile asbestos rooftops. This mobile walking frame provides safe access along valley gutters for inspection, cleaning, and maintenance. It features cushioned outriggers for comfort, safety mesh, and adjustable configurations to suit various roof pitches, including symmetrical and asymmetrical designs.

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Façade Access Solutions

Mobile Man Anchor Systems

Our Mobile Man Anchor Systems provide portable anchorage points for working at height on building facades. These systems are easy to transport and set up, offering flexibility and safety. They are ideal for temporary or frequently changing worksites.

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Safe Access Working Platform

Stable platforms are essential for working on building facades. Our Safe Access Working Platforms provide a secure base for various tasks, enhancing safety and efficiency. These platforms are designed for quick assembly and disassembly, ensuring minimal disruption to work schedules.

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Atrium Gantries

Atrium gantries provide safe access to high atriums and interior spaces, enabling maintenance and cleaning tasks to be carried out safely. These gantries are customised to fit specific building designs, ensuring safe and efficient access.

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Suspended Cradle Systems

Suspended cradle systems allow safe access for external building maintenance, such as window cleaning. These systems ensure workers can perform their tasks safely at height. They are equipped with safety features such as emergency descent mechanisms, ensuring worker safety during unexpected situations.

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Monorails and Davit Arms

Monorails and Davit Arms are essential for continuous rail systems and portable suspension points, providing flexible access solutions for building facades. These systems are highly adaptable, making them suitable for a wide range of building structures and maintenance needs.

Indoor Overhead Rigid Lifeline System

Our Indoor Kee Track Overhead Rigid Lifeline System offers continuous fall protection for indoor environments, particularly in industrial settings. It provides a secure attachment point for workers, reducing the risk of falls. This system is ideal for tasks that require frequent movement, ensuring worker safety without hindering productivity.

working at height Kee Track

Ensuring Compliance with Height Regulations

Understanding Height Regulations

Height regulations, such as the Work at Height Regulations 2005, outline the legal requirements for working at height. These regulations apply to all work where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. Ensuring compliance with these regulations is essential to maintain a safe working environment and avoid penalties.

Key Compliance Measures

To ensure compliance with height regulations, it’s important to:

  • Conduct thorough risk assessments.
  • Use appropriate and properly inspected equipment.
  • Provide adequate training to all workers.
  • Implement collective protection measures.
  • Develop rescue procedures for emergency situations.

Elevate Your Safety Standards with Skyway

Working at height presents significant risks, but with the right planning, equipment, and training, these risks can be effectively managed. At Skyway, we are committed to providing top-quality height safety solutions to protect workers and ensure compliance with safety regulations.

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Don’t wait until an accident happens. Ensure the safety of your team by investing in the best equipment and training available. Contact us HERE to discuss your safety needs and discover how we can help you achieve a safer working environment.

By implementing these best practices and utilising our extensive range of working at height safety products, you can create a safer working environment and prevent accidents and injuries associated with working at height. Remember, safety should always be your top priority.


FAQ on Working at Height

1. What is considered working at height?

Working at height involves any task where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury, such as working on ladders, scaffolding, or rooftops. It includes tasks at ground level where there is a risk of falling through fragile surfaces.

2. What safety equipment is essential for working at height?

Essential safety equipment includes personal protective equipment (PPE) like harnesses and helmets, as well as collective protection measures such as guardrails and safety nets. Properly inspected access equipment like ladders and scaffolding is also crucial.

3. How should risk assessments be conducted for working at height?

Risk assessments should be carried out by a competent person and include evaluating the potential risks, identifying suitable measures, and planning control measures. This ensures that all safety precautions are properly planned and implemented.

4. What are the key regulations for working at height?

The key regulations include the Work at Height Regulations 2005, which outline the legal requirements for ensuring safety. These regulations apply to any work where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury and mandate adequate training, proper equipment, and effective risk assessments.

5. How can falls from height be prevented?

Falls from height can be prevented by using appropriate equipment, implementing collective protection systems, providing adequate training, and conducting thorough risk assessments. Regular pre-use checks of all equipment and ensuring a stable surface for all height tasks are also essential.

6. What should be included in rescue procedures for working at height?

Rescue procedures should include plans for promptly and safely recovering a person who has fallen, using suitable equipment and trained personnel. These procedures must be clearly communicated and practiced regularly to ensure they are effective in an emergency.