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RCI May 2017

SAFETY, ACCESS & TOOLS The lowdown Soni Sheimar, general manager at Easi-Dec, highlights the potential hazards that roofing contractors face while working at height and explains the benefits surrounding low level Roofing contractors understand the importance of retaining profits and remaining safe when working at height, but at the same time, time equals money, so a safety system that will save them time and won’t cost them money in the long run is required. This is particularly apparent on low level flat roofing projects, which require contractors to access the rooftop quickly to complete short duration works, such as repairing leaks or replacing a section of a roof. These types of projects usually see contractors working on single garages or a collection of flat roof units. They require safe access to the roof and the appropriate roof edge protection for while they are working at height. More often than not, the safety system available to roofing contractors is scaffolding. While this method has its advantages, for short-term projects it can become more of a hindrance. It can sometimes be time-consuming to arrange. Regular scaffold users will know the problems around the removal of the scaffolding; it’s not always taken down as quickly as needed. Therefore, forcing the access platforms client to complain to the site contractor or the principle contractor about the length of time it is taking for the removal of the scaffolding. A much better solution is provided by using a dedicated low level roof access platform system combined with edge protection, which is specifically designed to allow contractors to work on the roof and sides of a building without moving the system. These systems provide continuous protection during repairs or inspection to specific areas of a flat roof, or whilst re-roofing work is being undertaken. This type of system typically incorporates a 2m wide access platform on adjustable legs with winged gates to provide wider roof edge protection to EN13374 Class C and safe access up onto the roof. To ensure safety while on top of the roof, these structures also include body-guard systems with extensions to adapt to different roof length whilst still complying with EN13374 Class A and a sturdier and safer demarcation handrail rather than just tape or chains. These systems can accommodate different width roofs and can be installed as a straight run to provide edge protection for specific roof areas, or connected at right angles around the perimeter of the roof for complete collective protection. Due to its modular design, the system easily fits into place. The system is built on the ground and raised to the required working height and then fixed to the building. These platforms can be easily transported in a transit type van. Manufactured from lightweight aluminium, this type of platform is also quick and easy to set up, take down, move to another location, and then re-assemble. It can be installed and ready to start work in less than 15 minutes, a huge time saving advantage over traditional scaffolding. In my view, access platforms are a cost effective alternative to scaffolding as they can be re-used over many years, giving increased savings year on year. Not only is this a well thought-through solution for the roofing contractor, but this option also complies with the current relevant legislation. By opting for a low level roof access system, contractors have a fully certified, safe and stable platform that will save time and money on site. www.easi-dec.co.uk HOSPITALS �� POWER �� PUBLIC BUILDINGS �� SCHOOLS �� SHOPPING CENTRES UNIQUE LIFTING SHOE SG4 FREESTANDING GUARDRAIL SYSTEM �� Unique patented lifting shoe �� Safe, secure and cost effective flat roof edge protection Please visit our website or call Whelan Plant: Tel: 01959 571788 Fax: 01959 571068 Email: info@shorguard.co.uk www.shorguard.co.uk SG4 A DIV OF JP WHELAN & SONS (CONSTRUCTION) LTD SG1 SG2 SG3 SG4 PERMANENT TEMPORARY SHORGUARD EDGE PROTECTION SYSTEMS


RCI May 2017
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