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Keep your staff and site visitors safe with a compliant roof access system from Height Safety Engineers.

Roof access systems work to provide safe access to roofs or other raised work areas. They allow workers to locate themselves and their equipment on a roof or raised area in order to perform any work required to be undertaken.

A roof access system could comprise any number of different components depending on the area needing to be accessed, the distance it is from the ground and the frequency at which access will be required.

Common roof access system components can include stairs, ladders, ladder brackets and more. A ladder bracket, coupled with a first-man up cable, is a common form of roof access system. This setup is often found on single-storey roofs where access is infrequent and permanent system could be easily accessed by the general public. In more trafficked areas with reduced public access, a permanent ladder system may be installed. In areas with a high frequency of traffic, a stair case and guard rails may be used to allow access to the space without the need of a harness or other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Guardrails and enclosed ladders help provide harness-free access to roofs.

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Height safety systems explained

Do I need a roof access system?

Those responsible for people needing to gain roof access or work at heights are required by law to provide them with a safe working environment. This means, at any given time, multiple people may be responsible for different aspects of a worker’s safety.

For employers of these workers, that responsibility could include ensuring their work processes ensure risks are mitigated or managed. It could also mean making sure their employees have adequate training, so they have the skills needed to work safely at heights or in other high-risk areas.

With regards to roof access, the responsibility for this is with the building owners or facility managers of the location the work is due to take place. Depending on the circumstances of the work, this could mean the buildings require the installation of a fixed roof access system to help ensure maintenance or other tasks undertaken on the roof can be done so with minimal risk of a fall occurring.

Temporary access to a roof can be impleneted using a standard laddder and ladder bracket.

Do I need training to use a roof access system?

Everyone utilising a roof access system as part their work should have a good understanding of the legal obligations involved in workplace safety. Everyone is responsible for safety at work, from building owners and facility managers, to employers and workers themselves. Having training and assist in developing the skills needed to identify and mitigate any potential risks on a work site.

Height Safety Engineers offer a range of safety training courses for those working at heights, as well as confined spaces and in areas likely to contain asbestos contamination. We have purpose built and state-of-the-art training centres located in Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo. We are also able to bring our industry-leading training to your work or job site, if required, which can add priceless site-specific context to your training program.

First man up cables provide fall protection when transferring from a ladder to a roof.
Height safety systems explained