Height Safety and Roof Access Systems
Height Safety Engineers are industry leaders in the design of custom and compliant roof access and height safety systems
What is a Height or Roof Safety System?
Safety systems installed for the purpose of accessing areas where a person will be working at height go by a variety of names – height safety system, roof access system, fall prevention system – but they all serve the purpose of minimising the risk of injury or death that may occur as a result of a fall from height.
A best practice height or roof safety system will be designed specific to a building or working area’s needs and use the highest-quality components from industry-leading manufacturers.
Depending on what is required on your building or raised working area, a compliant roof safety or height safety system may include:
Roof Anchor Points
The simplest component of a roof or height safety system is the roof anchor point.
A roof anchor point can be installed on just about any roof surface including steel, tiles or concrete and provides a fixture onto which a worker can attach a lanyard to arrest a fall should one occur while working at height.
A static line generally consists of a single, tensioned steel cable. The cable is strung around the edge of an area where there is a risk of a fall.
Static lines offer the advantage that a user is able to move along the length of the line without having to attach to a new anchor point as they go.
A user should, however, always be aware of the potential fall distance and adjust their lanyard or rope length accordingly.
Guardrails can be installed to provide a physical barrier between a work area or walkway and an area close to the edge of a building or platform where a fall may be possible.
At Height Safety Engineers, we use a modular handrail system that is simple to install on-site in a short amount of time. It uses fully adjustable fittings and components making it easy to deploy in a variety of working at heights areas.
Platforms are generally constructed of a combination of our walkway materials, guardrails and designed framing onto which the system will be attached. Platforms can span gaps, or raise the working area closer to a piece of plant or equipment that would otherwise require use of a ladder.
Platforms can be used to create a stable surface in an area where the original structure does not support one. They can also be used to create safe movement paths over pipes and other obstacles often found on factory floors.
Ladders are often used when permanent access is required to an area at height, or to move between different levels on a building.
Different types of ladders may be used including a typical rung-type ladder, a step ladder or a fold-down ladder system (e.g. what you might use to gain entry to a roof space).
Walkways provide a safe, textured, non-slip surface upon which a person can traverse a guided path across a roof.
Height Safety Engineers can design and install a walkway that suits your specific purpose, no matter the situation.
Walkways can be engineered using durable and easily installed plastic-type material or the more traditional corrosive-resistant metal panels.