We call roofs and roofs to all that set of building or construction that forms the “upper enclosure” of a building or industrial building, obviously to protect everything that is inside and to protect the same structure from inclement weather (rain, snow, dirt, leaves, birds, etc …)
Here at Gold Coast Edge we take safety as a priority and make sure your house is safe for you and your family by hiring experts in the area such as Gold Coast Edge Protection.
What does a roof offer us?
Among other things, the roofs and roofs provide us with waterproofing, thermal and acoustic comfort.
In addition, they present a plus of danger every time that we need to raise them to carry out any task of maintenance, cleaning or installation of auxiliary means, machinery, a / c systems, photovoltaic plates, etc.
Whether the work entrusted to you is on a roof, false ceiling, skylight, skylight or roof, a company that boasts must perform a planning of the works according to the area of work.
We should check out some issues before going up, given that our team or ourselves as workers have direct responsibility for our own safety and decision-making:
- Is there a sign in the area, for example at the foot of the vertical ladder, indicating the prohibition of its use by unauthorized personnel?
- Is there any measure of protection that prevents intruders from climbing onto the deck?
- Signage of obligation of the use of the harness?
- Are there adequate fall protection devices at the height to climb?
- And most importantly, this type of work at height does NOT go alone.
There must be at least two operators at all times, given that if an accident occurs, the other worker must give the distress call to prevent the person who climbed, be isolated and alone.
On the other hand, you should never do this type of work at times when the weather is unfavourable, especially snow and rain can make a user slip, especially on sheet metal or if the wind speed is higher at 50 km / h,
Finally, during the realization of the works, we must mark the accesses, as we have said, signal and prevent access to outsiders.
Can I walk over a deck?
Yes, but, you have to know that these are unsafe places, where any failure can lead you to fall rolling down the slope or due to any incident, in white sheet covers for example, visibility is very bad due to reflection of the light.
The transitable roofs are all those that are part of the structures of industrial buildings, factories, laboratories, farms, and all kinds of large office buildings.
If they are passable is that the thickness of the sheet and its configuration is “safe” for a person to step on and walk on it.
Landscaped and flooded roofs
These are covers that have a function beyond the decorative: to improve the ambient temperature and the thermal sensation of the interior.
In addition, to be sustainable ways of creating green spaces in neighbourhood communities, office buildings, villas, large corporate groups whose facilities want to be more sustainable, etc.
In them we can find even lakes, pools, gardens, solar panels and tanks for watering.
Imagine the amount of repair, cleaning, maintenance and care services that this kind of covers can bring, where we also need to take extreme precautions to work at height.
Parts of a roof:
- Support structure
- Formation of the slope
- The thermal insulation
- The acoustic insulation
- Waterproof cover material
- Water evacuation system
What are the structural elements of a roof?
- Elements that are part of the structure of roofs and roofs (beams, slabs, trusses, belts, ridge, breastplates, etc.).
- Various elements for the use of the building (chimneys, vents, antennas, skylights, skylights).
- Water evacuation elements (drains, gutter, pipes, etc.).
- Fall protection elements on roofs or roofs (safety rails, balustrades, parapets, lifelines, anchor points).
Repairing a roof:
A fast, efficient and complete repair goes through 0 security problems
Whether they are covered or roofed, the work that is carried out in this type of environment is considered dangerous or works with risk due to fall in height.
That is why you will need to have a professional work team, whether they are self-employed or a company specialized in repairing roofs.
On what depends the success of a good repair?
There are several factors on which the repair of roofs or roofs is a success or we have made a huge mistake when contracting less specialized services.
It is clear that accidents at work are the order of the day in this type of tasks, especially when outsourcing services that end up using labour from ETT’S, temporary jobs or operators with work experience.
Security on roofs and decks
It is the labour market itself and the companies that really worry about risk prevention during the work that is carried out in hard-to-reach areas, the ones that are fighting against the low qualification of the workers, the price war that entails the lower cost and time based on saving in security.
On the one hand, it is a necessity that operators have had access to a minimum training in work at height and on the use of the necessary material for vertical work and positioning by means of ropes, lifelines, retractable devices, etc.
On the other hand, the supply of epis certified by specialized manufacturers to workers by companies that repair roofs and roofs.
This type of material is what you need to work in work areas with risk of falling (we start counting from one and a half meters high, depending on the case) must be regulated by its manufacturer providing a series of documentation and manuals for use so that the operator who is going to use it does not have any doubt about its use.
You can also call us to inform you about the details of your project on roofs and we advise you on the preventive measures you need to take before you start budgeting a job.
Here at Gold Coast Edge Protection we take care of protecting the edges of the roof to avoid any kind of falling accidents.