When can you walk over decks?

If you have to know that it is unsafe places, where any failure can lead you to fall rolling by the inclination or due to any incident, on white sheet decks for example, visibility is very bad due to the reflection of the light. The safety of workers is important in any construction work. Roofing […]

If you have to know that it is unsafe places, where any failure can lead you to fall rolling by the inclination or due to any incident, on white sheet decks for example, visibility is very bad due to the reflection of the light.

The safety of workers is important in any construction work. Roofing works are no exception. Falls are the cause of more serious injuries and construction deaths than all other causes. Accidents occur not only to those who build the roofs, but also to maintenance, cleaning, demolition and roof inspection personnel. Any work on a roof carries risk. The nature of the precautions necessary to work safely varies from job to job, but it is not acceptable not to provide safeguards.

Remember that you need safety equipment for all works carried out in your ceiling. Top suppliers such as Gold Coast Edge Protection have developed diverse types of security systems looking for the perfect way to provide workers with the safety they need.

Walkable roof

The passable 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 it is that the thickness of the sheet and its configuration is “safe” so that a person can step on and walk on it.

Non-walkable roof

These are generally self-supporting covers, which are configured so that it is not safe to travel on them, so it is strictly forbidden to send a worker to climb to perform any repair, cleaning or maintenance of the cover if they do not exist overpasses, deck walkways or any access security system.

Landscaped and flooded roofs

These are covers that have a function beyond the decorative: 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, chalets, large corporate groups whose facilities want to be more sustainable, etc. In them we can find even lakes, swimming pools, gardens, solar panels and reservoirs for the irrigation itself.

Imagine the amount of repair, cleaning, maintenance and care services that this type of roofing can entail, where we also need to take extreme precautions of working at height.

What are the structural elements of a roof?

  • Elements that are part of the structure of roofs and roofs (beams, slabs, trusses, belts, ridge, bibs, etc.).
  • Various elements for the use of the building (chimneys, ventilation outlets, antennas, skylights, skylights).
  • Water drainage elements (drains, gutters, pipes, etc.).
  • Fall protection elements on roofs or roofs (safety rails, balustrades, rails, lifelines, anchor points).

Repair of covers and roofs safely

A quick, efficient and complete repair goes through 0 security problems. Whether covered or roofed, work carried out in this type of environment is considered hazardous or work at 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 specialised in roof repair.

What does the success of a good repair depend on?

There are several factors on which it depends that the repair of roofs or roofs is a success, or we have made a tremendous mistake when hiring less specialised services.

It is clear that accidents at work are the order of the day in this type of tasks, especially when subcontracting services that end up using labour from ETT’S, temporary jobs or operators with experience in work.

Roof and deck security

It is the labour market itself and the companies that really care about risk prevention during the work carried out in hard-to-reach areas that are fighting against the low qualification of the operators, the price war that entails lowering costs and time to save on 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 ropes, lifelines, retractable devices, etc. On the other hand, the supply of epis certified by specialised manufacturers to workers by companies that repair roofs and roofs.

This type of material is what you will need to work in work areas with risk of falling (we start counting from one and a half meters high, depending on the case) should be regulated by its manufacturer providing a series of documentation and user manuals so that the operator who is going to use it does not fit any doubt about its use.

You can also call us to find out about the details of your rooftop project and we will advise you on the preventive measures you need to take before you start budgeting for a job.

Suppliers and manufacturers

Thanks to our suppliers and manufacturers we are able to serve dozens of companies that need to supply all types of fall arrest systems adapting to the workplace.

Our teams have been in all types of companies for the installation of fall arrest systems from horizontal, vertical lifelines, sliding anchor systems on vertical stairs, provisional positioning systems by ropes thanks to mobile anchor points (anchored to metal profiles, screwed in walls and walls, etc.)

Other preventive measures on roofs and roofs

There are also other security measures such as provisional edge protection networks, gallows, S-type networks, vertical enclosures, etc. although they are less used for maintenance tasks on roofs, roofs and roofs.

Obviously, in addition to traveling on these flat or inclined surfaces, you need to access in a safe way.

For this you need a price step known as “the adaptation of the means of access” where you will find anti-fall solutions such as cat stairs, ladders with rings or cage, scaffolding lifting systems and lifelines of all kinds to reach the cover is always anchored, whether they are definitive or provisional preventive measures.

Contact Gold Coast Edge Protection. Here all your priorities will be considered, and we will ensure keeping hassle to the lowest level possible in your renovation or rehabilitation process.