It can be extremely dangerous working on a roof, and severe safety precautions are necessary to prevent falling from a height, which can result in severe and sometimes permanent injury, if not fatalities.
Injuries from working at heights cause more work-related injuries than any other work-related incidents and therefore, shouldn’t be taken lightly – not surprisingly, the most common causes are falls from ladders and falling through fragile roofs.
So, in a nutshell, work at height refers to work in any place where, if no precautions have been put in place, a person could fall a distance, which is liable to cause them personal injury.
Maybe you work in an industry where working at height can’t be avoided, then there are a number of considerations that you need to take into account as it isn’t just falling that can cause serious injury but also falling objects, and equipment.
It’s essential that employers and individuals consider every aspect of their business if it involves working at height, whether it’s something as complicated as building work or even something simple and straightforward, such as changing a lightbulb.
So seriously is this taken, there are a number of rules and regulations which must be applied to prevent incidents. There are now a number of specialised products that adhere to the WAHR that help ensure your employee's safety when working at height.
Therefore, if you work in an industry that requires working on high platforms, cherry pickers, ladders or in fact any raised area that could pose a danger, then have a look at some of the products available that are manufactured by facility management experts especially for the safety of height work.
Insulated Mat Roof Space Safety
These extremely tough mats are made of composite materials in the form of a trellis matting, which is designed to help prevent falling through ceilings as well as other heighted areas.
They are electric shock-proof and can be closed-up, which makes them easy to insert even through small spaces before they are expanded to suit whichever area they are needed to protect.
These safety mats are great for use for plumbing, tv aerial, solar inverters, electrical, as well as general maintenance work in roofs.
STS Trellis Mat System
This specialised safety mat covers joists to create a form of temporary work platform specifically when working on roof trusses and fitting bracing. They prevent operators from falling onto the joists below them by making a solid and sturdy working platform.
Fragile Roof System
This is a lightweight fall-arrest temporary working platform for all work required up on the roof. Several of these sturdy support frames and the mats can be used across the working area, which can easily be put up and down as and when required and can help prevent falls through fragile sheet materials.
We all know how fragile industrial roofs can be, and when working at height, we need to do everything we can to prevent accidents while still ensuring quick and easy access to the roofs. By using safety products such as the specially-made mats and roof systems from Oxford Safety, incidents can be avoided, keeping everyone happy and safe.