It is very dangerous to work on the roofs of homes and many people get injured and die on construction sites every year. Sometimes accidents also occur during the maintaining of the demolition process when people are inspecting the roofs of homes.
Some basic requirements for the roof edge protection have been summarised by the HSE. It contains a complete guide on how to work on ropes and stay protected from accidents from happening.
In this article, we will discuss what must you do when installing edge protection on roofs.
The Rope protection should include the main guardrail that should be at least 950 mm above the edge of the roof. Some other requirements include a toe board guard so that there is no risk of things falling from the edge of the platform. Some of the requirements include several more guardrails to make the shoulder there is no gap of more than 470 mm.
This process includes the usage of protective guardrails to make sure no accidents happen regarding falling from the stairs or balconies of the roof. It is a type of edge protection for the roof that will comprise two horizontal rails. Make sure that it has a height of at least 1100 mm.
Park K of the building regulations include sections that are for guarding the sections which are utilized for the maintenance process. It means that if access is needed less than once a month then it is alright to make use of the temporary guarding. Risk assessment has to be carried out to make sure that the guardrail is appropriate and enough for the roof protection.
Temporary Edge Protection Systems
The factor on which the edge protection system should depend is the gradient of the surface for which protection is provided. A further system is required that can bear the weight that is applied from all directions and perpendicularly.Remove featured image
The performance of your edge protection system will be based on three classes:
Class A 0-10
Class B 10-30
Class C 30-45
It is important to note that three of these class is comprised of a static load requirement. But classes c and B comprise a dynamic load that is applied which represents when someone is rolling down the slope of the roof to make touch with the guardrail.
When some companies experimented and carried out the standards of safety of machinery they found out that it gave them a uniform distributed weight. But the problem was that it was not addressing the issue of the roof pitch and roof membrane. Further it did not do anything for the dry and wet circumstances and that is why it was not as appropriate when it comes to protection on the roofing.
Regulations Of Working At A Height
This process is carried out to make sure that all the work that is happening at its height is being carried out with all the safety measurements. That is why this process is started with the risk assessment before.