Choosing The Right Roof Fall Protective Services
What type of roof protective systems are right for you? It’s important in any business that the employees are safe. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when determining your rooftop protective needs. With a few simple changes you can keep your employees safer. Three things to consider when regarding rooftop safety include frequency, hazards and types of protective Services. When making a roof safe or you will want to consider the number of hazards present, the frequency of employees accessing the roof and the type of protective equipment.
Begin by identifying your high-frequency areas. One of the most widespread high-frequency areas are access points. An example of a high frequency might be the ladder that takes employees to the roof. There are specific safety requirements for protecting ladder way areas. If your roof is accessed through a hatch door there will be additional safety requirements. Safety guardrails needed to cover the entire ladder area.
You will also need to identify all potential hazards on top of your roof. There are usually numerous hazards overlooked. All skylights need to have a guardrail system in place. Skylights are a high traffic area. This is because they require a lot of cleaning. Thus far this article has only discussed the presence of guardrails as a type of safety equipment. Guard rails and safety railings are the same things.
These type of protective equipment are referred to as fall protection systems. Both temporary and permanent guardrails are available. Ideally a permanent guardrail will line the entire perimeter of a rooftop. A fall protection system is in place to prevent a fall from ever occurring.
Next we will explore a different type of fall protection system. The most important horizontal lifeline. A horizontal lifeline is a type of active fall protection system. Active fall protection systems are meant to help if a fall has already happened. Horizontal Lifelines are a way to prevent the worker from making contact with the ground after they have already fallen. It’s important to note that injuries can still occur with a horizontal lifeline in place. Mainly a horizontal lifeline is intended to prevent fatalities. When you’re using the roof atop lot consider installing a horizontal Lifeline that is continuous.
Just like with guardrails horizontal lifelines can be permanent or temporary. The main difference are the anchors. A temporary horizontal lifeline will have portable anchors. The temporary anchors can live on any part of the roof. One benefit of temporary anchors is their ability to be moved easily.
Your employees will be able to work at a faster safer place when your rooftop is properly secured. Proper safety training is needed even with safety equipment in place. The the workplace will be a happier place when the employees are safe.