23 Oct When Are Roof Guardrails Required?
Roof guardrails are effective control measures that meet multiple safety requirements
Perhaps one of the most undervalued pieces of safety equipment when working on rooftops, is guardrails. More than a good idea, they’re a safety requirement in many situations, such as roofs that have a specific incline. The type of fall protection that may be required for contractors to be in compliance, can depend on multiple factors.
Fall protection is typically required when individuals are working at a minimum height of two meters and over. The fall protection required will depend largely on the type of fall hazards that employees will encounter and the work that will be performed. If employees will be walking or working within two metres of a roof’s edge, the job will require guardrails, a static line or both.
The goal of safety equipment such as roof guardrails is to create the highest level of control for averting and preventing a fall. Contractors should strive to employ the highest level of safety precautions whenever possible, to avoid injuries to workers and liability for the company. Roof guardrails can be used as a stand-alone option or combined with other types of systems.
Roof guardrails are a passive protection method that doesn’t have to be altered after installation. Like all fall-prevention methods, roof guardrails should only be installed by an experienced professional. They should have the knowledge to ascertain the material individuals will be working on and determine the pitch of the roof, be able to recommend optimal positioning, and have the ability to issue a compliance certificate.
The safety equipment is an absolute requirement for some types of jobs. They’re especially effective when employed in proximity to roof decking, fire escapes, guttering and vents, along with access hatches, platforms, stairways, and skylights. They fold up, store neatly when not in use, are low maintenance and durable.
The use of roof guardrails is essential any time employees will be working in weather conditions encompassing wind and rain, or when the risk of tripping is present from protrusions and other elements. They’re equally effective as barriers to prevent access to areas when electrical lines and similar utilities are near, or when there is any doubt about the integrity of the structure.
At Australian Height Safety Services, we have more than 25 years’ experience in height safety and fall prevention. Our installation technicians are all licensed and highly experienced in the industry, and we guarantee the compliance of our fall prevention systems.
We are industry leaders in fall prevention and workplace safety. We can inspect and certify existing height safety systems as well as propose and install new systems that will ensure compliance and minimise the risk of worker injury.