What is Edge Protection?
Roof Edge Protection is designed to prevent persons falling from height to a lower level. This solution tends to consist of Guardrails and Handrails and can be applied to a variety of different locations such as rooftops, train station platforms, football stadiums, warehouses and chemical facilities.
What are the Different Variations of Edge Protection?
There are three different types of Edge Protection available within the Working at Height market. These are:
Collapsible Guardrails are designed to fold into a completely flat and out of sight position when they are not in use. These are very popular for historical buildings such as heritage sites, churches and university buildings due to the folding mechanism design. They can also be used for other visually sensitive buildings, including ones with modern architecture.
In contrast, Fixed Guardrails are designed to provide 24/7 Edge Protection for Working at Height personnel. These systems are permanently fixed to parapets, and they can consistently prevent falls from height. Usually, this system is fixed into the top of a parapet wall and is secured onto the coping stones, however this is dependent on the wall’s condition. Despite being permanently fixed, the height of the Guardrails can be adjusted when using an Allen key.
Freestanding Guardrails are designed to protect Working at Height personnel without penetrating the surface of the roof to install the system. This is because this solution comes with a counterbalance design, as there are 20kg of weights attached to each section of Guardrail. This system is also versatile, as it can be moved or removed easily, as long as there are qualified personnel present to do so.
Where is Edge Protection required?
As specified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), if there is a risk of falling more than two metres, roof edge protection consisting of suitable guardrails will be required. If it’s not appropriate to install guardrails, reliance will be placed on fall arrest equipment, such as safety harnesses for example.
How Often Do You Need Edge Protection Testing for Compliance?
The Working at Height industry recommends that all collective Edge Protection systems should be tested and inspected no longer than every 12 months, depending on the frequency of use. Heightsafe can also provide Compliance Testing and Maintenance for this solution, ensuring your Guardrails and Handrails are safe and secure.
Do You Require Edge Protection Installing or Testing?
If you need Guardrail or Handrail installation, testing or remedials, please contact us today to speak to one of our Edge Protection experts who will be able to provide a free consultation and quote.