Rope Access Systems provide a safe and efficient way to carry out various maintenance tasks such as cleaning and repair works to the façades of high-rise buildings and other structures. Typically, systems such as Davit Arms or Anchor Points are installed onto the roof surfaces to allow frequent Rope Access – however there are some instances where installing a permanent system is not possible. This could be due to an irregular roof structure, a restricted space to allow for potential systems to be installed, or even budget restraints.
Heightsafe can supply Dead Weight Access Trolleys for purchase and hire – so that in situations where Fixed Rope Access Systems are unable to be installed, it is assured that a safe way for operatives to access the façade of your building can be provided.
What is a Dead Weight Access Trolley?
A Dead Weight Access Trolley is an adaptable and flexible alternative where it is not possible to install Fixed Rope Access Systems. Each component in the system weights around 25 kg and can be moved independently from each other; the Trolley is compact meaning it can fit in unusual spaces; it is portable as it is on wheels so one person can transport the system around the roof structure where necessary.
The system is adjustable in height to allow for various roof parapet sizes and has a capacity for a safe workload of 250kg – meaning it can be used in a rescue attempt.
Alternative Solutions for Confined Spaces and Historical Buildings
A Dead Weight Access Trolley can be used in a variety of situations – primarily where a Permanent System cannot be installed or does not need to be installed as the need to access the roof or façade of a building is not a frequent occurrence. Heightsafe can supply the Trolleys and hire them out for occasions where access is required as a one-off. Since the trolley is not directly attached to the building structure, it is a non-destructive option that will not affect the buildings aesthetics as it does not penetrate the roof or façade directly.
Confined Spaces also create a potential problem when it comes to providing safe Roof Access. Heightsafe offer Training for working in Confined Spaces, as well as supplying Dead Weight Access Trolleys for use in confined spaces such as lifts, access shafts, wells, silos, chambers, or pipes.
It can sometimes be more suitable for a Dead Weight Access Trolley instead of a Fixed System to be used on a Historical and listed buildings where possible, as the exterior masonry and visual impact will not be affected with a portable system. The access may be necessary to repair brickwork, complete restorative works, carry out maintenance or general cleaning.
What are the Compliance Requirements?
All Dead Weight Access Trolley Systems are compliant with the IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) and SPRAT ICoP requirements that anchors must meet a 15kn static test. Dead Weight Anchor’s are tested to CEN/TS 16415:2013 for two-person with an anchor device, and are CE Certified to BS EN 795:2012.
Do You Require a Facade Access Solution?
If you require a Rope Access Solution and are unsure which system is best – get in touch with our experts who can advise the safest and most suitable system for your requirements and provide you with a free quotation. Alternatively call tel: 020 3819 7199 to chat directly to one of our experts.