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When Should I use a Safety Line on a Roof?

Safety lines are an essential piece of any Personal Fall Protection System and are commonly used on building roofs, telecom structures, stadiums and other work at height applications. At its most basic, it comprises of shock absorbing lanyard, harness and anchor point, although this simplicity belies its important, often life-saving, role.

Take for instance a situation where adequate edge protection or scaffolding isn’t in place. If a worker falls from the roof, the safety line will arrest their fall and, crucially, without resulting in suspension trauma. A safety line should only be used when there is an effective rescue plan in place.

When a fall occurs, the posts used within the safety line system have an internal shock absorbing element that enables the load generated from a person falling to be absorbed over a short distance, without causing trauma. At Heightsafe Systems, we are able to design safety lines for specific site requirements. These can be fixed directly to a solid structure, including built-up or composite metal roof sheets, single ply membrane roof profiles, concrete roofs, lead roofs, flat and green roofs.

Our wide range of horizontal cable based systems, lanyard and harnesses are suitable with all roof types including:

We are also a Kingspan SafePro2 approved installer.

As with all Personal Fall Protection Systems and other work at height equipment, it is important that safety line systems are manufactured and tested under the correct standards and that users have the necessary training required to operate them. Here at Heightsafe, our safety lifelines are manufactured under the quality control standard BS EN ISO 9001 and in compliance with European standard EN795 class C. We also offer a wide range of fall arrest training courses to ensure operators have the skills required to work at height in confidence and understand the importance of using the correct equipment.

It is also a legal requirement for safety lines to be inspected, swage tested and certified at least every 12 months as there are many reasons why safety lines may not be fit for safe use. We are experts in the installation, inspection and certification of safety lines to ensure a safe environment for all personnel working at height.

For more information on our safety lines, lanyards and other Personal Fall Protection Systems, call us on: 020 3819 7199.

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