Bangor University, founded in 1884 as the University College of Wales, is situated on the North Wales Coast and is home to nine Academic Schools. The University has around 10,000 students studying with them each year and employs over 2,000 staff, with the many buildings spread across a substantial proportion of Bangor itself.
Following on from a recent inspection carried out by Heightsafe’s skilled Compliance Testing Engineers, it was noted that some systems required remedial works, some needed replacing and in other areas new systems were to be installed to ensure the safest measures of protection were in place for the users.
Heightsafe worked closely with the facilities team at Bangor to devise the best solutions for the many different buildings across the site.
Collective Edge Protection is the preferred method of protection for those working at height, where the work itself cannot be avoided. Guardrail Systems were chosen for most areas across the site, as there were railing systems already in place but were deemed non-compliant following the compliance inspection report. The old systems were dismantled and replaced with bespoke Freestanding Weighted Guardrail Systems from Heightsafe.
The systems were installed and tested in accordance with BS13700:2021. The freestanding nature of the system removes the need for them to be installed directly into the roof as it uses a proven counterbalance design, which effectively protects those accessing the roof space against a fall.
Fixed Guardrail Systems were also used where the installation of freestanding systems was not possible, for example as shown below, there is an existing plant system in place near the edge and so the counterweights would not work here.
Access Ladders were also installed on certain buildings across the campus. The ladders are fully compliant with BS 4211 and offer a safe means of accessing the roof space above.
The facilities team at Bangor now have a comprehensive height safety solution to protect themselves and any other contractors that require access to roofs on the site. The systems have all been tested and certified, and Heightsafe’s Compliance Engineers will attend annually to inspect and maintain the systems for years to come.
Freestanding Guardrail from Heightsafe
Freestanding Guardrail Systems from Heightsafe use a unique counterbalance design, removing the need to penetrate the roof itself whilst still protecting personnel who access the roof space.
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