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Access Ladder Installation – Ealing Council, West London

Heightsafe Systems were instructed to supply and install 10 vertical access ladders and freestanding guardrail to a number of residential blocks for a leading London contractor. The council’s regeneration of the area won a prestigious Planning Award for the ‘best conceptual project’ and in doing so created 205 new homes, full refurbishment of 550 existing homes and a multitude of new community and retail facilities

The primary focus on the design was to ensure that the access ladders prevented any unauthorized access to the roof spaces. In this scenario we decided the best solution was to start the ladder 3m from ground level, with a lockable door, and heavy duty steel mesh covering the first half of the ladder all contributing to the ladder being entirely security proof.

Although the Working at Height Regulations: 2005 makes no specific reference to the exact height when a ‘rest platform’ is required, we feel it is good practice to implement them on caged ladders at anything greater than 6m.

The project was completed at the beginning of 2016 and leaves the estate with a complete access and fall prevention system to enable safe access to all areas.

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