Guardrails can protect people working on roofs from one of the Health and Safety Executive’s greatest concerns – falls from height.
The HSE continues to focus on falls from height in workplaces of all kinds as a key area of its activity.
By fitting guardrails to any projects based on rooftops or other exposed, high-elevation surfaces, managers and supervisors can demonstrate their commitment to employee safety.
In one recent incident, a roofer fell five metres from the scaffolding on which he was working, suffering life-threatening injuries and ultimately being confined to a wheelchair.
“”Falls from height are one of the biggest killers in the workplace,”” said HSE inspector Adam Hills, following the conclusion of the case.
“”Employers need to be aware of the risks they pose and ensure that their staff are properly protected.””
Guardrails can not only protect workers during construction or renovation projects; they can also provide a degree of safety if the rooftop is to remain accessible once the work is completed.
In such instances, permanent guardrails can be used that offer a high level of aesthetic appeal, as well as protecting the individuals who need roof access in future.