Accessing a rooftop is often a necessity for an employee. Is your rooftop as safe as it should be?
Why do people access the roof in the first place? What is a worker’s purpose for going on the roof? Where do they need to go upon the roof in order to achieve that purpose? Once you have determined all of the reasons for a worker to gain access to the roof, ask yourself some questions about their walkway.
- On a Standing Seam Metal roof or Metal Profile roof, do they have a level walkway system to avoid tripping over the seams/ crowns and valleys?
- On a flat roof have we thought about limiting unnecessary access to the leading edge? (A demarcation system should be placed 2m back from the fall hazard or leading edge to provide a clearly visible barrier from the danger.)
- Is this the path of least resistance? (It might be smarter to purchase a step over platform to get over piping rather than walk closer to the edge)
- Are there any skylights by which people will be walking? (All skylights and rooflights should be considered as a hole in the roof and they need to be covered by either a screen or surrounded by a railing.)
If access to the entire roof is desired then the most comprehensive and safe system that can be deployed is a rooftop guardrail system that surrounds the entire roof surface. If the perimeter needs to be accessed, but only a couple of times a year, then a Horizontal Lifeline System may be more appropriate.
Another consideration is the training that is needed for different systems. A railing system requires no training but users of a horizontal lifeline system have to be trained to comply with regulations.
Do your part to separate people from hazards and maintain a safe work area!
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If you need any assistance with reviewing safety of workers accessing the roof on your site, we can help. Kee Safety Singapore offers now Free Virtual Rooftop Site Surveys. Our safety experts can assess your rooftop remotely using Satellite Technology. During the virtual meeting we will use Google Earth Pro to look at the roof of your building and offer advice on likely hazards that could endanger any maintenance worker activities.