The Height Safety Hierarchy

Are You Compliant? Roof Safety Systems Testing and Maintenance

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A height safety or roof access system isn’t something you can just install and forget about. Ensuring you have your system regularly inspected and certified is essential. A fall protection system should undergo periodic examinations by a competent person to certify that the system remains compliant and is safe to use.


Your Legal Duties

The law states that as an employer, or if you control work at height tasks (e.g. facilities managers, building owners and contractors), you can be held responsible should an accident occur, particularly if the equipment is found to be faulty or uncertified.

Two key documents specify the importance of carrying out regular inspections. These are the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and European Standard EN 365. It’s also highly likely that your insurance provider will stipulate the need for regular safety testing and inspections.


How Often Should Inspections Occur?

Height safety and access equipment such PFPE, guardrails and walkways must be inspected every 12 months at an absolute minimum. However, this may need to be increased to 3 or 6 months should equipment be in heavy use or exposed to harsh weather conditions. Rope access and abseil equipment should be inspected every 6 months minimum.


Get Help from the Experts

We have the ability to cover the whole of the UK with our expert engineering team who provide stress-free inspections on all types of height safety and roof access systems. We can also provide training on roof safety systems for your team once we have completed an inspection.

HITEWORX’S technicians are trained to inspect systems to rigorous industry standards and manufacturers’ specifications. Don’t put your team at risk by being non-complaint, talk to our team today to see how we can help.

For all your access equipment, height safety requirements and training advice, speak to a member of the HITEWORX team today on:  0333 234 1801.