Whether you’re planning a new building or ensuring the safety of your current premises, it’s vital to protect your team members working at height. When regular access to a rooftop is needed, a rooftop walkway is often the best solution. A well designed and maintained rooftop walkway creates a secure access point and walking surface to keep team members safe.
Why Use A Rooftop Walkway?
There are a number of reasons you should include a walkway in your rooftop fall protection plan:
- Creates a safe, anti-slip surface
- Provides a defined route to guide workers away from hazards
- Protects the integrity of the roof
- Offers ease of access
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) state that all designers must eliminate, reduce or control foreseeable risks that may arise during construction, maintenance and use of a building once it is built. This means that thought needs to be given to the access needs beyond the initial construction stage of a building. Where regular access will be required, a safe means of transit must be provided.
In addition to The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 also states:
“In a workplace every floor, traffic route and walkway should not have holes or slopes, or be uneven or slippery, exposing people to health and safety risks.”
This too makes a rooftop walkway a necessary requirement when you need access to roofs with holes, slopes, unguarded edges or other significant hazards. The type of walkway suitable will depend on the pitch of the roof and other potential hazards.
Talk to the Experts
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