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5 Tips for Working on Fragile Surfaces

Falls through fragile surfaces, in particular skylights and rooflights, account for 22% of fatal falls from height in the construction industry alone.

HS RoofClad

Falls through fragile surfaces, in particular skylights and rooflights, account for 22% of fatal falls from height in the construction industry alone. So, whether you are completing long-term roof works or short-term building maintenance tasks, it is imperative that hazards are identified, control measures are put into place and in some instances, solutions for replacements are explored.

Take a look at HS RoofClad’s top 5 tips for working on fragile surfaces.

Before Work Commences

It is imperative to ensure that either a collective or personal measure of protection is in place that has been tested and maintained to manufacturer guidelines before entering any roof space, once this has been confirmed:

  • Ensure safe methods of work are in place that have been effectively planned by a competent contractor with experience working on and near fragile roofs
  • Specify and communicate fragile surface areas to operatives
  • Include relevant signage at the entrance of work areas
  • Highlight fragile surface areas wherever replacement work is required, making this a priority remedial action if regular work is taking place on your roof

Following Commencement of Work

  • Ensure specified safe methods of work are adhered to throughout both short-term and long-term projects – unannounced site inspections are recommended

Did You Know?

HS RoofClad’s building envelope specialists recommend referring to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) hierarchy of control, which recommends that where possible, Work at Height should be avoided.

To ensure that our services are provided in line with these recommendations:

  • Our operatives have adopted a safe method of work, that upon request, allows roof sheets and skylights/rooflights to be replaced from underneath using work platforms – meaning no roof access is required;
  • We offer discounted Skylight Protection Systems in all roofing packages as optional extras, to ensure you have peace of mind knowing that potential hazards have been eliminated;
  • We have introduced Aerial UAV Drone Surveys that give you the ability to view live images of your roof’s condition, without the need to access potentially hazardous roof environments.

Our friendly, professional specialists are on hand to assist with any of your industrial and commercial building envelope requirements – get in touch today!

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