Updated: Mar 26, 2020
WHAT IS ROOF EDGE PROTECTION AND WHEN DO WE NEED IT?
There’s an old saying that if you think safety is expensive, try having an accident…
Many organisations still see safety as a burden on business. It might be seen as something which is too complicated, or perhaps too burdensome or onerous.
The “it’ll never happen to me” attitude is prevalent in organisations, both large and small. Many believe that just because they haven’t had an accident, they must be getting it right until something goes wrong and someone gets injured.
There is a specific law which governs working at height, The Work at Height Regulations 2005. The purpose of this legislation is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you.
So what does this mean?
It’s very simple. It you employ someone who works at height or control work at height
then you must make yourself aware of this law and you must ensure that it is followed.
Falls account for more deaths and serious injuries in construction than anything else and roofers account for 24% of this - the largest category.
Working on a roof can be dangerous.
Any fall from a roof inevitably involves at the very least a serious injury.
Sometimes even just heading up to the roof ‘to have a quick look’ or to carry out a small repair without the proper safety measures have been fatal.
Remember, accidents don’t just happen to those building roofs, but also to people maintaining, cleaning and inspecting them.
Roof edge protection will be required during most work on flat roofs. Any protection should be strong enough to withstand people and materials falling against it.
Kite are able to carry out free professional site surveys, providing you with a report, including our recommendations together with photographs, drawings and costing to help you comply with current safety legislation and to decide the best solution for your specific requirements.
All of Kite’s products are manufactured for your safety and when installed following approved guidelines, Kite Roof Edge Protection System meets the requirements of:
BS EN 13374:2004
BS EN ISO 14122-3:2001+A1:2010
UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007