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“Star Wars” fans can debate whether Luke Skywalker crossed over to the Dark Side. However, building owners and facility managers agree that safe roof access and fall protection for workers require a more practical and tangible crossover step over platform.
Roof step over platforms are an easy way to overcome roof obstacles, obstructions, and changes in height. A simple, secure system consists of bases supporting uprights to brace railings and stairs leading up to and down a platform.
Since every roof is different, a modular design concept for a roof access platform allows for off-the-shelf and custom solutions. Ease of installation and durability are essential factors for roof access or step over platforms.
A commercial, institutional, or industrial roof can have a host of trip hazards, including HVAC ducts, cables, control joints, drains, vents, piping, and other impediments. Rooftop step overs enable workers to navigate a safe route over roof hazards.
Although pipes, ducts, and the like are obstacles to workers, they are critical to the operation of the building. Roof platforms can also protect equipment from being damaged by workers and their tools.
Split-level buildings and height changes are other roof areas where a safe access platform can help considerably with fall prevention. Roof platforms featuring a modular design can best accommodate differences in elevation.
From the ground up, a robust and durable rooftop step over system is built from the following components:
Such a system does not penetrate the roof, will provide long-lasting performance, and with its modular design, can be installed or reconfigured with ease. Although standard-size roof step over platforms are available, the modular components allow for full customisation to meet an array of rooftop challenges.
Kee Safety’s stepovers were recently installed on the roof of a large NHS hospital. The hospital installed new HVAC equipment on its roof, which meant regular access would be required for maintenance and repair; however, existing pipework made access unsafe. Kee Safety recommended and supplied five freestanding stepovers, which were installed quickly. Our step over platforms provided the perfect solution to overcome the trip hazards posed by the pipework. Please watch the video below to learn more about that project.
Industrial roofs are proliferating and expanding with systems and equipment. With it, there is an increased need for workers to have roof access to perform maintenance and repairs. Strong, weather-resistant, and compliant roof step over platforms provide a safe and efficient path for workers to perform their tasks regardless of obstructions and changes in height.
So, for the next instalment in the “Star Wars” franchise, Luke Skywalker can crossover into the dark side all he wants. For Luke Roofwalker on a roof, any crossover step over platform will be safe and sound.