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The roof edge is one of the most dangerous places and so you need to have a safety solution in place to protect workers.
The edge of the roof is the most visible hazard, and typically the hazard most people want to protect first. Roofs need to be accessed throughout the year for maintenance and repair purposes so it’s essential to make sure workers are protected from slips, trips and falls from the roof edge. UK, EU and OSHA regulations require that if a worker can be exposed to a fall, then they must be protected. Our safety specialists are ready to ensure the safety of your team from any unprotected roof edge.
All those that have a duty of care to ensure that work at height is carried out safely. Solutions need to be suitable and sufficient to ensure the prevention of both persons and objects from falling.UK Work at Height Regulations 2005
Kee Guard is a leading modular, free-standing railing system that isn’t fixed directly to the roof membrane. It’s a permanent and dependable barrier for a roof edge that’s EN and OSHA compliant and suitable for virtually any flat roof up to a 10° slope – keeping to your workforce safe.
A fall protection solution consisting of walkway and guardrail which can be installed quickly and easily on a wide variety of roofs. It is a compliant approach to guardrail protection and eliminates the fall hazard typically present when workers are exposed to an unprotected edge.
See how our Kee Guard free standing roof edge protection system is raising the safety standards for roofs.
The UK Work at Height Regulations 2005 requires all those that have a duty of care to ensure that work at height is carried out safely with the implementation of a Risk Assessment. Solutions need to be suitable and sufficient to ensure prevention of both persons and objects from falling.
Guarding such as edge protection must consist of at least two horizontal rails and have a minimum height of 1100mm. The loading criteria is taken from Euro Code 1 EN 1991-1-1 & its UK National Annex (PD 6688.1.1) and requires the guardrail to withstand a uniformly distributed load of 1.0kN per m2 and a point load of 0.5kN.
This standard relates to the design of temporary edge protection systems and requires a system to withstand loads applied perpendicular, horizontal and vertical to the system. BS EN 13374 outlines requirements for three classes of edge protection system: Class A 0-10° roof pitch; Class B 10-30° roof pitch and Class C 30-45° roof pitch.
Permanent means of access to machinery, stairways, stepladders and guardrails 2010. This standard was widely adopted in the UK and allows to configure free standing guardrails that meet the loading of BS EN14122-3.
Each employee is protected from falling into a ladderway floor hole or ladderway platform hole by a guardrail system and toeboards erected on all exposed sides, except at the entrance to the hole, where a self-closing gate or an offset must be used.
One of the key points set out in the BS 13700 states that when you specify and install a permanent counterweighted guardrail, you need to carry out a site specific wind calculations. This means you need to take into account location, height of building and exposure level.
Kee Safety offers a FREE wind calculation to the new BS 13700 standard and issues the FREE report upon purchase of a Kee Guard system.
As a manufacturer of counterweighted edge protection, Kee Safety naturally ensures that our range of Kee Guard free standing rooftop guardrail systems comply with all relevant global standards and legislation, including the BS 13700:2021.
Our team can help you with a site-specific wind speed calculation, as well as provide assistance throughout the entire project.
A truly comprehensive rooftop safety solution follows the Hierarchy of Fall Protection. An expert starts by inspecting the roof site for potential fall hazards. From there, a complete system solution and recommendations are created that descend down the four levels of the hierarchy, from simple, sensible approaches for eliminating risks all the way down to lifesaving personal protection systems.
Collective Fall Protection Systems require no additional training to use. Work Restraint and Fall Arrest Systems both require a high level of user competency, training and additional inspection to be used properly.
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