Freestanding roof guardrails that are free to be used must comply with all construction and manufacturing laws. This ensures that they are correct in height, material, and location. Roof edge protection ensures that you comply with all safety regulations. Roof edge protection should be adequate in size, strength, rigidity, and durability. The top guardrail should be at least 1100mm high and the distance between guardrail frames no greater than 470mm. A risk assessment is required to determine if the guardrail will be adequate and appropriate to protect people and objects from falling.
Roof Edge Protection Will Not Operate If:
1. It Is Not Maintained Frequently
Safety systems must be properly maintained and tested. You should immediately stop using any safety system that appears to be incorrect.
2. Material Made Of An Ineligible Material
Roof edge protection should be strong enough for a person to balance their weight on it when they fall or lean on it. Wood, for instance, may not be appropriate in all cases and could endanger someone’s life.
3. It Is Not Corrosion-Resistant
Roof edge systems are vitally important for their health. We recommend against systems made of non-suitable materials and goods that require welding. The entire roof edge protection system can be rendered ineffective if it has a weak point. Welded systems rust quicker than any other option.
Galvanized steel and aluminum have high corrosion resistance.
4. Other Safety Systems Are Not Supported
If access to the roof via ladders is necessary, an industrial self-closing gate or ladder cage is needed. A roof that is not properly fitted around the edges, but does not consider safety in other areas such as roof hatches and vulnerable roof areas, is another example.
5. You Are Not Sure Which System Is Best For Your Roof
Before making a final decision, consider whether the chosen roof edge protection system can accommodate your roof style – flat, sloped, made from felt, asphalt, metal, or any other material – before you make a purchase. For example, most roof edge handrails are not suitable for sloped roofs.
6. It Is Difficult To Set Up
Consider how difficult it will be to install a roof edge protection system and what safety precautions you'll need during installation. Installers shouldn't be left on roofs for too long, especially in bad weather. You want a system that takes the most time to install, is easy to maintain and can be repaired if needed.
Different Types Of Roof Edge Protection
There are many types of roof edge protection, but Temporary Edge Protection is the most common. This type of protection is used when there is a chance that the roof will collapse. Temporary edge protection consists of metal plates that are nailed to the side of the roof. If the roof does collapse, the metal plates will protect the building from damage.
Some roof edge protection:
To keep workers safe from falling, scaffolding is often used to protect roof edges. It is not a long-term solution, and should not be used by anyone who isn't in the building industry.
Fixed Roof Handrail-
Handrails are stronger and last longer. They also have a more appealing appearance, but may cause issues with the roof membrane.
Handrails should be securely attached to a surface. You may be able to attach them to a concrete/steel roofing structure or a building parapet but ensure that there are no holes in the roof.
Free-Standing Roof Handrail-
It is a self-supporting structure that can be used in place of fixed railings or scaffolding. It's a roof guardrail system that can be installed on its own. The system's strength and stability are achieved by using cantilever weight. The device can withstand moderate wind and remain upright in bad weather. These guardrails can be used in older buildings, where aesthetics are important. Stand-alone roof guardrails have a metallic finish and blend seamlessly into their surroundings.
This guardrail system can be used on roofs of all industries. This guardrail system is ideal for permanent edge protection, where inspections or maintenance are required.