Scaffolding Edge Protection
What is Scaffolding Edge Protection?
Scaffolding edge protection is to help provide scaffolders and construction workers with a much safer working environment when it comes to working at height. It comes in many different forms, the most common being the following:
Perimeter safety screens – As the name suggests, these are screens that are placed around the perimeter of the scaffolding structure to help ensure a high rate of safety. These are usually used on high rise buildings and are very adaptable to shape and design.
Guardrail/handrail solution – Compliant with the HSE working at heights regulations, the temporary guardrail helps to prevent falls, by providing a rail or strong fence like system along the edge of the structure.
Why should Scaffolding Edge Protection be used?
The short answer is: It’s the law. When working at height, it is the law to ensure that measurements are put in place to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. We ensure that our work is thoroughly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. Under current NASC guidance, scaffolding edge protection should not be erected without design input unless it forms part of an access scaffold.
Where can scaffolding edge protection be used?
Roof edge protection can be used in the following situations:
- Free standing to flat roofs with ground rakers
- Free standing to flat roofs utilising drilled anchor ties
- Gable end protection
- On steelworks utilising specialist fittings
- As floor slab edge protection which incorporates a loading bay gate
- As free-standing tripod edge protection (placed a minimum of 2m from an open edge)
- Installed as staircase handrails
- Installed as floor void handrails
- Installed as lift shaft opening handrails
- Installed as parapet clamped edge protection
All of the above can be erected with double handrail and toe boards, triple handrail and toe boards, or any configuration that best suits your requirements.
Image and design of roof edge protection for flat roof Work’s carried as an emergency project.
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