Handrail, guardrail and barriers
Barriers, guardrails, handrails are one of the simplest and most effective forms of collective fall protection when correctly installed and maintained. Under the hierarchy of risk management, guard rail and passive protection is rated morehighly than cable based fall protection systems. These passive protection systems stop workers being exposed to a hazard, by protecting it or creating segregated areas around it.
As these barriers are often placed immediately adjacent to the fall hazard, there is a high risk of serious injury due to incorrect installation, removal or damage during the life of the barrier, guardrail or handrail.
Our inspection service has been developed to minimise this risk. We will inspect the barrier, guardrail or handrail in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations and the guidance of publications such as;
- ACR (CP) 006:2009. Practical methods for providing edge protection for working on roofs. “the purple book”
Plus the relevant statutory standards;
- BS EN 13374 for Temporary Edge protection systems.
- Building Regulations Part K 2000
- BS 6180:2011 Code of Practice for barriers in and about buildings.
Barriers used for fall protection purposes come in many different shapes and forms. One effective form of collective protection which has been developed recently by a number of manufacturers is the “fall proof cover” or “rooflight cover” – these are generally used in rooftop locations to protect the worker from falls through a fragile surface. Again, as they are the final line of defence against a fall through a fragile surface, it is essential that they are regularly inspected to ensure that they are fit for purpose at all times. Our inspection team will ensure that you have a complete and compliant roof safety and access system.
When the examination is completed, we provide you with a report detailing the tests that have been carried out and the results. Permanent barriers are listed as suitable for use or are withdrawn from service, with the reasons outlined, as well as indicating any remedial work required. The ultimate aim of the testing and inspection process is to ensure guard rail andother permanent barriers are fully compliant, as well as minimising the risks to users.
For more information, or to book an inspection of your permanent barriers, call our team.