Rooftop platforms as well as rooftop walking platforms allow workers access to work areas and safe movement on rooftops. They also prevent the most serious cause of roof puncture — foot traffic.
They act as insurance, except they don’t give value only when something goes wrong. They can help prevent costly problems and improve efficiency. They can also increase morale by removing stressful situations.
What Is A Rooftop Platform?
Rooftop-platform is ladders and platforms that provide safe access to roofs. They are most common in commercial and industrial buildings that have large flat roofs.
Similar equipment is rooftop walking platforms. This is a collection of platforms that can be elevated to create a walkway over a roof. They do not attach to rooftop platforms. However, many sites require both. These walking trails don’t have railings. Rooftop platforms do.
Special support feet on rooftop platforms and rooftop walks platforms can be used to distribute weight, and prevent roof damage.
Roofs can get a lot of foot traffic from satellite technicians to plumbers, painters, HVAC men, skylight washers, and even smokers.
Dropped tools could puncture roofing membranes. A person can make a hole in the roof by simply walking across the surface.
Do I Need Fall Protection?
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has some very complicated safety requirements regarding fall protection. The regulations deal with safety gear, training, inspections, and other issues.
These regulations could also apply to rooftop platforms.
For most industries fall protection is required for any worker who works more than 4ft above ground level or below. Construction workers are 6 feet above the ground.
You must also ensure that your employees are protected from falling objects, machinery, and other dangers.
You could use railings to provide fall protection.
OSHA Requirements Are:
Employers are required to ensure employees are not falling from work that is less than 6 feet away from the roof edge.
The employer must use a safety net, personal fall arrest, guardrail, safety net, or travel restraint system to ensure employees are not at risk of falling while working within six feet of the roof edge. If the work is temporary or infrequent, the employer can designate an area.
If work is done at 15 feet or more of the roof edge, employers must install:
A guardrail system, safety net system, or travel restraint device can prevent employees from falling. Fall protection is not mandatory for employers if the job is infrequent or temporary.
Enforcement of a work rule that prohibits employees’ access to the roof edge within 15 feet without fall protection.
What Is Your Most Preferred Type Of Roof-Fall Protection?
For the roof, safety workers use four basic types of fall protection systems: Fall arrest, positioning, and suspension.
- Fall Arrest
This system includes a roof anchor, a harness, and a lanyard of rope, cable, or other material to maintain the security level for employees and workers.
This type of safety equipment allows the worker to rest in a harness and work with both his or her hands. OSHA has specified that it must be used in conjunction with a fall arrest device, such as body harnesses, full-body belts, or other fall stoppers.
This section deals with how to rescue workers who have fallen. OSHA requires the creation of a plan, but no details.
This covers all protective equipment used in window washing and painting. In addition to the suspension system, you will need a fall arrest unit.
Deciding Upon A Rooftop Platform
A roof plant platform can improve the safety of your workers, and increase the longevity of your roof. Con-Form Group is the manufacturer of all these components. These modular products are part of the Con-Form Group product collection. Con-Form Group representatives are determined to provide you with the best rooftop solution to suit your needs.