Almost everyday, there are multiple reasons why one needs to have access to roofs of homes or industrial buildings. This might be in order to access air conditioning systems or solar cell panels, roof maintenance or cleaning. It is thus essential to have proper roof safety systems for such purposes too. Under the Workplace Health & Safety Act, PCBU or owner/manager of the compound happens to be liable for the safety of the workers, (like working at a certain height) or the residents of the place itself. The Mechanisms of Roof Access Systems.
The complexity of roof access systems varies, depending upon the kind of building. Commercial or industrial buildings are much more likely to have more complex type of roof access systems compared to, say someone’s house. It is also larger in size. It might be a simple lid with a hatch over an opening on the roof compared to a more sophisticated opening system with locks, ladders and levers. There are manuals that say about the user equipment and training of the materials. For example there are the roof fall arrest systems for skywalk, roof fall protection, facade access and for fragile roof protection.
- The fanciness, again, also depends on personal choice. The rooftop portal maybe made of glass, wood, aluminium, or some other material. It might be made of heavier or special materials too, but that again is based on specific requirements. For example if a roof access systems covers a lot of surface area, one might want to make it insulating, to keep the insides cool if it is hot outside or warm if cool outside. Essentially, it helps to maintain the interval temperature.
- One might to use heavy material, if the location of the building is nearby some coastal area or any area with very strong cyclonic winds. It is also important to make such a system as safe as possible to prevent some breach in. The right fall arrest systems are manufactured in such a way that they navigate corners, gradients and obstacles and allow free movement of an individual.
- A roof access system is not just about the opening because there is more to it. The entire set up, which allows a person to move across the roof and access different parts without much of a difficulty to perform various tasks comprises of the roof access systems. Thus as mentioned earlier, such systems do have various safety measures. For starters the most basic thing can be proper sufficiently broad path, to walk on, in order to prevent slipping. Something more complicated would be to have small railings on either side. There are multiple fall arrest systems like steel cable fixed systems, synthetic cables and traditional fixed posts that provide the right kind of platform for the workers to work on. For long term maintenance, water resistant paints may be used. The walkway can also be aided with holding bars or ladders around it, especially near the sloping parts of the roofs.
- There are many roof access systems designed in a manner that allows easy access when any kind of maintenance is required. Companies have made different kinds of equipment that helps in reducing the challenges which is faced while repairing fragile roofs. This kind of access system is extremely important to protect not just the roof but also the people who have to climb to the spot. Without this access system, the life of the people would be in danger.
The whole idea of the system is to maintain the right track and the standing platform for workers at a height. Fall arrest and the fall safety systems are now ensuring many workers to work under pressure in multiple high rise buildings.