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What is Roof Edge Protection?

What is edge protection

What is Roof Edge Protection?

Roof Edge Protection is an arrangement of brackets, vertical posts and horizontal rails that forms a physical barrier. Edge protection equipment is generally made from steel, aluminium or timber and is required where any person is at risk of falling.
 
Edge protection has become a legal requirement because the number one cause of death on Australian construction sites is falling from heights. The most severe and fatal accidents occur from falling under 4m. Physical barriers such as temporary systems are the leading countermeasure for prohibiting accidents when working from heights. Australian Scaffolds have designed various brackets to adapt to multiple applications that protect workers falling from height.

Types of Edge Protection Brackets

  • Tile bracket
  • Corrugated iron roof bracket
  • Fascia bracket
  • Gable bracket
  • Concrete bracket
Recently, Australian authorities have significantly increased the penalties for employers in breach of height safety regulations, including gaol time. Prosecution Details | Prosecutions Database | Department of Commerce

Selecting a suitable system

When choosing whether a particular temporary system is suitable, you should ensure;
  • The system is designed, manufactured and tested per AS/NZS 4994.1
  • The designer/manufacturer/supplier must correctly provide instructions for using the system. These instructions should include safe installation/dismantling, suitable configurations, acceptable roof types, and system limitations.
  • The site can accommodate the safe erection and disassemble of the system, e.g.
    • Is there sufficient space for a mobile elevating work platform?
    • Is there overhead or underground services?
    • Are site ground conditions suitable?
  • The system is suitable with the roof supporting structure. Will it maintain the system’s designed integrity and strength? Consult with competent persons if unsure.
  • Does the system follow the roof’s profile? Will it ensure no gaps which a person could fall through?
  • Can workers safely access and exit from the roof without stepping over or through the guardrail system?
  • Note: Scaffolding may be used as a temporary system – if the scaffold complies with Australian Standard AS/NZS 4994.2 Temporary edge Protection, Part 2: Roof edge protection- Installation and dismantling.

Before installation/dismantling

Before the erection or dismantling of the temporary Roof Edge Protection System, make sure:
  • A competent person develops a method for installing and dismantling in consultation with all relevant parties. The method should describe the tasks and work sequence to protect users from falls. The methodology should also define any exclusions zones and provide a layout plan. Any methodology that requires work above 2m in height should be documented in a site-specific Safe Work Method Statement.
  • Confirm the location and voltage of overhead powerlines before the commencement of work. Maintain safe distances and ensure controls are in place as per the Safeworks Code of Practice for work near overhead powerlines.
  • Workers receive the necessary instruction, training, and supervision before installing and dismantling the edge protection system.

Installation/dismantling of Edge Protection

Only persons with the required knowledge, skills, training, correct equipment, the manufacturer’s recommendations, and the developed methodology should install or dismantle the edge protection system. Temporary edge protection systems should include:
  • Top, mid and bottom rails or toe-boards with gaps not exceeding 450 mm. Check impact loads of toe-boards if used in place of bottom rails.
  • Toeboards or mesh infills that prohibit tools, materials or debris from falling unless exclusion zones exist.
  • Ensure no space between the roof edge and guttering – position guardrails 100mm beyond the roofline.
  • A distance of not less than 150mm and not greater than 275mm between the roof cladding.

Edge Protection – Buy Online

When needing to buy edge protection for your next construction project, check out the great range of Butlins construction equipment. Made by a team dedicated to creating height safety products that are essential to a safer and more productive life for people everywhere. Moreover, you are always welcome to visit Australian Scaffolds, located at 71 Hobart Street, Riverstone, NSW 2765. Or, give the team a ring on 1300 919 905.

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