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Fall protection for roofs and flat roofsA crash from a roof quickly leads to severe injuries and often ends fatally, so roofs, and especially flat roofs, must be equipped with a fall protection.
This effectively helps to prevent such accidents.
Fall protection by lifting points
Attachment points are used to attach a rope with a snap hook, which is used to secure a person who has to work on the roof. They can be constructed in the form of a post, which is screwed onto the roof surface. For others, a clamp is attached to an existing mast. At this clamp there is an eyelet, in which the rope is attached with the snap hook. Even in a wall an anchor point can be mounted. Particularly suitable for this purpose are walls made of concrete or a steel construction. Attachment points are also available in a removable version. In this case, only one anchor sleeve is firmly mounted, in which, if necessary, a locking pin is inserted with an eyelet.
Some of these security systems are designed for one person only, while others are designed for use by more than one person. However, all are made of such a sturdy material that they will not bend in the event of a crash. In addition to these attachment points is still a personal protective equipment for each person who enters the roof required. It consists of one
Harness, which is attached to the body and a rope, which is attached to the roof with a snap hook at a stop point.
In this way, in the event of a fall, the person can be caught.
Rail systems for large roofs
Larger roofs, which are frequent and on which many work is to be done, can be equipped with a rail system. Again, personal protective equipment is required to engage the workers on the roof with the rails. These systems have the advantage that the rails can be laid over the entire roof, so that the distance between the person to be secured and the rail is very low at any point. The rails can be fixed to the floor as well as to a wall and are usually designed for several people. Different terminations of the rails make it possible to exit this system at several points. Stainless steel can be used for the rails themselves, but the same principle can be achieved with a steel cable.
Fall protection on a flat roof
A flat roof that is used as a roof garden or for other purposes, must of course be secured by a parapet or a railing so that no one can fall down. The situation is different for flat roofs, which are only occasionally entered for maintenance or cleaning. They must be equipped with sufficient fall protection from a height of three meters. In general, however, lower flat roofs should also be provided with a fall protection if the roof covering quickly becomes slippery or frequently has to be worked close to the edge of the roof.