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SAFER ROOFLIGHT REPLACEMENT

Risk during rooflight replacement reduced by working from below

Falls through fragile roofs and rooflights often occur during the replacement of rooflights. Avoiding the hazard of falling through fragile surfaces can be achieved by undertaking the work from below.

Letchworth Roofing Ltd working with Filon Ltd have developed a fixing system that allows sheet installation from below using just standard tools and a cherry picker.

The Fixsafe kits are available with a range of sheet sizes and profiles, as direct replacements for all popular asbestos and fibre cement sheeting. See short video

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No work at height is 100% risk free and removing one risk may sometimes create another. There are now hardly any deaths during steel erection and roofing operations on new build “sheds” due to increased use of MEWPs and safety nets. However, the number of MEWP related incidents has risen. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

Replacing rooflights from below may come with other risks. However, this approach could make a major contribution towards preventing the 7-10 fatal falls through fragile roofs and rooflights that occur each year. If work is carried out beneath a roof the hazard of falling through the roof has been eliminated!

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9 Responses to “SAFER ROOFLIGHT REPLACEMENT”

  1. CLIENT PROSECUTED AFTER FRAGILE FATALITY | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] by work on or near fragile roofs and rooflights is well know and safe systems must be in place. Replacing rooflights from below is increasingly seen as the most cost effective […]

  2. FATALITY: WORKMAN FELL THROUGH FACTORY ROOF | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] and serious injuries arising from work on or near fragile roofs and rooflights. In many cases working from beneath the roof is practicable and a safer way to carry out such work using mobile elevating platforms as the […]

  3. COURT HEARS ‘RAMS’ NO SUBSTITUTE FOR RISK CONTROL | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] (Southampton) Ltd failed to recognise that the project could not be completed from below the roof and therefore the equipment was not sufficient to ensure […]

  4. TWO DIRECTORS SENTENCED OVER FRAGILE ROOF FALL DEATH | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] a common cause of fatalities in the workplace. Maintenance to industrial roofs should ideally be carried out from below using a safe working platform. If access onto a fragile roof surface is unavoidable, then adequate […]

  5. REVISED ROOFWORK GUIDE HIGHLIGHTS CLIENT KEY ROLE | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] from below – work from underneath the roof using a suitable work […]

  6. LEADING FACILITIES SERVICES FIRM FINED OVER FRAGILE FALL | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] guidance will advocate access from a tower scaffold or mobile elevating work platform from underneath the roof and will be targeted at commercial clients (such as those managing industrial estates) as well […]

  7. WORKING FROM BELOW FRAGILE ROOF PREFERRED | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] company eventually got it right by working from inside the building and avoiding the need to physically go onto the roof, but it is sad that it took a serious incident before this […]

  8. INDUSTRY BODY TO GRASP FRAGILE ROOF DEATH TOLL | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] The proposed guidance will probably encourage the adoption of work practices which involved working from below fragile surfaces.  […]

  9. FALL THROUGH ROOF DURING ROOFLIGHT REPLACEMENT | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] Replacing rooflights from below the roof […]