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    POSITIVE STORY ON FRAGILE SURFACE HAZARDS

    Major roofing contractor testifies to working from below roof

    Every year falls through fragile surfaces e.g. roofs and rooflights, account for a significant number of the fatal and serious injuries at work.

    This problem has been intractable for the industry for over 50 years despite HSE Advice.

    The Filon Fixsafe system has been developed to address this problem by allowing profiled rooflights or roof sheets to be replaced entirely from within the building, eliminating the need to access dangerous fragile roofs.

    The system minimises the need for safety netting, roof staging, fall protection and external scaffolding. Filon stress that:

    “The speed and ease with which roof repairs can be carried out using the Fixsafe system brings important advantages to building owners, with reduced disruption and safer working procedures. With netting and scaffold being unnecessary, there are further benefits for the building occupier as less trades people are on site.”

    HSE has responded positively to the introduction of the Fixsafe system as a means of allowing those involved in repairing fragile roofs to work fully in compliance with Regulation 9 of the Working at Height Regulations, 2005 and the risk of working on fragile roofs is completely eliminated.”

    The Filon Fixsafe system has now been endorsed by Weatherproofing Advisors Ltd, one of the UK’s leading industrial and commercial roofing contractors, has declared that Filon Fixsafe is a key part of the company Health & Safety Programme.

    The company Director James Turner commented:

    “Fragile roofs are one of the biggest safety hazards facing construction workers, accounting for almost one fifth of all the fatal accidents which result from falls from height in the construction industry.

    Responsible roofing contractors go to great lengths to ensure the safety of their employees when accessing fragile roof areas for maintenance or repair. This usually involves the erection of scaffolding and safety nets, often involving more time and cost than the repair itself.”

    Filon’s Fixsafe system removes the need for operatives to access fragile roofs, because the entire process can be carried out from below, using a scissor lift. This makes the whole process significantly safer and more controllable.

    Our initial trial confirmed that Fixsafe is also very practical and simple-to-use on-site …and it allows whole the process to be carried out without the additional time and costs involved in setting up scaffolding and safety nets.

    With safety at the top of our priority list, we have now initiated a policy of ‘Fixsafe first’ for all our projects. This means that Fixsafe is used as a matter of course, wherever internal access is possible.”

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