All roof work is dangerous…
but you can lower the risk with a MEWP!
According to the HSE, a quarter of fatalities in the construction industry are due to roof work. The main causes are falling over roof edges or through fragile roofs and roof lights.
It’s dangerous work, however long or short the job – even quick looks and small repairs require safety precautions!
What the HSE say about ladders
It is OK to use a ladder for work if a risk assessment shows it is safe to do so. But, as a guide, HSE says, “If your task would require staying up a leaning ladder or stepladder for more than 30 minutes at a time, it is recommended you use alternative equipment“.
That said, how long the work will take is not a deciding factor. The level of risk is. If you cannot do a very quick task safely with a ladder, you need to look at other methods.
How a MEWP can help
MEWPs remain without question one of the safest and most efficient ways to undertake roof inspections and maintenance jobs.
Here are just some of their benefits. They:
- are quicker than scaffold towers as there is no assembly required. This also removes the risk of accidents while setting up and taking down scaffolds.
- are easy to move between locations, and the cage is easy to reposition, so you can get all your small jobs done in less time.
- allow you to inspect the condition of fragile or damaged roofs without having to step on them.
- come with inbuilt safety systems.
- enable you to reach greater heights! Our Ruthmann T330 truck mounted platform has a working height of 33m.
- can get you over obstructions! Our CTE ZED 26JH truck mounted platform has an outreach of 14m.
Speak to us about our hire fleet
Our hire fleet has a range of access platforms suitable for roof work, including self-propelled booms, tracked access machines, van and lorry-mounted cherry pickers! Speak to our hire team about your next job!
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