Ways to Use Demarcation Barriers to Prevent Fall Hazards

August 22 2019 0comment

Ways to Use Demarcation Barriers to Prevent Fall Hazards

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Demarcation barriers are one of the most effective safety measures to adopt when working at height. They can be used to divide safe zones from the hazardous ones, keeping rooftop workers away from a fall hazard.

According to the Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005, demarcation is classed as a form of collective protection in situations where work is not done at the edge.

However, there are various ways to use this protection system whenever there is a requirement to separate between areas of safety and danger.

Demarcation Barrier Instead of Guardrails

Guardrails are safety systems utilised to prevent workers from falling when work is done at the edge of a flat roof.  As long as work is not done at the edge, demarcation barriers could be a more cost-effective solution to keep workers away from a falling hazard.

Barriers placed at least 2 metres from an open edge can demarcate outside areas during roof access or work.

Demarcation Barriers for Fragile Roofs

All flat roofs can have fragile portions, often consisting of roof lights and skylights or corroded metal sheets.

When work is not done in these areas, demarcation barriers can be used to keep workers away from the hazard. This system is less expensive than a safety system for fragile roofs, such as aluminium walkways or step units.

Roof Traffic Demarcation

Another way to use demarcation barriers to enhance safety when working at height is by creating “walkways” designed to keep workers in a safe area of the roof.

For instance, if you have installed an access system on a fragile flat roof, demarcation barriers along the walkway can prevent workers from accidentally stepping outside the safe area.

Demarcation Barriers to Prevent Fall Hazards at Ground Level

Demarcation barriers are born as roof safety systems, but this doesn’t mean you can’t use them to prevent fall hazards at ground level.

These barriers can be installed on any flat substrate; thus, you can use them to divide safe zones from hazardous ones when digging trenches or for other underground works that may pose a fall hazard.

On work sites, barriers can be used to warn workers about the imminent risk. On roads or walkways, demarcation barriers serve to keep pedestrians and drivers away from the work site.

Bottom Line

Demarcating between safe and dangerous zones when working at height or whenever a fall hazard is involved is crucial. A barrier can make the difference between life and death for your workers, and sometimes even for civilians. If you need a customised demarcation barrier for flat roofs up to 10 degrees and that you can use on virtually any flat substrate, please get in touch!  Our patented product can enhance your workers’ safety and give you some peace of mind knowing you’re your business complies with all current regulations and legislation.

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