What about Contractor Safety Work Access?

What about Contractor Safety Work Access?

11:31 16 March in
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We often get asked to create a working platform, stage or walkway for any contractors who may need to access your loft to work on Boilers, Solar panel equipment, TV or networking equipment, pipe work or electric cables. A contractor can refuse to do this work, if there is no safe area to walk on or if the access to your loft is bad. We can help provide easy safe, access to your equipment in your loft by providing what is recommend for working at height safety requirements.

 

  • A suitable loft hatch / opening must be provided of regulation size (726mm x 566mm) to allow a person and a secured ladder to pass through, without any obstruction
  • A strong, purpose built, stow away aluminium ladder must be fixed in place with lockable sections when pulled down to use.
  • A safety rail must be provided to surround the hatch, to protect anyone falling down the loft opening from inside the loft, by walking backwards or stumbling towards the opening.
  • A secure purpose-built platform must be provided, to allow a safe walkway and to surround the apparatus / equipment to be maintained. Several working areas can be provided, which are accessed off the main walkway.
  • Adequate fixed lighting must be installed correctly and be installed in accordance with regulations (The light must be fixed and a switch must be placed in a safe but easy to reach location from the loft opening).

 

The walkway / boarding must be constructed by using a raised sub-frame system to avoid compression of any existing loft insulation. Any insulation compression will diminish the effectiveness of the insulation considerably.