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SAFETYWORKS & Solutions provides a lesson in roof safety

SAFETYWORKS & Solutions Ltd, one of the UK’s leading 'safety at height' specialists has recently provided an upgraded roof safety and access system at Sussex University.

The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. Nearly 50 years on, the University has become a leading teaching and research institution. In the 2009 Times Higher Education University World Rankings, Sussex was ranked in the top five per cent of all universities worldwide.

As the University building is listed, it was essential that the specified products not only met the safety requirements, but that they were also in accordance to English Heritage guidelines. Working in conjunction with the University surveyors, SAFETYWORKS specified a range of products that would ensure safe movement around the roof enabling maintenance crews and external contractors secure access. 1500 l/m of Easyguard permanent freestanding handrails were installed to five areas. The system was galvanized to BS/EN 1461, and prior to installation was powder coated in Grey, thereby not only enhancing the system aesthetically, but also improving the longevity of the system. Easyguard's base plates are fitted with bonded ribbed rubber mats inclusive of a foam infill, which reduces the heat transference to the roof membrane, therefore minimising degradation.

To complete, twenty Domoguards were fitted in conjunction with the handrails,
along with new Access Ladders, enabling safe access from inside buildings onto the roof areas for maintenance operatives.

"This installation proved particularly interesting as not only did we need to select the appropriate systems, but ensure that they were suitable for use on a listed building. The entire project was on a ‘rolling basis’, which we have now completed to the total satisfaction of our client", said Marco Norman, Managing Director of SAFETYWORKS & Solutions.

For all of your ‘safety at height’ requirements please telephone SAFETYWORKS & Solutions on: 01487 841400 For all press enquiries please contact Karen Barwell, Kyte Communication Ltd t: 01354 695014 email: karen@kytecomm.co.uk

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