Working on rooftops often offers amazing views of the city or the landscape. However, it also involves security risks. The biggest risk is that one of the workmen can fall down. Many falls are caused by waste lying around, scattered tools or materials being placed ‘for a minute’ in a walking. It is important to avoid major consequences should this happen. Hence: fall protection.
The Working Conditions Act requires fall protection when working at a height of 2.50 metres or higher. This can be done, for example, by placing fences around a flat roof or by placing roof hooks in a sloping roof. EversPartners calculates and designs the structures for the fall protection.
Requirements for fall protection
The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency is responsible for the management and maintenance of all the real estate of the Dutch State, such as ministries, barracks and museums. Based on this role, they have more clearly defined the rules for fall protection. This is clearly laid down in product data sheets. They have made the Eurocodes of the Working Conditions Act and building regulations more concrete and specific to ensure that working on the roofs of all government buildings is safe. The product information sheets are public, so that we can also apply these principles to other clients.
Consists of three parts:
- Certification: We assist manufacturers of fall protection systems with certification. In doing so, we use the regulations of the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency, so that the manufacturer can also work for them.
- Fitting: We fit property-specific fall protection. We do this for sloping and flat roofs.
- Inspections: We inspect roofs in order to make an inventory of which fall protection is possible and which adjustments may be necessary.
With our contribution, the contractor can easily install fall protection.
Quality and flexibility characterise our approach. In order to make good calculations and drawings, we always check our assumptions by means of inspections. In addition, we only supply products that comply with the regulations of the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency. We guide the manufacturers through the certification process so that the products also meet the set standards.
Many of the buildings where we made the calculations and drawings are national monuments. Think of the museums and barracks. Monuments are always different and there is often a difference between the drawings and reality. For existing buildings, we do this for hangars and business premises, among other things. This requires a flexible approach, but above all, it makes the work a challenge every time!
- Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency
- Dutch Ministry of Defence
- University of Utrecht
- KLM Real Estate & Facility Contracting
- Various housing associations