Roof Walkway Systems in Sydney Allow Free and Safe Movement

When access to a roof or similar high place is needed on a regular basis, a permanent walkway is the best means of keeping everyone safe. It is required when workers need a designated path of travel to plant and equipment.

A roof walkway system in Sydney will ensure workers can move about safely on a roof with no danger of falling. It will also allow them to move about freely, so the work is not slowed and production is maintained. Read More

Meeting the Standards Of Walkway Systems for Roofing in Sydney

The requirements for roof walkway systems in Sydney are set by Australian Standard AS1657:2018. This states that a walkway requires guardrails at the sides and ends except where:

  • access points are needed to ladders and stairways
  • a permanent structure such as a wall or piece of machinery is within 10cm of the walkway and will prevent falls
  • the walkway has an angle of less than three degrees and is less than 30cm above a surface where it is safe to step off or stand and that area is at least 200cm wide; this area must be solid so fragile roof sheets and skylights still require the fixing of guardrails.

The Standard states that the width of each walkway must be at least 55cm where a guardrail is installed, otherwise a minimum of 60cm. A level walkway cannot have a slope of more than three degrees in any direction while one on a slope cannot be more than twenty degrees in the direction of travel. Ideally, the slope should be between three and ten degrees so that the danger of slips and trips is reduced; for slopes greater than ten degrees, cleats need to be installed to give an improved grip. Additionally, where objects can fall from a walkway or platform onto an area that people can access, a toe board of at least 10cm in height must be installed to prevent harm.

Roof Walkway Systems in Sydney Provide Free and Safe Movement on Roof Surfaces

The walkway systems we recommend are intended to allow workers to move freely about a roof while remaining safe. Each recommendation results from a comprehensive survey of your roof when we determine exactly what is needed to keep you compliant with legislation and to keep your workers safe.

Every roof walkway system in Sydney we recommend as we can verify the quality of installation for complete assurance. Each system is made from strong yet lightweight materials and is durable so it won’t corrode and can withstand extreme weather conditions and harsh use without any deterioration.

Our experienced team here at Workplace Access and Safety will ensure each walkway is installed without any damage to your roof and with no worries about water penetration. We can deal with all roof types and situations, with most components manufactured off-site so installation is a quick process.

With non-slip surfaces and guardrails where needed, our specified walkway systems for roofing in Sydney will ensure rooftop safety and compliance with legislation. So, if you need workers to operate at height on a regular basis, a permanent walkway is the only practical solution. Get in touch and we’ll tell you exactly what you need. Read Less

How do you know if your anchor point system has been installed correctly?

Every anchor system has recommended installation requirements set by its manufacturer. This could be a specific number of rivets required or what structure anchors need to be installed into. Missing one of these recommendations could cause serious harm, such as the anchor point giving way if it’s installed into roof sheeting instead of the roof structure.

As a building owner or facilities manager, you don’t need to be across the ins and outs. Our expert team can advise if a height safety system has been incorrectly installed. Spotting the danger before it’s too late.

Our inspection process

Our 6-step inspection and recertification process has been built upon 45 years’ of practical experience in the industry. To ensure our inspection services are the highest quality possible – and meets the latest industry standards and government legislation – our height safety specialist team regularly reviews and refines our inspection service.

To avoid mismatched inspection and maintenance schedules, we recommend your anchors and static lines are inspected as part of a full site inspection. This not only simplifies preventative maintenance schedules, it will be a more cost-effective outcome for your business. 

Discovery and preparation

On-site inspection

Expert walk-through

Inspection analysis

Inspection report

Check-in and reminders

Our 6-step inspection process

This process is used for all our height safety and fall prevention inspections, including inspections for anchor and static line height safety systems and equipment.

1. Discovery and preparation

To ensure we’re across your equipment, we’ll review any prior reports, documents and manuals, and asset registers you have on record. This helps us accurately outline the services (and experts) you need for your inspection. Working with your team, we’ll book in an inspection time that works best for you as well as provide any pre-inspection actions you need to complete prior to your booking time.

2. On-site inspection

Our certified team of experts will arrive on site and begin your inspection. For anchor and static line inspections, this includes assessing and testing all anchor points as well as associated safety equipment. We’ll inspect and test all equipment identified for inspection, QR code and date tag each item with a corresponding roof layout plan.Being NATA certified, our experts are licensed to perform on-site load testing on your equipment. We’ll also ‘tag out’ hazardous or high-risk items that present immediate danger and notify any relevant stakeholders onsite. Our time onsite is minimised by the use of our purpose built inspections app.

3. Expert walk-through

We walk your team (or building key contact) through the site and discuss inspection outcomes, any high-risk items to be addressed, and next steps. We find this face-to-face approach allows our team to provide immediate feedback and give background to the inspection process, and allows you to ask questions directly. This keeps you across all aspects of your inspection and potential actions that may be required.

4. Inspection analysis

Once the inspection is complete, our team collates all their findings and recommendations into a detailed inspection report. The report provides analysis on all your height safety equipment and systems inspected, detailed next steps and any actions you need to take to be compliant. All our reports are peer reviewed by another certified expert in our team as well as signed by our NATA signatory before they are provided to you.

5. Inspection report & documentation

Your approved inspection report roof layout plans and other documentation will be uploaded into our client portal for easy access. To make accessing test records and certifications easier, the portal contains all assets tested and tagged (including their corresponding QR codes). As well as final inspection outcomes, your report will include recommendations and unique action plans to address compliance concerns.

6. Check-in and reminders

Keeping up to date with what needs to be inspected and when can be a challenge. That’s why our client system will provide automated reminders for the next 5 years, ensuring you know exactly when your equipment is due for an inspection, replacement or scheduled maintenance. These reminders are aligned with industry standards and Australian regulations to help you stay compliant, easily.

Roof Layout Plan

Our roof layout plans are layered over satellite images with all equipment clearly marked out. 

User Manuals

We compile and include all user manuals in the report to ensure correct installation, maintenance and use.

Defect Reports

Easily accessible reports to tell you what needs to be done in order to maintain your compliance.

Not sure what inspections you need?

Our certified specialists can advise of any inspection and equipment recertification requirements you need.
Book a call with your local height safety specialist to discuss your inspection requirements.

How do you ensure on-going anchor testing point safety and compliance?

The safety of your anchor or static line height safety system involves more than ensuring your anchor points are compliant. The workers using the equipment need to be certified and trained, the right personal protection equipment used as well as applied in the correct way.

It’s your responsibility to ensure on-going compliance for your building. But you’re not alone. Our team can guide you through the details, providing expert advice on compliance, recertification and inspection requirements. We can also assist with digitalising your asset management registry.

Workplace Access and Safety:

Your height safety and fall prevention experts

Independent height safety experts

  • Independent height safety experts
  • 45 years’ industry experience
  • National certified specialists, inspectors and engineers
  • Height safety advice, risk assessments and consulting

Combining years of practical experience and industry expertise, you can be confident in the compliance and safety of your system. 

From site assessments and system design to testing, inspections and certifications, we’re here to provide expert advice to keep your business protected and workplace safe.

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