Fragile surfaces

Fragile or brittle surfaces which include Laserlite (also known as Alsynite), skylights (domed and flat types) and cement sheeting are examples of brittle surfaces that may present fall hazards when working on roofs. Control measures to ensure team members or contractors do not fall through and injure themselves or fall onto members of the public and other team members are to be provided.

Protect brittle wherever it is necessary to cross over, or travel within 2m of that surface for the purpose of routine maintenance access every 12 months or less.

Solutions include:

  • Fully framed covers
  • Fixed guardrailing – Where it is necessary to be close to brittle surfaces
  • Walkway – Where it is necessary to travel over brittle or fragile surfaces
  • Mesh covers – When there is a requirement for gutter cleaning
  • Control measures comply with AS 1657
  • Melbourne Health Height Safety Project

    PROJECT | Melbourne Health cuts a massive OHS challenge down to size

    Melbourne Health has so many buildings, it has its own postcode. It could be daunting for an air conditioning firm to refuse to service equipment there on health and safety grounds.

    But when Chillmech advised it could not service equipment on some Melbourne Health roofs until safety was upgraded, the response was welcoming.

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  • PROJECT | Lessons learnt at The University of Adelaide

    This time the lessons weren’t learnt in the classroom, but in The University of Adelaide’s Heritage Listed building ceiling space as the Workplace Access & Safety design and compliance team’s strived to create a safe and compliant ceiling space access system, to a structure that was never designed for these type of works.

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Resources and Downloads

Checklist | Do You Need To Review Your Roof And Plant Access?

Fall from ladders information

Ladder Infographic

Working At Height Infographic