LEADERS IN FALL PREVENTION AND SAFE ACCESS SOLUTIONS IN QUEENSLAND
Safe at Heights offers a unique range of services. We hold a QBCC licence for both Building/carpentry and Structural Steel fabrication and erection. We have 12 full time carpenters on staff (not subcontractors but full time employees) and two full time welders. We work mostly for Government, councils, shopping centres and schools. We are fully insured and guarantee all our work.
We are unique as we have a range of skills not found in our market. As a brief introduction our point of differences are:
- Height Safety compliance audits and reports
- Inspections and certification of height safety systems and PPE
- Design and installation of height safety systems including
- Anchors and static lines
- Walkway and guard railings
- Ladder systems and platforms
- Fold down ladders and hatches
- Rectification of existing systems
- Online Height Safety Induction system (specifically designed for body corporates and building managers who have height safety systems installed)
- Welding and Fabrication Services.
- Building and Carpentry Maintenance Services
- Ongoing free advice line for any height safety questions
All height safety systems and equipment must be inspected and certified on a regular basis
KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT
Step ladders are a great access solution that are between a standard angled ladder and stairs. A step ladder has a 100mm rung tread depth, an angle between 60° and 70° (65° being the preferred angle) and has a hand rail either side for additional support. They are easy to climb and have a low residual fall risk due to their angle, deep treads and hand railing.
The maximum height that this type of access can bridge is 6m before a change of direction platform is required. Any vertical height over 3m we recommend that a cage be fitted with 2m of guard railing either side of the upper of the upper entry point to prevent sideways falls.
RESPECT THE PRODUCT
The most common ladder you will see on most buildings is the angled ladder. It is between 70° and 90° with the preferred angle between 70° and 75°. It must be noted that the Managing the Risk of Falls at Work Places Code of Practice states in section 7.2 that angled ladders should not have an angle greater than 75°. It goes on further to recommend that if a ladder has a greater angle than this then it should be fitted with either a permanent or temporary fall arrest system. Therefore we recommend that the angle should always be 75°.
The residual risk of a fall is higher due to its steeper angle and reduced rung width. However these are a very safe ladder when climbed correctly and are a great solution for access. They are cost effective and take up very little space.
The maximum height that this type of access system can bridge is 6m before a change of direction platform is required. Any vertical height over 3m we recommend that a cage be fitted with 2m of guard railing either side of the upper entry point to prevent sideways falls.
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