The Safety Lines Group, comprising companies within MCRMA membership, has been formed to address industry concerns that the specific requirements for safe work at height that is, access, inspection and maintenance, is still not fully understood in certain sectors of the market place.

As roofing technologies continue to develop alongside new trends in the market for example, the current growth in use of renewable energy technology systems such as photovoltaic panels (PVs) means that it is essential for specifiers and contractor to understand specific requirements for access and maintenance. With falls from height still accounting for 14 per cent of major injuries sustained in 2011/12 (cf The Health and Safety Executive Statistics 2011/12) it is often all too apparent that safe work at height is not always considered from the outset.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations CDM 2015 cover all construction work including maintenance of buildings which places direct responsibility on building owners, as well as designers. This requirement links to the 2005 Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) which applies to all work at height where there is any risk of a fall liable to cause injury. It places duties on employers, the self-employed and any person who controls the work of others, such as facilities managers or building owners.

Members of the Safety Lines Group take an active role in the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety (ACR) and support the aim to make working on roofs safer through involvement on the ACR committee and endorsement of the recommendations contained within the Magenta Book which can be downloaded from the roof safety section opposite.

Members of the Safety Lines Group have more than 35 years of experience in fall protection and provide a wide range of safety solutions. Information about member companies can be obtained by clicking on the individual company links opposite.

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