Roof Safety

Roof construction can be one of the most hazardous operations because of the potential for falls or materials dropping onto people below and proper precautions are needed to manage the risks. MCRMA works closely with the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety (ACR) to ensure that all those involved in roof construction have access to the most up to date advice on safe working practices and also the legal requirements. In addition, MCRMA has published a guidance document Non Fragility of Roofs – A Checklist which outlines the practical steps that should be taken before any roof work is undertaken.

MCRMA has published an Advice Note AN 06 Safe working practices on roofs: the distinction between ‘walkable’ and ‘non-fragility’. AN 06 is intended to remind all those involved in roof work construction that they have a responsibility to be aware of the most up to date advice on safe working practices and also to be compliant with the legal requirements.

As in all building work, good safety standards are essential to prevent accidents. In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Construction (Design and Management) or CDM Regulations, buildings must be designed with safety in mind, not only for the construction period itself but also throughout the normal life of the building. This will include considering the safety of people involved in maintenance, installation of PVs, forming of penetrations, inspections, repair and even demolition.

This requirement links to the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005 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.

The ACR publishes a range of guides covering all aspects of roof safety which can be downloaded from the drop down menu opposite.

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