Heightsafe Systems Alert on the Need for Safety Retesting in Lieu of Recent Weather Conditions

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Heightsafe Systems, a leading provider of fall arrest systems and roof edge protection in the United Kingdom, are highlighting an urgent recommendation recently communicated by the HSE, which advises that all fall arrest systems be immediately retested after the latest severe weather conditions in the UK, regardless of the next due inspection date.

Heightsafe Systems have done the right thing by recommending immediate system retesting, and we can help customers with our expert and thorough certification measures at competitive rates.

Heightsafe Systems, a leading provider of fall arrest systems and roof edge protection in the United Kingdom, are highlighting an urgent recommendation recently communicated by the HSE, which advises that all fall arrest systems be immediately retested after the latest severe weather conditions in the UK, regardless of the next due inspection date.

The winter months of 09/10 have seen bouts of heavy snowfall nationwide during December and January, and recent stark conditions in February show no signs of it letting up. As a result, HSS have issued an immediate warning advising all companies that have fall arrest measures placed on their buildings to have them immediately retested to confirm they are still safe for public and private usage.

Nationwide, instances of rooftop anchorage becoming loosened due to the sheer weight of the snowfall have been reported as have similar instances involving eyebolts and roof ladders. HSS are therefore recommending:

  •     Immediate visual inspection by a qualified professional for a fresh certificate of conformity before next usage
  •     Ensuring that all those in direct contact with equipment are familiar with potential faults so as to identify unsafe working conditions in case of more bad weather
  •     That areas which have experienced unusual amounts of snowfall organise annual examination as soon as possible to make sure tests are in accordance with BS 7883:2005
  •     Review further maintenance procedures in event of further poor weather conditions such as heavy snowfall and ice

“The weather has been particularly harsh this winter, and as with the roads, buildings themselves have fallen foul of the terrible conditions,” says Ken Diable, Managing Director of Heightsafe Systems. “However, as safety measures are usually external components of a building, they have also been badly affected. It may just seem to be a bit of snow to some, but it can do extreme damage to safety measures such as protruding eyebolts and other forms of anchorage. Heightsafe Systems have done the right thing by recommending immediate system retesting, and we can help customers with our expert and thorough certification measures at competitive rates.”

To find out more about Heightsafe Systems and their system retesting, visit their website at http://www.heightsafesystems.co.uk/ or telephone 0845 604 6890 during office hours.

About Heightsafe Systems:
Based in Hooton, Cheshire, Heightsafe Systems are leading experts at providing businesses and public areas with safety solutions for people working at height. Specialists in implementing fall arrest systems, Heightsafe Systems can provide a wide range of safety products including edge protection guardrails, roof ladders, skylight covers and more whilst also providing specialist services such as safety line retesting, gutter maintenance, and vehicle fall arrest solutions, amongst others. They can also provide AutoCAD drawings and offer safety solutions in line with current CDM regulations.

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