Plan Your Rooftop Equipment Management For The Safety Of Your Workplace
Rooftops are usually the most common place for placing heavy equipment like the HVAC unit, water coolers, exhaust fans, ducts, and pipes to save space inside a building. However, there needs to be proper planning while designing the layout and functionality while arranging the rooftop equipment, all of which need to be repaired and maintained regularly.
Too much foot traffic leads to damage to the roof. Moreover, it is also highly risky for workers and technicians to keep moving on the rooftop for maintenance work. The risk of falling from heights is catastrophic for the victim and the family.
Therefore, a proper rooftop equipment management plan is needed with a rooftop platform and access solutions that would protect the roof, equipment, and workers in equal measure.
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The company specializes in mounting mechanical rooftop equipment and all kinds of rooftop work platform needs for repairing and maintenance of the equipment. Contact Conform Group and have the right people on board to ensure your rooftop project comes together flawlessly from start to finish.
Laying of rooftop equipment
Whether it is a commercial or a residential building, all of them have different equipment needs. This helps to understand, which rooftop equipment is most important and how to arrange them for efficiency and workers’ safety.
The largest and most important equipment that needs to be maintained and serviced regularly should be placed at an easy and accessible location. This also reduces the danger to the roof membrane, roof deck, and other important structural elements.
Therefore, while placing an HVAC unit, the ideal location will be as close to the roof’s corner where there is enough support underneath.
The last thing to consider is leaving enough space for equipment like solar panels, more ducts, and additional pipes in the future.
Rooftop safety for workers
A proper assessment should be carried out on the roof to rule out the risk to workers and technicians. For this, a rooftop platform should be developed for easy access to rooftop equipment and also to avoid the risk of falling.
Since it is not possible to avoid working on the rooftop, collective measures like the rooftop platform and guarded rails should be installed to protect people from obstacles like pipes and ducts and prevent a fall.
Carrying out a rooftop risk assessment
Before carrying out any work on the roof, there should be a proper rooftop risk assessment for identifying the hazards and determining the dangers and obstacles to where workers are mostly exposed.
Workers need to work on the roof frequently for which they need safe access to the rooftop. Elevated work platforms, ladders, and roof hatches with safety guard rails reduce the risk of working on the rooftop.
Installing sturdy rooftop screens over skylights protect the workers on the roof. Purchasing rooftop platforms, guard rails, and roof access walkways are essential items that work as safety measures for the protection of the workers who work on the roofs.