To create a safe working area where fall hazards exist, collective protection solutions prevent operatives from falling. Collective protection solutions form a barrier therefore guarding the fall, stopping those working at height from being in a position to get to the fall edge.
Other collective measures exist such as safety netting or fall arrest bags but these do not prevent a fall, they minimise the impact and consequences of a fall.
When working at height, collective fall protection equipment protects multiple people and requires very little end user training.
The risk to the end user is minimal as it only exists should operatives climb over or through the work equipment. As such, risks only exist if operatives deviate from their risk assessment and method statement.
For all duty holders and those with a responsibility to the task of planning, supervising and managing working at height in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005, collective fall protection makes the implementation and monitoring of these works a simple process.
Typical types of rooftop collective protection include:
Why Choose Collective Protection?
Collective protection solutions protect more than a single person, require very basic training and are simple to use. Collective protection is recognised by the Work at Height Regulations as being a safer method of fall protection than personal protection solutions.
Collective protection solutions allow the end user the freedom to roam around their work area without restriction. Users do not require additional personal protective equipment, such as harnesses and lanyards, which can be restrictive and open for abuse.
On existing roofs where hazards exist, collective protection solutions can be freestanding thus negating the need to penetrate the roof.
Inspection and Maintenance Requirements
The inspection and maintenance requirements for collective protection solutions are minimal. Legislative and manufacturer guidelines recommends that this form of protection is inspected by a competent person every 12 months, although this may be increased in frequency depending on the nature of use and the environment in which the equipment is used.
iMS Access Services have recently completed the Design and Installation of a bespoke Handrail and Glass Balustrade system at Glossop Library.
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IMS Access Limited, award winning specialists in working at height and fall protection, has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 250 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers. Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.
In 7 years of successful trading, IMS Access has a history of offering apprenticeships in engineering, business administration and design, with employees completing their apprenticeships and remaining with IMS Access to further develop their skills and experiences.
Nick Didsbury, Managing Director of IMS Access, said “As a family run business, we care about our employees and their health and well-being is of paramount importance. As a Father myself, it is important to me to offer opportunities to young people to develop their skills in a nurturing, caring environment. At IMS Access, we want our apprentices to feel they have a career, not just a job.”
Hannah Hobson, who has successfully completed an apprenticeship in Business Administration, said “since joining IMS Access, I have been made to feel part of the team and been supported with both my coursework and workload. Under supervision and with constant review, I have been given projects to help aide my learning at a speed I am comfortable with.”
Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome IMS Access into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other. All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”
We are proud to announce our partnership with GPBMU. iMS Access is the first UK supplier of GPBMU Systems.
GPBMU has designed and manufactured Building Maintenance Units since there founding in 2007, their expertise has given them a renowned presence worldwide throughout the access industry.
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iMS Access Limited, specialists in the design, installation and maintenance of fall protection and high level access solutions, are proud to introduce the Newton Anchor Bar™; the first self-rescue device for operatives working at height within access cradles and gantries.
For more Information about the Newton Anchor Bar™ please visit: www.newtonanchorbar.co.uk
iMS Access are pleased to announce our recently awarded façade access package for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital
Our scope of works include:
iMS Access has designed, fabricated and installed eight 3 storey freestanding external balconies to the Remington Road site in Walsall.
Made up of structural steel and with an overall height of 9m, the installation of the external balconies has been a challenge due to the weight and general manoeuvrability.
The balconies have been galvanised to help them withstand any weathering.
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