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.