Equipment platforms are purpose-built structures. It helps the worker to access machinery at a dangerous height. They can handle the investigation, routine maintenance, and repairs safely, which otherwise would be very challenging. The professionals can work more efficiently.
For a one-time task like painting or new equipment installation temporary scaffolds and a ladder is sufficient but for regular access, these are not viable solutions. A permanent, robust, customizable equipment platform will allow the maintenance personnel to do their duties more ergonomically on the elevated systems.
The rooftop equipment platforms from Con-form Group Australia even allow adding an extra protection layer to the roof surface. They are used to support heavy equipment and prevent damage to the roof’s surface membrane. It ensures to strengthen the durability and longevity of the roof.
Workers can access different systems with equipment platforms including pipes, air ducts, cable trays, water tanks, HVAC systems, and even solar panel networks.
Things to consider while choosing a platform
Choosing a low-quality solution helps to save money at the moment but will possibly cost you down the road. The system can penetrate the roof surface and void roofing warranties. Choosing a temporary solution also leads to a high level of roof damage, working hazards, and costly maintenance costs.
Choose a permanent solution like the platforms designed with galvanized steel using steel connectors and bar-grated walkways. The system is supported by quality polypropylene bases. As the support base doesn’t need to penetrate the roof’s membrane the concerns about the roof warranty getting void are eliminated. The zero penetration platform design is intended to distribute the equipment weight across the roof surface thus protecting unnecessary roof damage.
Safety and Compliance
The rooftop work is rampant with life-threatening hazards. So, without sufficient support systems, the employees risk falling through vulnerable spots or falling off the roof. Someone falling on the roof surface can land on electrical equipment, sharp metal, etc. In the construction industry, you will find1/3rd of fatalities due to roofing accidents.
The employers will also have to pay steep fines and it even damages their reputation. To curb such accidents of people working above ground level, OSHA has released new guidelines. Employers need to identify fall hazards and have a safety system in place as well as ensure the employees are well-trained in using available protection properly. Ignoring OSHA regulations can result in huge penalties.
A guardrail is necessary when the platform is 4 feet or more in height. It is wise to have a guardrail for a platform less than 30” because shortfalls on pipe or dunnage or equipment can still have a catastrophic effect on the working staff. Even the walkway has to be skid-resistant to protect from slips and falls during wet conditions.
There are many alternatives available to offer a safe environment to work in for contractors and employees. Contact professional designers and engineers to help you design a proper platform for the rooftop mechanical units that make access and maintenance easy and safe, even in tight spaces!