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An education in roof safety from Roof Edge

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Roof Edge Fabrications has helped Abertay University to ensure safe access to the roof of its Student Centre following inspection and maintenance of the University’s current fall protection systems.

Dating back to 1888, Abertay University in Dundee is home to some 4,000 students is recognised as the top European institution for computer games, and was the first in the world to offer degrees in the discipline.

Whilst carrying out recertification of the current fall protection systems at the University to make sure they were safe to use, our Safety Technician noticed that some areas at the Student Centre did not comply with legislation due to a lack of appropriate edge protection. This was included in the subsequent Notification of Defects Report supplied to Robert Smith, Estates Manager at Abertay University, who requested that an effective fall protection solution be put in place.

As a result, Roof Edge Fabrications has now installed KeeGuard® edge protection to ensure anyone who needs access onto the roof for maintenance purposes at the Student Centre can do so safely. KeeGuard® provides a freestanding guardrail solution which does not require fixing to the roof. Collective protection such as KeeGuard® are a preferred option when it comes to fall protection as the guardrails protect those on the roof without the need for specialist training and equipment and eliminate the need for rescue procedures to be put in place. All key factors for establishments such the University which are ultimately responsible for the safety of those on its premises.

Established in 1988, Roof Edge Fabrications designs, supplies, installs and recertifies a range of roof safety products and systems. Over the years the company has built up a strong customer base in Scotland, the North of England and Ireland and has worked with leading contractors, architects, local authorities, educational establishments and NHS Trusts. The Roof Anchor Company is Roof Edge Fabrications’ dedicated recertification company which specialises in the inspection and recertification of fall protection equipment including roof anchors, life lines and guardrails.

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