Considering safe working at height was often overlooked prior to the regulations of 2005.
Time and again we come across situations where this was the very last thing on the designers mind. The CDM regulations 2015 seek to readdress this, particularly with new projects, but there are so many applications where there is little or no safety systems in place.
Planet Platforms were recently approached when one of our clients realised there must and should be a safer way of maintaining their equipment.
Working on the top of water storage containers with no fall protection and access/egress ladders in place presented worker with a high risk of falling. When the tanks were originally installed 15 years ago no consideration was ever made about working on them safely.
The solution was to supply permanently fixed aluminium guardrails with toeboards and ladder systems to give 360 degrees of fall protection.