Thinking outside the box for facility maintenance safety

Sayfa Group
Wednesday, 29 January, 2014



How do you provide and install user-friendly roof access systems that not only adapt to existing equipment but can also match a uniquely curved-roof profile? The guardrail solutions recently installed at a busy suburban shopping centre in Victoria required innovative thinking, products and design.

Difficult and dangerous access to rooftop maintenance equipment had long been a problem for this curved roof profile building at the shopping centre. Add to this, a solution was required under an extremely tight deadline while trying to ensure the least disruption possible to the busy centre. These were just some of the challenges associated with the recently commissioned Greensborough Plaza Project.

Sayfa Group, working in collaboration with its accredited installer National Height Safety, had the answer. A specially designed Sentry guardrail system was manufactured with exacting measurements to cater to the unique and varying curved roof line. Alto Platforms were installed to create a safe and easy access system to and around the water cooling towers and Katt ladders, with their modular on-site adaptability, provided a good solution to work alongside the many pre-existing systems.

Additionally, many of the newly installed systems require less user competency, thus enabling workers to easily access problem areas much more quickly, efficiently and effectively than in the past.

Careful preparation and coordination in supplying material to multiple drop zones, many in areas with difficult access, also required major planning, but this task was made much easier using Sayfa’s flat packs which were categorised and zoned into their particular locations prior to delivery.

The solution has resulted in compliant, user-friendly systems which allow increased accessibility for a much broader range of personnel and all this at a greatly reduced risk due to Sayfa’s range of versatile height-access products and forward-thinking design.

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