Suspended access equipment is used for cleaning and maintenance of multi-storey buildings. It includes tracks, rails, trolleys, cradles, travelling ladders and the fixings which secure it to the building.
A well thought out inspection and maintenance regime would satisfy the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998) LOLER. Remember you will need a LOLER certificate to confirm the load/capacity and this will ensure that the equipment is fit for its intended purpose.
Having an anchor point for rope access work has been raised as a warning. On multi-storey buildings it is commonly used for activities such as inspection, minor repairs, cleaning, pest control, painting and net rigging. Such work must only be undertaken by trained specialists.
When you want to choose a contractor, one of the easiest ways of checking competence is to look for membership of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA).
You should discuss/monitor the work carried out by your contractor as both their safety and prevention of damage to the building is paramount. Check that you deal with an IRATA Level 3 supervisor or higher during the assessment stage.
This information is taken from our monthly Tips and Advice newsletter, sent to all Hawksafe clients.