If you prefer to install your heavy equipment on your rooftop then the unit maintenance activities that are needed from time to time may come with a certain degree of risk to the maintenance technicians. Based on the equipment, a technician may either get an electrical shock or may fall from the height.
A few types of equipment can be too tall for a technician to easily access. As a result, an inappropriate platform, such as upside-down buckets may be used to reach above them, and also reduce visibility and control. There can also be chances of slipping or falling.
An Australian group known as Con-form can offer a suitable mechanical platform to address some of these issues. This group is one of the market leaders in the industry and has been around since last more than 20 years.
Selecting a suitable platform can go a long way to offer safety to maintenance workers by offering a stable surface so that they can work comfortably and also offer sufficient room to place their tools to work without restriction.
A few examples of mechanical access platform
Every situation may demand a certain unique solution. Here are a few mechanical access platforms for rooftops and why you must use them.
1. Standard mechanical access platform
This is one standard platform that can always be installed near any RTU (Remote Terminal Unit), where metal grating will be used to make its surface slip resistant, particularly during rainy or snowy seasons.
Also, there is a toe board that can prevent any tools or any other equipment to slide off the edge and injure any workers who may be walking by. All its exposed sides have a guardrail installed for preventing workers to fall off the platform while they are working on the unit.
2. Non-penetrating mechanical access platform
Another non-penetrating access platform can help you to install a system on your existing roof without penetrating your roof or bolting into the structure of your units. It has been designed to be wide enough to offer more space for the maintenance workers to open the unit, and place their tools and equipment.
Also, they can work without worrying about tripping over either. Stairs are provided to allow the worker to carry tools and equipment easily onto the platform as against a 90⁰ ladder.
3. Mechanical access platforms meant for tight spaces
Often there is a situation when sufficient space may not be available to offer someone a clear opening needed. Here a platform using pipe and fittings will enable the installer to manipulate your platform into place without any inconvenience of manoeuvring cumbersome structures or performing welding on site.
No need for guardrails as the units will act as the barrier. However, stairs are necessary here because a worker must not bother about how to navigate a ladder into a very tight space while also holding the tools they need.
There can be several options for you to offer a safe working environment for your contractors and workers. You may call an expert from Con-form who can help you to decide which type of platform will be most suitable for your roof.