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The following points highlight some common pitfalls and problems faced when procuring working at height edge protection. We aim to offer best practice advice and demonstrate how the team at easi-edge can make the whole process easier!

DESIGN

Under Regulation 13 of CDM there is a requirement to consider access prior to , and subsequent to, the construction of a building.

Best Practice—Have the design team analyse the design, highlighting any potential problem areas whilst still a ‘paper exercise’?

easi-edge are able to provide design analysis coupled with the structural loadings of the edge protection both at rest and under impact.

PHASING

Edge protection should be phased to avoid unnecessary space taken up with storage. Also avoids any unnecessary hire charges, damage and losses.

Best Practice—Deliveries phased to coincide with the erection sequence.

easi-edge assign a project co-ordinator to liaise with both the principal contractor and the sub-contractor, particularly in regard to phasing and deliveries.

CONFORMANCE

Proprietary edge protection should conform to the relevant standard.

Best Practice—Edge protection should conform to BS EN13374.

The easi-edge system conforms to BS EN13374, Class B. This means it has been tested by a dynamic load as opposed to a static load and this testing is accredited by Lloyds British.

INDEXING

Edge protection can be indexed to take into account different slab depths and overhangs.

Best Practice—Equipment to be pre-indexed prior to delivery.

easi-edge equipment is both pre-indexed and colour coded to coincide with grid lines. Drawings are supplied to illustrate and guide installation and the edge protection components relate to the colour coding.

SYSTEM CHOICES

With a steel frame in particular it is important to take into account following trades/systems. This might be the flooring, roofing or cladding for example.

Best Practice—Potential clashes identified and considered during the choice of edge protection system.

easi-edge have a choice of three systems that can be sited both within and outside of the gridline. We are able to advise as to the best system for your build.

OPERATIVE COMPETENCY

Installation, inspection and dismantle needs to be carried out by a competent operative.

Best Practice—Operatives to receive relevant and proper training that can be proven.

easi-edge have dedicated experienced Field Engineers to provide tool box talks with certificates of attendance. We are also one of the few approved training centres for the EPF (Edge Protection Federation) and offer a full days competency training course. This carries an ID card valid for 5 years and recognised throught the Industry.

FABRICATION INFORMATION

A number of systems require work prior to delivery to site (holes, sockets etc.)

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