Asbestos roof access is never easy and the health and safety issues involved in remaining safe can sometimes exceed the cost of some asbestos roof works, for example, when completing patch repairs or changing a small number of roof lights.
Consequently, asbestos roof health & safety issues have significant affects on the cost of all projects, whether they be cleaning, coating, repairs or replacement.
Our aim in providing information on this web site is to encourage correct health & safety precautions, because one death is one too many.
Asbestos Roof Drone Surveys
Commercial Property Surveys has long been involved in surveying asbestos cement roofs and whilst it is perfectly acceptable to do this from cherry pickers, we have invested in the latest Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (drones) in order to provide a safe surveying option for our clients.
A team of our qualified surveyors has been trained and now have full Civil Aviation Authority remote pilot licences, which enable us to fly commercial inspection missions.
Our drone is equipped with video and still photograph recording equipment comprising both digital and optical zoom lenses to produce 4K video quality output and very high definition close-up photographs of defects, even from 400+ feet away from the building.
We believe that remote drone surveys are the safest way to inspect asbestos roofs, as there is never a temptation to walk on the roof surface!
Because our asbestos roof drone surveys are conducted by surveyors with flying credentials, the actual footage we produce will be centred around the roof and any defects, rather than for cinematic effects.
Our drone surveys therefore comprise video footage, photographs and of course, expert commentary from qualified surveyors, which includes remedy options.
As you would expect, we carry full Professional Indemnity Insurance, Public Liability Insurance and specialist UAV insurance.
KwikDec Affordable Asbestos Roof Access Coming Soon
Launching soon, the British made KwikDeck promises to be not only the safest asbestos roof access system, but probably the cheapest too!
More information will be made available at the dedicated asbestos roof access and equipment web site, where initial information has just started to appear in preparation for a soft-launch to the roofing trade and potential distributors.
With a patent pending, KwikDeck will be made available globally and the company behind it, Commercial Property Surveys Ltd is actively seeking national and international outlets.
Minimum Levels Of Protection
When working on asbestos roofs, we always look to install internal safety netting to the area affected by any works.
Double-netting is usually specified, as this not only protects a worker from falls through the roof, but it also protects anyone working beneath the roof from debris or tools that could easily otherwise fall through man-safe netting.
Sometimes, due to the installation of suspended ceilings or complex lighting systems, internal netting is not always practical to do this.
In such cases, it might be necessary to consider the use of an Easi Dec, SpanDeck, or Youngerman boards with double-sided handrails on the roof surface along with scissor lifts internally, directly beneath the working area, to allow for early rescue of any harnessed personnel that might fall through the roof.
In any event, at least TWO fall prevention methods should be in place.
Perimeter edge scaffold should be utilised in nearly all cases, along with toe boards and hand rails.
All contracts are governed by a site-specific method statement and risk assessment prepared by independent, external health and safety consultants.
It’s important to bear in mind also, that it is not only our own workers that need to be protected and that health and safety also extends to anybody in the close or immediate vicinity of any asbestos roof works.
It should be borne in mind that asbestos roof and cladding products only contain a minimal amount of asbestos, since the majority of panels are made of a cement and asbestos composite.
People in the vicinity of any cleaning works will generally not be at risk, since the concentration of fibres externally, will be far less than the legal minimum per cubic metre of air.
HSE’s FFI Costs
Since 1 October 2012, the Health & Safety Executive can now visit construction sites and look for health and safety breaches.
If breaches are discovered, they look to recover the cost of providing assistance from the contractor by charging an hourly fee (currently £124 per hour) for the time and effort it takes to help put the breaches right. This is known as a “Fee For Intervention” or “FFI.”
The payment of this fee is in addition to any fines that might be imposed for such breaches.
It should be borne in mind that the charges can be levied against multiple parties, so for example, if a roofing contractor breaches health and safety regulations, the HSE are also likely to investigate the site’s duty holder, which could well be the client.
The best way to avoid these costs is to ensure that no health and safety breaches take place and of course, this is why we always use external CDM coordinators and Health and Safety consultants when working on asbestos roofing projects.
For more information and immediate attention, call us today on 0121 709 5352.