There are different types of roof safety systems in New Zealand to choose from depending on the type of roof you have. In this document, we are going to look at the two principal forms of fall protection: active and passive.
Active fall protection
This is typically aligned with anchor points and the horizontal lifelines. It requires maintenance, training, management and inspection on an on-going basis. It also requires action from users each time it is used.
Passive fall protection
This is closely aligned with guardrail which requires minimal inspection. It requires virtually no training. Passive fall protection needs no action from the rooftop worker after the system has been installed.
Types of fall protection
There are different types of fall protection. Here are some of the most common ones.
Non-penetrating rooftop guardrails
The Keyguard rooftop guardrail system is the best example of non-penetrating rooftop guardrails. Non-penetrating rooftop guardrails are roof safety systems in New Zealand that are easy to install and they can be adapted to any rooftop obstacle. They are easy to assemble and two men can assemble them without any problem. They can protect large sections of the roof and provide a smaller section of spot protection.
These are permanent guardrails that are attached to the side of the top of a roof parapet directly. They are cheaper than non-penetrating guardrail but they need more labour costs to install.
These are built along a particular path of your rooftop and the worker on the rooftop ties off to the system using lanyard and harness. These systems should be installed and maintained by a professional installer. All employees using the horizontal lifeline roof safety systems in New Zealand should undergo competent training for each system. All active fall protection systems require rescue plans. They also require other safety management overheads for ultimate safety.