PLANT and equipment on fragile asbestos roofs can be accessed by new purpose-built walkways without the need to replace or disturb the asbestos.
Workplace Access & Safety will showcase its walkway designed for asbestos roofs at Safety In Action exhibition in May.
The walkway's support structure has a special profile that allows it to sit in the 'super six' asbestos profile, while spreading the load, virtually eliminating disturbance to the asbestos.
The walkway and guard rail support has been developed so that existing penetrations are used for fastenings, rather than drilling extra holes into the asbestos.
When installed correctly, the design complies with prevention of falls regulations and Australian Standard AS1657-1992, while achieving access at a fraction of the cost of roof replacement or the disruption to operations normally associated with work on asbestos surfaces.
To see the asbestos walkways and Workplace Access & Safety's range of height safety equipment for working at heights, visit stand H02 during Safety In Action and Materials & Manual Handling, which runs from Tuesday May 16 to Thursday May 18 2006 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.