Weatherproofing Advisors Ltd, one of the UK’s leading industrial and commercial roofing contractors, has made Filon Fixsafe a key part of its stringent Health & Safety programme.
Weatherproofing Advisors attaches the greatest importance to health and safety, considering this to be a responsibility ranking above all other management functions within the organisation. The company has even created a memorable marketing campaign around safety super-hero ‘R.U. McSafe’ – to highlight its zero-tolerance approach to safety on-site. So when Director James Turner was made aware of the Fixsafe system for safe replacement of roofing sheets, a demonstration was immediately set up and a project involving 264 No. replacement sheets quickly followed.
James picks up the story: “Fragile roofs are one of the biggest safety hazards facing construction workers, accounting for almost one fifth of all the fatal accidents which result from falls from height in the construction industry. Responsible roofing contractors go to great lengths to ensure the safety of their employees when accessing fragile roof areas for maintenance or repair. This usually involves the erection of scaffolding and safety nets, often involving more time and cost than the repair itself.”
He continued: “Filon’s Fixsafe system removes the need for operatives to access fragile roofs, because the entire process can be carried out from below, using a scissor lift. This makes the whole process significantly safer and more controllable. Our initial trial confirmed that Fixsafe is also very practical and simple-to-use on-site …and it allows whole the process to be carried out without the additional time and costs involved in setting up scaffolding and safety nets. With safety at the top of our priority list, we have now initiated a policy of ‘Fixsafe first’ for all our projects. This means that Fixsafe is used as a matter of course, wherever internal access is possible. ”
With site safety pioneers like Weatherproofing Advisors making Fixsafe their system of choice, the team at Filon Products believe that the convenience and simplicity of the system will make it an industry standard for profiled roof repairs. In the longer term, the expectation is that even those contractors who may otherwise have cut corners on safety, will choose to use Fixsafe where possible, for reasons of practicality and cost – as well as safety.