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Safe Heights: The Role and Importance of Edge Protection in Construction

Updated: Apr 2


Edge protection

In the important yet potentially dangerous construction world, safety is one of the top concerns with any kind of project. With the ever-evolving landscape of building regulations and safety standards, ensuring the well-being of workers remains a priority. One crucial aspect of construction safety is a system designed to prevent falls from elevated surfaces. If you’re planning a construction project, then investing in quality scaffolding and edge protection is an absolute must.


It’s vital that you make your construction site as safe as possible for your workers, so continue reading to learn more.


Understanding Edge Protection Safety


Just as quality scaffolding is an incredibly important part of elevated construction projects, edge protection stands as a vital art of scaffolding. Edge protection, in essence, is a system erected along the edges of elevated surfaces, such as roofs, balconies or scaffolding, to prevent accidental falls.


Edge Protection serves as a vital barrier, safeguarding workers, equipment and pedestrians from potential hazards associated with heights. By creating a secure perimeter, this protection not only mitigates the risk of falls but also instils confidence and peace of mind among workers, fostering a safer and more productive work environment.


These straightforward barriers are effective and easy to use - and they could prevent terrible accidents in the future.


The Importance Of Scaffolding and Edge Protection In Construction


During bustling construction projects, where workers navigate various tasks at different heights, the importance of reliable safety systems cannot be overstated. Here are several reasons why they are indispensable in construction projects:


Safety First. They are fundamental in ensuring the safety and well-being of workers. By providing a physical barrier, they reduce the risk of falls and related injuries, promoting a culture of safety on-site. Along with protecting your workers on and below your scaffolding, edge protection can also protect any pedestrians nearby by preventing equipment from falling and potentially injuring innocent bystanders.


Regulatory Compliance. Compliance with stringent safety regulations and standards is non-negotiable in construction. Scaffolding and edge protection help construction companies adhere to legal requirements, avoiding penalties and legal repercussions.


Before you begin your construction project, make sure you understand all compliance regulations that apply to your situation so that you can avoid legal trouble. As regulations and rules are subject to change, it’s a good idea to review New Zealand’s compliance standards before starting new projects.


Enhanced Productivity. With robust scaffolding and edge protection in place, workers can manoeuvre freely and perform tasks with confidence without the constant fear of falling. This translates to improved productivity, as tasks are completed efficiently and without unnecessary delays. This productivity can help your project be completed faster and to a higher level of quality, all without sacrificing safety.


Safety systems show your hard-working team that you care about them and their well-being, which can motivate them to keep diligently working towards success.


Additionally, by eliminating the chances of equipment falling, you can save time because your team won’t need to go and retrieve fallen equipment or tools.


What System Should You Consider For Your Construction Site?


At Access Safety Systems, we have different options available when it comes to scaffolding and edge protection solutions. Which choice is best for your project will depend on what your build is like. Our experts can help to determine which system is ideal for your build. Our scaffolding, paired with the right edge safety system, can help you complete your project smoothly, safely and successfully.


What makes our scaffolding and edge protection solutions stand out?


  • Versatility: The systems we use are highly versatile and suitable for residential, commercial and industrial needs. Whether it’s a small-scale renovation for a residential home or a large-scale construction project for a massive corporation, we can provide flexible solutions to meet the demands of any job. We’ll work with you to discover the best edge protection system for your project, whether that be the Intaks or the Ringlock systems, or a mix of both.

  • Simplicity And Efficiency: With our options, simplicity reigns supreme. These scaffolding and protection systems are simple yet highly effective. Because they’re not overly complicated, they’re straightforward to install, dismantle and configure when needed, saving valuable time and resources on-site. This simplicity translates into enhanced productivity and cost-effectiveness for construction companies.

  • Superior Safety: We use high-quality scaffolding because we prioritise safety above everything else. Our safety solutions are rigorously tested and compliant with NZ’s industry standards, ensuring maximum protection for your valued workers and peace of mind for yourself.


Finding The Right Solutions For Your New Zealand Construction Project


Safety is paramount in construction, and edge protection emerges as a critical component in ensuring the well-being of construction workers and the success of projects. We at Access Safety Systems are proud to offer our clients safe and highly effective solutions to ensure your NZ project is completed efficiently and your workers stay safe and protected.


Our services include high-quality scaffolding, shrink-wrapping, safety netting, fencing systems, mobile scaffolding and, of course, edge protection. Regardless of what you need from us, we’re here to answer your questions and help you find the solutions you need.


To get in touch, please don’t hesitate to call our team on or use our contact page.


Access Safety Systems: Safety is always our top priority.

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