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What is Edge Protection?

“Prevent persons or objects falling”

Edge protection is a broad area of construction site safety, but one of the most important when it comes to ensuring the safety of your site. A large number of fatal accidents in construction areas are related to working at height, either from falling from or through a high surface or from having an object fall on you. This is why edge protection solutions are imperative, as their primary function is: “to prevent persons or objects from falling to a lower level”. A clear and crucial mission statement, but inarguably one with a very broad scope.

There are many different situations in which a worker can be said to be “working at height”, and many different scenarios that could lead to an accident because of this- there has to be an edge protection solution in place to safeguard against all of these. There are a range of different products available aimed at either reducing the impact of falls, or preventing them from happening in the first place: Catchfans to prevent any fallen objects reaching the ground or damaging the structure, personal protection systems to protect individual workers in the case of falls, and the simplest solution: rails and fences to prevent falls before they happen.

Catchfans

Catchfans are essentially double layered nets that rest at angles on the side of the structure to absorb the force of any object that may fall from the edge. This minimises the damage caused by such an incident, by catching it before it can hit a member of the public or cause any damage to the structure of the building itself.

These come in different sizes to accommodate both smaller and larger projects, and can be fitted to both steel frames and reinforced concrete, making them a solution for the majority of projects to ensure the safety of the site and the workers.

V-Barrier Systems

These provide high quality steel fence systems that can be fitted to the edges of any platform through drilling, clamping, cast-in or free standing to prevent any person or object falling from the edge of a platform.

These are available in a variety of heights to fit the need of your specific site, with full and half height options as well as a make-up barrier to extend the height of a current barrier.

Fall Arrest Systems

These are personal protection systems that anchor a single worker to the ground, aimed at reducing any impact should they fall.

The Alispercha is a steel frame that allows the worker to move around a 6.5m radius whilst conducting their work in a harness attached to a column anchored to prevent any falls from impacting the worker.

The Alupercha is the lighter weight version of this, with an aluminium frame and slightly larger 9m radius movement range. This can easily be carried and operated by one person, whilst still offering the utmost protection for the worker in the harness. With its built in shock absorber, the Alupercha aims to minimise the impact of any fall whilst still being quick and easy to install, making sure there are no excuses for avoiding edge protection measures even for the smallest and most short-term projects.

 

vertemax™ is delighted to have been chosen to provide essential workzone safety equipment to one of Europe’s most anticipated urban developments; Dublin’s Docklands. In particular, vertemax™ is playing a key part in securing the construction of the Central Bank of Ireland’s new headquarters.

Dublin’s Docklands is undergoing extensive redevelopment, with many major structural works underway or nearing completion.  This includes the bank’s headquarters, which consist of both refurbished and new building works. Alongside this are offices and apartment accommodation, ranging in height from 6 to 11 stories above a double level basement.

vertemax™ has provided a range of specialist workzone safety equipment to the project, including full height edge protection and access stairways. Due to the scale of the project, there were rising concerns over debris falling from the towering building, heightened by strong winds blowing across the exposed quay area. This resulted in a stringent on-site specification and vertemax™ being selected as the workzone safety specialist.

 

Like all sites, a key focus has been on providing safe movement throughout the site and secure access for all trades.  For those working at height, the edge protection in place delivers reassuring and necessary safety. This includes protection over and above handrails, and toe-boards covering exposed edges which adjoin the Luas Light Rail System that services the area.

Due to the challenging windy conditions, the Barrier System and Catchfans were installed, delivering improved containment where high-rise collective protection is essential for the safety of workers and the general public.  Easily installed, the Catchfans have been fitted to the perimeter of buildings and scaffolding ready to catch falling objects, debris and material, thus preventing damage or injury to people or property.

Our High Barrier System offers comprehensive edge protection for drilling, clamping, cast-in, formwork and free-standing application requirements.

 

About The Project

The extraordinary Central Bank of Ireland headquarters will stand at over 8 storeys tall and will have a total area of approximately 29,000m2.  It is being built with a design inspired by a number of key principles, including:

On completion, the development will provide exemplary office space in a central location and ancillary facilities to over 1,500 employees.

The Central Bank of Dublin is the first building in Ireland to achieve the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘Outstanding’ rating at the design stage. The building has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Green Awards 2017 and Sustainable Energy Award Winners 2016.

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Alsipercha or Alupercha – A Guide to Help Find Which Works Best for Your Project

 

vertemax™ now offers two fall arrest systems; the Alsipercha and Alupercha.  When used individually or combining them in different workzones, they are ready solutions to transform levels of safety and productivity in Construction, and other sectors like Logistics. Both systems have similar personal protection applications, and both use innovative engineering to prevent against falls – but which is the right choice for your project?

 

Here, one of our experts, Charlie Day explains the advantages of each system and help you make the best choice for your workzone safety.

 

Alsipercha, launched in 2004 represented a step-change in safety for those working at height during the decking for horizontal formwork operation. Strong, and offering 360˚ freedom of movement, it introduced a revolutionary engineering component, consisting of a built-in energy absorber device that reduces the forces transmitted by a fall, and a retractable fall arrest block.

 

The Alsipercha has helped achieve new safety levels and enabled companies to be more productive, saving time and cost. Listening to our customers’ needs today, our challenge, therefore, was to find new improvements to meet those requirements. Our customers still love the original system, but there are situations where there is a dependence on moving the system by crane. This requires advanced planning for the Alsipercha to be installed on the decking systems into the vertical elements by means of a tower crane and a MEWP, before being able to continue with the falsework erection.

 

The evolution of the Alupercha stems from a ground-breaking partnership between vertemax™ and Alsina (Press Release) who dedicated themselves to develop a system that meets customer’s requirements for working safely and with greater flexibility at height. The Alupercha offers a new dimension. Building on the successful concept of the built-in shock absorber, the Alupercha also offers a speedy, lightweight, portable alternative when the crane is unavailable due to peak demand or adverse weather conditions. Extremely lightweight, weighing in at just 19kg, it can be installed, used and repositioned by one person.

 

For more information, please get in touch with Charlie Day on LinkedIn.

Read more about the Alsipercha and the Alupercha here.

 

 

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vertemax™ Selected to Safeguard Central Bank of Ireland New Headquarters in Dublin Project

 

vertemax™ is delighted to have been chosen to provide essential workzone safety equipment to one of Europe’s most anticipated urban developments; Dublin’s Docklands. In particular, vertemax™ is playing a key part in securing the construction of the Central Bank of Ireland’s new headquarters.

Dublin’s Docklands is undergoing extensive redevelopment, with many major structural works underway or nearing completion.  This includes the bank’s headquarters, which consist of both refurbished and new building works. Alongside this are offices and apartment accommodation, ranging in height from 6 to 11 stories above a double level basement.

 

vertemax™ has provided a range of specialist workzone safety equipment to the project, including full height edge protection and access stairways. Due to the scale of the project, there were rising concerns over debris falling from the towering building, heightened by strong winds blowing across the exposed quay area. This resulted in a stringent on-site specification and vertemax™ being selected as the workzone safety specialist.

Like all sites, a key focus has been on providing safe movement throughout the site and secure access for all trades.  For those working at height, the edge protection in place delivers reassuring and necessary safety. This includes protection over and above handrails, and toe-boards covering exposed edges which adjoin the Luas Light Rail System that services the area.

 

Due to the challenging windy conditions, vertemax™ Catchfans have been installed, delivering improved containment where high-rise collective protection is essential for the safety of workers and the general public.  Easily installed, the Catchfans have been fitted to the perimeter of buildings and scaffolding ready to catch falling objects, debris and material, thus preventing damage or injury to people or property.

 

About The Project

The extraordinary Central Bank of Ireland headquarters will stand at over 8 storeys tall and will have a total area of approximately 29,000m2.  It is being built with a design inspired by a number of key principles, including:

 

On completion, the development will provide exemplary office space in a central location and ancillary facilities to over 1,500 employees. The Central Bank of Dublin is the first building in Ireland to achieve the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘Outstanding’ rating at the design stage. The building has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Green Awards 2017 and Sustainable Energy Award Winners 2016.

 

 

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The Alupercha, the new lightweight fall arrest system from vertemax™ has achieved its first milestone, having just completed its first commercial workzone project after its recent market launch.

 

The first site to order and use the Alupercha fall arrest system was GCL at the Kidbrooke site in Greenwich – an award-winning regeneration project at Woodberry Down. Set across 64 acres, with 42 acres of open water, the site has 15 acres of landscaped parkland and the finished project will offer Zone 2 Londoners an entirely different living experience.

 

vertemax™ General Manager, Jamie Russon, says,

“It’s with great delight we are seeing Alupercha commercially reach the workzone safety marketplace.  We have great confidence for its future demand, and we have been very happy with the excellent feedback we have already received about its unique features – extremely lightweight, flexible and safe; a step change product for those working at height during the decking for horizontal formwork operations.”

 

Safety and productivity was the primary focus on this site, and a number of systems employed from vertemax™ provided a safe methodology for working at height for the installation of Falsework, Edge Protection and Catchfans. The Kidbrooke project ran for 75 weeks including the most complex aspect of the construction – 14m propping heights to falsework.

 

Speaking recently, Pat Dervan, Project Director at GCL, said:

“The Alupercha system allows for greater flexibility whilst installing falsework decks as the Alupercha can be advanced manually with the leading edge thus removing the usual crane dependence.”

 

Read more about the vertemax™ fall arrest systems – Alupercha here.

 

 

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Today, vertemax™ and Alsina are celebrating the launch of Alupercha, a game-changing personal protection system for those working at height.  It also marks the latest landmark in the two companies’ collaborative partnership as leaders in their field.

 

vertemax™, the workzone safety company, and Alsina, the globally recognised formwork systems company, have formed a ground-breaking partnership dedicated to changing the way the construction and other industries work and think about workzone safety.  This innovation centred partnership looks to forge better ways to protect lives, improve productivity and reduce costs.

 

Their latest engineering success, exploiting the best from both companies, is the Alupercha personal protection system – designed as the first lightweight and highly manoeuvrable system on the market.  Weighing just 19kg, and capable of being folded away in just seconds, it removes the need and cost for a crane and is quick and simple to install, remove or reposition – using the same conical tubes as the Alsipercha.  It can also be transported and stored at low cost and minimal effort.

 

An evolution from the Alsipercha system, known worldwide as the safest way for personal protection when working at height during the decking for horizontal formwork operation, the Alupercha still offers that personal safety when mounting decking panels, edge protection, slab edges and generally all formwork assembly activities where a fall from height presents a significant risk. The Alupercha shares the same philosophy, concept and technology as the Alsipercha.

 

“This is a great development for us and we expect strong demand simply because of the advantages this product now offers. What sets vertemax™ apart is the capacity for innovation and how we are working closely with customers and partners across industries and countries to help achieve the very best in site protection and efficiency. We are very proud to be working with Alsina and it is incredibly satisfying to have been able to deliver this excellent product so quickly to market following consultation with our clients, maintaining quality client asset relationships”, says Jamie Russon, General Manager at vertemax™

Javier Torre, Product Development Director at Alsina, added: “We are engaged in constantly searching for new ideas and finding improvements in everything we do, both in products as well as business processes, in order to be useful to our clients.”

 

Press contact: Jamie Russon, General Manager at Vertemax Ltd
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Building on the success of the globally known Alsipercha System, the Aluperhca is the latest addition to the family. Lightweight and strong, made from 100% aluminium this new product offers new safety and productivity benefits.

Developed In partnership with global experts Alsina, the creation of the Alupercha came following consultation and expert feedback from our customers who were looking for an even lighter safety system, one that further reduced time and cost as well as added on-site flexibility in providing protection when working at height.

 

Incredibly strong and weighing in at just 19kg, the entirely aluminium engineered Alupercha removes the need for a crane installation. Just like the Alsipercha, the Alupercha is CE certified in accordance with the DIN EN 795 Standard and provides personal safety when mounting decking panels, edge protection and slab edges, using the Alsipercha conical tubes.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the Alupercha reaches new productivity levels, enhances safety whilst reducing operational costs at the same time. Lightweight and portable, Alupercha can be carried to any on site location, be assembled and operational within seconds and with its integral shock absorber, will safely arrest any worker with minimal force in the event of a fall. Once finished, the compact Alupercha can be folded and transported away, with the same ease and speed to be used at your next job site without delay!

 

Matching the operational specification of the Alsipercha, including a built-in shock absorber to reduce the force of a fall, the Alupercha ensures the safety of operatives whilst working at height. The Alupercha provides the worker with 360˚ freedom of movement with no trip hazard, allowing the operator to work safely over an area of approximately 230m2.

 

Please note:

Make sure you read the User Instructions for the Alupercha and what attachments it can safely be used with.

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Every project is unique, and so our solutions differ for every customer. We help our customers from the design & development stage right through to seamless implementation, whilst ensuring that every member of the team is informed and educated throughout the whole process.

A common problem in the Construction and Rail industries is ensuring sufficient edge protection for the corners of a building to provide complete workzone safety. With our specifically designed corner kit, a 6 meter Catchfan can be extended past the building to give more protection on those difficult corners.

Our ultimate aim is to work with our customers to achieve an improved level of protection on high-rise construction sites no matter what the challenge.

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One of the first phases of the wider Broadgate redevelopment, the 100 Liverpool Street project will link together two existing buildings and add four extra floors to the overall new structure.

 

The redevelopment of 100 Liverpool Street is situated adjacent to one of the nation’s busiest railway stations – Liverpool Street Station. The project consists of two existing buildings which are being reconfigured into a single structure. New steelwork is being erected to knit the structures together, replace the demolished areas and add four new floors to the top, creating a new 12-storey landmark building.

vertemax™, the workzone safety company, works hard to develop and bring to market products and services designed to protect people.  Putting people first, whether the general public, on-site workers or any of your team, our products offer both the highest safety standards and cost benefit.

With increasing numbers of high-rise projects in progress and in planning throughout the UK, our products offer a versatile and transferable solution for temporary works designers and site planners, helping to achieve an improved level of protection on high-rise construction sites.

Read the full story here: www.newsteelconstruction.com/wp/rebuild-remodel

 

 

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