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Sims: Safety At Height Inspection & Maintenance Services

In line with our vision of ‘Safety First’ we offer a full backup service for the maintenance of all our products that we have installed.

Sayfa Inspection and Maintenance Services (SIMS) is the department within Sayfa Systems UK, dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of our Aviator and Payload products and to ensure our customers are fully up to date and can meet the statutory requirements of the law.

Aviator safety lines and access points need to be inspected and re-certified annually, and all abseil points and equipment require to be re-certified every six months – this is a legal requirement.

We maintain a full record of all our installations and stay in touch in order to ensure that your system is re-inspected at the right time to ensure that you remain both safe and legal.

All roof safety equipment requires an annual retest as part
of a legal obligation, in order to conform to British
standard BS EN 795

It is part of our commitment to you, to make sure that we are fully abreast of the regulation hierarchy that governs these industries today and can act authoritatively in the inspection and safety certification that we offer to our customers.

SIMS

Sayfa Systems Ltd main focus is Working at Height Safety. Working at Height training is available with every system we install and we have a team of Height Safety equipment inspectors who specialise in the maintenance of our safety systems and the training required to use them safely.

If you are a building owner and intend to commission work that requires access to your roof, you become a ‘duty-holder’ within the meaning of the ‘Work at Height Regulations 2005’(often referred to as the ‘Working at Height Act’) and as a duty-holder you have specific responsibilities.

– If work is to be carried out at height you must ensure that the place where work is to be done (including the means of access) is safe and has features to prevent a fall
– It is a legal requirement to ensure that the safety equipment that is to be used for work at height is inspected and a record kept.

This is where Sayfa Inspection and Maintenance Services (SIMS) can help.

Whatever safety system you have on your roof and whatever the means of access we can survey, inspect and maintain your system to ensure your workers remain safe and you remain legally compliant.

All safety lines require inspection on an annual basis and abseil equipment requires inspection every six months. We can arrange fall arrest equipment inspections as well as fall protection equipment inspections. Every system is checked against a fall protection equipment inspection checklist to ensure it meets the current fall protection equipment inspection requirements.

LOLER Testing

LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) are regulations in place to ensure the safety of employees using lifting equipment.

Sayfa design and install davit arms and davit bases and are trained to test the system at installation and at the necessary 6 monthly intervals.

The need – why, and what frequency

Davit bases needed to be tested after installation and then every six months to ensure that they are fit for purpose. It is important, particularly at the first test to record base fixing details and the actual test results in great detail as these will be used going forward and will form part of the history of that particular installation

The equipment needed

Davit arm lifting equipment consists of the arm itself and the base. The arm is tested at point of manufacture by applying 125% of the S.W.L in the direction of the potential load under test conditions. The base has to be tested in situ as this is testing both the base and the fixing. To do this a test arm, which can withstand forces far beyond those required by the test is used, placed in the base and the test forces applied to it.

The weights

The weights are each of 25kgs and a total of 25 weights are used to achieve the test force required of 6 kilo-newtons. Each weight has to be tested and calibrated each year. In the event that bases are close enough together a chain block and strain gauge may be used to create the test force instead of using the free weights. A gauge is used to measure deflection of the post both free and with the strain forces applied

The test procedure

With the test arm inserted in the base the test force is applied, using either the chain block or the free weights. The combination of post and arm remain under the force for 3 minutes. At this point the forces are removed and it is recorded by use of the gauge whether the post has recovered from the deflection that occurred during the test. Deflection is acceptable up to the limits proscribed by the manufacturer, any permanent deflection is recorded as a fail.

Training

We offer full training on all Aviator fall-arrest or fall prevention systems that we install. This has been developed in conjunction with WAHSA and as from September 2018 will lead to a CSCS card qualification.

We are members of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association), WAHSA (Working at Height Safety Association) and also FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training).

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