1960’s office block, London

Contractor: Kier Construction
Type of works: supplied the Combisafe Full Height Steel Mesh Barrier with the Adjustable Safety Post.

For the redevelopment of a 1960’s office block in the very heart of the City of the London, Kier Construction had to demolish and then rebuild one complete side of the building.

Gary Aboro, Site Manager for Kier Construction: ‘We have stringent safety policies and procedures and could not afford tools, materials or operatives falling over the leading edge. Combisafe provided us with a versatile floor to ceiling solution which met our specific requirements. They also provided training for our site operatives so we can erect and dismantle the system.’

With eleven floors of leading edge safety issues and the close proximity of pedestrians and busy traffic, leading provider of safety solutions Combisafe tackled this challenge with a full height containment solution which would prevent operatives and materials falling or being blown out of the partially completed building. Stripping back the existing facade whilst being close to busy roads presented a number of safety problems for main contractor Kier.

On each floor, there is more than 20 metres of the Combisafe Full Height Steel Mesh Barrier solution installed, along with the Adjustable Safety Post assembly for additional flexibility. Using the unique Quiclox locking mechanism, installation is easy, and saves valuable time and manpower on-site.

The Steel Mesh Barrier from Combisafe offers a mesh guard rail with integrated toe board, available in 2 different sizes 2.6m or 1.3m. Placed on top of the standard Steel Mesh Barrier is an intermediate barrier which has its toe board removed, and finally to close the gap to the soffit a smaller Make-Up Barrier is used. These barriers are used along with a floor to soffit Post Assembly, attached to the post assembly is two different sized Steel Mesh Barrier Holders. The Steel Mesh Barrier Holders allow the barriers to be hooked on or off from the post assembly with relative ease, in addition it allows the barriers to be raised or lowered to facilitate access for follow on trades without compromising there safety or exposing the leading edge of the building.

For the roof area, Kier had crane loading CantiDeck platforms which had to remain operational. ‘We also required a system that could be fixed to the 11th floor slab edge but protrude out to prevent operatives and tools falling over the edge of the 12th floor slab.’ commented Gary Aboro. ‘Combisafe recommended their Safety Net Fan which could accommodate us on all our safety fronts.’

With a projection of 3 metres, the Safety Net Fan is tested to comply with EN1263 and will absorb falls from up to 6 metres. The mesh density of the fall arrest net is 60 x 60mm and is delivered laced together with an extra fine 20 x 20mm debris net as standard.

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Combisafe International Ltd

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Founded in Sweden in the early 1980s, Combisafe has led the development of innovative safety at height solutions for over two decades. Responsible for developing and introducing a number of revolutionary new systems and products, Combisafe has been...
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