Leicester Fire Station

Fixed Access Ladder - Safety Ladders
Fixed Access Ladder - Safety Ladders


Customers brief:
To provide a companionway ladder for maintenance personnel to access the upper roof.
The station built in 1927 and designed by, Henry Neal, the chief officer, it was originally home to six fire engines, two turntable ladders, three ambulances and lorries for salvage work. Having performed magnificently for over 70 years the station it was due its £4.5 million re-fit in 2009.
As part of this re-fit the fire service recognized their responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Working at Height Regulations 2005 to provide a “Safe Means of Access, both to and from a place of work”. In this instance for maintenance personnel, the place of work is on the roof top. Due to the pitch of the roof and the aesthetics of the building our customer required that the ladder achieve minimal visual impact.

What we supplied:
We worked with the customer to design a companionway ladder in accordance with BS 5395 which would provide a safe means of access up the roof.
Due to the complex geometry of the roof we supplied the ladder in component form for the customer to build on site.

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What We Do

Wherever roof access is required, designers are tasked with creating a safe route to and from the place of work. Following the hierarchy of safety collective protection measures should always be considered above individual fall protection solutions.

D-marc is classed as a form of Collective Demarcation Protection in accordance with the HSE's hierarchy of risk management as set out within the Working at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR). The WAHR 2005 Part 3 illustrates the use of a demarcation system as an "example of taking other additional suitable and sufficient measures to prevent a fall''. The demarcation system is to be placed a safe distance from the fall hazard (normally >2m). Health and Safety Roofwork HSG33 states that "where work is not done at the edge, demarcation barriers can be provided at a safe distance from the edge (usually at least 2 metres). e.g. work on an air-conditioning unit in the middle of a roof."