Access systems

Facade washing system

Tall buildings – skyscrapers, skyscrapers, often have numerous glazed surfaces on the highest floors. Keeping them clean is a difficult task for specialized mountaineers. Service technicians may also have a reason to access the side facade of the building. For our part, we design, manufacture and install comprehensive side elevation access systems, the so-called facade cleaning systems that protect employees against the risk of falling from a height. What are these systems based on?

What is the side elevation access system?

Belay systems, i.e. the tools we use to protect various people from dangerous falls from a height, may have a different nature and place of use. One of them is the side elevation access system, which is used to clean the facades and is a permanent element of the belay.

The permanent security system protects employees when working on the side facade of a building. Service technicians and mountaineers use it to service gutters, to clean the side facade and various works on this facade. This system provides full, secure access to the building. The service technician does not have to set up the scaffolding and apply individual protection measures. The side elevation access system from the roof itself provides security to those who must perform certain service, cleaning and guttering or other elements in such a place.

Types of fall protection systems when working on side facades

Two types of side elevation access system:

  • Cantilever crane – fixed structure, mounted to the attic or ceiling of the building. It is a davit that protrudes outside the building, to which it is attached by lifelines to it and lowers down a few meters to gain access to the side facade. The crane is movable 180 degrees, and the mountaineer has 2 meters of access to the facade. It is a simple, safe, easy to use and optimizing system. It does not require frequent surges, because the range of the davit gives the opportunity to cover a large roof width. The costs of this system are higher than in other cases, but it has many advantages. These include the fact that all davit nests are fastened along the entire width of the building’s edge. Usually, two davits are used, which are taken out when the need arises and are retracted after finishing work. The sockets are permanently attached.
  • Climbing post system – these are posts permanently attached to the building’s ceiling. They require stability, which means that there can be no deviations when it comes to the supporting structure. The climber attaches to the climbing posts and descends on the rope to the side elevation. The posts are subject to constant forces calculated at 30 kN. The system is limited in that it requires more posts at the edge of the roof – but they are cheaper to manufacture and install.

Choosing a side elevation access system

In both cases, you can secure the work of the worker on the side facade, but a better, though more expensive system is the one using movable davits. They give you freedom of work on the facade, when moving to the side of a service technician or a mountaineer, without having to return to the roof and re-attach, as is the case with safety posts. They will also allow you to maximize the safety of work on the side facade, but they are more difficult to use.

For our part, we provide clients with a side elevation protection system that will meet the technical requirements of the building and the budget that the investor intended for such works.

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