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WalkSafe Walkways

WalkSafe—Rooftop Walkway System

WalkSafe rooftop walkways provide a level non-slip surface which can serve as an ideal rooftop demarcation route—protecting users against hazards when working at height. In highly trafficked areas—where regular access may be required for maintenance regimes, plant inspection, air quality monitoring, rooflight cleaning, etc—WalkSafe distributes the load evenly on to the roof and thus reduces the wear and tear on the roofing system itself. WalkSafe offers a lightweight, practical solution which can be easily installed to replace existing wooden duckboards, scaffolding boards or snow guards.

Walkway Range

WalkSafe’s flexibility has allowed for the development of a complete range of systems—all with bespoke brackets and componentry:

  • Levelled walkway (up to 15°)
  • Stepped walkway
  • Valley gutter walkway
  • Half-valley gutter walkway
  • Traversing walkway

Bespoke Roof top Walkway

WalkSafe walkways can create a totally bespoke system for any type of roof top. With different colour options, the plastic walkway can offer an aesthetically pleasing solution—particularly for listed/heritage buildings to replace existing roof duckboards or crawling boards.

 

Rooftop walkway silver Rooftop walkway heritage building
Silver WalkSafe for a
Standing Seam Roof
Brown WalkSafe for a
heritage building rooftop

Key features and benefits

  • Plastic walkway—manufactured from recycled PVCu for a lightweight solution.
  • Compatibility—designed to work with all major roof types.
  • Corrosion and Moisture resistant—WalkSafe is manufactured from extruded PVCu planks and support leavers, injection moulded PVCu end caps with stainless steel fixings and fasteners ensuring WalkSafe is both highly corrosion and moisture resistant.
  • Durability—Lifespan in excess of 25 years (BBA Certified).
  • Minimal componentry—quick and easy to install with no requirement for roof penetration.
  • Complementing Systems—WalkSafe is designed to work seamlessly alongside Latchways Constant Force Post systems and VersiRail.

CE marking of a levelled walkway

2013 saw a major change for the European construction industry in the way in which Manufacturers mark their products. In July, the Construction Products Directive was changed to a Regulation (CPR) which, in-turn, meant that any products complying to a harmonised standard under this Regulation had to bear the CE mark.

This means that any manufacturer of levelled walkways and treads complying to the harmonised standard EN 516:2006—Prefabricated accessories for roofing - Installations for roof access—Walkways, treads and steps—must ensure these products bear the CE mark.

To bear the CE mark, and meet EN 516:2006, WalkSafe was tested by an independent notified body for its material construction, slip resistance and deflection under load—individual Declaration of Performance certificates are available on request through info@latchways.com

Latchways Product Refresher WalkSafe Questionnaire

Specifying a levelled walkway

When specifying a walkway there are a number of other factors you should consider, to find out more about these, download our new technical bulletin today.

Rooftop Compatibility

WalkSafe is compatible with all major roof systems and has been approved by the majority of roofing manufacturers. The system is suitable for use on:

  • Standing Seam
  • Composite
  • Built-up-on-site metal roofing
  • Secret-fix metal roofing
  • Single-ply
  • Membrane roofing to various substrates
  • Bespoke WalkSafe solutions for cementitious, slate and bituminous roofing are available upon request.

WalkSafe is an integral part of any fall protection plan and is compatible to work with Latchways Constant Force post systems (for personal fall arrest) and VersiRail (for collective protection).

For fragile roof protection, WalkSafe should be combined with WalkSafe Fall Proof Covers or Rooflight covers.

Configuration

Roof access walkway confiuration

The WalkSafe walkway system can be configured in four ways to cover corners and changes of direction:

  • As a T-section
  • Longways (running with the roofing profile) to shortways (running across the roofing profile)
  • Shortways to longways
  • Corner section either to shortways ‘end’ or longways ‘side’.

Testing and Certification

  • Bespoke/prefabricated test compliance—WalkSafe meets the standard: Pre-Fabricated Accessory EN516 – Class 1-C.
  • BBA Certified for slip resistance—WalkSafe holds a BBA Agrément certificate NO99/3608 for metal, membrane and traditional roofing systems, for use in providing anti-slip walkways across flat roofs, in roof valleys and half valleys, for access and maintenance traffic.
  • Fire resistant—WalkSafe is fire resistant and self-extinguishing—complies with BS465 part 71987 – Class 1 (Y).
  • Anti-slip walkway—WalkSafe has achieved the BBA requirement—Slip Resistant (BBA T1/10) with a co-efficient of friction Dry 0.57 Wet 0.51.
  • Severe UV exposure tested—WalkSafe has undergone the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA) TR 010 25 year severe climate exposure test. As such, the product has been classified “S” for use in severe climates.

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Roof access walkway

WalkSafe levelled walkway combined with WalkSafe steps and a Constant Force post fall arrest system

 

Roof access walkway

WalkSafe used to provide a demarcation/access walkway

 

Access walkways for collective protection

WalkSafe used in conjunction with VersiRail guardrail

 

Plastic anti-slip walkway

Lightweight walkway with anti-slip surface