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Roof safety technique put to test

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A PIONEERING safety system has been used for the first time on a curved roof project.

The technique, developed by Birmingham-based roof ing specialist Rossway Dowd, centres on a fall protection device, which operates on trolleys running on structural purlins.

Brendan Dowd, Rossway's contracts director, said the moveable system came about after consultations with the Health and Safety Executive.

It is designed to prevent the danger of operatives falling as they work near the leading edge.

Work on the 8,000 sq m curved roof contract, for publisher Polestar Varicoat at Pinvin in Hereford & Worcester, took eight days.

Mr Dowd claimed: 'The project shows that by safer working, roof ing output actually increases.'