Benefits Analysis of AdvantEdge Fall Prevention System for Roof Profiles Ltd.

  • Grierson, David (Principal Investigator)
  • Grant, Susan (Researcher)
  • Munro, Karen (Post Grad Student)
  • Ion, Bianca-Daniela (Post Grad Student)
  • Termansen, Sean (Post Grad Student)

Project: Internally funded project

Project Details


Falls are the biggest cause of fatal injury in Britain’s workplaces, with 34 worker deaths in construction in 2007/08 resulting from a fall from height. Over 4,000 major injuries such as broken bones or fractured skulls are reported to HSE each year by the construction industry. Over half of these serious injuries involve falls from height or from tripping over materials on walkways and are preventable. Poorly erected and misused tower scaffolds are the cause of numerous accidents each year.

As a leading supplier of roof trusses and structural timber frames to the construction industry in Scotland Roof Profiles Ltd have developed an edge protection safety system (Advant-edge Fall Prevention System ) which offers a number of social, environmental & economic benefits during the build stage:
• improved health and safety
• continuity of construction work
• increased speed of build
• reduced building costs

The system allows for greater continuity of progression along the critical build path and helps reach significant milestones earlier in the construction process. Roof Profiles Ltd believes that this results in significant time and cost savings without compromising health and safety during construction.

The purpose of this project is to research the social, economic and environmental benefits of the edge protection safety system through gathering and analysing data on projects completed using the system. This research information will subsequently be used by the Company to disseminate the benefits of the innovation widely within the design and construction sector in Scotland through the production of a product brochure.

Outputs involve:
• An enhanced understanding of the benefits of the system more widely across the construction industry
• Research material to allow Roof Profiles Ltd. to identify a route to market for the Advant-edge Fall Prevention System involving other Timber Kit Construction companies, major house builders and/or related sub-contactors
• A master copy of the product brochure
• A digital presentation of the benefits of the system

Effective start/end date1/02/112/06/11


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