Working in a loft is subject to working at height and CDM regulations

Lofts can be dangerous places. The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents estimates that over 1500 people have to be treated in hospital annually, after falling out of or through lofts.

If you, or anyone you employ, has to work in a loft, then you need to know that this is subject to the Working at Height Regulations in the UK. And if you’re involved in a construction project, then the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations means you have to factor in safety for maintenance activities carried out in the loft during the lifetime of the building.

The problem is that the required depths of loft insulation mean you can no longer see where to walk, and if you step between the joists, the ceiling isn’t strong enough to take your weight. But these days there is often a lot of equipment in a loft which needs periodic maintenance, such as solar inverters, mechanical ventilation and other electrical equiptment. So designers and installers need by law to provide a safe access walkway and platform. Traditionally this was done by screwing boards to the joists, or by raising a platform above the insulation with timber. But the former reduces the effectiveness of the insulation, and the latter is now forbidden under Part L1A of British building regulations unless you change the SAP rating for the property, as the wood causes a cold bridge which allows heat to escape.

LoftZone StoreFloor solves all these problems. It is designed to create a raised platform that is strong enough to walk upon, doesn’t cause cold bridging and is faster to install than timber.

Lofts are dangerous places to work

According to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents, over 200 people have to be treated in hospital annually, after falling out of or through lofts.