Access Platform Decking
A lightweight access system which can provide a safe working platform and be loaded, enabling work to be carried out at height.
What is it?
Platform Decking is a proprietary system that is mainly used in the house building industry during the construction phase. Platform Decking Systems provide a collective safe working platform and fall preventative safety measure for construction site operatives who work in several different occupational areas throughout the construction phase.
How it works
Initially the Platform Decking is utilised by the bricklayers as a safe working platform, from which the blockwork is built up to chamber joist height. Following the bricklayers, the Platform Decking is utilised by carpenters and joiners who use the Platform Decking as a safe working platform and a fall prevention system to install the chamber joists and first floor. Following the carpenter and joiners the bricklayers again utilise the Platform Decking to bring the blockwork up to wall plate height in readiness for the roof trusses to be installed. Finally, the carpenter and joiners again utilise the Platform Decking to install and space out the roof trusses.
Why Platform Decking?
In an industry where health & safety is a primary concern for Principal Contractors as well as Employers and Clients, Platform Decking provides the user with an effective method of fall prevention. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that work at height is avoided so far as is reasonably practicable. Where work at height cannot be avoided the regulation requires that the fall be prevented. If the fall cannot be prevented then the distance and consequences of the fall must be reduced to an acceptable level. Consequently, those who are responsible for controlling work at height must look to prevent the fall wherever possible.
Consequently, in the eyes of the HSE, it is preferable to prevent a fall using collective equipment. That is what Platform Decking does, as well as provide a safe working platform. As is visible in the Hierarchy of Control Measures Platform Decking sits as close to the top of the hierarchy of control measures as is possible without avoiding work at height altogether.
How do I get a FASET Platform Decking CSCS Card?
The first step is to contact the manufacturer of the Platform Decking System that you are using. They must be members of the trade association FASET to be a part of the scheme. The would-be Platform Installers must then attend the FASET Platform Installers Course. Following training and assessment the successful Learner will be able to apply for the FASET Platform Installer CSCS Card (Platform Decking System - Manufacturer Specific Endorsed). Consequently, they will be able to prove their competence in Platform Decking Installation.