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Void Protection Platforms for Safe and Efficient Construction in New Zealand

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Falls are a serious risk for construction workers and it is crucial for both project managers and site supervisors to adhere to New Zealand workplace health and safety regulations during the construction process to help minimise the risk of falls or injury.

Void protection is a temporary scaffold solution that can facilitate a smooth construction process while ensuring the safety of workers working at heights or sites with multiple levels.

In this article, we explain void protection including why it is necessary during construction and common applications.

 

What is Void Protection?

Void protection is a vital component of scaffolding that prioritises safety during renovations, restoration projects and construction projects. Void protection systems are designed to minimise the risk of falls and accidents in the construction industry by using platforms and other measures to safeguard open spaces, gaps, or voids.

 

Entrance atrium with U shaped stair from above

Why Use Void Protection?

Void protection creates a secure work environment for construction workers, allowing them to navigate elevated or hazardous areas with peace of mind. By installing void protection systems like scaffold platforms, safety nets and edge protection, the risk of falls from heights is significantly reduced. These systems act as barriers, preventing workers, tools, or debris from falling into voids or open spaces.

 

What are Void Protection Platforms?

Void platforms are self-supporting, modular platforms made from durable aluminium panels. These temporary platforms can be custom-designed to fit the specific requirements of your project, regardless of size. They’re a cost-effective solution for both residential and commercial construction sites in New Zealand.

 

Benefits of Void Protection Platforms

U-shaped stairway from below- Crofton Downs

Safety

Void protection platforms provide a safe working environment for tradespeople working above voids, preventing falls. This helps to keep your workers safe and minimise the risk of accidents.

Efficiency

The modular design of void protection platforms allows for easy installation and dismantling, reducing downtime and keeping your project on schedule.

Access

These platforms provide easy access to high-level areas like walls and ceilings above voids. This is useful for various tasks such as framing, insulation, lining, plastering, painting, and installing light fittings.

Unobstructed Work Below

The self-supporting nature of void protection platforms keeps the area beneath the void clear, allowing other tradespeople to continue working on the lower levels with unobstructed access during the construction process.

 

Applications of Void Protection Scaffold

Voideck’s void protection systemsTwo storied atrium in existing residence from above- Brooklyn can be used in various ways during construction projects, allowing for safe access to upper flooring during construction and minimising fall risks in unprotected stair voids. Some of the primary applications include:

  • Stairwells: Providing safe access for installing ceilings and walls for tasks like rendering and painting in stairwells.
  • Multi-Floor Levels: Offering safe access to upper levels in new homes or buildings where new stairwells are being added.
  • Swimming Pool Construction: Creating a safe working platform above new pools during construction to allow for safe access around the site.

 

Other Safety Options For Working at Heights

Scaffold Platforms and Decks: Versatile and widely used, these offer a stable working platform at various heights. Made from sturdy materials like steel or aluminum, they can be adjusted to different configurations for various projects. Guardrails and toe boards enhance safety by preventing falls.

Safety Nets and Barriers: Safety nets, typically made of strong synthetic materials, catch falling objects or individuals. Barriers made of mesh, plastic, or metal create a physical enclosure around voids. Both are crucial for situations with a risk of falling objects or working near open edges.

Edge Protection Systems: Designed to prevent falls from elevated surfaces, these systems typically consist of guardrails, toe boards, and other safety components. Guardrails act as a physical barrier, while toe boards prevent tools or debris from falling over the edge. These systems are commonly used in construction sites and high-rise buildings.

 

Considerations When Hiring Void Protection

Assessing Project Requirements

Evaluate the scope of work, height and dimensions of the area, and any specific access needs. This helps determine the type and amount of scaffolding or void protection required.

Compliance with Safety Regulations

Ensure the chosen system meets all necessary safety standards and regulations regarding load-bearing capacity, stability, and fall protection measures. Verify that the supplier or contractor adheres to national or local safety regulations. Regular inspections and maintenance are crucial for ongoing compliance and worker safety.

 

Using a Reputable Void Protection System

For innovative and effective solutions to enhance worker safety and eliminate fall risks, consider Voideck. Their modular system offers a secure working platform, ensuring workers’ well-being and project success.

For further information or inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact Voideck at 0274 443 463 or via email at franchising@voideck.co.nz. Your unwavering commitment to safety is the cornerstone of a secure and thriving workplace.