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Data centres are intricate buildings that rely on numerous devices and systems to ensure uninterrupted operation. These systems, including ventilation and cooling systems, UPS, generators, and cabling, are often situated on and around the data centre perimeter.
Regular maintenance and inspections are essential to keep these systems working efficiently, and this necessitates safe and efficient access solutions. Access solutions should be installed in a way that minimizes the risk of damage to the roof waterproofing and disruption to data centre operations.
An unprotected roof edge is the most obvious danger, and a perimeter guardrail system is the best fall protection for a flat or low-slope data centre roof. Our guardrail provides regulatory compliance and does not penetrate the roof membrane. This avoids moisture, dust, or debris leaking through to contaminate the sensitive computers and other equipment inside the data centre.
Modular work platforms combine the features and advantages of anti-slip steps and platforms with guardrails. Static work platforms are designed to be built in place to accommodate frequent use. Mobile work platforms, with heavy-duty locking casters, provide the flexibility of use from station to station. Since rooftop equipment on data centres can offer complex challenges, custom work platforms might be the best solution.
A fully adjustable range of self-closing safety gates for use in rooftop or industrial environments. Safety gates are ideal for protecting any openings, ladder/stair access points, roof hatches, walkways, access to industrial machinery, and other restricted areas, where regular access for maintenance and inspection is needed.
Kee Klamp components offer the most flexible solution for the construction of safety barrier systems. The Kee Klamp system securely joins standard sizes of structural steel tubes into almost any configuration imaginable, utilising the widest range of fittings available on the market today.
Since any service interruption—including telecommunications— would be costly, the rooftop HVAC equipment should undergo frequent maintenance and inspections to help prevent downtime and minimize repairs. Just as the data centres safeguard digital files, their facility managers must ensure that workers performing these tasks have ample fall protection “up there.”
Data centres are critical infrastructures and any outage could cost a company millions of dollars. They require a variety of equipment, like ventilation and cooling systems, UPS, generators and cabling, to ensure continuous operation. As most of these systems will be situated on the roof, access will be required by engineers and contractors to carry out regular inspections, maintenance and emergency repair work. This means that safe access onto and across the roof is vital.