Anne Frank House
Working safely at height on a historically important building.
Eurosafe Solutions NL have recently completed work on the historic Anne Frank House to ensure that it is safe for operatives to carry out maintenance work at roof level.
The museum has undergone an extensive renovation as it would like to provide more historical context and depth, also to ensure that the growing number of visitors are better taken care of whilst keeping the authentic and historical character of the building intact.
The renovation was carried out by main contractor Salverda Bouw, who were the successful bidder at tender stage.
The renovation of the historic Anne Frank House offered a challenge for all parties involved. In order to be able to carry out maintenance work on the roofs after the renovation, a solution for safe working at height had to be found. One of the key requirements was that the museum must remain fully operational during the renovation.
Eurosafe Solutions had to take into consideration the type of maintenance work that will be carried out after the renovation, and what frequency they will be requiring access to the roof to determine what the best solution would be.
Before the renovation, access to the roof was too close to the eaves and safe roof access was not possible without temporary fall protection.
As part of the renovations, the access point was relocated to a safe area of the roof.
In order to preserve the aesthetic value of the Anne Frank House, a demarcation system was installed approx. 4m from the fall hazard to clearly identify the area at roof level which is classed as a safe zone.
For occasions when access is required outside of the safe zone, high-quality MSA Latchways cable systems and freestanding Constant Force Posts have been installed to create a safe working environment for operatives required to carry out critical maintenance activities. This, unlike edge protection (such as guardrail) has minimal impact on the appearance of the building. When trained operatives are secured to the cable systems and anchor points with the appropriate PPE, they are able to carry out the required tasks in a safe manner.
These solutions reduce risk and provide a safe means of access when carrying out maintenance tasks on the various roofs. Eurosafe Solutions installed the safety provisions without any impact on the aesthetics and operations of the museum. The visitors and staff of the museum were not hindered in any way by the work being completed.