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New access tower design improves safety for Taylor Wimpey

New access tower design improves safety for Taylor Wimpey.

When a conventional alloy tower didn’t have sufficient reach to allow safe working at height, Taylor Wimpey turned to George Roberts for a solution that was quick, could be utilised on future projects and wasn’t too costly.

Housing sites will often have an open staircase that extends over 10ft, and with today’s safety measures and social distancing, it can be challenging to accommodate the flow of site operatives without time interruptions. When we started working on the tower, the task was to provide a safe working platform in Taylor Wimpey’s roof house type property, which have 12ft ceilings and an open staircase.

– Traditional methods currently in use failed to tick all the boxes. The standard trellis mat type systems were not high enough, which could lead to operatives on site creating a hop–up to extend the reach, or even worse, a set of steps, and a conventional alloy tower did not reach over the staircase, says Dave Lee, Scaffold Manager at Taylor Wimpey.


At George Roberts Ltd, we take a flexible and collaborative approach to helping our customers overcome their challenges. After a few meetings with Taylor Wimpey, the design concept was ready – a 1m high alloy access tower with a cantilever attachment to 1 side to clear the balustrade or temporary handrail, which allowed for the floor area to remain safe.

Once in position, you attach the adjustable legs on the stairs, leaving enough space for operatives to pass and the tower is ready for use by Boarders, Plasterers and Painters.

Dave Lee says, “Since we have started to use the platform, all trades have been very receptive to what we have done to solve a potential safety issue”.

The tower is fully tested and compliant. Any person erecting the tower will need to be PASMA trained.


– We are always happy to help our customers, says Danny Wood, Sales Director at George Roberts Ltd. We take great satisfaction in collaborating with our customers to help them deliver their projects safer.


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