Background To PenoGuard™
PenoGuard™ Was Created As A Result Of Unnecessary Injuries & Deaths In Multi-storey Buildings
In the building construction industry, the safety of
workers has become a paramount concern. This is particularly so in the construction of multi-storey buildings
where it has been acknowledged that a fall of greater than 1.8 metres can be fatal. On such sites, there may
be many risks of falls, and one of these is the risk or a worker falling through a formwork penetration or
cavity destined to become a column of the multi-storey building, and within which a prefabricated steel
reinforcement cage is to be lowered prior to filling with concrete to create the column.
Conventionally, a formwork penetration is covered by a plywood board or the like, which is
normally nailed down to the surrounding structure. A message is then spray painted onto the plywood board warning
of the danger of a fall if the board is removed or excessive weight is applied thereon.
The major risk of standard penetration fall safety
A major risk of a fall arises when the plywood board is removed in order to lower a steel
reinforcement cage within the formwork penetration, at which time there are numerous workers standing around the
now uncovered and unprotected penetration trying to carefully manoeuvre the cage downwardly into position with the
aid of a crane. With their attention fixed on the reinforcement cage, the workers may fail to notice that they are
stepping dangerously close to the penetration and accidentally fall into it.
Research has indicated that the risk of a worker falling down a formwork penetration in a
multi-storey building may be substantially reduced by providing a fall safety barrier that, when the penetration is
not in use, is in a collapsed state for covering the penetration, and when the penetration is in use, is in an
upright state for preventing workers stepping dangerously close to the penetration.
The PenoGuard™ system comes in 3 different models
PenoGuard™ was also featured on the ABC New Inventions Show and you can
view the video link by clicking on the image below. It will open the ABC website in a new window so you can remain
on the PenoGuard™ site.
Penoguard™ Civil Unit
PenoGuard™ Construction Unit
PenoGuard™ Confined Space Unit
PenoGuard™ Fall Protection Safety