Background To PenoGuard™

PenoGuard™ Was Created As A Result Of Unnecessary Injuries & Deaths In Multi-storey Buildings

Penoguard BackgroundIn 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 PenoGuardsystem 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.

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“Penoguard is lightweight and easy to use with engineered safety. When access is required the quick and easy fold down frames are raised, eliminating the gravitational risk and when closed the system can be locked off to prevent any unauthorised access. We recommend Penoguards fit for purpose in this application and commend C&V Engineering for providing the solution to our problem”.
Eric Randell- Site Supervisor
Bovis Lend Lease

-- Eric Randell
Site Supervisor
Bovis Lend Lease