Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau

Project: Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau

Fall protection testing and inspection company Eurosafe Solutions has reached dizzy heights with a new contract to test and inspect what is probably the geographically highest fall protection system in the UK.

The company is working on a five year agreement with Snowdonia National Park to test its wire access systems and eyebolts on the Summit building at Hafod Eryri - Mt Snowdon, which is located at 3,560ft (1,085 metres), metres above sea level - the highest point in the British Isles outside Scotland!

The building, which was officially opened in June 2009, attracts half a million visitors per year and includes a visitor centre and café.  Eurosafe Solutions won the contract after having initially designed and installed its fall protection systems.

Peter Trumper, Head of Property Services at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said: “We are pleased to be working with Eurosafe Solutions on the ongoing testing and inspection of the systems, which is part of our commitment to the safety of this building.”

He added: “This is a uniquely hazardous environment and planned scheduled maintenance is essential to minimise the risks to our staff and outside workers.  We chose the wire access systems from Eurosafe Solutions when the building was designed as they had minimal visual impact on the building and the environment, yet they were very robust and met all our safety access requirements.  We have been delighted with the way the building looks and how the access systems have performed in these conditions.” 

John Boyle, Director of Eurosafe Solutions, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Snowdonia National Park on this testing and inspection contract.  As many of our staff are keen climbers, this will be a job that all our team will want to do! By working with clients such as the National Park Authority, we aim to take away the headache of having to ensure that their systems are properly maintained, giving them peace of mind and minimising risks to staff and to a business.”

Eurosafe Solutions specialises in the testing and inspection of fall protection systems, which includes providing risk assessments, training services for work at heights and providing long term inspection and maintenance programmes.  

The company carries out its testing and inspection services to meet BS EN 795:1997 and goes beyond the ‘sample’ testing approach by physically testing every system to apply a specified load for a number of minutes to each end component for every system.  This is part of providing total confidence to customers and a greater degree of safety for those working at heights. Following the inspection, Eurosafe Solutions produces a detailed report as to its inspector’s findings and provides up to date system certification. 

Eurosafe Solutions has over 20 years experience in the installation, testing, inspection and monitoring of fall protection systems.   The company has amongst its customers some of the UK’s iconic buildings, including the O2 Arena, The Millennium Stadium, Manchester Evening News Arena, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and the Emirates Stadium. The company provides testing and inspection services to schools, commercial and residential buildings and shopping centres across the country.

For more information, contact Eurosafe Solutions Ltd on 0870 777 6940 or visit the website www.eurosafesolutions.com.