HORIZONTAL LIFELINE SYSTEMS FOR RENOVATED UNIVERSITY BUILDING

Horizontal lifeline system on national heritage site

Partner: AllRisk valbeveiliging

Country: The Netherlands

Solution: XSLinked horizontal lifeline system (★★★)

The former Physisch Laboratorium (physics laboratory) in Utrecht is now home to the Utrecht University. This building is marked as a “Rijksmonument”, a Dutch national heritage site, which means it has significant historical value and the building needs to be preserved. To future-proof the facility dated from 1875, the inside as well as the outside are being renovated. After the renovation has been completed, the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) department will be housed in the premises.

Our Dutch Partner, AllRisk, was asked to ensure the modernized building is also safe for periodical (roof) maintenance. To ensure a safe work environment at height a total of six horizontal lifelines (approx. 145 meter / 475 feet)  and two single anchor points were installed on five roof surfaces.

The lifeline systems have integrated XSDynamic energy absorbers to ensure the roof structure is protected against the forces that are released should a fall occur.

* Photos were taken directly after installation. Afterwards a roofer covered all the baseplates with bitumen to ensure a watertight finish.

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