When it comes to rooftop railing systems KeeGuard has no equal. Again and again, KeeGuard demonstrates itself as the market leading roof railing system because of its non-penetrating nature, superior galvanized coating, and versatility in varying roof environments. Below is a pictorial overview of some of the latest KeeGuard installations from around the world.
Covered with Snow at Sunrise
On a dirt covered roof.. and yes, that's the real Eiffel tower.
KeeGuard shows off it's ability to make non-standard angles
Combined with a system that is anchored to I beams on the roof top.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a video worth? Sometimes it's helpful to see a product in action to get a sense of how it really works. We now have some video of the Tether Track fixed track lifeline from Gorbel. Here are a few short videos that show the rigid rail lifeline in a bus depot and an RV repair shop.
Kee Walk is a rooftop walkway solution that will create a safe walking surface on a standing seam or corrugated metal rooftop. The sections are usually sold in standard lengths that can then be easily attached to the roof surface. Sections can be customized to fit the particular arrangement of each individual roof.
The installation of horizontal lifelines requires professionals who understand both the surface they are mounting to and the components of the lifeline system. Many of the other safety systems that we sell can be installed by the end user, but a horizontal lifeline is different. In order to ensure the safety of the system a professional installation of a lifeline system is required. Professionals will ensure that the system is installed properly and then give you training on the usage of the system.
Simplified Safety has a network of installers throughout the United States that can perform the needed professional installation of the KeeLine Horizontal Lifeline.
Recently I came across some really nice pictures of a KeeGuard toeboard installation. These are some great shots that show how well toeboard integrates with our railing systems. I decided to do a little Q&A on toeboard with Sales Manager, Dan Wampler.
When is a railing required to have toeboard?
Toeboard is required on a railing whenever it would be potentially hazardous for an object to fall from the edge. Ask this basic question: "If my hammer were to fall at this edge, could it hit a person or any dangerous machinery?" If "yes", you need toeboard. If you have an edge that does not pose this risk, you should be OK with standard railing without toeboard.
What are the general requirements of toeboard?
According to OSHA, toeboard needs to be at least 4" tall, with no more than a 1/4" gap at the bottom. It also must be able to withstand 50lbs being applied to it.
How do you integrate toeboard into your railing?
There are several different ways to mount toeboard onto a railing system
Weld it. Welding is probably the most labor intensive and dangerous route. It also leaves a system that is prone to rust in the future. Toeboard is usually used in situations where there is quite a bit of water (think water treatment plants or rooftops) so the last thing you want to do is leave an entry point for rust.
Drill and attach with u-bolts. This option is a bit better than welding but can still leave rust potential where the drill penetrates into the unprotected metal.
Use extruded toeboard and special toeboard base flanges. This is the option that we recommend. Extruded aluminum toeboard is very strong, corrosion resistant and has a channel to receive the hardware. The hardware is attached through special holes on the base flange fitting. (example toeboard fitting). This option forms the most secure connection without penetrating the metal to leave an opportunity for rust.
If you have other questions about toeboard we're always eager to help. Contact us and we'll get your connected to the right solution.
There's been a couple of articles in the news about some changes in the ADA laws that are going into effect. Here is a complete breakdown of the changes from the government - link.
What does it all mean?
The real question for most employers is how does this affect the way I treat employees and run my business. The way I see it, the shift is that now instead of waiting until there is a problem, employers will need to be proactive in meeting the ADA guidelines. These ADA guidelines apply to everything from handrails to signage.
What about you? What do you think will change? Comment below.
Organizations like Habitat for Humanity use volunteer labor for residential roofing projects. The use of volunteer labor can be quite a dilema when it comes to keeping everyone on the worksite safe from injury. One of the most dangerous areas of a volunteer work site is a roof. An innovation in guardrail technology from HUGS now makes residential roof work much safer and more efficient.
The HUGS guardrail system allows the project manager to setup a safe working perimeter on a residential or commercial truss based roof. This solution is ideal for volunteer organizations who want to provide a safe working environment for volunteers working on the roof. Instead of requiring skills training and fall arrest equipment, the HUGS guardrail perimeter can be erected easily and for low cost, proving the safest possible work environment.
Here is what Dave Hall, House Leader of Harford Habitat for Humanity had to say:
We have used the HUGS for about three years at my Habitat Affiliate - I think our original cost was near $2000. They have been used about 15 times, so we are approaching $100 per house; Cheap! No work on a roof without the HUGS system installed, period. No exceptions for new construction.
Dave's quote points to the value that HUGS can bring: excellent roof top safety for volunteers at a reasonable cost.
How often have you seen workers in boom lifts with absolutely no fall protection? I’m willing to bet it’s pretty often. What those workers don’t realize (let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they haven’t been properly trained), is that you are required to be tied-off the moment you step into the basket of a boom lift. How you achieve tie-off may vary, but you must always be tied-off. 29 CFR 1926.453(b)(v) states that “A body belt shall be worn and a lanyard attached to the boom or basket when working from an aerial lift.” Note that there is no qualifier to this statement – no height at which it kicks in, no type of work you need to be performing, no amount of time you will be in the basket. If you are working from an aerial lift, you must be tied off.