New York City is in the middle of a huge underground excavation project that has been going on for years. The pictures from the subterranean world are dramatic and have found their way onto websites and news magazines around the world. As a safety professional, you can't help but notice the massive usage of guardrail in the project. That being said, you probably also can't help but notice how unsafe it is!
The picture above is a great example. The railing system pictured is meant to be used on flat surfaces with specific "returns" that keep the system counterbalanced. Certainly they serve as a "warning" that there is an edge there, but beyond that I'm not sure that they would come close to stopping a fall or meeting the OSHA top rail loading requirements.
This is the kind of "lip service" to safety that can become deadly on a job site. Certainly it appears that there is a railing there, but the reality is, it's still probably very unsafe and would not prevent a fall if someone where to back into the system.
Safety equipment that is not used according to manufacture's specifications is no longer safety equipment! Rather it is an accident waiting to happen. Be sure to follow safety equipment instructions or else you may be creating a deceptive hazard instead of providing safety for the worker.
Below is a comprehensive list of safety railing solutions that are available to our customers. Not every safety railing solution is a fit for every environment, so we've called attention to where each railing works best. All of these safety railing solutions are OSHA compliant unless otherwise noted.
Environments: Flat Roofs or Low Slope Roofs
KeeGaurd is a non-penetrating guardrail that uses counterbalanced or post weights to keep the railing firmly anchored on the roof.
Environments: Standing Seam or Corrugated Metal Roofs
KeeGuard metal roof can be attached to standing seam roofs with non-penetrating S-5! clamps. The railing attaches to corrugated metal roofs with a special plate that must be screwed into the roof surface.
Environments: Flat Roofs and Job Sites with Flat Surfaces
Portable guardrail can be used as a permanent solution or a temporary guardrail that can be moved from location to location. Portable guardrail has 5'-10' sections of railing that are held up by weighted bases.
Environments: Roofs with Structural Parapets
This railing can be attached to existing roof parapets to provide a guardrail that meets OSHA requirements.
Environments: Flat and Sloped Surface (ground or wall) that can receive a fastener.
This is a very flexible option when it comes to creating guardrail and safety railing. It can attach to virtually any surface and provides barrier protection that is OSHA compliant.
Environments: Flat Surface (ground) that can receive a fastener.
This railing kit can be purchased in three kits: corner, straight and extension. It is galvanized and then powder coated safety yellow. It comes partially assembled in the box and is very simple to complete the assembly.
Environments: Construction Site
There are various types of railings that attach to many different kinds of surfaces. Most of the railings in this category are designed to be temporary and meet OSHA standards for guardrail.
Environments: Ramps, Stairs and Flat Areas that Require Handicap Access
ADA railing can be designed to provide OSHA fall protection, but the default configuration for ADA railing only takes into consideration handicap access laws.
Environments: Around Roof Hatches
OSHA compliant railing that attaches to a roof hatch. This railing also provides a grab point for people entering and exiting the hatch.
Environments: Around Skylights
OSHA considers a skylight to be a hole in your roof. Skylights must be protected with the appropriate railing. KeeDome is a non-penetrating railing that hugs the edge of dome skylights.
In order for a roof parapet to provide adequate fall protection, a roof parapet should be at least 42" in height. Unfortunately, many buildings get close to this height without quite meeting the height required by OSHA to provide fall protection. There are several solutions to help you raise the height of your parapet that are cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing.
Here are several solutions if you find yourself in a situation where your parapet does not meet the fall protection height requirement.
1. Raise the Parapet Height with a Railing
This is the simplest solution. If you can penetrate your roof parapet, there are several roof parapet railing solutions. We offer railings that attach to the top of the parapet or the outside of the building. Find our more about these types of railings on our roof parapet railing page.
2. Install a Non-Penetrating Full-Height Railing
If penetrating the outside of the wall is not an option, a freestanding, non-penetrating railing can be used to keep people back to from the roof edge. Find out more about KeeGuard, our non-penetrating roof railing.
3. Use Temporary Parapet Railing Clamps to Build a Railing
If you only require temporary access to a roof with a lower parapet, then parapet clamps are a cost-effective option. The clamps are designed to clamp onto the roof parapet. The railing is then formed by inserting 2x4s between the clamps to form a safe, temporary barrier. Click here to find out more about temporary parapet railing brackets.
Whatever the situation you find yourself in, reach out to our trained sales staff. They can recommend products and help you understand the benefits of the different parapet railing solutions that are available.
There is a new generation of railing that is emerging from Kee Safety: Kee Lite Smooth Aluminum Railing. As it's name indicates, there is now a way to build smooth aluminum railing with a modular, component based system. Kee Lite Smooth features a railing surface that is smooth to the touch. Such railing is helpful when designing and building ADA railings as well as railing for the wastewater treatment industry. Many of the features that are gained from using a fittings based system apply to the Kee Lite Smooth railing system.
Kee Lite Smooth - Ideal for the Wastewater Industry
We have always been able to provide aluminum railing systems, but those railings were standard railings built with slip-on fittings. The wastewater treatment standards call for the use of smooth railing. Kee Lite Smooth fills this niche and offers a modular, smooth aluminum railing that meets water treatment railing standards. Aluminum is corrosion resistant making it an extremely durable railing in the moisture rich environment.
Get a Project Quote
If you would like a quote for a Kee Lite Smooth railing system, begin by contacting our sales team. They can work with existing drawings or assist in the design process. Click here to contact us.
Cross posted from Simplified Building
Pallet Gates are typically found on mezzanines, but they can be used in other industrial applications. This pallet gate was used on a work platform that was built around an industrial mixing platform. The pallet gate allows for items to be lifted onto the platform (e.g. pallets of materials to be put into the mixer) while at the same time providing safe access to the people working on the platform.
These pallet gates were installed onto an existing work platform with the addition of fall protection railing. OSHA requires that general industry employees working at a height greater than four feet have adequate fall protection. Adding safety railing and pallet gates to these work platforms brought the system into compliance and provided a safer working area for employees.
Pallet gates are special safety gates that open only from the outside. This allows pallets and other items to be pushed into the working area with a fork lift. The gates do not swing in the outward direction. Pallet gates come in two standard sizes, but custom options are available. To find out more about our pallet and mezzanine gates, please visit this page: Pallet Gates