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.
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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.
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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
Putting a railing on a roof comes with a number of distinct issues. KeeGuard roof railing has number of benefits that will help you to address these issues.
Issue 1: Do Not Penetrate the Roof Membrane
A roof has one distinct purpose, to keep the weather out of your building. The last thing you want to do is put a hole in what is supposed to be keeping water, wind, heat and cold on the outside. Roof railing that penetrates the roof will only cause you more headaches in the long run. The solution is KeeGuard roof railing. KeeGuard uses a counter-balanced system to hold the railing in place. The result is that the railing will not penetrate the roof membrane.
Issue 2: Ensure that it is Safe / OSHA Compliant
In order for a roof railing to be effective in preventing a fall, it must be able to resist the loads as laid out in OSHA 1926. OSHA says that the top rail of the railing must be able to resist 200 lbs of point load without deflecting. KeeGuard roof railing exceeds this requirements and has the test documents to prove it. Each roof railing system is designed by a sales engineer to ensure the highest level of safety. Do not entrust your employee safety and business liability to mere claims! Get the testing data.
Issue 3: Navigating Roof Obstacles
Most roofs were not designed with railing in mind. There are often obstacles on the rooftop that make the installation of railing difficult. KeeGuard uses modular fittings and standard pipe that make it easy to navigate obstacles that are located on the rooftop. Whether it is a ventilation duct that extends over the edge of the roof or a piece of equipment that installed close to the roof edge, KeeGuard roof railing can be used to protect workers who are accessing these areas.
Issue 4: Keep the Architects Happy - Make it Look Good
Architects have an interest in making sure their design is not corrupted by the addition of a railing to the rooftop. Safety and aesthetics do not have to be mutually exclusive. KeeGuard roof railing has a number of features that make it an acceptable, good looking solution. First off, it's galvanized and not painted safety yellow. This means that the railing is less visible and blends in better with its surroundings. The railing can also be powder coated so that it blends in perfectly with the aesthetics of the building. Secondly, the roof railing can be angled away from the roof edge to make it less visible from the ground. The railing remains compliant, but has a smaller "visual footprint" when viewed from the ground. Thirdly, unlike other roof railing systems, KeeGuard has a contiguous railing. There are no breaks in the railing, making it look more pleasing and well integrated into the building environment.
Issue 5: Install Quickly and Safely
A roof railing that can be installed safely and efficiently is another must! KeeGuard's modular design makes it assemble rapidly without the use of welding or drilling. An Allen key, torque wrench, pipe vise and pipe cutter are all that is needed to install this roof railing. Special non-penetrating temporary anchor points are also available to make sure that your workers are safe while doing the installation. On top of being installed quickly and safely, Simplified Safety also offers several levels of installation services. We can come on site and help your crew install the system, or offer complete turn-key installation.
Issue 6: Must Resist Corrosion and have Long Lasting Durability
The KeeGuard roof railing system is completely galvanized. Because it is not a welded system, it is more impervious to corrosion than standard welded railing that has been painted. KeeGuard systems are built for long lasting durability. Annual maintenance will ensure that your railing last for many years. It's modular nature also ensure that any damaged parts can be easily replaced.
Whatever the issues are surrounding roof railing, KeeGuard has the solution. The KeeGuard system is the industry leading roof railing solution because it performs well in all circumstances.
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Toeboard is an important part of the OSHA safety railing regulation. See one of our past blog posts to learn more about when toeboard is required on your railing. This safety railing, installed around an access point at the Ellenville Flood Protection Project, used integrated toeboard fittings to attach the required toeboard to the railing.
To make it easier to attach toeboard to your railing, our safety railing can use the special fitting pictured above. This fitting base has special slots that allow the toeboard to be attached directly to the railing with bolts and nuts. The advantage of this toeboard attachment method is that it allows little to no gap at the bottom of the toeboard -- an important part of the OSHA regulation. This toeboard base fitting also makes installation a snap. Using an extruded toeboard section, you can slide the toeboard right onto the bolts of the fitting.
If your safety railing needs toeboard, be sure to get in touch with our Safety Railing support team and they can help provide you with the right solution.