Construction Guardrail Temporary Safety Railing

Construction Guardrail and Railing

OSHA Compliant Guardrail Systems for Temporary Fall Protection

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, making fall protection critical on any job site. Construction guardrail systems are ideal for building temporary safety railing on residential or commercial construction projects. Railings are a great option for construction sites where things change on a daily basis. Construction safety railings are easy to install, come in a wide variety, and can be reused on different job sites.

All engineered railing systems are designed to meet OSHA requirements for construction, providing you peace of mind that your people and your job site are secure.

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Quick Tip for Compliance

The type of construction taking place will dictate the required fall protection needed to keep your employees safe and your job site compliant. If a guardrail system is used as fall protection it must comply with the following provisions:

Compliant Construction Railing Must:

  • The top rail must be between 39 and 45 inches above the working or walking surface.
  • Midrails, screens, mesh, and intermediate vertical members must be installed If there is not a parapet that is 21 inches
  • Guardrail systems must withstand up to 200 pounds of force applied, within 2 inches of the top rail, in any direction.

It is important to note that you should always follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Types of Construction Railing

There are three main types of railing that can be used in construction: free-standing guardrail, railing that clamps or hooks to the leading edge, or mounted temporary railing. All are OSHA compliant and will protect workers as long as they are installed based on the manufacturer's recommendations.

Three Main Railing Types:
  • Free-Standing Temporary Guardrail: Weighted-based make for an easy installation
  • Railing That Clamps or Hooks to The Edge of the Working Surface
  • Mounted Temporary Railing: Fixed-on to the Exposed Edge
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Construction Railing
That Meets Industry Standards

  • OSHA Standard 1926
  • OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.501
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1926.502
  • International Building Code Section 1015
  • International Building Code Section 1607.8
  • Canadian National Building Code,,
  • Ontario Building Code Section,,
  • HSG-33 Health & Safety in Roof Work
  • HSE Specialist Report No 15: 1988
  • HSE Sheet 21 “Working on Flat Roofs Protection Against Falls"
  • BS 6399: Part 2 1995 Wind Code

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Construction Railing FAQs

At what height is fall protection required for construction?

Fall protection is required when there is an elevation change or an unprotected edge that is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level. Each employee must be protected from falling by using a guardrail system, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system. However, if the employer can prove that the use of a safety system creates a greater hazard or if it is infeasible, then the employer will have to develop and implement a fall protection plan that meets the requirements of paragraph (k) of 1926.502.

What is a leading-edge and when does it require fall protection?

A leading-edge is the edge of a floor, roof, or formwork for a floor, deck, or other walking surfaces which changes location as additional sections are added or created. Fall protection for a leading-edge is required for any worker constructing a leading-edge that is 6 feet or more above a lower-level, must be protected by a guardrail system, safety net, or personal fall arrest system.

Can a warning line be used in construction instead of railing?

Yes, but the warning line must be erected around all sides of roof work areas and at least 6 feet from the roof edge. 1926.502(f).

Are toeboards required in construction?

Toeboards are used as protection from falling objects, such as equipment and tools. Toeboards must be erected along the edges of the overhead walking or working surface for a distance sufficient to protect workers working below. 1926.502(j)(1).

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