Overhead fall protection

Rigid Rail Overhead Fall Protection System

Designed for safety and more mobility for workers operating in elevated environments where stable anchor points are challenging.
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What is a Rigid Rail System?

Rigid rail is an overhead fall arrest system system, paired with a self-retracting lifeline for workers at height - indoors and out. Rigid rail overhead lifelines are a reliable, cost-effective way to reduce the risk of injury in elevated work environments with minimal fall clearance.

Overhead fall arrest systems can be customized with a single or dual-track system to accommodate one or multiple workers in any work environments. Overhead lifelines are the perfect solution when a floor-mounted system or ceiling anchor is not an option.

Rigid rail fall protection is critical for workers who are frequently exposed to fall hazards while working at heights. Our overhead lifeline systems are OSHA and ANSI compliant, so you can rest assured your employees are protected.

Advantages of Rigid Rail Lifelines

Code Expertise

OSHA Compliant

Rigid rail lifelines are built to meet and exceed OSHA standards. All systems comply with OSHA 1910, OSHA 1926 and ANSI Z35; creating a safer work environment and reducing fall hazards.

Modular and customizable

Custom Engineered

Rigid rail systems are designed for your specific application - indoors or outside. The system can accomodate various users and heights. And the overhead railing can mount to existing structures, suspend from the floor or use wall-mounted supports.

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Increased Productivity

The system accommodates multiple workers on one system, which means jobs can be completed faster. With the optional bypass capability, each user has their own track, resulting in increased safety and productivity.

Durable

Durable & Safe

All rigid rail components are coated for added durability and corrosion control. The zero-deflection of the anchor track system reduces fall distance and force, compared to overhead cable systems.

Rigid Rail Fall Protection Systems

FlexRail

FlexRail

FlexRail has an enclosed track design for superior trolley movement so a retractable lifeline always stays directly above the user. FlexRail works best for lower working heights and light weight supporting structures. The rigid construction minimizes fall distances with protection at levels as low as four-foot and span capabilities from 6-to-100 feet. FlexRail system can be used with:

  • Aircrafts
  • Railcar/Truck
  • Industrial
FlexBridge

FlexBridge

FlexBridge can be positioned anywhere and provides large areas of fall protection coverage. The system is ideal for industrial applications with existing overhead cranes or varying areas where fall protection is needed. The FlexBridge can be designed for spans from 6-to-100 feet. Shorter bridge spans will automatically follow the user’s movement, while longer spans require manual positioning. FlexBridge is commonly used in applications such as fixed-wing and rotary aircraft hangars and industrial and manufacturing facilities with overhead cranes.

Twin Flexrail - rigid rail

Twin FlexRail

Twin FlexRail consists of twin enclosed tracks with sealed bearing trolleys for 1:100 movement-to-weight ratio. The trolley beam fall protection system for railcars and trucks is capable of spans of 100-feet between supports and 30-foot cantilevers past the end supports. Due to the extremely low weight-to-movement ratio, the retractable lifeline always remains directly overhead eliminating the possibility of a swing fall.

Rigid Rail Lifeline Configurations

Ceiling Monorail
Ceiling Monorail
This involves mounting a rigid rail to the ceiling of a warehouse, hanger or other existing structure. The monorail can be dropped down to the appropriate height or mounted flush the ceiling. The monorail can support multiple tracks, allowing multiple workers to pass each other while tied off to the same rigid rail system.
Ceiling Bridge Crane
Ceiling Bridge Crane
The bridge crane allows two axis of motion. This allows the worker complete mobility, moving on the x and y-axis while keeping the fall protection anchor point directly over the worker's head.
Free Standing Monorail
Free Standing Monorail
The free-standing monorail can be supported in two ways. 1) It can be cantilevered from one side, such as in a rail car or trucking application. 2) Additionally, it can be supported by two sides. The cantilever option requires the columns to be larger while supporting it from two sides requires smaller support columns.
Free Standing Bridge
Free Standing Bridge
The bridge crane allows two axis of motion. This allows the worker complete mobility, moving on the x and y-axis while keeping the fall protection connector directly over the worker's head. The freestanding unit is supported by columns on either side of the unit.
Fold Away Wall Cantilever
Fold Away Wall Cantilever
The fall protection unit can be tucked away into the side of the wall while it is not in used. Foldaway cantilever systems are available in two versions: motorized or mechanical locking mechanism.
Gantry Cranes
Gantry Cranes
A great portable solution, allowing the fall protection crane to be transported to where it is needed within a particular environment.

Industry Solutions

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Specialized fabrication and over-sized product manufacturing has its own set of challenges, including protecting workers at height during assembly and finishing. Overhead fall protection systems are customized with your unique environment for optimum motion and productivity.
Railroad and Trucking

Railroad and Trucking

Working on railcars and tankers can be dangerous without proper fall protection. We will work with you to assess the environment and needs to design the best rail fall protection system benefitting your employees. Maximize employee efficiency with a stable, quick connection from our fall protection solution.
Aircrafts

Aircrafts

We offer a wide range of solutions designed specifically for performing maintenance, repairs, and overhauls for both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. We have aviation fall protection systems designed and installed for commercial, corporate, and military aircraft.

OSHA Regulations

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1910.140(c) Personal Fall Protection Systems. The employer must ensure that each personal fall protection system meets the requirements:

  • When vertical lifelines are used, each employee must be attached to a separate lifeline.
  • Lanyards and vertical lifelines must have a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds.
  • Self-retracting lifelines and lanyards automatically limit free fall distance to 2 feet or less must have components capable of sustaining a minimum tensile load of 3,000 pounds applied to the device with the lifeline or lanyard in the fully extended position.
  • Anchors are used to attach to personal fall protection equipment and must be independent of any anchorage used to suspend employees or platforms on which employees work.

1910.140(d) Personal Fall Arrest Systems.The employer must ensure that each personal fall arrest system:

  • Limit the maximum arresting force on the employee to 1,800 pounds;
  • Bring the employee to a complete stop and limit the maximum deceleration distance the employee travels to 3.5 feet;
  • Have sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy of the employee free falling a distance of 6 feet;
  • Sustain the employee within the system/strap configuration without making contact with the employee's neck and chin area.

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