Roof Guardrail Systems Fall Protection Handrails & Safety Rails — Dakota Safety

Roof Guardrail Systems Fall Protection Handrails & Safety Rails - Dakota Safety

Manufacturing Facility, Minneapolis MN

Architectural Series, Camp Withycombe, WA

Dakota Safety specializes in solving fall protection situations using a passive fall protection guardrail system. Non-penetrating guardrail systems provide roof edge protection without penetrating the roof or floor surface. Moreover some systems can be used as a portable system to be moved to an area when needed.

Whether you are looking for a solution for fall protection, barrier protection, handrails, safety rails, floor opening protection, or roof guardrail systems, Dakota Safety supplies a variety of roof guardrail systems systems to meet your specific application.

OHSA Regulations and non-penetrating roof guardrail systems

The rail system is supported by 108 lb base plates and when combined with a return perpendicular to the leading edge at each end, the combined mass of the system and the geometry creates a compliant guardrail system for roof edge protection.

Unlike other guard rail systems which require intermediate counterweights at each stanchion, the SafetyRail 2000 system only requires returns at each end of a run, eliminating trip hazards near the rail and lowering overall cost.

Easy Rooftop Installation (no tools required)

All safety railing systems come with simple instructions for installation. No drilling or tools are required for installation.

  • Position bases in desired location
  • Insert rail into base receiver ports
  • Insert locking pin

Guardrail Features

  • Each base has 4 receiver ports allowing up to 4 rails to join at a single base and allowing infinite positioning of the rail sections
  • Positive Locking system secures rails to base. The Positive Locking System provides a visual confirmation that the rail is secured to the base. (Friction lock systems DO NOT provide this verification.)
  • Complies with OSHA regulations 29 CFR 1910.23 and 1926.502
  • Toe-board bracket adapters for 2 x 4 boards are available
  • Bases come standard pads on bottom
  • Optional EPDM pads are available
  • Working handles are built into bases for easy handling

Call us today or request a quote for your roof guardrail system needs.

Fall Protection Regulations for Working On A Roof

Fall protection is an important safety consideration on the worksite and OSHA illustrates the need and importance in two separate OSHA regulations—29 CFR 1910 for general industry, and 29 CFR 1926 for construction. The two regulations vary somewhat, but the general takeaway is this: There is no safe place on or safe distance from the edge of a roof—all situations require fall protection.

Forget the “six-foot rule” and even the “fifty-foot rule” (“if you’re working X-feet from the edge of the roof, you’re safe”)—without an approved fall protection system, no distance is considered safe within OSHA regulations. Unless the sole purpose of being on the roof is to install fall protection, fall protection is always required (and even in that instance, there are still safety requirements).

Active vs. Passive Fall Protection

OSHA allows for both active and passive fall protection; neither is given preference. However, passive fall protection—guard rails, safety gates, etc.—is the best option, as it allows you to protect the entire work area on the roof without having to make adjustments for where the work will actually be taking place.

With active fall protection—harnesses, lanyards, anchors, etc.—tie-off points must be provided in every different area on the roof where maintenance or construction may take place. On top of a large building, for example, there may be a dozen or more different HVAC devices, vents, communications or power lines, or other equipment that requires maintenance. In this instance, tie-offs for safety harnesses would be needed at each site, as well as transitional points in between—workers must always be anchored on a roof, even when they’re simply walking from one area to another.

A passive fall protection system is a permanent solution that requires no adjustments or relocation from work area to work area. With a set of guard rails is installed, workers do not need to spend time donning harnesses or checking their safety equipment—they can go about their work immediately and move freely about the roof, no matter where maintenance is needed. There’s no need to worry that personnel may attach their harnesses or anchors incorrectly.

OSHA Requirements

As long as the safety rails meet OSHA requirements for minimum height (39”), minimum force resistance (16 lbs. at 30” height), and minimum weight accommodation (200 lbs. at top rail), and are set up in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, they are approved for all maintenance or construction work. After proper installation, safety rails will always be just where they need to be and will always be set up correctly.

Active and passive fall restraint systems both need to pass regular OSHA inspections. Active fall restraint equipment may require concessions for workers of varying height and weight, as well as variations in potential fall heights; passive fall restraint systems are a one-size-fits-all solution.

Active and passive fall safety systems are both acceptable by OSHA standards. However, passive fall restraint offers a number of advantages that make it the better solution for rooftop maintenance and construction projects.


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