Roof Edge Fall Protection Guardrail Systems & Handrail Systems
Whether you are looking for industrial fall protection, barrier protection, roof handrails, safety rails, floor opening protection, or roof guardrail systems, Dakota Safety has the solution you need. We supply a variety of roof edge fall protection guardrail systems and handrail systems to meet your specific application. We have provided passive fall protection systems on projects in 49 states, in Canadian, and in a number of other countries.
Fall Protection Guardrail Systems from the ExpertsDakota Safety specializes in roof edge fall protection solutions, with a full line of passive fall protection guardrail systems and handrail systems available. Our non-penetrating railguard systems provide roof edge fall protection without damaging your roof or floor surface. Some fall protection guardrail systems can also function as portable solutions that can be moved to different areas, as needed.
All Dakota Safety fall protection guardrail systems are easy to install and meet OSHA regulations. We offer a variety of roof edge fall protection options, making it easy to find the right solution for your facility.
To learn more about our industrial fall protection guardrail systems, see "Grasping non-penetrating fall protection guardrail systems" from the May 2017 issue of Construction Specifier.
OHSA Regulations & Non-Penetrating Fall Protection Guardrail Systems
Dakota Safety’s roof guardrail systems are supported by 96 lb. base plates. When combined with a return perpendicular to the leading edge at each end, the combined mass and geometry of the system provide an OSHA-compliant guardrail system for roof edge fall protection.
Unlike other fall protection guardrail 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.
Request a quote for the fall protection guardrail system you need, or contact Dakota Safety for more information. Follow the links below for additional information and specifications.
Easy Rooftop Installation: No Tools Required!All our rooftop fall protection guardrail systems include simple installation instructions. No drilling or tools are required for installation.
- Position bases in desired locations
- Insert rails into base receiver ports
- Insert locking pins
Features of Our Roof Edge Fall Protection Guardrail Systems
- Each base has 4 receiver ports, allowing up to 4 rails to join at a single base and providing infinite possibilities for positioning the rail sections
- Positive locking system secures rails to base and provides a visual confirmation that the rail is secured to the base. Friction lock systems DO NOT provide this verification
- Toe-board bracket adapters for 2 x 4 boards are available
- Bases include pads on the bottom
- Optional EPDM pads are available
- Working handles are built into bases for easy handling
Fall Protection Regulations for Working On A RoofRoof edge fall protection is an important safety consideration on the worksite. The general takeaway from the applicable OSHA regulation (29 CFR 1926) 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”)—within OSHA regulations, no distance is considered safe without an approved fall protection guardrail system. 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 ProtectionOSHA allows for both active and passive roof edge 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 guardrail system is a permanent solution that requires no adjustments or relocation from work area to work area. With a fall protection guardrail system installed on the roof, 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 for Roof Edge Fall ProtectionActive and passive industrial fall protection systems are both acceptable by OSHA standards. However, passive fall protection offers a number of advantages over active fall protection, making it the better solution for rooftop maintenance and construction projects.
As long as your passive fall protection guardrail system meets OSHA requirements for minimum height (39”), minimum force resistance (16 lbs. at 30” height), and minimum weight accommodation (200 lbs. at top rail), and is set up in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, it is approved for all maintenance or construction work. After proper installation, a roof edge fall protection guardrail system will always be just where it needs to be and will always be set up correctly.
Active and passive fall protection systems both need to pass regular OSHA inspections. Active fall protection equipment may require concessions for workers of varying height and weight, as well as variations in potential fall heights; passive fall protection systems are a one-size-fits-all solution.