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Common Myths About Rooftop Guardrail

custom color rooftop guardrailIn our business, we attack fall protection challenges using a hierarchy of controls.  We start by looking at the simplest hazard mitigation strategies before moving on to more complex options.  Prime examples of this approach include eliminating the hazard or applying administrative controls such as training personnel on how to work safely at heights.  When these techniques are insufficient, we begin looking at additional strategies such as passive fall protection, fall restraint, or the use of a fall arrest system.

When most folks hear the phrase “fall protection,” their minds go to horizontal lifelines which can prevent a worker from falling (fall restraint) or rigid rail fall arrest systems that stop a worker from striking machinery below the work area or the ground level.   Make no mistake–these common fall protection systems have merit.  That said, the hierarchy of controls previously mentioned only prescribes these approaches when less complex solutions aren’t viable options.

Fall restraint and fall arrest systems require a worker to don a body harness and tie off.  The effectiveness of a fall arrest system depends on an engineer’s ability to perform the calculations needed to ensure the system–and the structure used to anchor the system–is sufficient to absorb the energy applied during a fall.  Put another way, there are a lot of complex variables to consider.  Passive fall protection systems have fewer variables that can fail.

Guardrail is one of the best examples of passive fall protection.  Simple to install and easy to use, guardrail protects workers from the hazards posed by your rooftop’s leading edges.  Rooftop guardrail eliminates the need to tie-off, as well as the annual inspections and re-certifications associated with roof lifelines.  What’s more, rooftop safety railing minimizes the need for employee training.  Despite these benefits, rooftop guardrail systems have their detractors.  Some of the concerns we hear about guardrail are valid, but in many instances, folks dismiss guardrail as an option before arming themselves with the facts.  Below are some common misconceptions about rooftop guardrail, along with our attempts to set the record straight. Read more…

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Custom Color Portable Guardrail

custom color rooftop guardrailHenry Ford once said “You can buy a Model T in any color as long as it is black.”  If you have spent time shopping for portable rooftop guardrail online, you may think Henry Ford’s rule applies to guardrail too. Most of the guardrail you’ll see on the web is safety yellow.  Don’t get us wrong–yellow guardrail is a highly visible reminder that the leading edge is near.  That said, there are times when folks want the rooftop’s perimeter railing system to blend with the rest of the building. Whether you prefer guardrail that matches company colors or the goal is simply to do a better job of concealing the fall protection system from the ground level, we can help.   Read more…

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Portable Guardrail Base Plates: Why Weight Matters

Non-penetrating, free-standing, or portable guardrail is a common solution for rooftop fall protection applications because it is simple to install and easy to use.  Because most portable guardrail systems look the same–yellow, steel railing sections and weighted base plates—folks often assume the primary differentiating factor between competing systems is price.  Although price is always an important factor, the main differences between guardrail systems are where you might least expect—base plate design. Most guardrail manufacturers suggest that heavier base plates are safer and more secure, but heftier base designs are not always the best option. Read more…

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Pre-Packaged Portable Guardrail Kits For Rooftop Applications

Contractor KitOne of the best parts about our website is that an easy way for customers to price and purchase portable guardrail online.  Assuming you have determined your perimeter guardrail needs, you can simply log on to the website, put the required sections of guardrail and the appropriate number of base plates into your cart, and you can get a delivered price, including freight.  You don’t need to wait on us to prepare a quote–you don’t need to cut a purchase order–you can simply check out using your credit card.  We have always believed that being transparent on our pricing and offering an e-commerce site that allows customers to purchase guardrail online is the way to go.  The entire process is designed to be simple, fast, and easy. Read more…

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Introducing LORGUARD — The Non-Penetrating, Freestanding Rooftop Safety Railing System

We just completed work on a new video introducing our OSHA Compliant, Freestanding Rooftop Safety Railing. LORGUARD is easy to install and compatible with all roofing substrates.

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