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Safety Rail Systems Are One Item with OSHA Guidelines and Regulations
Creating safe working environments is the responsibility of all organizations. Companies have to ensure that they have taken the proper steps to ensure the safety of their employees. In order to verify and confirm companies are providing the proper level of safety, different government agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), issue compliance regulations, as well as reserve the right to conduct inspections on a regular basis. OSHA has guidelines for a wide variety of areas, including air quality levels, noise levels, the use of safety rail systems, fall arrest systems, safety gates, hatch and ladder guards, skylight guards, and visual warning line systems, in addition to how these items are to be utilized and installed in your industry.

Select a Safety Rail System Based on How It Will Be Used
 
Deciding what type of safety rail system is best for your organization depends upon how it will be used. For example, if you are in construction, purchasing and installing permanent guard rails would not be cost-effective because it is difficult to remove them once the project is completed. Instead, using portable guard rails is better suited for construction firms. During the construction processes, though, your project could including installing permanent systems for your customer. In these situations, you are able to use them in place of your portable system, once they are properly installed. You customer might want you to install railings for delivery docks, along the edge of the roof, or other such areas.


Create Additional Storage Using Mezzanines with Mezzanine Safety Gates and Guard Rails
Sometimes you need additional storage space within your facility, but are unable to expand the size of your building. One viable option many industrial and warehouse operations use is to install mezzanines. Mezzanines are raised open areas constructed above the ground floor, with limited obstructions. Mezzanines do require the proper support beams to be able to support the weight of equipment, items and people placed on them. Further, you need to make sure mezzanines are installed with safety in mind. Open sides of each mezzanine need to have safety guard rails installed, along with mezzanine safety gates. The gates need to be installed so that they swing inwards and have a latch preventing them from opening outwards in order to prevent someone from accidently falling.

Use Mezzanine Safety Gates and Guard Rails on a Mezzanine Installed Over Equipment

 In addition to being used for storage, mezzanines may also be installed to create raised platforms for gaining easier access to equipment. Some types of machinery can be rather large, and performing maintenance and repairs on this equipment requires access from above. Using a safety harness with a support line, and lowering yourself into place, limits what maintenance you are able to complete without the assistance of other employees, and has an increased risk of potential accidents and injury. However, by installing a mezzanine with mezzanine safety gates and guard rails over the equipment, you have a solid surface to stand on to complete repairs and maintenance. You are also able to eliminating the risks associated with attempting to fix equipment using a safety harness and support line.


A Safety Gate Can Be Used in Work Areas for Different Reasons
Certain areas of your facility may require the use of a safety gate for different reasons. One use for these types of gates is to install them into railings around dangerous equipment and machinery. The gates act as a deterrent and help to prevent unauthorized access and reduce the potential of accidents and injuries. Another use for gates is to use them at entryways through safety guard railings on elevated areas, like mezzanines or cat walks. Without the use of gates in elevated areas, someone could accidently fall through entry openings and be seriously hurt. Gates used in these locations should be installed so that they swing inwards and away from the opening. The safety catch on the gates is designed to stop the gate from opening outwards, in the event someone were to lean against the gate, and it prevents them from falling.

The Type of Safety Gate You Use Should Satisfy OSHA Requirements
 
OSHA has specific guidelines and requirements for the use of a safety gate in work areas. Depending upon the exact location where the gate is being used, it may have to be a self-closing gate. These types of gates automatically return to their closed position after a person enters through them. For instance, in raised areas, safety gates should be self-closing as once they are closed -- they are designed to be used along with your safety guard rails to prevent accidental falls. When used at the ground level of your facility, you might have the option to choose from manually closing and self-closing gates. However, you need to verify the kind of gate you select does satisfy OSHA safety regulations.


Permanent Guard Rails Need to Include Height Allowances for Securing Them in Place
The height of permanent guard rails has to be taken into consideration when installing permanent guard rails. This is because a portion of the guard rail is normally secured in place with brackets, which are cemented in place below the floor level where they are being installed. While the use of brackets may be optional, they do help to ensure that the proper amount of railing is placed into the floor, in order to provide the necessary support to remain securely in place. You also have to account for OSHA requirements for the height of the railings. OSHA guidelines are based upon measurements taken from the floor, to the top of the railings, and do not include any length of the railing placed below the floor level. For this reason, the total length of the railings needs to include both the required OSHA measurement and the length of railing secured into the floor.

Get a Detailed Schematic with Your Quote for Permanent Guard Rails
 
Installing permanent guard rails requires drawings which have to be added to architectural blueprints. Taking away the confusion of complex blueprints is possible by utilizing our CAD modeling services. We can take any drawing, blueprint or other schematic, and turn it into a simple and easily understood safety rail project. This additional service is free and is provided with a detailed quote that includes descriptions and quantities of all needed hardware and equipment for your project. In addition to guard rails, we also supply other safety equipment, including skylight guarding, hatch and ladder guards, fixed and caged ladders, and visual warning line systems, as well as mobile fall arrest systems.


Ladder Guards, Guard Rails, and Visual Warning Line Systems Are Safety Equipment You Might Need
One of the biggest causes of accidents in the work place is not having the right fall protection and equipment in use. How seriously a person is injured depends upon the length of the distance from where they fell and hit the ground. Falling even a few feet can result in bruising, sprains, and other minor injuries. As heights increase, the extent of potential injury also increases. For example, if one of your employees were to fall from a roof off of a three story building, they could experience broken bones, serious head injuries and internal organ damage, upon impact with the ground, and might ultimately die as a result of their injuries. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure work spaces and areas within around your facility offer safe working environments. This means that you have to use the right kinds of safety equipment and gear, including ladder guards, guard rails, visual warning line systems and mobile fall arrest systems.

Provide Protection to Employees Working on Ladders with Ladder Guards

Ladder guards are designed to offer protection to your employees working on ladders. The guards are set up and installed around the base of ladders, in order to prevent other people from walking into the area any time work is being performed. In addition to placing the guards around the base of the ladder, your employee will also need fall arrest equipment, such as a body harness, in case they misstep while climbing up the ladder, or lose their footing and fall off the ladder. Ladder guards are available in both permanently installed and portable models, depending upon your needs and requirements.


OSHA Requires Skylight Guarding on Building with Skylights
Skylight guarding is a specific type of safety gear that is required to be installed and placed over areas on your roof where skylights are in use. The exact specifications, requirements and regulations for this kind of guarding is based upon OSHA standards and have to be followed in order to create a safe, secure and compliant workplace. The reason guarding has to be placed over skylights is because they do not provide any support or protection in the event someone were to trip and fall onto the skylight. The person could easily fall through the skylight and be seriously injured, or may subsequently die as the result of the fall. In fact, OSHA views unprotected skylights just as if you had an open hole in the roof of your building.

You have different installation options available with skylight guarding. One option is to use OSHA compliant guarding manufactured and assembled to your specifications and measurements. The guarding must be able to support a load of at least 200 pounds, when applied perpendicular to any area on the screen. The screens must also be high enough away from the glass so they do not bend downward and cause the glass to break under ordinary impacts. These finished pieces are designed to be simply placed over the top of the skylight. There is no welding, mounting or drilling required with this style. Another option is to use this style and mount it to the surface of your roof, which may be required, depending upon local regulations, such as locations impacted by tropical storms and hurricanes.


Make Sure Safety Railing Meets OSHA Guidelines and Requirements
Safety railing is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to be installed in specific locations throughout your facility. Any area that is raised over a predetermined and specified height off the ground has to have railings in place in order to prevent accidental falls. This includes locations like loading docks, mezzanines, roofs and cross over ladders. Additionally, railings may need to be installed at the ground level, when it is used as a barrier around equipment and machinery, in order to prevent and lower the likelihood of accidents in the workplace. It is worth your time to review the current OSHA guidelines on a regular basis, to ensure your facility is compliant. It would be a waste of previous corporate resources, to purchase the wrong size railing and discover later it did not meet the minimum OSHA requirements, and then had to be replaced.

Some Organizations Were Provided a Grandfather Clause with Their Safety Railing

OSHA has made allowances in certain situations in regards to safety railing. When they changed the height requirements of the railings and made them taller, some industries were grandfathered in at the previous requirements. This was done to prevent these businesses from having the expense of replacing all of their, then current, guard rails. However, these companies have to follow the new guidelines for any new railing installations within their facility. They also have to install new guard rails, in the event they have to remove and replace old railings covered under the grandfather clause.


Organizations Use Safety Guard Rails to Keep Workplaces Safe
Safety guard rails are used for multiple purposes to keep workplaces safe. One common application for guard rails is to provide fall protection assistance. Permanently installed railings can be used as an anchor point, when connected to a safety harness in elevated work locations. However, you need to make sure the railings are designed for this purpose, as they have to be able to support weight in the event someone accidently falls. Another application for guard rails is to use them in high traffic areas to control the movement of employees, from one work area to another. For instance, they are able to be used to section off access to production lines to ensure employees properly enter and exit these areas.

Portable Safety Guard Rails Are Suited for Applications That Do Not Require Permanently Installed Railings

Some of your applications for using safety guard rails around your plant or facility do not require them to be permanently installed. For these situations, you are able to find portable guard rail systems available. Portable systems are designed to be set up and used until the work is completed. They can be used to block of equipment and machinery that is currently being serviced or repaired. You could use them around the edge of your roof for roofing repair projects. You are also able to use portable railings along sections of sidewalks or in parking lots, as well as other outdoor areas where work is being performed to keep employees safe. Just like permanently installed railings, portable systems have to meet the approved OSHA guidelines and requirements.


Portable Safety Rails Can Be Used for Crowd Control
Organizations that hold special events, concerts, and other activities where there are a large number of people could use portable safety rails to aid in crowd control. The guard rails are able to be set up to fit with your requirements for your event. You might set up the railings in order to create specific walk areas for people by using two different sections of railing. Another option is to place the railings around a specific area, such as the concert floor, to prevent too many people from entering the location, or be used in areas where you want to limit access to the location. You may even decide to use portable railings as a way to create line queues in order to direct the flow of people in a more controlled and precise manner as they are entering or existing specific areas.

Keep Work Areas Safe by Using Portable Safety Rails Along with Your Portable Equipment and Machinery
 
Any time you are using certain types of portable equipment and machinery, it is worth your time and effort to set up portable safety rails, first. In fact, there can be specific OSHA guidelines and requirements where you might be required to ensure the location is safe and secure before work begins. For example, you should section off the aisles when moving inventory around in a warehouse using a forklift. Using portable railings helps to prevent others from entering the area where the forklift is being operated. Once the work is completed, the railings are able to be taken down and stored for future use, or moved to another location where the forklift needs to be used.


Safety Gates Are Available in Permanent and Portable Models
Safety gates are an important piece of hardware that need to be installed into entryways in safety rails to help prevent accidental falls, unauthorized access, and keep work areas safer. There are different types of gates which you can select to use within your facility, depending upon where they need to be installed. Some models are able to be installed directly into your existing guard rails. These models are often self-closing and will return to a shut position without any assistance. Other models are included as part of portable safety railing systems. Portable models are not always self-closing, so they can require additional assistance in closing the gate after entering or existing work areas.

Take Measurements in Order to Select the Right Size Safety Gates

To ensure you select the right size safety gates, you should measure the size of the opening. To determine the height of the gate, you measure from the top of the rail, downwards. Gates do not have to go all the way to the floor, and may only cover the top half of the entry when installed. Gates need to be installed so that the top of the gate is even with the top of your guard rails. Otherwise, if the gates were installed where the top of the gates were lower than the railings, they would not be effective in providing fall protection. Someone could fall over the gate because it was mounted and installed too low and in the wrong location.


Safely Store Your Stanchions in a Stanchion Cart
It is important to make sure you properly and safely store your visual warning line posts at your job site. You want to avoid situations where they could easily get bumped and knocked over. When the posts are not secure, they might cause an accident as they fall over and cause injury to your employees. One way to make sure your posts are kept secure is to place them into a stanchion cart. By using this cart, not only are your posts properly stored, you are also able to easily move them around from one job location to another. Further, using the cart makes it easier to set up and take down your visual warning systems anytime they are needed for projects on the job site.

 A Stanchion Cart Can Accommodate up to Eight Stanchions

 A stanchion cart is designed to hold up to eight SRC visual warning line x-stanchions. X-stanchions are available in stainless steel or plastic posts with OSHA perimeter warning line flags. Stanchions are used for a variety of purposes to section off specific locations and keep them secure. You can use stanchions on construction job sites, for repaving parking lots, roofing jobs, unloading and loading delivery trucks, and any other type of work that requires creating a secure work area. When you have more than eight stanchions, you either have to load and unload the cart in batches, or obtain multiple carts to make it faster to set up and tear down your visual warning line systems.


An OSHA Safety Gate Is a Safety Gate Approved for Use by OSHA
An OSHA safety gate is a special type of safety gate which has been approved for use by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Our safety gates are designed to meet and exceed OSHA regulations for fall protection. Each gate is tested and independently certified to ensure they are in accordance with all current OSHA guardrail regulations when used as part of a fall protection system. The gates are easy to install into your existing guard rails and require no custom fabrications. You are also able to reverse the gates during installation so that they can open in any direction. Our gates are manufactured with a powder-coated covering for high corrosion resistance, and come standard in safety yellow, or may be ordered in custom colors.

 Help Prevent Accidents by Installing and Using an OSHA Safety Gate

There are multiple uses for an OSHA safety gate to fit the needs of many types of industries. This gate can be used for effective crowd control, as a hazard barrier, to control warehouse traffic lanes, as pier and rail yard protection, for dock door and truck pit protection, for new building construction, at construction excavation sites and other locations requiring fall protection. Not having the right OSHA-approved gates in use results in fines and citations for your business. However, these fines and citations are nothing, when they are compared to the financial cost associated with one of your employees being fatally injured or killed while on the job. The investment you make in safety gates could help prevent an accident, lower the risks of injury -- and even save a life.


You Can Rent Mobile Safety Railings for Your Projects
Certain projects around your facility can require using safety rails in order to create safe working environments. Depending upon the natural of the project, you may only require the railings short term and will no longer need them once the project is completed. For example, you are installing a new roof and need the railings until the project is finished. In these situations you have the option to rent mobile safety railings from our company, in place of purchasing them.

Different Options for Obtaining Mobile Safety Railings
 
You have several different options available through our company in order to secure the mobile safety railings you require. One option we provide our customers is the ability to rent railings for any length of time needed. Another option offered is the option of a long term lease when you require the railings for an extended period of time. You are also able to choose from rent-to-own options, where you can convert your rental costs towards your purchase should you change your mind and want to keep the railings.


Prevent Accidental and Fatal Falls by Installing Hatch and Ladder Guards
Some of the most common causes of injuries in the workplace are due to accidental falls. More importantly, around one third of all serious fatal falls are the result of failing to use the right fall protection equipment. Both accidental and seriously fatal falls are able to be prevented by using the right types of safety equipment in and around you building, including hatch and ladder guards.

Hatch and Ladder Guards Are One Type of Safety Equipment Used by Construction Firms
 
All organizations which provide construction services should make sure they use the correct safety equipment. During construction projects, when a new building is being erected, there are very few enclosed areas let alone safe locations. Instead, workers have to rely upon using portable safety equipment and setting it up prior to starting work. Typical equipment construction firms need to have in their inventories includes portable guard rails, visual warning line systems, mobile fall arrest systems, and hatch and ladder guards.


Make Sure Your Hatch Guards Meet OSHA Requirements
OSHA has specific rules and regulations in place pertaining to types of equipment organizations need to use for fall protection, such as guard rails, gates, and ladder and hatch guards. Part of these guidelines includes the specific acceptable measurements for each kind of fall protection equipment. For instance, safety guard rails must be a minimum height in order to be effective, and railings before this accepted height will not meet OSHA regulations.

Secure Openings and Holes in the Floor by Installing Hatch Guards
 
Hatch guards are used to secure areas where there are openings or holes in the floor. The opening or hole could be the result of a hatch being left opened or in situations where hatch covers have not yet been installed while a building is still under construction. The guards have to fit around the hatch opening and allow for sufficient clearance for the hatch to fully open. There should not be any restrictions other than those created by the size of the hole. Safety gates need to be attached to the guards where they swing outwards and away from the hatch opening.


Create Noticeable Barriers with Visual Warning Line Systems
Visual warning line systems help section off specific areas for a variety of purposes. For instance, you could place this type of system around a parking lot prior to resealing the pavement. You are also able to use the system as a warning method in locations where a flat surface abruptly ends and is followed by a large drop-off, like on the ends of a roof. When used in this manner, it creates a clear barrier to prevent accidental falls anytime roofing work is being completed.

Visual Warning Line Systems Can Be Used for Crowd Control
 
Besides helping to section off areas and create barriers, visual warning line systems can also be used for situations requiring crowd control. The warning line posts are often set up where warning flags or ropes are attached in between each one to create a clear path for people to follow. You could also section of large areas for times you want people to wait in specific locations, such as prior to retail store openings during special sales events like Black Friday.


Prevent Accidental Falls through Skylights by Installing Skylight Guards
Accidental falls through skylights on roofs is an issue organizations need to address and resolve. The best way to prevent this type of accident in your work place is to install skylight guards directly over every single skylight on the roof of your building. The guards have wire mesh openings on the top and sides, to still allow sunlight to pass through and into the building, while creating a protective barrier.

Skylight Guards Are Designed to Break Falls and Support Weight
 
The design of OSHA-approved skylight guards is able to break the fall and support the weight of a person, and prevent them from falling through the skylight. The frame has cross sections of metal supports, which evenly distribute weight when it is applied to the top of the guards. There are different options for installing guards over your skylights, including guards that require no welding, mounting or drilling.


Portable Guard Rails Provide Fall Protection for Roofing Projects
Installing new roofs on your facility will require using portable guard rails. The rails should be set up and installed around the exterior of the roof prior to work starting. The rails are necessary in order to prevent workers from accidently falling off of the roof and being seriously injured. Once work is completed, the guard rails can be taken down and stored for future roofing projects.

Create Temporary Barriers to Limit Access with Portable Guard Rails
 
Portable guard rails are able to be used to create barriers around areas where you want to temporarily limit access. For example, you could set up and place the railings around a parking lot that is being resealed, to prevent people from parking and walking in the area. Portable railings are also be used to block off specific areas where equipment is being used, such as any time the exterior windows on your building are being washed.


Protect Against Falls by Installing Safety Rails and Mezzanine Safety Gates
Ensuring your employees’ safety while accessing and working in raised areas is your responsibility. Raised walk ways and storage areas in your plant need to be outfitted with the right types of fall protection. When there is a drop off to areas below, you need to have a barrier in place in order to prevent accidental falls. You might create this barrier by using approved safety rails. Entry ways into these areas also need to be properly secured by installing mezzanine safety gates.

Mezzanine Safety Gates Need to Be Installed Correctly to be Effective
 
Correctly installing mezzanine safety gates is important in order to prevent someone from walking through the gate and accidently falling. Gates are commonly installed where they open inwards into the mezzanine area rather than outwards. If they were installed so they swung outwards, the gates would not be effective in preventing accidental falls as they would open into empty space.


Use a Ladder Safety Gate with Fixed and Caged Ladders
Falls from high areas can be fatal so it is important to take the necessary precautions to lower the risks of accidents occurring. A ladder safety gate is a necessary component you should make sure is included anytime you are using fixed and caged ladders on the exterior of your building. The safety gate is designed to stop employees from accidently walking off of raised locations and falling to the ground.

Portable Guard Rails Could Include Using a Ladder Safety Gate
 
A ladder safety gate can be part of your portable guard rails when they are moved from one location to another. The rails and gate should be fully set up and in place prior to starting work on the ladder. By taking the time to ensure safety is followed, it helps to prevent avoidable accidents, such as employees accessing areas where maintenance work is being completed.



Review Current Guidelines for Safety Rail Requirements Prior to Starting New Building Projects
Certain types of buildings and structures require installing safety rail in order to create safe working environments. The size and overall design of the railing must meet and satisfy OSHA guidelines in order for it to be compliant. Whenever starting a new building construction project where railings are to be installed, it is worth your time to review the current requirements. This will help you avoid situations of having to replace them later when your building is inspected.

Some Organizations Use both Portable and Permanently Installed Safety Rail Products
 
It is possible you might require both portable and permanently installed safety rail at your facility. Portable railing is designed to be used to temporarily block off work areas and locations, such as during truck loading and unloading or maintenance projects. Permanent railing should be installed in areas where you require the railing to remain long term, like along elevated walk ways and mezzanines.


Use a Safety Gate to Prevent Access in Restricted Work Areas
A safety gate helps to prevent unauthorized access in restricted work spaces throughout your facility. For example, you may want to place a gate at entrances and exits to production floors where specific kinds of safety gear are required. You can display warning and caution signs on the exterior of the gates announcing what equipment are required in order to enter the work location. As a result, your employees are well aware that they should not enter the area unless wearing the proper equipment.
 
Install a Safety Gate along Openings in Railings Which Are Elevated Off of the Ground
 
The openings at the top of railings which are elevated above the floor frequently require a safety gate to be installed. The safety gate allows people to move and transition up and down stairs or a ladder, while at the same time works as a preventive measure against accidental falls. The gate should also never be propped open and needs to remain closed whenever it is not being used in order to be effective.


Skylight Guarding Helps to Prevent Accidental Falls
Some building designs may include the use of skylights to allow natural sunlight into the interior of the building. By using natural sunlight, it helps to illuminate work areas and help reduce the number of lights in operation during the day. Any building that has skylights also needs to have skylight guarding installed. The guarding acts as a barrier anytime someone is working or performing maintenance on the roof to prevent accidentally falling through the skylight.

Not Using Skylight Guarding over Skylights Is Just Like Having a Hole in Your Roof
 
Unprotected skylights on the roof your building is considered the equivalent of a hole in your roof according to OSHA guidelines and regulations. This is because skylights do not provide any protection in the event someone was to trip, fall and land on top of the skylight. The force of the impact from the fall could be strong enough where the person actually falls through the skylight and be seriously injured. It is your responsibility to ensure your employees, contractors and other people who access your roof are protected by making sure you have skylight guarding installed over all of your skylights.


Make Sure Permanent Guard Rails Are Correctly Anchored in Place
It is important to ensure permanent guard rails are properly anchored and secured in place. You could use mounting brackets to attach the railing to and bolt it down into the surface where the railing is being installed. You need to make sure railings are firmly in place and do not wobble or sway excessively after mounting processes are complete. In the event you notice the railings seem loose and not secure, you may need to use shorter sections of railings and increase the number of mounting brackets.

Permanent Guard Rails Can Be Installed Using Concrete
 
Another option for installing permanent guard rails commonly used during new building construction is to use concrete to firmly secure each leg support. The length of each leg does require it to be sunk to a specific depth in order to avoid the top of the railing from swaying and moving excessively. You also have to account for this added length so your railings are the recommended height once they have been fully installed.


Lower the Risks of Accidents and Injuries by Using Safety Guard Rails
Organizations are required by law to create and maintain safe working environments for their employees. The types of laws which influence the materials and items required for your facility depends upon industry. For instance, manufacturing firms often require safety guard rails to be placed around dangerous equipment and on elevated walk ways and storage areas. The guard rails are necessary because they help to lower the risks of accidental falls, accidents and injuries.

Safety Guard Rails Have to Satisfy Specific Regulatory Standards
 
There are specific guidelines used to determine whether your safety guard rails meet OSHA and other government regulatory compliances. In certain cases older buildings may have railings which do not meet current standards. Specific provisions were made in the past that has allowed these organizations to continue using their pre-existing safety equipment. However, any time the business removes and replaces their older railings and other equipment, they must replace it with the currently accepted standards.