The construction industry is riddled with risks to workers. 2019 saw 418 fatal injuries in the US due to falls, trips, and slips, a whopping 37.9% of all fatalities. As an employer, you have to ensure the safety of your workers to save lives, avoid lawsuits and costly delays. You can do this considerably by installing AccuFit rail system products, which help prevent falls to a lower level.
There are many safety rail systems out there, but not all have the features that can match like the AccuFit system. These are the top features to look out for when searching for guardrails.
- Meet OSHA Height Requirements
The top feature to look for in safety rails is that they meet the regulatory framework set out by OSHA. Section 1910.29 states that the rails should be at least 42 inches, +/-3 inches, above the walking surface. The fence can be higher as long as they have appropriate mid-rails, intermediate vertical members, screens, mesh, or similar intermediate panels that are no more than 21 inches apart.
- Tested for Strength
A flimsy safety rail is worse than no rail. Therefore, when looking for roof safety railing systems, you need to check their load capacity. The rails need to withstand a force of 200 pounds without moving more than 2 inches below their standard height. Similarly, the mid-rails and other intermediate paneling should handle the pressure of 150 pounds without any deflection. The AccuFit rail system products are designed based on OSHA specifications to warrant a safe work environment.
- Have No Sharp Edges
The top and mid-rails of the rooftop safety system should not have sharp edges to keep workers safe from lacerations or snagging of clothing. Also, the rail joints should be covered with plastic or rubber pads to reduce the risk of injury.
- Easy to Install and Dismantle
Rooftop safety rails may be permanent or temporary. Therefore, they should be easy to install and pull apart while ensuring that the safety standards are not compromised. Non-penetrating rooftop guardrails should also be flexible so that they can be moved around any obstacles on the roof. In case of cavities or trenches, they should be flexible enough to go around the entire perimeter of the pit to safeguard from falls.
- Should be Aesthetically Appealing
Since guardrails are installed on already constructed structures, they may not always fit in with the building’s aesthetics. AccuFit rail system products offer the option of powder coat paint that can be customized as per your requirements.
Thus you can be sure that they blend in with the infrastructure and do not stand out like a sore thumb. Also, the railings can be angled away from the edge to reduce their visibility from the ground, keeping intact the building’s visible appeal.
When installing a roof safety railing system, you need to meet the OSHA guidelines to avoid accidents and be cited for non-compliance. Such delays can be expensive, but installing rail system products can be more convenient and cost-effective. Ensure that the product you pick has these features for employee safety and your peace of mind.