LEADERS IN FALL PREVENTION AND SAFE ACCESS SOLUTIONS IN QUEENSLAND
PERMANENT ROOF GUARD RAIL SYSTEMS
Safe@Heights are the leaders in the design, installation and certification of permanent roof guard railing systems. Our light weight aluminium roof guard rail looks great and provides a permanent and safe solution to fall prevention.
Click on our video to the right to check out our roof mounted guard railing in action!
All our guard railing systems are designed by our experienced team of Height Safety Specialists and installed by our owner professional and experienced installers, who are all trade qualified carpenters. We do not use subcontractors so we can guarantee an outstanding installation first time every time!
Why not contact us today to find out more about how we can help you!
The No.1 Height Safety
Company in Queensland
Watch our video to discover what makes us unique!
Why Install a Roof Guard Rail?
How to Design a Safe Roof Guard Rail System
An example of a well thought out and designed fall prevention system which complies with the hierarchy of control would be as follows;
“Workers accessing an air conditioning plant from a hatch. The distance to the plant is 50m. The most direct route takes workers past 3 fall zones and the plant is situated 1.5m from the edge of the roof. We would recommend a design which incorporated a walkway system which either avoids all fall zones or combines with a hand rail to protect the fall zone. Once at the plant we would install a hand railing system along the edge of the roof which protects the workers while accessing the plant. The walkway gives a set path of access which is not only safe but also protects the roof from damage. Walkway allows access to the plant faster while reducing the risk of ankle injuries to workers. Part of the buildings site induction will now state that workers are not to leave the walkway at any time.“
Hand Rail or Guard Rail? Which One Is It?
Most people will use the term Hand Rail and Guard Rail thinking it is the same thing. But it actually isn’t. They are two different types of systems and are defined in the Australian Standard AS1657:2018 – Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation.
The Standard’s definition is,
Guard Railing – “A system of rails or panels, or both, that provides edge protection at the edge of a floor of platform or walkway.”
Hand Rail –“A rail that provides a handhold on a platform, walkway, stairway or step type ladder. NOTE: A hand rail may form part of a guard rail.”
To make it easy, we define a guard rail as a physical barrier to prevent someone from falling over an edge or penetration. Whereas a hand railing is used to provide a second or third point of contact when walking on stairs, platform or walkway. Of course there are times when a system will do both, at which point either description would be correct.
What is the Definition of a Compliant Rooftop Guard Railing System?
For a guard rail system to be deemed compliant, it must meet certain criteria set out in the Australian Standard AS1657:2018. The Standard provides set measurements that the system must comply with, such as height and mid rail spacings. They also provide guidance on design changes dictated by the roof pitch or other plant and equipment. As an example, all guard railing must have a top rail whose height is no less than 900mm and no greater than 1100mm with a mid rail that is no more than 450mm from the top rail. However if the slope or pitch of the roof is greater than 12° a second mid rail or infill panel should be installed. If the roof pitch is greater than 25° the vertical height of the guard railing should be increased to 1200mm. It is vital that when designing a permanent roof mounted guard railing system that it complies with AS1657:2018. By engaging a professional height safety company who understands these requirements you can feel confident that the end result will be a compliant and safe guard rail system.
Does a guard railing need toe board to comply?
Queensland Designed & Made
No matter the reason for access or the location, we can custom design, manufacture and install the right solution for you. One of our Height Safety Specialists is able to provide you with the right advice and make you aware of the legislation you should know and the options that are available to you.
For further information about how we can help you please contact us via our contact page or by calling (07) 3208 5833