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OSHA Compliant Fall Protection

All safety products from Garlock Safety Systems pass stringent safety standards. OSHA and ANSI are the two governing government bodies that set performance standards for safety equipment and personnel. All products we build have documented testing from independent testing authorities – some even have multiple test reports.


OSHA Regulations

Guarding floor and wall openings and holes. – (Standards – 29 CFR) 1910.23
Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart. – (Standards – 29 CFR) 1926.500
Duty to have fall protection. – (Standards – 29 CFR) 1926.501
Fall protection systems criteria and practices. – (Standards – 29 CFR) 1926.502
Warning Line Interpretation – May 12, 2000
Warning Line Interpretation – November 15, 2002
Warning Line Interpretation – January 3, 2005
Training requirements. – (Standards – 29 CFR) 1926.503
Purposed rules – (Fall Protection Systems – May 24, 2010)
Skylight guarding requirements – 1910.23(a)(4)

1620. Design of Temporary Railing
1621. Railings and Toeboards
1633. Elevator Shafts to Be Guarded
3209. Standard Guardrails
3210. Guardrails at Elevated Locations
3211. Wall Openings
3212. Floor Openings, Floor Holes and Roofs
3213. Service Pits and Yard Surface Openings
3214. Stair Rails and Handrails

Certified Test Results

RailGuard 200 has been tested by a nationally known independent testing laboratory and found to be in accordance with OSHA Requirements for guardrail, section 1910.23 and 1926.502. Details of these reports can be forwarded upon request.


Other Helpful OSHA Safety Information

Safety and Health Topics on Fall Protection
OSHA - Duty to Have Fall Protection
OSHA Roof Top Fall Protection
Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes
Canadian OSHA 

OSHA Fall Protection Videos


Guard Rail System Questions and Answers

Q. How much does a guard rail base plate weigh and how big is it?

A. 90 lbs. and 21 ½” square. Safety railings are between 17 and 27 lbs. depending on the size.

Q. How do you move a base plate?

A. Most commonly is through the use of the two-wheeled base transporter. Through the fulcrum design of the transporter you are effectively only lifting 45 lbs.

Q. How often do I need to place outriggers?

A. You only need an outrigger at any interruption of railing run. So if you have 100 continuous safety rails in a row, install an outrigger at each end.

Q. How do I calculate my safety railing needs?

A. Simply measure the distance you want to cover. And divide by 10 if you are using 10’ guard rails, or divide by 7.5 if you are using 7 ½’ guard rails or divide by 5 if using 5’ guard rails. Most people will try to use as many 10’ sections as possible to reduce the number of base plates required. Once you have your distance evenly divided add a 5’ outrigger system at the interruption points and one extra base plate will complete your overall setup. Note: You will always order (1) extra base plate no matter how many systems you order. The only exception is if you are forming a square shape in which case an extra base plate would not be required.

Q. What color are the guard rails?

A. The standard color is a powder-coated safety yellow. If you want to blend in with the color of your building, we can usually match your paint chip. We also do hot-dipped galvanized rails.

Q. Do I need non-slip pads on the bottom of the base plates?

A. If you are using the RailGuard 200 on a hard surface like metal or concrete, then we would recommend the use of the rubber pads. Also on sensitive surfaces like rubber membrane roofs, the pads would provide additional protection. However, the vast majority of applications do not warrant these pads.

Q. Why use a perimeter protection system when warning lines meet code requirements?

A. Productivity is greatly enhanced with the addition of safety rail. Establishing a hard perimeter protection barrier allows workers on the roof to work without being tied off. Time studies have shown that workers who are not tied off are able to accomplish twice as much as those who are.

Q. What is required to protect skylights?

A. OSHA 1910.23(a)(4) states, “Every skylight floor opening and hole shall be guarded by a standard skylight screen or a fixed standard railing on all exposed sides.” In addition, OSHA 1910.23(e)(8) states, “Skylight screens shall be of such construction and mounting that they are capable of withstanding a load of at least 200 pounds applied perpendicularly at any one area on the screen. They shall also be of such construction and mounting that under ordinary loads or impacts, they will not deflect downward sufficiently to break the glass below them. The construction shall be of grillwork with openings not more than 4 inches long or of slatwork with openings not more than 2 inches wide with length unrestricted.”

Q. Do truck-loading docks require fall protection?

A. Yes, providing the surface of the truck dock is 48 inches or more above adjacent ground area. SentryGuard meets the OSHA requirements of withstanding 200 pounds of force and meeting the required rail height requirement.

Q. How can I provide the required fall protection for people working a roof edge to service lights and security cameras?

A. The Garlock LifePoint single point tie-off roof anchor offers 3,000-lbs of fall restraint, plus it is mobile. The LifePoint Transporter use fulcrum action to allow the 765 pound anchor to be moved with only 45 pounds of force.

Q. How much time does it take to set up the SpeedGuard system?

A. The system can be easily set up in less than 10 minutes.

Q. What do I do if I have an application or product question?

A. Call the factory (877) 791-4446 and we will answer your questions. We also have distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada for support before and after the sale.

Q. What makes Garlock Safety Systems special?

A. Garlock Safety Systems has been in business since 1959 and we have been manufacturing the RailGuard 200 line since 1980. We are a trusted name currently used in literally thousands of fall prevention / safety applications throughout industry. We are a full-fledged manufacturing facility with a reputation for outstanding quality and product performance and our distribution network is second to none. Countless companies across America have chosen the RailGuard 200 system to protect and safeguard their employees. We think your company should too. Give us a call today.


Injuries & Fatalities

Safety hazards in the workplace are everywhere. Look at the number of injuries and fatalities in the last 10 years. A comprehensive safety program protects workers and employers from needless injury on
the job.

Twenty-four states had more fatal injuries in 2011 than in 2010. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia had fewer fatal workplace injuries in 2011 compared to 2010. Four states saw no change between the two years.

[SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2013.]


Fatal Occupational Injuries by Major Event, 2011

Cause of Injury Percent of Fatalities
Fires and Explosions 3%
Exposure to Harmful Substances or Environments 9%
Falls, Slips, Trips 15%
Contact with Objects and Equipment 15%
Violence and Other Injuries by Persons or Animals 17%
Transportation Incidents 41%
Total 4,693 fatal work injuries

[SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2013.]


Fatal Falls to Lower Level by Height of Fall, 2011

In 2011, falls to lower level accounted for 553 fatal work injuries. Of those cases where height of fall was known, 57 percent involved falls of 20 feet or less.

Height of Fall Percent of Fatalities
Less than 6 ft. 10%
6 ft. to 10 ft. 11%
11 ft. to 15 ft. 14%
16 ft. to 20 ft. 12%
21 ft. to 25 ft. 6%
26 ft. to 30 ft. 8%
More than 30 ft. 21%
Unspecified 18%
Total 553 fatal work injuries

[SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2013.]


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