How can I get an estimate on a non-penetrating system?

Call one of our experts at 1-800-353-9425 or start a chat below. Some information needed includes locations of hazards, size of the roof, type of work being done, and frequency of access.  No cost site assessments are also available.

How Do I Install Freestanding Guardrail? 

All that is required is some time and simple hand tools. There is no special training required to set up FlexGuard railing. Two people can typically install up to 300 linear feet of FlexGuard in an 8-hour day.

What colors are guardrail available in? 

FlexGuard railing comes standard with an anti-corrosive clear coating over a hot-dipped galvanized steel finish. FlexGuard can be painted or powder coated to match any building or aesthetic preference.

Will Freestanding Guardrail Penetrate My Roof Surface? 

No. FlexGuard is a non-penetrating freestanding railing that uses counterbalance weights that are made from recycled PVC rubber. The system will not puncture your roof surface.

What Wind Speed Can Freestanding Guardrail withstand?

In its standard configuration, FLS FlexGuard can withstand a wind speed of up to 150 MPH. FlexGuard can also be engineered to withstand higher wind forces if necessary.

What Metal Material Makes up Freestanding Railing? 

FlexGuard railing is made using gator shield galvanized steel tubing and fittings.

What are the Freestanding Guardrail Base Weights Made Out of?

The base weight for freestanding guardrails can be made of a variety of materials including steel and heavy plastics.  Our FlexGuard base weights are made from environmentally friendly 100% recycled PVC.

Can I Install Freestanding Guardrail on a Sloped Roof?

FlexGuard Railing can be installed on any type of flat roof with a slop of up to 3 degrees.

What roof surfaces can I use Freestanding Guardrail on?

FlexGuard offers several base options that allow it to be installed on a variety of roof surfaces including membrane, asphalt, concrete, metal, and standing seam. FlexGuard (freestanding guardrail) can be used on roofs with up to a 3 degree slope.

Is Freestanding Guardrail OSHA Compliant?

Yes, provided it is designed and tested to exceed local and national safety regulations, including the following OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.29, OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.501, 29 CFR 1926.502, Canadian National Building Code,,, Ontario Building Code Section,,, HSG-33 Health & Safety in Roof Work, HSE Specialist Report No 15: 1988, HSE Sheet 21 “Working on Flat Roofs Protection Against Falls”, BS 6399: Part 2 1995 Wind Code, EU Directives & CDM Regulations, BGV A1: 2000, BGG 928 & BGR 184, Health, Safety & Welfare Regulation 13 “Falls or Falling Objects” 1992, NFE 85-003, EN ISO 14122: PT3, EN 1337.

What type of system would a guardrail be considered?

Guardrail would be classified as a passive fall protection system.

What are OSHA regulations for lifelines?

For General Industry (1910), for Construction (1926). Recommend using ANSI Z359.6 for further guidance on any design of lifeline systems.

How thick does the railing on a guardrail need to be?

The exact thickness depends on material and jurisdiction you’re in. In general, OSHA mandates at least a 1/4″ thickness for the top rail and midrail of a guardrail system.  The most common guard railing material is 1.90” O.D. tubing or 1 ½” pipe.

Do you need fall protection on a ladder?

For permanent ladders as of 2017 OSHA updated standard requirements for fall protection on a ladder, to no longer allow cages as means of fall protection. All fixed ladders more 24ft in height require fall protection. Existing cages must be removed by 2036. Examples of fall protection for ladders include Vertical Lifelines and Ladder Davit Systems.  If a cage remains on the ladder it must not interfere with the performance of the fall protection system.

What is a Rigid Rail fall arrest system?

One of the most common fall arrest solutions, Rigid Rail is an overhead track and trolley fall arrest system, paired with a self-retracting lifeline for workers at height and provide fall arrest solutions in environments that require very short arrest distances.

What is a horizontal lifeline?

A component of a fall protection system consisting of a line for connection to anchorages at both ends as a means for connecting other components of the system to the anchorage. Lifelines can be engineered as horizontal or vertical, temporary, or permanent, rigid or flexible.

Are guardrails passive fall protection?


Is guardrail considered fall protection?

Yes, when properly designed to meet OSHA as well as other applicable codes such as IBC and ASCE 7.

What is an OSHA compliant guardrail?

In general, a guardrail must have a top rail, midrail, and uprights. Top Rail – 42″ +/-3″, mid rail – 21″, & can withstand a 200 lbs. point load or 50 lbs. per linear foot.  A toeboard should also be included if there is a risk associated with kicked objects falling on anyone below

What is the difference between fall restraint and fall arrest?

Fall restraint works to prevent the user from falling, typically by restricting the users movement into the fall hazard area. Fall arrest systems will allow the user to fall and then arrest their fall. Restraint is preferred due to injury possibly still occurring during a fall arrest. Hard hats w/ chin straps are recommended anytime someone is working at height to prevent from coming off during a fall.

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