Skylight Guardrail (RoofGuard)
Designed specifically to address fall protection concerns without minimizing light from your skylights, this rooftop guardrail system allows for the optimum use of your skylight while ensuring that it does not become a fall protection liability. Our skylight guardrail systems are freestanding and utilize our counter-weighted baseplates, eliminating the need for hardware connections to your rooftop. Every skylight guardrail system is designed specifically for the individual skylight it is designed to cover. This helps to ensure that the guardrail will not be visible to those beneath the skylight, and also ensures that none of the sunlight will be affected by the presence of the guardrail system. With the addition of a skylight guardrail to your rooftop, you will be able to protect your employees and eliminate the fall danger that skylights present.
RoofGuard has been designed to meet or exceed all major North American safety standards/regulations including Ontario MOL requirements, ANSI, OSHA, Canadian OHS & WorkSafeBC.
Why You Need a Skylight Guardrail System
ROOFGUARD SKYLIGHT GUARDRAIL
RoofGuard 4' x 4' Skylight Kit
This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 4’ by 4’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.
RoofGuard 4' x 6' Skylight Kit
This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 4’ by 6’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.
RoofGuard 6' x 6' Skylight Kit
This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 6’ by 6’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.
RoofGuard 9' x 9' Skylight Kit
This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 9’ by 9’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.
- Single tool supplied for assembly
- Installation manual and layout drawings
- Counter weighted baseplates (18 kg)
- Rubber mats to protect the rooftop membrane
- Pre-assembled vertical posts
- Horizontal rails set screws
- All parts and materials are supplied in a singular crate
- Custom systems are available upon request
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the safety regulations?
- A worker shall be adequately protected by a guardrail system. Requirements for guardrails are found in the regulation for construction projects (s.26.1) . The regulation for industrial establishment (ss. 13 and 14) contains provisions for permanent guardrails. The regulation for construction projects provides that if it is not reasonably possible to install guardrails, a worker must be adequately protected by at least one of the following methods of fall protection:
- Safety net
- Travel Restraint system
- Fall Arrest System
- Fall Restricting System
What are the advantages of guardrail?
- More versatile than fixed-length steel rail systems.
- Stackable base plates.
- User friendly and ergonomic.
- Lower labor costs
- Everything on one skid (materials, tools, layout design) – low shipping costs.
- Price! More attractive pricing for distributor partners – higher selling margins.
- Aluminum rail systems “blend in” with the building and mechanical equipment.
What is the difference between active vs passive fall protection?
- Passive fall protection is the type of protection that does NOT require any action by people. Examples include: Guardrails, Safety Nets, etc.
- Active fall protection is the type of protection that requires training and direct connection to an engineered fall protection system or anchor point. Examples include: Body Harnesses and Lanyards, Anchor Points, etc.
- General rule: Try and develop protection that does not require active fall protection. “Engineer out the hazard”
Is this something I could install on my own?
- Yes, all of our systems include a user manual, custom drawing, and detailed installation instructions. If needed, we do offer installation as well.
What does a typical layout include?
- Arguably the easiest rooftop system on the market to install, all kits come with everything required to assemble this elegantly simple system.
- Typically consists of 9 ft rail sections and 6 ft returns (tie-backs).
- Returns have a minimum of 3 base plates on the end post to provide the necessary counterweight to allow the system to meet lateral force ratings.
- Returns are positioned at a MAXIMUM of 27 ft intervals (3 sections of 9 ft rails).
Questions to consider
- Are my rooftop openings properly guarded to comply with current working at heights laws?
- Am I, or any of my staff working within 6’ of the roof edge and require fall protection?
- Do I need access to multiple rooftop elevations?
- Are there trip hazards on my rooftop?
- Is there frequently accessed equipment on my roof that may pose a risk?
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Passive Vs Active Fall Protection
When a hazard assessment is completed, and a need for fall protection is established, there are two general types of systems that can solve the need and keep the workers safe, passive or active fall protection.
Passive Fall Protection
Active Fall Protection
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