When it comes to rooftop fall protection, a wide range of options ranging from guardrail to horizontal lifelines can ensure worker safety and OSHA compliance. Choosing from multiple strategies means we can tailor a system to meet your specific needs and budget, but this range of choice can cause client confusion too. This post discusses two of the more common approaches to rooftop fall protection–guardrail and horizontal lifeline systems.
Other than price, what is the main difference between the portable guardrail offered by competing manufacturers? After all, most non-penetrating rooftop guardrail consists of yellow, metal railing sections that are secured by a heavy bases resting on the roof surface. Although portable guardrail systems may look very similar, the main differentiating factor comes where one might least expect it—base plate design.
Freestanding safety railing is one of the simplest forms of rooftop fall protection. Unlike horizontal lifelines or single point anchors, which require worker tie-off, a rooftop guardrail system requires very little of its user. Employees don’t need to wear a harness, connect to an anchor point, or receive training in the safe use of the system. That said, you’ll need to do some planning prior to installing freestanding rooftop safety railing systems to ensure worker safety and OSHA compliance. This post serves as a guide to determining baseplate and railing section requirements when installing our LORGUARD safety railing.