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Modular and Custom Fabricated Catwalks

From factories and distribution centers to theaters and stadiums, a catwalk system can provide safe and easy access to elevated work stations while mitigating fall hazards.  Whether your fall protection application requires one simple, modular catwalk or a series of custom fabricated catwalk systems that accommodates pipes, HVAC equipment, or ceiling support trusses, DFP safety engineers can design and install an elevated walkway solution that will keep your employees safe and your facility in compliance with all OSHA regulations.

We are a complete turnkey provider of OSHA compliant fall protection systems and have years of experience designing and installing catwalk systems.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.

Design Considerations

Catwalk Fall Protection System Design Considerations

For customers requiring a basic catwalk solution, modular solutions constructed from Unistrut framing channel are an ideal solution. The use of metal framing channel allows for a high degree of design flexibility to accommodate a varied coverage area with existing structure including pipes, HVAC equipment, support beams and more. For more complex applications, a custom fabricated catwalk solution may be required. Catwalk systems may be attached to overhead support structure or have members connected to the surface below. Use of a ladder or stairway system provides safe access to the elevated walkway. Non-skid grating and guardrails and toeboards protect workers from the leading edge of the system.

OSHA Regulations

  • Guardrail
    • 1926.502(b)(1) Top edge height of top rails, or equivalent guardrail system members, shall be 42 inches (1.1 m) plus or minus 3 inches (8 cm) above the walking/working level. When conditions warrant, the height of the top edge may exceed the 45-inch height, provided the guardrail system meets all other criteria of this paragraph.
    • 1926.502(b)(2)(i) Midrails, when used, shall be installed at a height midway between the top edge of the guardrail system and the walking/working level.
    • 1926.502(b)(3) Guardrail systems shall be capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 200 pounds (890 N) applied within 2 inches (5.1 cm) of the top edge, in any outward or downward direction, at any point along the top edge.
    • 1926.502(b)(5) Midrails, screens, mesh, intermediate vertical members, solid panels, and equivalent structural members shall be capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 150 pounds (666 N) applied in any downward or outward direction at any point along the midrail or other member.


  • Catwalk Applications
    • Arenas, Stadiums, and Theaters
    • Access to Inspect, Monitor, and Maintain Equipment and Instrumentation
    • HVAC
    • Cross Over Platforms

    AT DFP, we recognize that each fall protection scenario is unique, requiring a comprehensive hazard assessment and customized solution. Whether your application calls for a single station access platform with a gangway or an elevated catwalk with a stair system, our safety engineers have a complete range of fall protection solutions to ensure personnel safety and complete compliance with all OSHA fall protection regulations.

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