Recently we have seen an upswing in the installation of Roof Rail systems. When thinking about safety and protection barriers most people think of handrails and guardrails, but Roof Rails? As one of our dealers asked, “Why are people spending money on that? We have found there are a few good reasons:
First and foremost –Safety: Simply put, the best reason to install any barrier system is that it keeps employees safe. The last thing any business wants to see happen is a severe injury or death due to a fall. Because safety is such an important factor, there is always money in the budget. Even with the push to be as frugal as possible, this is one area where it doesn’t pay to cut corners. Read more »
Recently Ideal Shield was presented with a situation where employees were working on a roof with no fall protection in place. Fall protection was needed but the customer was concerned that there was nowhere on the roof to side mount the rails and surface mounting was out of the question because of the potential for water leaking through the roof.
Ideal Shield satisfied the customer’s need by providing them with our 42″ high roof rail system that uses 95 lb counter weighted base plates that do not need to be bolted down to any part of the roof and satisfies all OSHA requirements.
The Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford,Ill. needed a handrail system designed to keep patrons off a dangerous section of the roof. They did not want to install the system directly into the roof, yet it needed to withstand the proper weight and force. Also, due to the constant presence of children near the rail it needed to be built with spaces small enough to prevent children from climbing under or through the rail.
The Ideal Shield Solution
With the help of Sam Furman of Furman De:Signs, we designed and manufactured a custom anodized aluminum handrail system mounted on steel sled-mounts, The sled mounts provided the weights and strength to withstand children climbing on it and allowed for an installation that did not include penetrating the roof membrane. The system also featured a railing design that deterred patrons from climbing through, over or around the rail.