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Prevent Falls in Facilities with Edge Protection Guard Rails

In the dynamic environment of manufacturing and industrial facilities, safety is paramount. With heavy machinery, moving parts, and high-paced activities, the risk of accidents is ever-present. One of the critical areas that demand stringent safety measures is edge protection. Ensuring proper edge protection not only safeguards workers from potential falls but also enhances the overall efficiency of the facility. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late. See how Ideal Shield’s Guardrail and Handrail systems can prevent falls in manufacturing and industrial facilities. 

Why Edge Protection Matters

Worker Safety

The foremost reason for implementing edge protection is to safeguard workers from falls and other accidents. In environments where elevated platforms, mezzanines, or pits are common, the risk of falling is significant. Statistics show that falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. Proper edge protection acts as a barrier, preventing accidental falls and ensuring workers can perform their duties safely.

Ideal Shield's Steel Pipe and Plastic Handrail used for edge protection in a manufacturing facility.

Ideal Shield’s Steel Pipe and Plastic Handrail used for edge protection in a manufacturing facility.

Equipment Protection

Edge protection is not just about human safety; it also protects the machinery and equipment. Heavy equipment, like forklifts and push carts, can roll off edges if not properly contained, leading to costly repairs and operational downtime. Guardrails and handrails serve as a containment system, preventing equipment from falling off elevated surfaces and sustaining damage.

Compliance with Regulations

Industrial facilities must adhere to stringent safety regulations. Organizations such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have laid down specific guidelines for workplace safety, including edge protection. Non-compliance can result in hefty fines and legal consequences. Installing appropriate guardrail and handrail systems ensures that the facility meets these regulatory requirements, thereby avoiding penalties and legal issues.

Ideal Shield's Heavy Duty Guardrail installed at a manufacturing facility to protect forklifts from fall off the edge

Ideal Shield’s Heavy Duty Guardrail and Swing Gates installed at a manufacturing facility for edge protection. 

Enhancing Operational Efficiency

A safe work environment directly correlates with higher productivity. When workers feel safe, they are more likely to focus on their tasks, leading to increased efficiency and reduced downtime. Edge protection minimizes the risk of accidents, thereby reducing the likelihood of operational interruptions and fostering a more productive work environment.

What Separates Ideal Shield from the Rest 

Durable and Long-Lasting

Ideal Shield’s Guardrail and Handrail systems are designed to withstand the rigors of industrial environments. Made from high-quality U.S. steel and plastic, these systems offer long-lasting durability, ensuring they remain effective over time without frequent replacements or maintenance.

Ideal Shield's Topple Barrier Wall Guard

Ideal Shield’s Topple Barrier Safety Wall used to contain stacked materials and prevent material falls.

Easy Installation

One of the standout features of Ideal Shield’s systems is their ease of installation. The Guardrails and Handrails are designed for quick and straightforward installation, minimizing disruption to the facility’s operations. This means that safety enhancements can be implemented rapidly, reducing the window of vulnerability during the upgrade process.

Customizable Solutions

Every industrial facility is unique, with specific safety needs and spatial constraints. Ideal Shield offers customizable guardrail and handrail solutions tailored to the particular dimensions and requirements of each facility. This customization ensures optimal protection for all areas, from narrow walkways to expansive mezzanines.


Investing in Ideal Shield’s Guardrail and Handrail systems is a cost-effective solution in the long run. By preventing accidents and protecting equipment, these systems help avoid the significant costs associated with workplace injuries, equipment damage, and operational downtime. Additionally, the plastic sleeving means eliminating the need to paint which will lower maintenance and replacement costs over time.

Ideal Shield's custom designed Steel Pipe & Plastic Handrail with side mounts for edge protection in a facility.

Ideal Shield’s Steel Pipe & Plastic Handrail with side mounts for edge protection in a facility.

Edge protection is a critical component of safety in manufacturing and industrial facilities. It protects workers, equipment, and ensures compliance with safety regulations, ultimately enhancing operational efficiency. Ideal Shield’s robust selection of Guardrail and Handrail systems offer a comprehensive solution, combining durability, ease of installation, customization, and cost-effectiveness. By investing in these systems, facilities can create a safer, more efficient, and visually appealing environment, driving long-term success.

Ensuring robust edge protection is not just a regulatory requirement but a fundamental aspect of creating a safe and productive workplace. With Ideal Shield’s Guardrail and Handrail systems, industrial facilities can achieve this goal efficiently and effectively.

Contact the experienced and knowledgeable sales team here at Ideal Shield to learn more about the edge protection safety solutions for your facility.