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5 Unexpected Places You Need Safety Railing

(A-One) 5 Unexpected Places You Need Safety Railing

Having safety railings in place makes sense for a number of areas; scaffolding, working at the edge of a roof or on a tall piece of equipment or building. There are also several places where you need safety railings that you might not realize. Specifically, there are five common situations where you should consider having safety railings before you work.

5 Unexpected Places You Need Safety Railing

  • Roof-to-Roof Drops: Many roofs are not single level and any changes in roof elevation can be a potential fall hazard. We typically think safety railing for the edge of the building perimeter, but forget about the significant elevation changes within the perimeter that also need safety and protection against falls.
  • Skylights: These give a false sense of security because there is no visible opening to alert you of a hazard. Most people do not know the true weight capacity of skylights which means they underestimate their strength and mistakenly stand on them.
  • Roof Hatches: Most people think that roof hatches are safe so long as they are closed, so safety railings are not installed. However, when people are working on the roof, the hatch is often left open to allow easy access back inside and you end up with is a serious falling hazard. A safety railing will prevent accidental falls if someone is not paying attention and serves as a handhold to provide balance as workers ascend and descend.
  • Wall Mounted Ladders: Ladders are typically placed near the edges of buildings and accidents can happen while waiting to use the ladder or during a climb. Workers are at risk of falling any time they use a ladder, so safety railing at the side of each ladder is the best way to protect from hazardous falls.
  • Parapets: Many people believe that parapets provide fall protection, but this all depends on their size. If you have a parapet over 21 inches you will also need to have safety railing too. Parapets should also be a minimum of 39 inches high to be considered appropriate for fall protection.

Safety comes first when working on a roof and often there are dangers lurking that we are not aware of. Take time to evaluate the situation and environment and identify potential hazards, even when they seem to be in the most unlikely places. Any dangerous fall can be prevented with the installation of safety railing, so identify the danger areas and get a roofing expert to have safety railings installed wherever they are needed.


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