Fall Protection that Does Not Penetrate the Roof Membrane
Why use a railing system for fall protection on a low slope roof?
A guardrail system removes the risk of workers reaching a position from which they could enter into a free fall situation.
There is no training involved - everybody knows how to use railings.
It is the safest way to provide fall protection for people who work near the roof edge according to many safety consultants.
No annual inspections, maintenance, training, additional equipment or other hidden costs.
What are some other benefits of KeeGuard® Fall Protection Railing System?
No penetration of the roof membrane. Therefore no possibility of a leaking roof and expensive repairs
Collective fall protection. This means that the number of people that can be on a roof safely is only limited by the size and strength of the roof.
Simple counterbalance construction of KeeGuard® fall protection system makes installation easy and straightforward
In all safety matters the simpler the solution the better. KeeGuard® fall protection railing system should always be considered when possible when choosing a fall protection system
Permanent Solution for Roof Edge Safety
Safety recommendations for the protection of maintenance personnel in countries all over the world are moving to a “hierarchy of safety” where collective fall prevention solutions, as provided by The KeeGuard® system, are preferred over singular fall protection alternatives such as harnesses and wire systems. Collective fall prevention and fall protection can be achieved with the use of the KeeGuard® system. Lifeline, fall restraint, and fall arrest systems require individual equipment and specialized training. The KeeGuard® system acts as a passive barrier and protects all personnel, even those who may access the rooftop infrequently. The KeeGuard® Roof Edge Railing System works along side your existing personal fall protection devices.
KeeGuard® Offers Flexibility and Custom Solutions
The KeeGuard® modular component system offers maximum flexibility for your rooftop configuration. Almost any flat or low slope roof up to 3 degrees can be accommodated. Your individually engineered KeeGuard® Fall Protection System can be used for bi-level or multi-level roofs, can be adapted to varying angle or circular configurations, and can be customized to accommodate ladderways, rooftop equipment, or other rooftop obstructions.
KeeGuard® Meets the Standard
KeeGuard® has been independently tested and meets or exceeds the following North America and International Requirements.
OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.23
OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.501, 29 CFR 1926.502
Canadian National Building Code 126.96.36.199(1)(e), 188.8.131.52(2), 184.108.40.206(4)
Ontario Building Code Section 220.127.116.11(1)(b), 18.104.22.168(2), 22.214.171.124(4)
HSG-33 Health & Safety in Roof Work
HSE Specialist Report No 15: 1988
HSE Sheet 21 “Working on Flat Roofs Protection Against Falls"
KeeGuard® product innovations include a safety compliant fall protection railing system for standing seam metal roofs. This custom designed guardrail will provide proper access to rooftop equipment for maintenance or inspection, provide any needed perimeter protection, and also accommodate proper ladderway access.
Four S5U clamps are bolted to a galvanized steel baseplate, and using the simple set screw method, the S5U clamps attach securely to the standing seams without puncturing the metal roof. A Kee Klamp® Type 62 (base) fitting affixes to each metal baseplate in the system to support the uprights. The horizontal baseplates are custom fabricated to accommodate a wide variety of standing seam metal roofs.
Use of an open-style crossover fitting speeds installation of horizontal rails on standard or modified KeeGuard® Fall Protection Systems. In addition to using the Kee Klamp Type 62 fitting for upright support, the Kee Klamp Type 69 fitting can be incorporated into metal roof applications to accommodate a toeboard if needed.
KeeGuard® Installation Instructions
The modular components of the KeeGuard Fall Protection Railing System typically allow two installers to install a 600 foot run in 8 hours once all the materials are on the roof.
Be sure the locations of all the main uprights are free from stones and other loose debris.
Position a KGU. Connect the counterbalance assembly, CB5 to the KGU upright with the 44' long 1-1/4' pipe and tighten the set screws to 29 ft/lbs (39 Nm).
Position a KGU at 3' 3' from the first upright and connect a CB3 assembly with the 29' long 1-1/4' pipe and tighten the set screws to 29 ft/lbs (39 Nm).
Position a KGU at 6' 6' from the previous upright and connect a CB1 assembly with the 29' long 1-1/4' pipe and tighten the set screws to 29 ft/lbs (39 Nm).
Slide the Schedule 40 1-1/2' galvanized pipe through the fittings at the top and at the mid section of the uprights to form the rails and tighten the set screws. Connect the lengths of handrail together using Kee Klamp® fitting Type 14-8 (Straight Coupling) and tighten the set screws to 29 ft/lbs (39 Nm). Be sure to always stagger the joints of the handrail between bays.
Continue along the roof edge repeating steps 4 & 5.
Ideally the 14-8 (Straight Coupling) connections on the mid rail and top rail should be offset by 6' 6'.
At 90° corners, use Kee Klamp 15-8 (90° Elbow). Ensure that an upright is no further than 20' from the corner, and that the total length between uprights around the corner is no greater than 6' 6'.
Suggested 3-Part Specification
KEEGUARD® ROOF EDGE GUARD RAIL SYSTEM
SECTION 00 77 20 or SECTION 07720
PART I GENERAL
Summary: Provide and install freestanding KeeGuard Roof Edge Fall Protection System, including pipe railings, uprights, bases, counterweights, fittings and delivery to site.
The heating and cooling units pictured were installed very close the the roof edge. The business was putting their workers at risk when the equipment periodically needed maintenance and repair. OSHA Code required that guardrails be erected. This facility installed a guardrail system that is a non-penetrating, counterbalance system, that eliminated the need to drill into the roof membrane. The modular design and mechanically secured joints made KEE GUARD rooftop guardrail quick and simple to install.
OSHA Code 1926.502(f)(4) states:
“Mechanical equipment on roofs shall be used or stored only in areas where employees are protected by a warning line system, guardrail system, or personal fall arrest system.”
OSHA Code 1926.502(j)(7)(i) states:
“Materials and equipment shall not be stored within 6 feet (1.8 m) of a roof edge unless guardrails are erected at the edge.”
Yes, a toeboard can be supplied at the customer’s request.
Can KeeGuard be used as an anchor?
The KeeGuard system is not intended as an anchor and cannot be used as an anchor or tie off point to support any workers or equipment suspended off the roof.
Can the KeeGuard system be painted?
KeeGuard components can be painted by the customer before or after installation. KeeGuard components are also available powder coated in any RAL color at the customer’s request (extra charges apply for powder coating). Powder coating takes place prior to shipment.
Can the KeeGuard system be used to protect snow removal workers on rooftops in cold climates?
Can the KeeGuard system be used to protect snow removal workers on rooftops in cold climates?
Does the KeeGuard system comply with the current US safety regulations?
The KeeGuard system has been tested to comply with, and exceed, all US & OSHA codes.
Does the KeeGuard system offer advantages over a horizontal life line system or harness system?
Yes. KeeGuard Roof Edge Fall Protection Railing System is a passive, collective fall protection system which is preferred by safety consultants. Lives have been lost in work related falls resulting from workers not using harnesses properly. The KeeGuard system removes the potential of that risk. Harness systems require training and proper and regular use. The embedded anchor for a harness system could later leak and cause costly water damage. The worry of not enough harnesses for rooftop workers is eliminated.
How do I buy the KeeGuard system?
Each KeeGuard System is individually engineered for your premises. For further information, call the US (1-800-851-5181) or Canada (1-877-505-5003) to speak to our KeeGuard sales desk.
Is KeeGuard more expensive than using a Harness/Tie Off system?
The installed cost of KeeGuard is competitive with horizontal life line systems.
Is KeeGuard required by law?
Building owners and employers are responsible for protecting their workers from any hazard encountered while on the job. In jobs requiring access to roofs for maintenance purposes, fall protection is usually required if workers will be exposed to a fall hazard.
Will installation of KeeGuard reduce insurance premiums?
Insurance premiums are often impacted by steps taken by the building owner to reduce hazards to their workers. More importantly, building owners’ liability will be strictly examined if an industrial accident occurs and preventative measures (such as KeeGuard) were not taken.
Can the KeeGuard system be installed on a sloped roof?
The system can be used on any style of flat roof with a slope up to 3 degrees.
How long does it take to install KeeGuard? Are special skills or tools required?
With the use of the new KeeGuard open style fitting (standard), two workers with minimal experience and simple hand tools can be installed up to twice as fast as most other systems. All materials should be delivered to the rooftop using a hoist, crane or other mechanical method. No power tools are required.
Is KeeGuard intended for temporary or permanent installation?
The system is intended as a permanent fall protection solution, however since it is a modular system, the system can be disassembled and moved if needed or for maintenance tasks.
Are all the materials used in the KeeGuard system protected from corrosion?
Galvanized pipe is used for vertical, horizontal and counterbalance supports and Kee Klamp fittings are all galvanized at our factory. The grub screws used to assemble the fittings and pipes together are all protected by Kee Koat® which is a special corrosion resistant coating. KeeGuard fall protection system is engineered using special fittings and is designed to withstand a full range of outdoor conditions.
How does the KeeGuard system stay on the roof if it isn’t bolted through the roof membrane?
The system employs a tested and proven counterbalance system, the KeeGuard system (Patents in effect) is a roof edge railing fall protection system that keeps the workers on the roof without endangering the roof membrane itself.
What prevents the counterweights from sinking into tar/gravel roof surfaces in hot climates?
Each KeeGuard counterbalance weighs only 30 pounds and has an insulating rubber pad on the underside which is installed at the factory. Each counterbalance is spaced sufficiently to make the entire system deliver less weight per square foot than the average worker who might have to walk on the roof
KeeGuard® Fall Protection Certifications
KeeGuard® Contractor Fall Protection Certifications
KeeGuard Permanent Fall Protection, KeeGuard Contractor Temporary Fall Protection, and the KeeGuard Skylight Railing have been independently tested and meet or exceed all relevant North American and International Safety Requirements.