Purpose and implementations of the temporary handrail
Industrial temporary handrail or guardrail is, first and foremost, a passive fall prevention method, for people and vehicles intended to prevent falls or unauthorized access to certain areas. Also, the system functions as mobility assistance.
OSHA and International Building Code (IBC) made even stricter rules and regulations regarding safety measures.
“Guardrails are required when the building has steps, landings, platforms or accessible roof spaces. According to the code, guardrails are required when there is a difference of 30 in. or greater between two upper and lower surfaces.”
Temporary handrail system can be installed, for example, on a ship deck, storage tanks, stairs or bridges during construction works.
Problems with temporarily installed handrail
Handrail system installation should be in accordance with the imposed regulations. When some neglection occurs, your people can be vulnerable to falling hazard and dangerous accidents. Your organization can also face serious lawsuits and pay more money over time due to medical expenses, fines, and more expensive insurance premiums. Such situations can be financially exhausting for the company, and the business image can be severely harmed.
The structural load capacity of the handrail system
One of the most important aspects is knowing the handrail ability to withstand the probable forces. If the structure is not strong enough against the stress, or not installed adequately, that might cause the handrail to break and leave the person in a dangerous situation.
Temporary handrail installation using magnets
Generally, handrail systems are installed using welding, screws, nails, or rail bolts. However, the mentioned methods can damage the counter surface. In some situations, damaging the surface or applying heat to weld the metal is not possible. Therefore, using magnets as a fastening method is a safe alternative solution.
Rubber Block Magnet with McNetiq Setter Apparatus and testing tool
The RBM can replace conventional fastening methods. However, installing the RBM is not always straight forward. Therefore, McNetiq came up with a solution to make mounting the magnet easy and accurate. McNetiq engineers designed an installation tool to curry the magnet from the box and install it in the right place and at the exact position. See the RBM installer manual. Furthermore, the team developed a testing tool to measure the exact capacity of the magnet. Knowing the design load capacity is a great advantage since it allows you to determine the amount of stress the handrail can take before it breaks.
The advantages of using the RBM with McNetiq technology are:
- Increase in safety.
- Save time.
- 0 damage to the counter surface.
- 100% accuracy on the load capacity.
Please, bear in mind, special training is mandatory to install and test the magnet capacity adequately.
Following procedures and complying to rules will keep your people from harm and protect your business in the long run. Therefore, safety precautions are a must. Furthermore, dealing with magnetic materials, installing, and testing them, requires a certain level of knowledge, which can be provided by our specialists at McNetiq or our partner STE.
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