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Guard Rail System Questions and Answers

Q. How much does a guard rail base plate weigh and how big is it?
A. 90 lbs. and 21 ½” square. Railing are between 17 and 27 lbs. depending on the size.


Q. How do you move a base plate?
A. Most commonly is through the use of the two-wheeled base transporter. Through the fulcrum design of the transporter you are effectively only lifting 45 lbs.


Q. How often do I need to place outriggers?
A. You only need an outrigger at any interruption of railing run. So if you have 100 continuous rails in a row, install an outrigger at each end.


Q. How do I calculate my guard railing needs?
A. Simply measure the distance you want to cover. And divide by the 10 if you are using 10’ guard rails, or divide by 7.5 if you are using 7 ½’ guard rails or divide by 5 if using 5’ guard rails. Most people will try to use as many 10’ as possible to reduce the number of base plate required. Once you have your distance evenly divided add a 5’ outrigger system at the interruption points and one extra base plate will complete your overall setup. Note: You will always order (1) extra base plate no matter how many systems you order. The only exception is if you are forming a square shape in which case an extra base plate would not be required.


Q. What color do the guard rails come in?
A. The standard color is a powder coated safety yellow. If you wanted to blend in with the color of your building, we can usually paint the rails to match your paint chip. We also do ho-dipped galvanized rails as well.


Q. What are the requirements for toe boards and when do I need to use them?
A. A standard toeboard shall be 4 inches (nominal) minimum in vertical height from its top edge to the level of the floor, platform, runway, or ramp. It shall be securely fastened in place and have not more than 1/4-inch clearance above floor level. It may be made of any substantial material, either solid, or with openings not over one inch in greatest dimension. Toeboards shall be provided on all open sides and ends of railed scaffolds at locations where persons are required to work or pass under the scaffold and at all interior floor, roof, and shaft openings.


Q. What are the OSHA requirements for the use of Warning lines?
A.

  • 1. A warning line is used 15 feet or more from the edge (or nearest edge of a hole);
  • 2. The warning line meets or exceeds the requirements in §1926.502(f)(2);
  • 3. No work or work-related activity is to take place in the area between the warning line and the hole or edge; and The employer effectively implements a work rule prohibiting the employees from going past the warning line.


Q. What do I do if I have an application or product question?
A. No problem, you can call TC Safety Supply, Inc at 1-855-717-7475 and we will answer your questions. We are here to help. We are here to support you before and after the sale.


Q. Do I need non-slip pads on the bottom of the base plates?
A. If you are using the RailGuard 200 on a hard surface like metal or concrete, then we would recommend the use of the rubber pads. Also on sensitive surfaces like rubber membrane roofs, the pads would provide additional protection. However, the vast majority of applications do not warrant these pads.


Q. Can you assist me with changing OSHA and ANSI regulations?
A. OSHA Fall Protection and Safety Compliance can be daunting to master. As a owner or manager you are already busy enough with the daily details of running your company; It is not often that you have the time to sort through pages of government specifications. Instead of watching you struggle through the heights and widths and locations, the TC Safety Supply team is eager to put our expertise to work for you. Let us do the heavy lifting for you! With years of experience and intimate knowledge of OSHA safety regulations, we can help you ensure that every detail of your install meets or exceeds OSHA requirements.


Q. Are your products made in the USA?
A. Safety products made in the USATC Safety Supply, Inc is based in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and all our products are manufactured right here in the United States. We sell equipment from the most respected roofing and fall protection equipment manufacturer in the commercial flat-industrial roofing market.

Our supplier has become the industry’s standard since its inception in 1959, and its reliability has been proven by the thousands of companies that have used it, including some of America’s biggest companies and largest job sites.

Your company can be using the same products used and trusted by General Motors, US Steel, and IBM as well as on job sites as significant as the Empire State Building, Hoover Dam and the The Big Dig.

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Q. What makes TC Safety Supply, Inc special?
A. TC Safety Supply, Inc is an American Company with Over 30 Years Experience in Fall Protection Products, ever changing OSHA and ANSI Safety Requirements and an Official CCR Registered Company with the U.S. Federal Government. Countless Companies across America have chosen our fall protection systems and safety equipment to protect and safeguard their employees. We think your company should too. Give us a call today.

Official CCR Registered Company with the U.S. Federal Government
TC Safety Supply is a CCR Registered Company with the U.S. Federal Government

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