Rail guard

Rail guards are designed to prevent employees from getting too close to, resp. from falling over the edge whilst working, i.e. guards serve to prevent deadly and life-threatening falls from a height. Rail guards belong to the category of collective protection measures as they protect one or more individuals without their needing to be familiar with the use of individual protective equipment. According to the provisions, such collective measures should be given preference over individual protection measures using personal fall protection equipment (PPE).

Rail guards may be permanently installed; however, there are also numerous options available for setting up a temporary guard system, e.g. using weights or other loads. These are mostly manufactured from weather-resistant aluminium which makes them easy to transport.

According to DIN EN 13374 (“Temporary Edge Protection Systems”), rail guards must be at least 100 cm high. When installed right at an edge where the rim or parapet is less than 10 cm high, the rail guard must be equipped with a toe board in addition to the standard hand and knee rails.

Die Dachkante eines flachen Bitumendaches ist mit einem Geländer gesichert