July 25, 2013

OSHA Safety Gates: A Comparison of Two Self-Closing Options

This article highlights the features of our most trusted safety swing gates. Read on to learn more about FabEnCo’s industrial safety gates and BlueWater self-closing safety gate to see which of these OSHA safety gates is right for your needs.

Where They’re Similar
Both of these OSHA safety gates have a self-closing, stainless-steel spring loaded design that allows workers to easily move throughout the work site hands-free. The self-closing aspect of these gates also means workers are always protected so they can safely work on mezzanines, catwalks and machine guarding. Each of these gates is great in areas where you have unprotected openings on ladders, stairs and platforms.

Both the FabEnCo and the BlueWater Mfg. Guard Dog gates are made tough in the USA.

Each of these gates installs quickly and easily allowing your workers to get back to the project at hand, and both will work seamlessly with the Safety Rail 2000.

Where They Differ
While both of these safety gates are available in Galvanized or Powder coated steel, as well as stainless steel, the FabEnCo safety gate also comes in Aluminum.

The BlueWater Guard Dog comes in one dependable design, while the FabEnCo offers several trustworthy models including the low-cost R series. The R series serves as the metal alternative to plastic safety gates, easily mounting into already existing plastic gate bolt holes. The FabEnCo A series gate is the most popular model.

There are two very unique qualities offered by these safety gates. BlueWater Mfg.’s product allows for universal swing direction by simply inverting the gate, and it’s top and mid-rail heights match OSHA mid-rail and top rail height requirements for guardrails. FabEnCo’s gate offers a unique self-stopping mechanism which provides positive-stopping without handrail post contact. The XL series features an additional top and bottom bar to match the OSHA mid-rail and top-rail heights.

Key Features of Two OSHA Self-Closing Safety Gates


Bluewater Mfg. Guard Dog

  • Self-closing spring loaded design means opening is always protected
  • Easy and fast size adjustment
  • Easy installation using U-bolts
  • Available in Galvanized, Powder coated, or Stainless Steel
  • Made in the USA
  • We are a stocking distributor
  • Self-stopping feature optional
  • Top and Mid-rail heights match OSHA mid-rail and top rail heights for guardrails


  • Self-closing spring loaded design means opening is always protected
  • Easy installation
  • Self-stopping design, therefore no pinch points on closed end
  • Angle of gate closing can be adjusted
  • Available in Galvanized, Powder coated, Stainless Steel, or Aluminum
  • We are a stocking distributor
  • Made in the USA
  • Many different models available including the A series, XL series and the R series

We hope this has shed light on the similarities and differences of our trusted safety swing gates. Both are very dependable and enable the kind of safety that comes with hands-free operation. If you have more questions about either of these self-closing safety gates or any of your other rooftop safety needs feel free to contact us via email or call us toll-free at 1-855-227-5787.

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