August 27, 2013

Temporary Safety Guardrails: An Integral Part of Rooftop Safety

W.S. Safety’s thirty-five years in the construction industry means that we have watched the development of superior safety systems. The option for temporary safety guardrail systems to be installed quickly and efficiently for whatever a job needs is a major improvement to the industry.

Construction work is often temporary, so it makes sense for site employers to utilize temporary guardrail systems at worksites. Safety guardrails are a must for rooftop safety, and it is important to provide a comprehensive, secure fall protection system to ensure employees can work safely. Temporary guardrails offer this and the ability to move around. Here are three temporary guardrail systems by Bluewater MFG, carried by W.S. Safety.

SafetyRail 2000

The Safety Rail 2000 is a temporary guardrail that is 100% portable but can also be used in permanent applications. No holes have to be drilled into expensive rooftops for installation, allowing roof integrity to remain intact and preventing potential future leaking problems. Installing temporary guardrail systems can potentially save building owners thousands of dollars in repair costs. The Safety Rail 2000 is also OSHA, and OHSA approved and met the Ontario Building and Federal Building construction codes to serve as a temporary rooftop safety railing system (also meeting permanent codes). Another option for parapet mounting utilizes the Versa Clamp, which is considered the most versatile temporary guardrail C-Clamp available.

These safety guardrails can be used on both parapets and concrete slabs. Other features include off-set plates that won’t damage copings or flashings on parapets and a unique compression locking system for fast and simple installation.

The Safety Rail 2000 has many applications, including; rooftop and temporary fall protection, roof edge protection, roof hatches, skylights and hazard barriers. It can also include warehouse dock doors, mezzanine floors, loading dock platforms, new building construction, conveyors, and so much more. The versatility and portability of the Safety Rail 2000 make this temporary guardrail system a solid choice for roof safety and fall protection.


Another option for a temporary guardrail is BlueWater Manufacturing’s Versa-Clamp, which has off-set compression plates to connect to both a parapet and a concrete slab. Since the plates are offset, they will not damage the copings or the flashings on a parapet. Wood 2x4s serve as the railing on this temporary guardrail system. Due to its mobility and flexibility of installment, it can be brought to multiple worksites. The Versa-Clamp extends from 2″-16″ and allows for optional toe-board brackets for deck applications. The Versa-Clamp adaptors are also available so that the Versa-Clamp will work with the Kwik-Rail fall protection system in a permanent railing capacity.

This portable guardrail system is OSHA compliant and is manufactured in the U.S.A. It comes standard in yellow powder coat, though upon request, other colours are available.


The Para-Clamp parapet railing is a re-engineered Versa-Clamp meant to work exclusively with parapets. This manufacturing adjustment results in this product being available at a lower price than the Versa-Clamp. But like the Versa-Clamp, the Para-Clamp has the same compression locking system that allows for quick and easy installation while distributing pressure so as to not damage the copings or flashings of parapets.

A key feature of the Para-Clamp parapet railing is that adaptors are available so that it is compatible with the Safety Rail 2000 and is available to fit 19″ or 25″ parapets. It is installed in 8-foot increments, and the adjustable guardrail post complies with OSHA guard rail heights from the work surface.

Whether it’s the Safety Rail 2000 with its versatility and tool-free installation, the Versa-Clamp with its ability to work with both parapets and slabs, or the Para-Clamp with its re-engineered, cost-effective design, there is undoubtedly a temporary guardrail system to fit your needs.

Contact us today to talk about your specific needs to ensure the safety of your staff and contractors.

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