Scaffold Handrail Systems

What is a Scaffold Handrail?

Scaffolding safety starts from the ground up. That’s because scaffold handrail requirementsmatter at every stage of erecting,inspecting and maintenance. Why? Because the risks arising from scaffolding and falls are not straightforward. They include unpredictable and changeable events such as weather,other environmental factors,different trades working together and using a range of tools alongside one another,plus a multitude of equipment all deployed and carrying singular weights. Inevitably,that means constant risk assessments,hazard safety awareness,and compulsory scaffold handrail regulations. The bottom line is,if you are using scaffolding,you always need to comply with the controls relating to scaffold handrail standards.

Scaffold handrail systemssafeguard all individuals working at height because they reduce the risk of falls of supplies,equipment,tools and of employees.

Scaffold handrail height regulationsare designed with three main objectives in mind:

  • 1.To prevent employers and other workers on the scaffolding structure from falling over its edge.

  • 2. To minimise the risk of people or objects slipping or falling under the railing.

  • 3. To stop items such as scaffolding supplies,equipment and tools being accidentally knocked or kicked off the scaffold structure.

Scaffold Handrail Regulations and Standards

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gives information on the minimum scaffold handrail heightand states,‘the top guardrail should be a minimum of 950mm above the working platform and any gap between the top rail and the intermediate rail should not exceed 470mm.’(In a separate safety note,the HSE regulations also state suitable toe boards must be fitted in a way that is ‘suitable and sufficient to prevent people or materials from falling’.)

Find out more about HSE scaffolding regulationsand working at heighthere. There are clear regulations scaffold handrail height UKbuilders must adhere to.

Tube and clamp scaffolding

Tubeand clampscaffolding is comprised of vertical and horizontal galvanised steel tubes connected via a range of tee,corner,cross and elbow metal clamps and fixed where necessary with scaffold ground sockets and wall brackets.

Diagonal tubes can be connected to the scaffold at intervals in order to add stability to the structure. This type of scaffolding provides great versatility. It can be erected in bespoke ways and then easily dismantled and used again for other projects. Horizontal tubes can be placed at any height along the vertical tubes and used as walking decks. Similarly,scaffolding polescan be placed at any height which complies with scaffold handrail height regulations. P&C Pipeline Equipment Ltd care about fall prevention and access solutions. Speak to our friendly team for details about our scaffold handrail systems today.