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Anchoring system for guardrails on flat roofs


All work at heights involves severe risk of falling. On a flat roof, the best way to prevent such accidents is by installing a guardrail. Until now, however, guardrail anchoring systems used in Québec had never been subjected to testing for compliance with the Safety Code for the construction industry.

Having determined that the anchoring systems for the three models most used by roofers in Québec—namely, the guardrails made by Alcor, J.P. Lemieux and Innovation Malenfant inc.—do ensure adequate protection for workers and meet the withstand requirements of the Code, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), in conjunction with the joint OHS association ASP Construction, has published a prevention fact sheet for contractors and workers who use guardrails.

Entitled Les systèmes d’ancrage de garde-corps sur des toits plats (guardrail anchoring systems for flat roofs), the fact sheet provides the information needed to ensure that the equipment is properly and firmly installed so as to prevent falls.

To find  out more about the guardrail anchoring systems for flat roofs:

Additional Information

  • André Lan
  • François Ouellet
  • Louise Lessard
Research Project: 0099-3740
Online since: February 20, 2013
Format: Text