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NEW Lower Prices on Select Josam Drain Rings & Domes

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Attention commercial roofers!

We have lowered our pricing on two popular Josam roof drain replacement parts:

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Josam 4114 [ns]
Cast Iron Dome

$50 each
(previously $73)

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Josam 21500 Drain Ring
$40 each
(previously $59)

Compared to other Josam online roof drain distributors, you won’t find lower pricing anywhere on the web.

Sweetening the pot, if your purchase is more than $750, we do not charge for shipping.

Purchase online in minutes. Visit our roof drains website, to start saving. 

Commercial Roofing Fall Protection Guide: How to Stay OSHA-Compliant

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Fri, Jun 07, 2013 @ 02:52 PM

In-depth look at commercial roofing OSHA regulations and the fall protection equipment needed to stay safe and compliant.

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In the construction industry, falls are the number one cause of death—killing on average 150 to 200 people each year. Most of these falls occur from scaffolds and roofs. 

OSHA regulations on roofing practices and equipment are laws designed to prevent these fall fatalities and injuries. That makes following them critical to keeping your crew safe and avoiding legal penalties.

Within This Reference Guide:

With the Commercial Roofing Fall Protection Reference Guide, you’ll learn about the important OSHA regulations and how to buy compliant equipment. Specifically, you’ll find:

  • How to develop a comprehensive fall protection plan.
  • A breakdown of the OSHA regulations that apply to commercial roofers and fall protection equipment.
  • Descriptions of required fall protection equipment, including perimeter protection, safety nets, fall arrest systems, skylight and hatch guards, and more.
  • OSHA-compliant features to look for in your fall protection equipment.
  • A fall protection equipment checklist that you can easily print out to simplify the buying process.

This guide is intended for roofing contractors looking for a solid overview of OSHA fall protection regulations, to refresh their understanding of the topic, or to ensure their company and projects are compliant.

If you’re interested in learning more about the safety equipment necessary to remain OSHA-compliant, while maintaining or improving contractor efficiency, contact Hy-Tech Roof at or 800-635-0384. 

Download This Reference Guide 

Topics: Garlock, Roofing Safety, Fall Protection

Personal Fall Arrest Anchor Points: How to Ensure OSHA Compliance

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Mon, Jun 03, 2013 @ 01:57 PM

htp roofanchorbracketFall arrest equipment prevents a worker from hitting the ground if they fall over the roof edge. According to OSHA regulations, workers 6 ft. or more off the ground must be tied off to a fall arrest system if there are no guardrails or safety net systems in place.

Having a fall arrest system prevents fall-related fatalities and injuries. Falls on average kill between 150 to 200 people every year.

A fall arrest system consists of a lifeline and shock-absorbing lanyard connected to a harness. The other end of the lifeline is then connected to an anchor (or tie-off) point. This anchor point offers the resistance necessary to stop a worker’s fall. 

In this post, we’ll provide details on OSHA’s anchor point regulations, and recommend how to ensure the anchor points your contractors select meet or exceed these requirements.

OSHA Regulations to Consider When Tying Off to an Anchor Point

OSHA mandates that anchor points meet the following criteria:

  • Acceptable anchor points must not be part of or used to support or suspend platforms.
  • The anchorage point must be able to support 5,000 lbs. of force per person tied off to it.

While OSHA is explicitly clear on what is required of a fall-arrest anchor point, contractors are left with the question, “How do I tell if something is able to support 5,000 lbs. of fall force?”

Permanent and Temporary Anchorage Points

On a roof there are a number of permanent structures contractors can tie off to, or permanent and temporary anchorage plates that can be installed. Unfortunately, without running stress tests on these anchor points at the specific point of the roof they are connected to, it isn’t possible to accurately calculate what type of pull force they can withstand.

The only way to know for certain is to perform a pull test. To perform one of these tests, you must use a portable pull tester. It attaches to the top portion of an anchor screw, which is secured to the roof substrate. Depending on the model of pull tester, a crank applies upward force on the screw, measuring how many pounds of force are being applied to the screw. You continue the test until the screw breaks free or you are happy with the result.

After you get the rating of one screw, multiply that by the number of screws holding the anchor point in place. This will provide the total force the anchor can withstand.

The main problem with this approach is you need to test every anchor point at its specific placement on the roof because the roof’s structural integrity can change depending on material used and any sort of substrate damage that may exist. In addition, the test itself may weaken or damage the roof substrate.

What is a Contractor Supposed to Do?

Mobile Fall ProtectionFortunately, there are alternatives to anchor plates and permanent roof structures. Mobile fall protection carts are designed to provide OSHA-compliant fall arrest.

A mobile fall protection cart moves around a roof deck with a worker. In the event of a fall, the mobile fall protection cart’s claw or hook is deployed and driven down into the roof substrate, locking the cart in place and stopping the contractor’s fall.

These carts are independently tested on all different types of roofing substrates, including metal (all types and gauges), cement and plywood. Simply match these test results to the roof type you’ll be working on to see whether or not you’ll meet and even exceed regulations.

The mobile fall protection cart test results can easily be made available to inspectors or insurance companies at need to demonstrate OSHA compliance. 

Mobile Fall Protection Cart Safety Rules

While these carts offer great fall protection and flexibility, there are some important safety rules to follow when using them:

  • Check with the cart’s manual or manufacturer to see how many workers can tie off to one cart. Never tie off more workers than the cart can support.
  • Often, these carts come with two different tie-off points—fall arrest and fall restraint. Tying off to fall-restraint points will not deploy the cart’s claw, and as a result, won’t provide the necessary fall protection. Make sure contractors know which tie-off points are which, and how to safety connect to them. Click here for more on the differences between fall restraint and fall arrest.


Contact Hy-Tech Products for More Information

If you have any questions about this topic or fall arrest equipment, please contact Hy-Tech at or 800-635-0384.

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Hy-Tech's Commercial Roofing Fall Protection Guide

An in-depth look at OSHA fall-protection regulations and the roofing equipment you need to stay both safe and compliant. Download this valuable reference guide for free here.


Tips for Effective Portable Generator Maintenance

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 07:38 AM

To maximize the life of your portable generator and keep it running efficiently, you need to perform regular maintenance on the machine. In this post, we’ve outlined some tips to help you care for your portable generator.

If you are having issues with your generator, contact the manufacturer for troubleshooting help: addressing any issues early can save you money and downtime by avoiding serious malfunctions and more significant repairs down the road.

Portable Generator OilRegularly Change the Oil and Oil Filter

Just as you would change a car’s oil, your portable generator’s oil should be changed regularly.  Oil change frequency depends on the manufacturer, how often the generator is used and your work environment.

If you’re running the generator for the first time, some manufacturers recommend changing the oil after the first 8 hours of use as a way to clear away any contaminants the engine may have been exposed to during manufacturing or shipping.

Ongoing, oil change frequency requirements can range anywhere from every 50 to 200 hours of operation. You may need to change the oil more frequently if you often work on dusty job sites, as this can sometimes pollute the oil and make it less effective. 

In Hy-Tech Roof Pro portable generators, we recommend owners change the oil every 80 hours of operation, and use synthetic oil because it lubricates better and helps to keep engine components cleaner.

Also, make sure to match the oil weight with manufacturer requirements, and to replace the oil filter with every oil change.

Clean the Rotor and Stator

The rotor and stator are parts inside your generator that work together to generate electricity. The rotor spins, causing magnets within the generator to produce the electric current. This current is channeled by the stator to power any connected machines.

For those generators with partially exposed rotors and stators, both parts may collect dust and debris. A build up of these contaminants can prematurely wear them out, shortening their lives and limiting electricity generating potential.

To preserve the rotor and stator, at the end of every day, use compressed air or a blower to clear dust out of these components and the gaps between them. Do not use water, as this can cause electric shorts and potentially start a fire.

Clean and Replace the Air Filters

Air filters capture dust and debris from the air flowing into your engine. If the filter becomes too dirty, not enough air will flow in to the engine and the generator’s performance will suffer.

On a weekly basis, check the air filter for dust and debris build-up. If necessary, clean out the filter using compressed air or water (make sure the air filter is completely dry before reinstalling it). If there are still heavy dirt areas or clumps after blowing it clean, it is time to replace the air filter.

If you need a new air filter, check with the manufacturer to see where you can purchase replacements and what type you’ll need. To streamline the process, make sure you know the generator type and model.

If you have questions about the generator maintenance tips covered here, please contact Hy-Tech’s generator experts at or 800-635-0384.

Portable Generators: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Fri, May 10, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

describe the imageThere is a lot to consider when purchasing a portable generator for your commercial and roofing needs. To help, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions we get about portable generators.

If you have any additional questions, or would like clarification on any of these, please contact Hy-Tech at 800-635-0384 or

Why do my generator’s capacitors keep blowing?

The capacitors in your portable generator regulate power flow, providing tools with a clean, consistent electricity.

Capacitor overload happens when too much power is drawn out of the generator, either from too many tools being plugged in, or the power requirement of the tools being too much for an outlet. For example, plugging two 120V tools into a 120V outlet.

When purchasing a new generator, prevent capacitor overload by checking the voltage of the tools typically used on a roofing project. Generators, and individual outlets, are rated for a certain voltage and wattage, so make sure your tool demand does not exceed the generator rating.

Additionally, educate contractors on the proper use of your portable generator, and how to avoid overloading the outlets with too many tools.

What is clean, consistent portable generator power?

Power quality is determined by the number and size of the pulses, or harmonics, in the electrical signal. It is measured using total harmonic distortion.

The lower the total harmonic distortion percentage, the more clean and consistent the power. The higher this percentage, the more power spikes and surges there are. If your roofing equipment has a digital display, or computer-like components (i.e. the Leister VARIMAT V2), the IEEE recommends a power source with a total harmonic distortion less than 5%, as more sensitive electrical components are more prone to damage from large or consistent power surges.

Ask the manufacturer about a generator’s total harmonic distortion before you buy.

For more information on how total harmonic distortion works, see this paper from Associated Power Technologies. 

How do I tell if my generator is EPA and/or CARB compliant?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) creates the national environmental standards that apply to small, off-road engines under 19kW (which includes portable generator engines). These are the standards adopted by most states. However, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has established their own stricter regulations as a way to fight the state’s pollution problems.

We recommend purchasing a portable generator that is both EPA and CARB compliant. This guarantees compliance in every state, and ensures your generator is the safest for the environment. In addition, the EPA says that most compliant small engines will improve durability and fuel efficiency.

EPA and/or CARB compliance information is typically displayed on the generator’s product label or in product collateral. If you can’t find it there, ask the manufacturer. This information is often included on their website or in promotional materials, as well.

For more information on EPA regulations, here is a full list of the organization’s environmental guidelines.


If you have any further questions about portable generators, please contact Hy-Tech at or 800-635-0384.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Perimeter Fall Protection Equipment

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 @ 03:28 PM

OSHA Fall ProtectionThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal body that creates national safety regulations, requires installation of “guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems” around roof edges from which workers can fall 6 ft. or more. 

To help you understand some of the OSHA regulations regarding your roof perimeter, we’ve provided answers to some of the questions we frequently get asked. For OSHA’s full list of requirements, read through their Fall Protection page.

What does OSHA require of a roof edge guardrail system?

For an OSHA-approved guardrail system, you’ll need at minimum the following:

  • Top railing that is 1/4 in. in diameter, and 42 in. (+/- 3 in.) above the working surface. It should be able to withstand a 200 lb. outward force within 2 in. of the top railing.
  • Midrail, screen, mesh or an intermediate vertical member must be positioned directly between the top railing and working surface if there is no wall or parapet at least 21-in. high. Any rails or cable used must also be at least 1/4 in. in diameter, and capable of withstanding a 150 lb. outward force.
  • A chain, gate or removable guardrail must be placed across any roof-access or hoisting areas when not in use.

It is important to note that all projects and perimeter protection systems are different, and the components necessary to satisfy OSHA regulations may vary. For example, most guardrail systems will require base plates or clamps to secure guardrails to the roof edge, and on steep roofs with unprotected sides, toeboards must also be installed.

For more information about different perimeter protection systems options, visit Hy-Tech’s perimeter protection equipment page or contact us at or 800-635-0384.

How many guardrails and base plates do I need?

When you begin your search for a perimeter protection system, there are many factors to consider. Knowledgeably communicating your needs to a sales representative is essential to finding the right system and the appropriate number of components. Before you talk to a sales rep, prepare yourself by answering the following questions:

  • How long is the perimeter of the roof I’m working on?
  • What type of material is the roof? (e.g. metal, bitumen, single ply, cement, etc.)
  • Does the roof have a pitch? If so, what angle is it?
  • What is the roof edge like? (e.g. parapet wall, flat edge, etc.)

When you know this information, you’ll be able to find a system that meets the needs of your specific job. That will guarantee the system works with your roofing membrane, covers your perimeter and attaches securely to your roof edge.

Once you narrow down your system choices, you’ll be able to determine your guardrail and base plate needs.

Besides a guardrail, what are my other fall protection equipment options?

To stay OSHA compliant, you may also utilize personal fall arrest systems or install a safety net system around your roof perimeter. Both are subject to specific OSHA regulations:

Fall Arrest Systems

Fall arrest systems include safety harnesses and anchor points that are connected by shock-absorbing lanyards, lifelines and snap-hooks.

  • All fall arrest equipment must limit the arresting force to 1,800 lbs. and allow a worker to fall no more than 6 ft.
  • All fall arrest equipment must be able to withstand 2 times the potential impact force of a worker’s fall.
  • Harnesses — Body belts are not acceptable under OSHA requirements. It is recommended that workers wear harnesses that strap over their shoulders and around their legs.
  • Dee-Rings and Snap Hooks — Must have a minimum tensile strength of 5,000 lbs. and be proof-tested to a minimum tensile load of 3,600 lbs.
  • Lanyards and Vertical Lifelines — Must have a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 lbs. Ropes and straps must be made from synthetic fibers.
  • Anchorage Points — An anchorage point must be an object that does not move upon fall arrest and supports a minimum of 5,000 lbs. per person attached.

Safety Net Systems

Safety net systems are installed on the building’s exterior, below the roof edge, to prevent workers who fall from hitting the ground. They are also subject to several important OSHA regulations.

  • Must be installed no more than 30 ft. below the roof edge.
  • The net’s mesh openings must not exceed 36 sq. in. or be longer than 6 in. on any side.
  • Net must have border rope for webbing that has a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 lbs.
  • Nets must be installed a minimum horizontal distance from the building as follows:
Net Distance from
Roof Edge
Minimum Required
Horizontal Extension
5 ft. or less 8 ft. 
5 to 10 ft.  10 ft. 
10 ft. or more 13 ft.


Keep in mind that OSHA requires all workers to be tied off while installing perimeter protection. You can find a complete list of OSHA perimeter protection guidelines here.

If you have any questions about perimeter protection needs, contact Hy-Tech at or 800-635-0384.

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Commercial Roofing Fall Protection Guide

An in-depth look at OSHA fall-protection regulations and the roofing equipment you need to stay both safe and compliant. Download this valuable reference guide for free here.


3 Advantages of the Garlock Turbo-Rail Fall Protection System

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 @ 01:43 PM

Turbo RailJust as you would invest in a roof cutter to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tear-off projects, an investment in the right fall protection system keeps contractors safe while improving efficiency, preserving roofing substrates and maintaining a professional, clean job site.

In this post, we’ll look at how the Garlock Turbo-Rail fall protection system benefits commercial roofing companies. 

Improve Worker Efficiency

Installation of the Turbo-Rail is quick and easy. The guardrail’s base clamps tighten around parapet walls and slab roof (between 4-24 in.) using only one bolt, eliminating the time-consuming task of mechanically securing each guardrail stanchion to the roof with multiple screws or bolts.

After it is installed, the Turbo-Rail satisfies OSHA’s fall protection regulations for flat roofs, meaning contractors do not need to be protected by fall-arrest systems. This gives contractors the freedom and flexibility to move around a job site unrestricted, improving their speed and efficiency on projects.

Turbo Rail ClampNon-Penetrating and Flexible Installation

By tightening its clamps around a parapet wall or slab roof, the Turbo-Rail installs without the need to drill into a new or existing roof substrate. This method protects the integrity of the underlying structure and helps to avoid the need for sealing any screw holes left after the guardrail is taken down.

In situations where clamping is not an option, like along flat edges, the clamps can still be bolted directly to the roof, giving you flexibility from job site to job site.

Clean, Professional Appearance

During many flat commercial roofing projects, the building is likely to remain open to employees and customers, meaning there will be traffic going in and out all day. As a result, most building owners appreciate efforts to maintain a professional appearance around the building’s exterior.

Turbo Rail Clean Look

By design, the Turbo-Rail’s steel rails and clamps help to create clean building sightlines. The safety yellow protective paint around the railings and zinc-plated clamps are built to stand up to the harshest weather (e.g. sun, rain, sleet, snow), keeping them rust-free and looking good longer.

In addition, construction fencing can be easily draped along the guardrail to better contain debris to the roof and keep it from falling on the surrounding grounds—or even someone below.

If you have any questions about the Garlock Turbo-Rail, please contact Hy-Tech Products at 800-635-0384 or

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Garlock Fall-Prevention Equipment Brochure

Garlock safety equipment is built to provide rock-solid fall-protection for your crews. Learn about their perimeter guardrails, warning line systems, skylight and hatch kits, and fall-protection carts. Download Hy-Tech's Garlock Fall-Prevention Brochure to learn more.

Topics: Roofing Safety, Fall Protection

Fall Arrest vs. Fall Restraint: What Roofers Need to Know About These Fall Protection Systems

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Tue, Apr 23, 2013 @ 08:32 AM

Cobra Multi-Man GarlockAccording to OSHA, roofing contractors working near a fall hazard 6 ft. or higher must be protected by a guardrail system, safety-net and/or fall-arrest system. 

For those companies that utilize fall-arrest systems, it is absolutely essential their employees understand the distinct difference between fall arrest and fall restraint, especially when tying off to a fall-protection cart.

Fall Arrest vs. Fall Restraint

Fall-Arrest Systems: These systems are designed to stop a contractor after he or she has fallen over the side of a roof. According to OSHA, an employee must “be rigged so that [he or she] can neither free fall more than 6 feet nor contact any lower level.”

Fall Restraint Systems: These systems are configured to restrict how close an employee can get to a potential fall hazard.

While both fall arrest and fall restraint systems include similar regulations for harnesses, lifelines, shock-absorbing lanyards, snap hooks and dee-rings, their tie-off requirements are very different.

Fall Protection Cart Tie-Offs

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Top Dee-Rings: Fall Restraint

Bottom Rings: Fall Arrest

Fall-protection carts, like the Garlock Cobra Multi-Man, are ideal fall protection tie-off points, as they satisfy OSHA requirements without unnecessarily penetrating the roof substrate, and can be easily moved around a roof deck as work progresses. 

Many of these carts offer ring tie-offs for both fall-restraint and fall-arrest systems. As described above, there are very different demands placed on each of these cart tie-off points.

The force of someone falling causes the fall arrest ring to deploy a large claw or hook that drives into the roof surface and locks the cart in place, quickly stopping a fall. Fall-restraint rings do not deploy any cart locking mechanism. Instead, they rely on the cart’s weight to stop someone when they’ve reached the end of their lifeline, which should be shorter than the distance to the fall hazard.

If one or more contractors working at a roof edge are tied off to fall restraint rings, the cart’s weight alone may not be enough to stop their fall. Depending on the fall force, this could result in serious injury or death for the individual or individuals who fell, as well as anyone else tied off to the cart, since the cart may be dragged towards the roof edge.

Make sure anyone working on your roof knows the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint, and more importantly, how to properly tie themselves off to fall protection carts like the Garlock Cobra Multi-Man.

If you have any questions, or would like any clarification on this topic, please contact Hy-Tech Products at 800-635-0384 or

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Garlock Fall-Prevention Equipment Brochure

Garlock safety equipment is built to provide rock-solid fall-protection for your crews. Learn about their perimeter guardrails, warning line systems, skylight and hatch kits, and fall-protection carts. Download Hy-Tech's Garlock Fall-Prevention Brochure to learn more.


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Commercial Roofing Fall Protection Guide

An in-depth look at OSHA fall-protection regulations and the roofing equipment you need to stay both safe and compliant. Download this valuable reference guide for free here.


How to Prepare Your Garlock Turbo-Rail Fall Protection Railing for Hoisting

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Mon, Mar 18, 2013 @ 09:53 AM

Screen Shot 2013 02 19 at 3.22.24 PMTo keep roofing crews safe, all roofing job sites must have a fall protection railing in place. The Garlock Turbo-Rail fall protection railing provides comprehensive, OSHA-approved protection around the entire perimeter of a roof edge. It installs quickly and easily by clamping on to a parapet or slab floor. 

In this post, we’ll look at how to prepare the Garlock Turbo-Rail for transport and hoisting to your roof deck. If you need instructions on how to install the Turbo-Rail along a roof edge, check out these assembly instructions for the Garlock Turbo-Rail Fall Protection System.

Before You Begin

Before you prepare the Turbo-Rail for hoisting, be sure to have the building owner and a certified architect evaluate the roof to ensure it supports the combined weight of the Turbo-Rail (2,400 lbs.), plus all of your material, equipment and personnel.

Do not attempt to hoist the Turbo-Rail to the roof without ensuring that the roof can support the full weight of the Turbo-Rail, the crew, materials and your equipment.

Prepare the Turbo-Rail for Hoisting

Before hoisting the Turbo-Rail, make sure that all stanchions, rails and clamps are in their proper, secure positions within the Turbo-Rail carrier. 

The carrier is a solid-steel case comprised of an upper and lower section that separate from each other by removing four corner pins. Each pin is rated at 5,000 lb. lifting load, and positioned at each of the four corners of the carrier.

The lower section is designed to house the rails and stanchions, while the clamps are stored in the upper section (noted by the holes located along the side panels).

To check that your Turbo-Rail’s components are properly stored, follow these steps:

1. Remove the pin from each corner of the carrier and then, with one person on either end, use the hand-slots to lift the upper section off the lower section. Set the upper section to the side. 

2. In the lower section, the system’s rails should lay next to each other lengthwise in the same direction as the carrier and flat against the bottom of the carrier floor. 

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3. Next, set the stanchions on top of the railings, making sure they lay flat in the same direction as the carrier and do not rest up on the section’s side panels.  

4. Once all the rails and stanchions are properly stored in the lower section, lift the upper section again and place it back on the lower section. Make sure when doing this that the extended lower edge of the upper section slides into the bracketed slot of the lower section (see right). 

5. Now, check that the system’s combo clamps are properly stored in the upper section of the carrier. Place the combo clamps lengthwise in the upper section of the carrier, alternating their direction as you go to fit all of them comfortably.

6. Reinsert the four corner pins to secure the upper and lower sections of the carrier together. Double check that the corner pins are locked securely in place before attempting to hoist the Turbo-Rail.

Once the Turbo-Rail is packed up and prepared, it is safe to hoist it to the roof deck. 

If you would like to purchase a Turbo-Rail fall protection railing system or have any questions, please contact Hy-Tech Products at 800-635-0384 or

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Garlock Fall-Prevention Equipment Brochure

Garlock safety equipment is built to provide rock-solid fall-protection for your crews. Learn about their perimeter guardrails, warning line systems, skylight and hatch kits, and fall-protection carts. Download Hy-Tech's Garlock Fall-Prevention Brochure to learn more.

Topics: Garlock, Roofing Safety, Fall Protection

6 Steps to Assemble a Garlock RailGuard 200 Fall-Protection System

Posted by Hy-Tech Roof

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

OSHA requires that leading edges, skylights and other open spaces where falls may occur be guarded by fall protection systems. The Garlock RailGuard 200 Rail System provides this OSHA-compliant fall protection without drilling into the roof surface. 

In this post, we walk you step-by-step through the process of installing a Garlock RailGuard 200 system around any fall hazard.

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The standard RailGuard 200 is made up of the following components:

  • Base plate (90 lbs.)
  • Rail section: 42 in. tall, and 5-, 7.5- or 10-ft. long
  • Quick pins to secure the rail to the base plate

The number of base plates, rail sections and quick pins are purchased based on the length required by your project.

Base TransportAlso, it is recommended you invest in the RailGuard 200 Base Transporter (pictured right). This two-wheel dolly is designed to help contractors easily move the 90-lb. base plates around the roof deck to the desired location. This post assumes you are using the Base Transporter, or an equivalent dolly.

PLEASE NOTE: While assembling the RailGuard 200, all workers must be tied off to an OSHA-approved fall arrest system.

Assemble the RailGuard 200 Fall Protection System

These steps will help you assemble the RailGuard 200 quickly and easily with a Base Transporter (sold separately).

1. Identify where you want to start your RailGuard 200, and then use the Base Transporter to position your first base plate on that spot.

Railguard 200 Installation

2. Depending on the size of your railing, use the base transporter to position another base 5, 7.5 or 10 ft. from the original base. Each base plate has two railing-holder receptacles, which the RailGuard 200 railing posts slide into. These receptacles should align with the direction your railing will travel.

3. Slide the two railing posts into the corresponding base-plate receptacles. The railing posts should easily slide into position. If not, you may need to reposition the base plate slightly, or wiggle the railing around till it drops in place.

Railguard 200 quick pin4. Insert the quick pins through the two holes on the base plate. Each railing post has corresponding holes, which should line up if the railing is properly installed and the railing receptacles are perfectly in line with the other base plate. If not, you may need to pivot one base plate side to side to get the holes to line up.

5. Each quick pin comes with a second pin chained to it. Slide this second pin through the hole in the quick pin, after it’s been inserted through the base plate and railing holes. The second pin keeps the quick pin from coming loose.

6. Position the next base plate the proper distance away from the positioned base plate, and then install the next railing using steps 3-5.

Continue this process until you’ve completed the edge of the railing. When you come to a corner, position the next base plate at a 90-degree angle. The base plate has quick pin holes for these angles as well.

Railguard 200 right angle endIf the railing system you are installing has one or more open ends—as may be the case if you are only installing a railing along one edge of a roof—you’ll need to attach a 5-ft. section to all open ends at a 90-degree angle (see right). This U-shaped perimeter gives your RailGuard 200 the ability to withstand a 200 lb. continuous impact—keeping it in line with OSHA regulations.

If you need more information about RailGuard 200 assembly, please contact Hy-Tech Products, Inc. at 800-635-0384 or

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Garlock Fall-Prevention Equipment Brochure

Garlock safety equipment is built to provide rock-solid fall-protection for your crews. Learn about their perimeter guardrails, warning line systems, skylight and hatch kits, and fall-protection carts. Download Hy-Tech's Garlock Fall-Prevention Brochure to learn more.