Ballasted railing that provides strong roof-edge protection keeping rooftop workers secure.

High Engineering’s ballasted safety railing protects everyone on the rooftop. A non-penetrating guardrail system that exceeds all relevant North American and International Safety requirements and safety standards.

Our modular safety railings promote adaptability for any rooftop plan including angle customization and color preference. Layouts are designed economically to integrate and extend the range of protection provided by existing rooftop access and safety systems such as self-closing gates to provide comprehensive protection. Our safety railing products are rigorously 3-rd party tested and our in-house engineers provide certification to applicable provincial regulations and building code requirements.

Provided as self-installed, supervised installation or have High Engineering design your guardrail system, deliver materials to your site, lift it to your roof, install the system, and leave you with the peace of mind of knowing your rooftop work is safe and compliant.


Non-penetrating design and multiple freestanding base options provide a strong and permanent ballasted roof railing solution that does not cause leaks, pooling water, or cause other potential damage to rooftops.


Modular components and fittings with an array of options to provide custom roof barrier systems that easily integrate with existing fall protection products, work around obstacles, and handle elevation changes.


Our Competent and Qualified fall protection engineers create rooftop guardrail safety systems that meet OSHA, COHS, OBC, CSA, EN, IBC standards and regulations to keep rooftop work safe and compliant.

Low Maintenance

Galvanized inside and out, and available in a range of powder coat colors Kee Guard rooftop guardrail provides a clean look and excellent corrosion resistance that stands up to harsh environments.

Rooftop Ballasted Safety Rail Resources

Advantages of Kee Guard® Ballasted Safety Railing System

  • No welding required and easily installed and maintained with common tools
  • Optimal stability for all standard rooftop systems
  • Adaptable to varying angles and radius edges
  • Accommodates ladders, equipment, and rooftop obstructions
  • Simple counterbalance construction made from 100% recycled PVC
  • Passive barrier that protects all workers, no training required
  • Easily adapt to changes in roof elevations
  • Lower installation costs than fabricated pipe
  • No rooftop parapet required

How Do I Install Freestanding Guardrail?
All that is required is some time and simple hand tools. There is no special training required to set up KeeGuard railing. Two people can typically install up to 300 linear feet of KeeGuard in an 8-hour day.

Will Freestanding Guardrail Penetrate My Roof Surface?
No. KeeGuard is a non-penetrating freestanding railing that uses counterbalance weights that are made from recycled PVC rubber. The system will not puncture your roof surface.

What Wind Speed Can Freestanding Guardrail Withstand?
In its standard configuration, KeeGuard can withstand a wind speed of up to 150 MPH. KeeGuard can also be engineered to withstand higher wind forces if necessary.

What Are The Guardrail Ballasts Made Of?
Base weights for freestanding guardrails can be made of a variety of materials including steel and heavy plastics. Our KeeGuard base weights are made from environmentally friendly 100% recycled PVC.

Can I Install Freestanding Guardrail on a Sloped Roof?
KeeGuard Railing can be installed on any type of flat roof with a slope of up to 3 degrees.

KeeGuard® has been independently tested and meets or exceeds the following North America and International Requirements.


  • Canadian National Building Code,,
  • Ontario Building Code Section,,
  • HSG-33 Health & Safety in Roof Work
  • HSE Specialist Report No 15: 1988
  • HSE Sheet 21 “Working on Flat Roofs Protection Against Falls”
  • BS 6399: Part 2 1995 Wind Code
  • EU Directives & CDM Regulations
  • BGV A1: 2000, BGG 928 & BGR 184
  • Health, Safety & Welfare Regulation 13 “Falls or Falling Objects” 1992
  • NFE 85-003
  • EN ISO 14122: PT3
  • EN 13374
  • OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.29
  • OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926.501, 29 CFR 1926.502
  • The KeeGuard® Freestanding System is TÜV Tested

Suggested 3-Part Specification

SECTION 00 77 20 or SECTION 07720


1.1 Summary

Provide and install freestanding KeeGuard® Roof Edge Protection System, including pipe railings, uprights, bases, counterweights, fittings and delivery to site.

Related Sections

  1. Section 05500 – Metal Fabrications: Associated metal supports.
  2. Section 07400 – Membrane Roofing: Coordination of roof edge protection installation.

1.2 References

  1. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – A21.l Safety Requirements for Floor and Wall Openings, Railings and Toe Boards.
  2. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – A58.l Minimum Design Loads in Buildings and Other Structures.
  3. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – Al 17.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.
  4. American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) A47 – Standard Specification for Ferrite Malleable Iron Castings.
  5. American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) A53 – Standard Specification for Pipe, Steel, Black and Hot-Dipped, Zinc-Coated, Welded and Seamless.
  6. American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) A153 – Standard Specification for Zinc Coating (Hot-Dip) on Iron and Steel Hardware.
  7. American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) A500 – Standard Specification for cold-formed welded and seamless carbon steel structural tubing.
  8. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): 1910.23 – Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes.

1.3 Submittals

  1. Manufacturer’s data sheets on each product to be used, including:
    1. Preparation instructions and recommendations.
    2. Shop Drawings: Indicate profiles, sizes, connections, size and type of fasteners and accessories.
    3. Field Measurements: Verify field measurements prior to assembly and/or ordering.
      Storage and handling requirements and recommendations.
    4. Installation Instruction.
  2. Shop Drawings: Drawings showing fabrication and installation of handrails and guardrails including plans, elevations, sections, details of components, anchor details, and attachment to adjoining units of work
  3. Selection Samples: For each finish product specified, two complete sets of color chips representing manufacturer’s full range of available colors and patterns

1.4 Quality Assurance

  1. Railings Structural Requirements:
    1. Handrail, wall rail and guardrail assemblies and attachments shall withstand a minimum concentrated load of 200 pounds (90719 g) applied in any direction on the top rail.
    2. Infill area of guardrail system capable of withstanding a horizontal concentrated load of 200 pounds (90719 g) applied to one square foot (8165 g/sm) at any point in the system. Load not to act concurrently with loads on top rail of system in determining stress on guardrail.

1.5 Delivery, Storage, and Handling

  1. Materials to be delivered to the job site in good condition and adequately protected against damage as handrails are a finished product.
  2. Store products in manufacturer’s unopened packaging until ready for installation.

1.6 Project Conditions

  1. Maintain environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and ventilation) within limits recommended by manufacturer for optimum results. Do not install products under environmental conditions outside the manufacturer’s absolute limits.
  2. Field Measurements: Where handrails and railings are indicated to fit to other construction, check actual dimensions of other construction by accurate field measurements before fabrication; show recorded measurements on final shop drawings.
    1. Where field measurements cannot be made without delaying the railing fabrication and delivery, obtain guaranteed dimensions in writing by the Contractor and proceed with fabrication of products to not delay fabrication, delivery, and installation.
  3. Coordinate fabrication and delivery schedule of handrails with construction progress and sequence to avoid delay of railing installation.


2.1 Manufacturer

  1. Kee Safety, Inc., Buffalo, NY, USA
    Model: KeeGuard Roof Edge Fall Protection System.
  2. Sustitutions: Not permitted.

2.2 Systems

  1. Provide pipe or tubing, fittings, and accessories as indicated or required to match design indicated on the Drawings.
    1. Fittings: Cast iron.
    2. Handrail Tubing, 12 gauge, Size
      1. 1-1/2 inches – 1.90 inches O D.
      2. 1-1/4 inches – 1.660 inches O D.
    3. Handrail Pipe, Schedule 40, Size:
      1. 1-1/2 inches – 1.90 inches (48 mm) O D.
      2. 1-1/4 inches – 1.660 inches (38 mm) O D.
    4. Infill Panels: As indicated. Refer to Drawings.
  2. Roof Edge Protection: Provide freestanding KeeGuard Roof Edge Protection System, including pipe railings, uprights, bases, counterweights and fittings.
    1. Freestanding counterweighted guardrail system with 42 inches (1067 mm) minimum height to provide a pedestrian egress barrier on the roof to withstand a minimum load of 200 lb (90719 g) in any direction to the top rail per OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.23.
    2. Pipe: Steel, 1-1/2 inches (48 mm) schedule 40, galvanized.
    3. Tube: Galvanized tube, 12 gauge, 1-1/2 inches, 1.90 inches (48 mm) OD.
    4. Rails and Posts: Galvanized Tube, 12 gauge, 1-1/2 inches 1.90 inches (38 mm) diameter.
    5. Counterweight Levers: Galvanized Tube, 12 gauge, 1-1/4 inches 1.660 inches (38 mm) diameter.
    6. Mounting Bases: Steel bases are galvanized and are supplied with a rubber pad on underside of the component.
    7. Counterweights: Molded recycled PVC with one fixing collar per counterbalance.
    8. Fasteners: stainless steel or galvanized.
  3. Custom Design: Provide pipe, fittings, and accessories as indicated or required by Drawings to match design indicated

2.3 Materials

  1. Pipe:
    1. Steel Pipe: Steel, 1-1/2 inches (38 mm) schedule 40, galvanized.
    2. Tube: Galvanized tube, 12 gauge, 1-1/2 inches, 1.90 inches (48 mm) OD.
  2. Fittings, Including Elbows, Crossovers, Wall flanges, Tees, Couplings:
    1. Galvanized Malleable Cast Iron: Kee Klamp structural pipe fittings, ASTM A447 with ASTM A153 galvanizing.
  3. Finish: Polyester factory applied spray coating.
  4. Fasteners: Type 304 or 305 stainless steel or galvanized.

2.4 Fabrication

  1. Fit and shop assemble components in largest practical sizes for delivery to site.
  2. Upright tops shall be plugged with weather and light resistant material.
  3. Assemble components with joints tightly fitted and secured. Accurately form components to suit installation.


3.1 Preparation

  1. Prepare surfaces using the methods recommended by the manufacturer for achieving the best result.

3.2 Installation

  1. Install in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Fit exposed connections accurately together to form tight joints. For all connections with Kee Klamp fittings, each set screw is to be tightened to 29 foot pounds (39 N-m) of torque.
  3. Perform cutting, and fitting required for installation of handrails. Set handrails and accurately in location, alignment, and elevation, measured from established lines and levels.

3.3 Protection

  1. Protect installed products until completion of project.
  2. Touch-up, repair or replace damaged products before Substantial Completion.
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