Free Standing Handrails & Free Standing Guardrails

Free standing handrail and guardrail systems eliminate the hazard of falls from height. This is the preferred method of fall protection equipment should working at height be absolutely unavoidable, as it offers exceptional stability via the use of a counterbalance, and versatility due to a modular framework.

At Altus safety, we are a registered installer of the market-leading MSA Latchways Versirail Guardrail System.

Why Choose Freestanding Guardrails & Handrails?

Freestanding handrail and guardrail systems are suitable for multiple users at any one time, and requires very basic working at height training, making it the ideal solution for regular and long duration maintenance at roof level.

As you’d expect, the freestanding guardrail system is completely freestanding, meaning there is no need for drilling or penetration of the roof membrane. No mechanical fasteners are required, yet this lightweight solution is still durable. As a result, it is suitable for new and existing roofs alike.

The material used in these freestanding guardrail and handrail systems is light weight, with balance weights often weighing less than 20kg. Each component is therefore easy to lift or move to where you need it, but becomes totally solid when they’re secured together, and there’s little risk of damaging the roof surface when you do so. When you couple these benefits with the advantage of quick installation, this is as simple and cost-effective a rooftop safety system as you could want.

Expert Free Standing Handrail & Guardrail Systems with Altus Safety

Like many of the safety systems supplied by Altus Safety, freestanding guardrail and handrails must be inspected by a suitable working at height specialist company at least once every 12 months. For alternative roof edge protection, our collapsible handrails offer a streamlined and aesthetically pleasing option, whilst our clamp handrails are extremely versatile and allow for flexible installation. Don’t forget that our own experienced engineers can perform fall protection inspection and testing on any working at height solution.

We can also design, supply and install fall protection systems too.

Contact Us Today for Free Standing Guardrails & Handrails

For more information regarding the free standing guardrail and handrail systems or any other of our available forms of edge protection, please get in touch by phone on 0330 113 0870 or alternatively, you can send an email to

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Key Benefits

Here’s a brief summary...

  • Collective measure / guards hazard / preferred method should working at height not able to be avoided
  • Suitable for multiple users requiring basic working at height training
  • Suitable for frequent access for long duration of time due to low risk level
  • Completely freestanding with no need for drilling or penetration
  • Lightweight and suitable for most new and existing flat roofs
  • A simple and cost effective rooftop safety system

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Available Services

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Survey & Risk Assessment

Design, Supply & Installation

Inspection, Testing & Maintenance

Training, Courses & Seminars

Additional Information

All you need to know about this solution...

In line with the working at height regulations, a freestanding handrail or guardrail system provides a collective measure, making it the preferred system of choice for most fall protection situations by virtue of providing permanent edge protection.

The Health and Safety Executive’s hierarchy of control states that, if working at height cannot be avoided, then the first consideration should be to use collective measures.

Freestanding safety railings comply with the following standards:

BS EN 13374:2013 – Class A
HSG-33 Health & Safety in Roof Work
HSE INDG 284 “Working on roofs”
BS6399: Part 2 1995 Wind Code
BS EN ISO 14122-3:2001

Testing/inspection standards and frequency:
BS EN 13374 for temporary edge protection systems – minimum of every 12 months by a working at height specialist company

Freestanding safety railings are available in a range of materials and finishes, including the below:


Galvanised steel
Stainless steel


Powder coated to any RAL colour
Please note that freestanding hand or safety railings offer curved, incline or straight options.

Most systems have base plates that are fitted with bonded ribbed rubber mats, which can include an EPDM foam infill that’s suitable for use on concrete, asphalt, PVC membrane and felt roof surfaces.

As this system is freestanding, there is no need to fix it back to the building’s structure. However, some roof materials will require protection underneath the feet to maintain guarantees for the roof. This can be checked with the roofing material manufacturer or contractor.

A freestanding rail has a modular design that allows for onsite reconfiguration (if needed), making them ideal for retrofitting to older buildings, as well as new build constructions. They’re suitable for use on concrete, asphalt, PVC membrane and felt roof surfaces.

Freestanding handrail or safety railing systems are also known as:

Weighted guardrails, counter-balanced handrails, edge protection, safety railings or freestanding rails.

Freestanding safety railings are commonly installed in the following sectors:


Available Materials & Finishes

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Galvanised Steel

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Stainless Steel

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Powder Coated

Got a question? Our team can tell you more about this solution.

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