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Common Safety Barrier Installation Mistakes

5 November 2019

Our General Manager, Christian King recently discussed the following common mistakes we come across when contractors install our safety barrier, handrail or guardrail systems as part of a feature in Total Contractor Magazine

Not following the design calculation which provides the compliant upright tube specification, correct spacing between uprights, the required anchor embedment to achieve the required design load

Correct planning is essential otherwise the barrier won’t achieve what it’s being designed to do, which is to protect people from hazards.  Building Regulations and BS6180 required barriers, handrails and guardrails to meet minimum height requirements and be able to withstand various forms of load.  For example, pedestrian handrails need to be designed to achieve 740 Nm design load.  If the system isn’t designed correctly then it won't be to able to withstand the required loading.  Correct design calculations will also help to save money as you’ll be able to calculate the spacings accurately.  We often find that systems are installed to what a company thinks is the safest specification, but in fact they have over compensated on the spacing between uprights, which means the railing system has cost more.

Don’t assume you know how to install the systems correctly and to a compliant standard

Safety barrier systems can be installed quickly and easily using fittings such as Kee Klamp®, but you still need to know what you’re doing.  Common mistakes can often found on stairs or ramps where the handrail may be below the required 900 – 1100mm height or it has just been installed on one side of the stait or ramp instead of both sides as required.  Where there is a drop off, and a curb or curb rail has been omitted to prevent wheelchairs from slipping out from under the railing, a mid rail will often provide sufficient protection.

Wrong fixing detail used

We have seen cases where a base flange has been fixed to brickwork with non-suitable anchors or not cored, or where wall fixings have been used as base flanges.  It won’t be long before these safety railings or handrails start to become unstable and either wobble or work loose from the brickwork or substrate it’s fixed to, making the system non-compliant and potentially a hazard.  When fixing a pedestrian handrail to brickwork we’d recommend using a 78mm diameter diamond core rill, 250mm deep for each upright and then resin fix the uprights into position to achieve the required strength and durability.

Poorly installed handrail

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Trying to save money by installing a galvanised DDA compliant system and then painting it instead of having it powder-coated

Painted systems will scratch or flake within weeks if not days.  Polyester powder coating the tube and components will provide a finish that’s chip, scratch and fade resistant and will also comply with the requirements of the Equality Act by providing a finish that’s not cold to the touch.    

And Finally

The benefit of using tube and fittings is that if a system is incorrect, it may simply be a  case of adjusting it or replacing a section, which you can’t do with fabricated systems.  However in all cases we’d say that if you are going to install a handrail, guardrail or safety barrier using components, always speak to a company that understands the complexities of installing these systems first to make sure that what you are proposing is correct.

If you're installing a safety barrier, or think your system may not be installed correctly, call us on Tel: 020 8874 6566 for technical advice or to arrange to have your system inspected and tested.

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Video: Kee Systems and the NHS

27 September 2019

Kee Systems has been working with the NHS for decades, providing safe access and work at height solutions for hospitals and clinics across the UK.

Our solutions include handrail and barrier systems on the ground, and safety solutions for those accessing the roof to carry out installation or maintenance work.

We have supplied solutions for hospitals throughout the country including Leeds General Infirmary and Children's Hospital, St James, Wexham Park, Chapel Allerton and more.

The modular nature of our products removes the need for welding or hot-works, ensuring minimal patient and treatment disruption, without sacrificing durability or long-term reliability.

Watch the video below to see some of our systems and solution for the NHS in action. To find out more, call us on 0208 874 6566.

 

Why use BoxBolt® to make steel connections?

28 August 2019

Launched in 2005, the Kee Systems range of steel to steel fixings have become market favourites in providing a secure fixing method for secondary steel connections.

BoxBolt® and BeamClamp® deliver innovative and safe solutions for joining steel without the need for on-site drilling or welding, making them more flexible and far superior to traditional methods. Both solutions provide a guaranteed connection, without needing on-site verification.

 

What is BoxBolt®?

BoxBolt® is the ideal solution for connecting into hollow sections, or sections where access is restricted to one side. When compared with traditional methods such as welding or bolting through, BoxBolt® is simpler and far more economical.

 

The benefits of BoxBolt®

BoxBolt® eliminates the requirement for complicated fabrication in the form of welding internal nuts or internal stiffeners to reduce crushing and tightening. On-site fabrication requires hot work permits and firewatches once complete, but with BoxBolt®, the connection can simply be made and left alone.

BoxBolt® also removes the need for skilled labour, as any competent semi-skilled worker can make the connection safely, with access only to one side of the area, without needing to drill close tolerance holes or make use of specialised tools.

With BoxBolt® approved for use by Lloyds Register Type, you can be confident that the connection made will be durable and long-lasting, with exceptional shear loading performance. What’s more, with only the BoxBolt® head visible once installed, the solution is ideal when there are aesthetic concerns, and provides a wide range of architectural benefits.

Overall, BoxBolt® is an effective and safe alternative to the more common methods of making steel connections, with other benefits including:

  • Reduced on-site installation time
  • Reduction in installation cost
  • Flexibility in design
  • AISC and Eurocode 3 method of design ensures method recognition and comparison

For more information about BoxBolt®, or any of our other steel to steel connections, call Kee Systems on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

 

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Industrial safety gates: which is best for you?

1 August 2019

Points of access to raised surfaces are one of the most dangerous areas in industrial buildings such as warehouses, logistics centres and factories.

Though you might have hand railing or guardrailing installed at edges that pose a fall risk to workers and visitors on your site, it is usually impossible to fully protect these areas without blocking points of access and egress.

Steps, ladders or loading areas will often need to remain unobstructed by railing systems, meaning a dangerous void can be created, rendering the surrounding system useless.

Though sliding rails and chains are a common fix to the problem of voids, these are not a particularly safe or efficient solution, as they rely on the user replacing them once through the gap. More dangerously, they can even provide a false sense of security, which could lead to someone leaning on them or holding onto them and breaking them.

The best solution to this problem comes in the form of self closing safety gates. These gates are spring loaded to shut behind the user once they are through the gap, removing the risk posed by negligence or forgetfulness.

However, there are various safety gate systems for different scenarios, so which one is best for you?

 

Stairs

Stairs are the most common cause of voids in railing systems or at edges, often founded in warehouses and loading bays, where raised areas will need to be accessed on a regular basis.

The best solution in this scenario would be a single or double width gate depending on the width of the void itself. The Kee Gate self closing safety gate is of a modular design, meaning it can be fitted as part of a wider system or retrofitted to an existing handrail solution, and parts can be easily replaced if necessary.

Kee Gate can be powder coated to any RAL colour, is compliant to international standards such as EN ISO 14122 Part 3, and can be cut to size to suit any space, making it a safe and effective solution to voids created by stairs, and many other situations.

 

Loading and unloading

Mezzanine floors and raised areas are a great way of maximising space in logistics centres and warehouses, allowing for effective storage above the main floor, where pallets can be lifted up via forklift.

However, the fall risk created by these areas cannot be protected with a barrier without blocking access for loading and unloading. The solution here comes in the form of pallet gates.

Pallet gates are built from the same modular fittings as the standard Kee Gate, and are designed so that the void created by loading and unloading is always protected. When one side of the gate is opened, the opposite side is closed automatically, meaning the risk of a fall over the edge is removed.

Compliant to EN 14122-3, pallet gates are as effective a solution as a full barrier system.

 

Access from ladders

Voids created by ladders can often be even more dangerous than those created by stairs, as the fall, should it occur, will be abrupt and vertical. Fixed ladders themselves will often feature metal hoops or a lifeline system, but these solutions do not consider the risk created by moving to and from the ladder at the top.

If this is a scenario you recognise from your own site or premises, then you might consider our full height gates for ladders.

Full height gates are fully compliant to EN 4211: Specification for Permanently Fixed Ladders, which requires gates on ladders to provide the same protection as EN14122 guardrails. Each gate is supplied 1.1m high and are entirely width adjustable to suit openings up to 1m.

As with standard Kee Gates, the gates are modular and can be retrofitted to your existing guardrail, and feature reversible hinges to be used in either left or right position. The spring loaded design ensures it closes safely behind the user each time.

Though quick fixes such as sliding bars and chains might be appealing, self closing gates are a far more effective, and safe, solution to the risk posed by access and egress points, and might save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

For more information about any of our gate solutions, call our product experts on 0208 874 6566, or use our online contact form.

Protecting against the dangers of fragile industrial roofs

3 July 2019

Fragile roofs pose a serious risk to both life and limb throughout the UK, with nine people falling to their deaths each year.

Common on older or industrial buildings such as warehouses and factories, fragile roofs come in many different types, and it may not always be obvious that a roof is fragile at first glance.

More people fall through roofs than over the edge, making them one of the biggest dangers faced by those working at height, but many people are unaware of the hidden danger.

What is a fragile roof?

A roof is considered fragile if it is unable to take the weight of a person stepping onto it. The most common types of fragile roofs are:

  • Roof lights
  • Fibre cement sheets
  • Asbestos sheets
  • Corroded metal sheets
  • Glass (including wired glass)
  • Slates and tiles in poor condition

Roofs can become fragile over time due to natural wear and tear, or they might have been fragile from the start. Rooflights, for example, can become discoloured in the sun, rendering them near-invisible.

Roof panels can appear safe from a distance, but might collapse when they are stepped on.

Falls through fragile roofs usually involve workers falling through skylights or roof panels whilst repairing, maintaining or installing equipment.

What can I do?

There are a few things you can do to keep both yourself and your workers safe when accessing fragile roofs.

In the first instance, if you can avoid going onto the roof, do so. Your first priority, according to the work at height hierarchy, should be to carry out work from the ground or from an elevated work platform where possible.

Never step onto a fragile roof without carrying out a thorough risk assessment and selecting the appropriate control measures to either prevent falls or reduce the consequences should a fall occur.

If you are a client, make sure whoever you hire to do the work, whether it is a company or an individual, is experienced, fully trained and aware of the risks. If you do not feel a contracted company and its workers are competent, or you have not received proof of training and a method statement, stop work immediately.

You should always do your best to ensure that the correct safety equipment is in place when accessing the roof. Though standard permanent equipment such as guardrails and lifelines might not be ideal for fragile roofs, this does not mean you should forego safety equipment altogether.

The Kee Systems solution

Kee Systems supplies a range of fragile roof work equipment ideal for fragile industrial roofs, including temporary walkway systems and rolling roof platforms, which do not require penetration into the roof surface, making them perfect for fragile roofs.

Our Board-Walk system is a lightweight aluminium walkway which allows access from eaves to ridge whilst spreading the load on support battens, providing the user with a safe working position for tasks such as skin maintenance, inspection, cleaning or re-sealing work. 

Each 2m section can be linked together to form a full system across the length of the roof, and can be used either horizontally or vertically.

For roofs with valley gutters, we provide the Valley Walk system, a mobile walking frame for up to two users, designed to aid access along valley gutters whilst providing mobile roof cover. The system is easy to assemble and offers complete safety when working in a valley.

The cushioned outriggers are filled with a safety mesh and provide comfort alongside space to transport a light payload.

If you would like more information about our fragile industrial roof range, click here, or call us on 0208 874 6566.

 

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Improving access for everyone

5 June 2019

By Christian King, general manager of Kee Systems.

The lack of access into commercial and public buildings is still a key issue affecting disabled people in the UK.

According to the ‘Facts and Figures 2018’ report published by The Papworth Trust on Disability, there are 13.3 million disabled people living in the UK, making up around 20 per cent of the overall population. The report also states that the most commonly reported accessibility difficulties for disabled people in accessing goods and public services are shopping (20 per cent), cinema, theatre and concerts (15 per cent) and pubs and restaurants (14 per cent).

This was illustrated in March, when a dispute between a restaurant owner in Cambridge and a disabled woman was settled outside of court after a step prevented her from entering the restaurant.

The case was taken to court and the restaurant owner agreed to cover the woman’s expenses and provide a donation to a charity to acknowledge the distress that she experienced. The owner also – and more importantly – improved the wheelchair access to the building. This is just one of many examples of disabled people not being able to access public buildings. Laws tackling the discrimination and inequality against disabled people in the UK have existed for a number of years.

These regulations state that “reasonable steps” need to be taken to ensure disabled people are not at a disadvantage when accessing commercial and public buildings. However, it seems that buildings are still not being built or upgraded to meet the required standards.

What is reasonable will depend on all circumstances, including the cost of an adjustment, the potential benefit it might bring to visitors, the resources a client has, and how practical the changes are. The Equality Act 2010 requires that property owners must think ahead and take steps to address barriers that impede disabled people.

Previously – under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) – adjustments to premises had to be made only where it would otherwise be ‘impossible or unreasonably difficult’ for a disabled person to access the property. Under the Equality Act, adjustments must be made where disabled people experience a “substantial disadvantage.”

A common solution can involve taking out physical structures like steps and replacing them with ramps, or simply providing handrails to aid wheelchair or other disabled users. In these cases, the precise obligations set out in ‘Building Regulation Approved Document M’ specify that handrail heights on all building stairways and ramps do not discriminate against any disability group.

On access ramp gradients, which vary from two through to five degrees, handrails need to be positioned on both sides, or centrally for a wide path, to allow a choice of which arm to use for support. They should be installed on both sides of the ramps that are longer than two metres and should, where possible, extend 300 mm beyond the top and bottom of the ramp or staircase. The Building Regulations stipulate an outside diameter tube size for such installations of between 40 and 45 mm, and must be offset in the case of a mid-height handrail.

Architects and specifiers must satisfy these regulatory requirements, yet also be able to meet customer demands on aesthetics as well as on cost-effective options. This is really important on retrofit projects, where the time and cost involved in removing handrails and replacing with a new structure can seem incredibly expensive.

One option is to adapt existing handrails to meet the requirements of Part M and the Equality Act. There are many solutions on the market which are ideal for heavy traffic environments, and which allow both speedy and seamless retrofitting as well as hassle-free and simple installation in a new build.

This is hugely important to those businesses where there is no option of down time. There are fittings available which provide versatility to help adapt to a particular installation’s requirements. These ensure that handrails can be assembled at any required angle, or to offer a midpoint connection to dual handrails, when required. One-piece 90˚ corner elbow and an adjustable elbow fitting, meanwhile, ensure that any new handrailing structure created can cope easily with different angles and changes in direction.

Product ranges which include ‘Add-on’ offset fittings remain popular; they lend themselves well to retrofit projects, where the new handrail can simply be added onto an existing structure of the appropriate size. Given the requirements of the Equality Act and Building Regulations, architects should aim to have handrail systems installed which children, the elderly, the disabled and even able-bodied adults can benefit from.

To find out more about our Kee Access range of DDA fittings, click here, or call us on 0208 874 6566 if you would like to make an enquiry.

This article was originally published in Architect's Datafile magazine.

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Come and see us at Rail Live

Kee Systems on Stand L3 at Rail Live

11 May 2019

Kee Systems will be exhibiting on Stand L3 at this year's Rail Live, Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire from the 19-20th June.

Rail Live is the most comprehensive outdoor event for the rail industry and is the only event in the UK to have rolling stock on display in a real-world environment.  Over 6000 visitors from all aspects of the rail industry can see the latest innovations and meet with leading rail suppliers. 

Kee Systems has provided a range of safety barriers, guardrails, barriers, steel to steel connections and access platforms to the rail industry for over 70 years.  Our Kee Klamp® and Kee Access® fittings have provided the ideal solution for the rail sector including protecting engineering and maintenance teams working trackside and providing Equality Act compliant handrails for passenger access at stations.  BeamClamp and BoxBolt products allow steel connections to be made with the minimum amount of disruption to normal operations and reduce the risk of injury to passengers that can be caused by hot work such as drilling or welding.

Our experienced team will be on hand to discuss the benefits of fittings and how they enable barriers and safety guardrail to be constructed quickly and easily to meet specific site requirements and how our steel to steel connections can deliver safe and cost-effective solutions.

 

Click here for further information on Rail Live and to register for free entry to the event.

Is your handrail up to scratch?

8 May 2019

Kee Klamp®  fittings have been an enduring mainstay of the handrail and barrier market for decades thanks to their simplistic but durable nature. For many, this long-lasting and effective solution is the only option when it comes to separating people from hazards.

We have spoken many times about why we believe fittings systems such as Kee Klamp®  are far superior to fabricated solutions, with the incredible durability of the fittings a big part of why we suggest it to our customers.

Unfortunately, however, even our systems can become hazardous - not due to a failure of the system, but due to the fact that as with any system that provides a protective solution, correct installation is a huge factor in the long term safety of the system itself.

When we install a fittings system ourselves, we will ensure that the installation is carried out to the highest standards, ensuring a long term protective barrier that can last for decades.

However, when we supply our fittings to customers for installation by a third party, problems can occur, and issues might arise that only become apparent long after the installer will accept responsibility for it. Reasons for incorrect installation can include lack of understanding of the system or even arise from cutting corners to save money.

Whatever the reason, it can lead to the system failing and becoming a hazard itself, essentially making it no safer than a cheaper, fabricated system, or even no system at all.

 

Failure

Below are some common mistakes that we encounter when inspecting barrier systems installed by third parties.

 

 

 

 

This is a common one. Though brickwork might seem sturdy, barriers should not be installed on the top of brickwork as the top layer might break when weight is applied. Kee Klamp is designed to take the weight of someone using it as a support, but the brickwork is not.

The system above should be fitted into either a 250mm deep, resin-filled pocket in the brickwork, or 3no courses down the side of the wall, fixed with type 68 fittings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The problem here should be quite obvious, even if you aren’t an expert, but we encounter far too many barriers - both fittings systems and fabricated solutions - which are not properly installed in concrete. Here the concrete has come loose and turned the handrail itself into a far greater hazard than if there were no handrail there at all.

When setting an upright into concrete, the bored hole should be no shallower than 150mm, and the concrete block itself must be 400mm cubed minimum to avoid this. This might not be something that a third party installer is aware of.

 

 

 

 

 

The problem here might not be immediately obvious, but once you see it, you’ll wonder how anyone thought it was a good idea. If a Kee Klamp system should not be fixed onto the top layer of brickwork due to the risk of breakage when weight is applied, then it definitely should not be fixed to wood.

Though it might look safe at first glance, the wood could easily splinter once the system is loaded, and lead to someone getting wet, injured and possibly worse.

 

 

 

Another big problem we encounter due to third party installation is corrosion.

All Kee Klamp®  fittings are hot dip galvanised, ensuring long term durability and resistance against rust and corrosion in the most demanding coastal areas. Properly installed, a Kee Klamp system should last up to 30 years or more, even right next to Niagara Falls.

As well as this, when properly installed, all tube will be safely closed off with a d-return or similar to protect not only the inner tube, but also users of the system from injury. However, if the tube is left open due to poor design and installation, the system will rust and become at best useless, and at worst, dangerous.

Should any kind of welding be applied to the system - such as to attach non-compliant signage or additional rail - the galvanised coating of the fittings will be completely destroyed, dramatically shortening the life span of your barrier.

 

 

 

The solution

The above examples are a perfect illustration of why we advise getting your barrier system - no matter if it is fittings based or fabricated - properly inspected and certified by a competent and qualified company.

Kee Systems will come to your premises and carry out a full inspection of your barrier or handrail and tell you whether it is fit for purpose. Even if the issues are not as obvious as in the above pictures, if your barrier was not properly installed you could get a nasty surprise further down the line, landing you in hot water legally if someone is injured.

We believe fittings are by far the superior option, but only when installed correctly. If you are concerned your system is not up to scratch, whether it is a fittings-based design or fabricated, call us on 0208 874 6566, or use our online contact form to book an inspection by one of our qualified engineers.

 

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Kee Klamp®: beyond handrails

9 April 2019

Kee Klamp® has been a mainstay in the barrier and guardrailing sector for almost eighty years, the go to solution for industries ranging from rail and road, to business owners looking to provide safe access to their premises for all.

The durable, modular nature of Kee Klamp® makes it a fantastic solution for providing barriers with very few drawbacks. However, the uses of Kee Klamp® go way beyond handrailing, and in this blog we’ll take a look at some of the more ingenious uses for fittings that we’ve seen.

 

 

 

Kee Klamp® for… Furniture

 

Another popular use for Kee Klamp® is in the construction of furniture, where it is ideal for creating a rugged, industrial look.

This bed was installed in London loft studio to match the industrial nature of the apartment. The tube used with the fittings has been colour coated black to match the bare brick and black window frames.

The owner has employed the same tactic in the kitchen, building a stylish and useful work surface using just ten fittings and the same colour coated surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Klamp® for… Playtime

Kee Klamp® can be powder coated to any RAL colour, providing a durable finish that is chip, scratch and fade resistant, like in these climbing frames. These were installed in a park in Kensington to provide a safe and unique playground feature for local children.  

Powder coating is also environmentally friendly as, unlike many liquid paints, there are no solvents or VOCs to damage the environment during application. The surface also provides a consistently cool temperature, even in cold weather.

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Klamp® has a long history of use in tubular structures, but occasionally you might not even notice it is there! You can hardly tell that modular fittings have been used in the construction of these cricket nets. In this installation, Kee Klamp® fittings have provided an effective and unobtrusive solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Klamp® for… Retail

Whilst powder coating can make Kee Klamp® fittings stand out and turn them into a feature, they are just as adept at being used in subtle ways to help other things stand out. We supplied the fittings used in these clothing rails for cycling brand Huez to advertise their riding gear at Yorkshire Festival of Cycling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Klamp® has also been used by numerous restaurants and bars throughout the world to create storage and serving space that is both stylish and functional. Cabana in the 02 Arena built this fantastic bottle and wine rack that really suits the space around it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Klamp® for… Everything else

The hard-wearing and durable nature of Kee Klamp® fittings make them perfect for even the most demanding and unique of applications. Each Kee Klamp® fitting is hot-dip galvanised cast iron to European standard BS EN ISO 1461, which increases their longevity, reliability and overall toughness, making them ideal for structures like the above fireman’s pole, which forms the end of an indoor assault course. The structure is in constant use and has to carry varying weights without breaking and causing injury.

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Systems has been the proud supplier of Kee Klamp® for the London Marathon finishing line stands for over thirty years. The stands allow for clear branding and the Kee Klamp® is both unobtrusive and effective.

 

 

 

No limits

There really are no limits when it comes to building with Kee Klamp®, and Kee Systems is on hand to help make your plans a reality.

For advice on fittings or how to safely install your structure, call us on 0208 874 6566, or head over to our fittings store now.

The dangers of modern warehouses and how to avoid them

11 March 2019

Even with a careful, competent and trained workforce, warehouses and logistics centres can be incredibly dangerous for both employees and visitors.

By adopting high-visibility jacket and demarcated path policies, most risks to life and limb can be minimised, but there are still many dangers lurking in between the stacks and loading bays which could cause harm, and require a dedicated solution to negate.

But what are these risks, and how can you avoid them? Kee Systems offers several solutions for these various risks, allowing you to feel confident that you have met your health and safety responsibilities, and those under your care are as safe as possible.

 

Protecting workers and pedestrians from vehicles

Warehouses and logistics centres are fast paced and extremely hazardous to unprotected employees, not only those working on the floor, but also office employees and visitors.

Workplace transport incidents due to a lax attitude towards separation of vehicles and workers are the third highest cause of workplace fatalities, despite these accidents being easy to prevent with the implementation of simple control measures.

High visibility jackets and a demarcated (highlighted path) route policy should be put in place, but in some situations this is not sufficient, and do not provide protection should a vehicle cross into the route.

One of the most effective - and simplest - ways to keep pedestrians and vehicles separate is through the use of protective barriers and guardrails, such as the Kee Klamp® and Kee Lite® systems.

The Kee barrier systems can provide a safe route within an area where vehicles are working, or even completely prevent access to a specific area. These systems are hugely flexible and the modular form allows the design of the system to accommodate changes in angles as well as different levels. Should vehicle damage occur, the damaged section can be quickly removed and replace.

Kee Klamp® fittings are also made from high-quality hot-dip galvanised steel, and Kee Lite® is made from strong aluminium, making them tough and long-lasting in even the toughest of conditions.

 

Voids and edges

This is a particular danger in logistics centres and loading bays. Though edges and fall risks should always be protected by barrier systems such as Kee Klamp®, there are often areas where access and egress is regularly required, such as from a ladder or up to a mezzanine area.

For this, there is the Kee Gate range. Our spring-loaded and self-closing safety gates are designed to close gaps and voids when they are not in use, including from ladders or stairs.

Made from the same hot-dip galvanised and modular fittings as Kee Klamp® barriers, Kee Gates are tough and designed for regular use and minimal maintenance. We also offer them in double width and full height configurations to comply with EN 4211 : Specification for Permanently Fixed Ladders, allowing safe access to areas from ladders.

If access is required to a raised or mezzanine space for loading and storage, there is the Pallet Gate, designed to allow workers to load and unload pallets on mezzanine floors, without the risk of falls from height. The always closed nature of the system provides a high level of protection, and it can be provided in a range of sizes, meaning there is always a suitable system for your needs.

Watch our Safety Gate and Pallet Gate videos to see how easy they are to install and use.

 

Shelf and racking access

Though your workers should be properly trained to access racking and have the correct equipment such as steps in place to reduce the risk of injury, standard solutions can be inadequate or unsuitable for the constantly changing nature of warehouses.

To remedy this, we build and supply bespoke mobile access platforms, the perfect solution for when off the shelf fabricated platforms are not suitable.

Available up to 3m in height - higher with special support arms - the modular nature of our bespoke systems means they can be adapted to suit any requirement, allowing them to be used for many tasks including reaching racking and shelving, as well as maintaining vehicles or accessing machinery.

Our mobile access platforms are available in aluminium or steel and are compliant with EN 1004:2004, BS 1139-6:2005 and PAS 250, and we can provide a CAD drawing with each quotation to allow you to fully explore the proposed solution before we supply it.

With no welding or drilling required, quick assembly and excellent strength and corrosion resistance, mobile access platforms are the perfect choice for the modern, busy warehouse or logistics centre.

 

Highlight and protect racking

The BS EN 15512:2009 standard requires an upright protector be placed at the end of each run of racking between cross-aisles.

To allow you to meet this standard, we offer the off-the-shelf Kwik Kit barrier system, offering the same high level of build quality as our Kee Klamp® barriers, and supplied powder coated in RAL 1021 for full visibility.

Standing at a minimum of 400mm tall and able to absorb more than 400Nm of force, Kwik Kit barriers should easily absorb the impact and protect the racking or machinery behind. The modular design then allows you to easily removed the damaged section and replace it with new fittings.

 

The full solution

Each Kee product has been designed and tested extensively to ensure it can do the job again and again without fail, protecting anyone that accesses your warehouse, allowing them to carry out their work in complete safety.

One of the greatest benefits of Kee solutions is their modular nature, allowing them to be linked together and used as one cohesive system of total protection.

For more information on our products to find out which systems will benefit you the most, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

The ultimate wall cladding fixing solution

12 February 2019

Adding wall cladding to steel framed buildings can be expensive, often making up a staggering quarter of the total cost. It may not come as a surprise then that aesthetic considerations rank as highly as functional performance for architects and specifiers.

The installation process itself, however, should not be overlooked, as it has the potential to positively influence the total project in terms of safety and cost, and ensure a strong, secure and efficient result.

According to the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology, the use of qualified installers operating under the watchful eye of trained supervisors, whether they are architects, structural engineers or main contractors, is the single most effective way to achieve a good building envelope. In this context, the fixings used to secure curtain walling and bolted glass facades safely to the building structure have an important role to play.

Brackets and fixings are required to attach curtain walling and facades to supporting structures, and the choice of fixing is a large part of how successful the overall installation will be. A range of factors need to be taken into account, including:

  • The magnitude of the loads
  • The nature of the loads (shear, tension or compression)
  • Thickness of the fixtures including the provision for packing or shims
  • The substrate
  • Required life of the fixture

It is important to remember that loads can vary wildly. Window frames can be secured with a number of fixings around the perimeter, resulting in relatively small loads at each fixing. Alternatively, a fixing for a curtain wall bracket will carry the total design wind load for a larger area of cladding as well as the load itself.

This is why it is important that from small, low rise buildings to mega structures, it is vital that only fixings which have been rigorously tested for performance are specified.

Our BoxBolt® series is ideal for blind fixing angle brackets and spiders typically used in curtain walling and structural glass facade projects directly onto steel structures. Built from three separate parts: a body, a grade 8.8 bolt and a cone, BoxBolt® fixings have been rigiorously tested, are certified by Lloyds Type Register, and are approved by the Deutches Institut fur Bautetehnik (DIBT) for use within prescribed Safe Working Loads for tensile and shear, alongside being CE marked.

BoxBolt® fixings are also straightforward and easy to use and install, with no specialist tools, welding or hot works permits required. The fixing is simply inserted into a preformed hole in the bracket, then into the main steel structure. The bolt is tightened, expanding the main body and completing the connection.

BoxBolt® is manufactured in six different diameters and three lengths, and also contain an overlap feature to handle unforeseen variations in steel thickness up to 102mm, ensuring that there is always a BoxBolt® for the job.

Not only are BoxBolts® cost and time effective, they also bring long-lasting reliability and corrosion resistant performance to every application. They are supplied zinc plated as standard but can also be provided hot dip spun galvanised to BS EN ISO 1461 and manufactured in stainless steel to BS EN 10088 grade 1.4401, in line with Steel Construction Institute (SCI) 101 guidance, Curtain Wall Connections to Steel Frames, which recommends corrosion-resistant fixings.

For more information on our BoxBolt® range, or any of our steel connection products, call us on 0208 874 6566, or use our online contact form.

Video: Kee Systems ensures rooflight safety for Porcelanosa

16 January 2019

Kee Systems provided extensive fragile roof safety solutions for tile manufacturer Porcelanosa's UK sites.

As part of its commitment to safety, Porcelanosa started a programme to ensure safe access to its roofs for maintenance purposes and came across Kee Systems and our Kee Cover while researching skylight protection.

Kee Cover provides an effective, robust solution for protecting fragile roof lights and skylights, and is perfect for industrial sites such as factories and warehouses.

We carried out a site survey at the largest site in Watford before quoting for all six sites, and work was completed in November 2018. The modular design allowed the covers to be installed quickly and easily, minimising disruption to the busy retail sites.

All fragile skylights on Porcelanosa’s main UK retail outlets are now fully protected, allowing maintenance work to be carried out in complete safety.

We produced a video case study with the permission of Porcelanosa to illustrate how simple and straightforward the Kee Covers were to install, and you can watch it below.

Fore more information on Kee Cover, or any of our safety solutions, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

 

Christmas 2018 Closure Dates

18 December 2018

We will be closed over Christmas and New Year, so if you need to make a purchase or would like to place an order for the New Year, your last opportunity is midday on Thursday 20th December.

The Kee Systems office will be closed for other enquiries from midday on Friday 24th December, and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January.

If you would like to discuss and order or project with our experts, call the office on 020 8874 6566, use our online contact form, or visit our trade counter at 11 Thornsett Rd, London, SW18 4EW.

From everyone at Kee Systems, we hope you have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

HSE fatalities rise in 2018

18 December 2018

Provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive have revealed that 144 people were killed at work between 2017 and 2018, slightly up from the prior year.

Once again, the most dangerous sector was construction, with 38 fatalities in total. Agriculture was a close second, with 28 deaths.

Manufacturing, transportation and storage, and waste and recycling were the next most dangerous sectors, with 15, 15, and 12 deaths in each sector respectively.

In terms of the deaths themselves, the most dangerous tasks were:

Falls from height, 35 deaths. Unsurprisingly the biggest killer, work at height has long been one of the riskiest jobs a person can do. However, most serious incidents can be avoided or minimised with the correct training, PPE and safety systems, such as lifelines or guardrail.

Struck by moving vehicle, 26 deaths. An unfortunately common occurrence in transport and logistics centres and warehouses, where moving vehicles are an integral part. A vital part of avoiding these kinds of incidents is ensuring workers are separated from these hazards by the inclusion of safety barriers, such as the Kee Klamp® system.

Struck by moving object, including flying or falling objects, 23 deaths. There is no surefire way to protect yourself from moving or falling objects, due to the unpredictable nature of construction sites, manufacturing centres and even agricultural centres. Ways to improve the safety of workers in these areas include using the correct PPE, especially headwear, and providing clear demarcated routes which employees can use to avoid dangerous areas.

Despite the minor increase from last year, where there were 136 total fatalities, there has been a general downward trend in the number of fatalities over the past two decades, and the UK remains one of the safest countries for workers in the EU. This is due to the ongoing commitment of companies to follow HSE guidelines and safety measures.

However, the only way to ensure this trend of general safety continues, is for employees and employers to do all they can to adhere to their health and safety responsibilities and make sure their site and behaviour is as safe as possible.

To ensure your site meets health and safety requirements, Kee Systems can carry out a full site survey. For more information on this, or any of our safety systems, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

Keeping railway workers safe

20 November 2018

Britain’s railways are a vital part of everyday life, transporting freight across the country, and getting millions of passengers to where they need to go every single day of the week.

The railway system forms a backbone to the entire country, but it is also incredibly dangerous, and presents a great risk to life and limb if proper safety precautions aren’t put in place, and followed to the letter.

Few people are more at risk than the maintenance staff who access the railway and perform vital repairs and upkeep to keep the system running.

In 2017, Network Rail was fined £800,000 after a track worker was struck by a train and almost lost his arm. The worker was supervising a team of twelve on the Up Quarry line between the Redhill Tunnel and Quarry Tunnel in Surrey in 2015 when the incident took place.

The worker was walking next to the track when the passenger train, running from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria, struck his right shoulder.

Of the case, Office of Rail and Road Principal Inspector Tom Wake said: ‘This incident shows that although Britain’s railways are the safest in Europe, we can never be complacent.’

Around 350 people a year are killed on Britain’s railways, and though this number is steadily decreasing due to a focus on safety, the scale of growth in the rail sector means this focus is more important than ever.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to keep people safe on the railways is through the use of protective barriers and guardrails.

For over 70 years, Kee Systems has worked with the rail industry to help make it the safest in Europe by providing our high-quality guardrail and barrier systems, such as Kee Klamp®.

The modular design of the Kee barrier systems means they are easy and cost effective to install, meaning they can be installed quickly in most configurations, providing workers with a safe area to retreat to when not directly accessing the railway.

The most common areas where injuries occur include parapets and bridges, which present a fall risk, and along the tracks where workers can be exposed to passing trains. Kee Klamp® barriers can be installed in these areas to provide protection and separate workers from hazards.

Kee Systems recently completed a project which saw 8,000m of Kee Klamp installed along the railway line from London to Bicester, which will prevent vehicle and pedestrian access whilst allowing safe access for maintenance workers.

When a barrier is damaged, the offending section can be quickly removed and replaced, and with our hot dip galvanizing process, fittings can easily last upwards of fifty years before they need to be replaced due to wear and tear.

We also offer a powder coating service, meaning we can provide fittings in any RAL colour for full visibility or branding considerations.

For more information about our Kee Klamp® system, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our contact form.

Steel to Steel Connections: BeamClamp® v Traditional Methods

23 October 2018

BeamClamp® is an innovative and alternative solution to making steel connections.

In situations where you might usually resort to welding, drilling or bolting to make connections, we believe BeamClamp® could be easier, cheaper and more efficient.

 

BeamClamp® v welding

Welding might be the go to method when making steel connections, but is it the best? Though it may be economical in some situations, such as if the connection can be made off site, it comes with many flaws and drawbacks.

Welding requires expensive equipment and skilled labour, and the quality of the weld can be entirely down to the skill of the welder. Once made, the connection is permanent, and there is no room for on-site adjustment or temporary works.

If the steel has a protective coating, for example if it is hot-dip galvanised like many Kee products, this coating will need to be removed and then replaced afterwards, which could affect the integrity of the coating.

Finally, welding creates heat and sparks that can be hazardous, meaning a hot works permit will be required, accompanied by fire-watches after the completion of the work.

BeamClamp® avoids all of these issues: the solution is simple and straightforward, meaning there’s no need for specialist labour, and the system will not affect existing protective coatings.

BeamClamp® can be temporary or permanent, and the lack of required permits or fire-watches can save time and money.

 

BeamClamp® v drilling and bolting

Another common solution for steel connections is drilling and bolting. Where the design allows for off-site fabrication, this can be a quick and simple way to make connections.

However, drilling steel on-site can be expensive and complicated, requiring heavy drilling equipment and skilled labour. As with welding, drilling can damage the integrity of any existing coating, and perhaps even the integrity of the structure itself.

Drilling through thick steel sections can be costly and time-consuming, as standard drilling speeds must be adhered to, and drill bits can wear out quickly and be costly to replace.

BeamClamp® once again comes out the clear winner in terms of ease of installation, time and cost saving.

Comparisons

To illustrate just how BeamClamp® can save you time and money, we have compared the costs in both money and time for a very common connection, pictured opposite, when you choose a welded solution, a drilled/bolted solution and, finally, BeamClamp®.

 

Drilled and Bolted solution (M20 High tensile bolts)

Connection Requirements Rate p/h (£) Time (hrs) Step Cost (£) Details of each step
Engineering 45 0.5 22.5 Detailing the positions and checking the integrity of the exiting steel after adding holes
Drilling time of new steel off site 45 1 45 Based on a flange thickness of 12.5mm and 1/4 hr per hole (see cutting speed rates)
Marking of steel 26 0.5 13 The time required to mark the steel on site to ensure alignment with secondary member
Site set up 26 0.25 6.5 The time required to access power, get the drilling machine into position
Drilling time on site 45 1 45 Based on a flange thickness of 12.5mm and 1/4 hr per hole (see cutting speed rates)
Positioning and alignment 45 0.25 11.25 Alignment of primary and secondary steel holes on site
Assembly time 26 1 3.9 Very quick to assemble with only four bolts and nuts once steel is aligned
Tightening of bolts 26 0.25 5.2 High torques required so allowing for 5 mins per bolt and nut
Drill bits NA 0.15 10 1 drill bit allowed for
Material costs (bolts) NA 0.2 10 Four bolts, butts and washers @ £2.5 each
         
Totals   3.7 £172.35  

 

Welded solution (fully fillet welded connection)

Connection Requirements Rate p/h (£) Time (hrs) Step cost (£) Details of each step
Engineering 45 0.25 11.25 Little design work required apart from highlighting the position and penetration of weld
Apply for hot work permit 26 0.5 12.5 The issue time is set at 30 mins, however this can be much longer
Marking of steel 26 0.25 10 The marking of the steel is minimal for a welded connection
Site set up 26 0.5 20 Time to move equipment, power cords and get machinery ready
Removal of corrosion protection 45 1.0 45 The whole area for the weld needs to be removed by grinding and is time consuming
Performing of weld (inc equip) 45 1.0 45 Alignment of primary and secondary steel holes on site
Fire watch during and post welding process 26 2.0 52 Fire watches can last for long periods of time but this is based on 1 hour post welding
Touch up of galv/paint 45 0.33 14.85 Replacement of the galv/paint will not be as good as the original finish
         
Totals   5.83 £210.60  

 

BeamClamp® Solution (M20 BeamClamp® connection)

Connection Requirements Rate p/h (£) Time (hrs) Step Cost (£) Details of each step
Engineering 45 0.25 11.25 The design time is reduced by BeamClamp® connection software and engineers
Marking of steel 26 0.125 3.25 The marking is reduced as the connection is adjustable
Site set up 26 0.25 6.5 The same as a bolted connection
Assembly time 26 0.25 6.5 The assembly will be slightly longer than a standard bolted connection
Tightening of bolts 26 0.2 5.2 High torques required as with standard bolting so allowing for 5 mins per bolt and nut
Material cost     85 The cost of the total materials for a BeamClamp® assembly
         
Totals   1.1 £117.70  

 

Whichever way you look at it, BeamClamp® is the clear winner, and can save you serious time and money over the traditional methods.

For more information, call us on 0208 874 6566, or use our online contact form.

BeamClamp: features and benefits

25 September 2018

The Kee Systems BeamClamp® system is an engineered clamping solution which allows the connection of steel without onsite drilling or welding.

By using a series of individual components, BeamClamp® can provide a bespoke connection which is fully guaranteed and third party approved.

BeamClamp® can be either temporary or permanent and allows for full on site adjustment, ideal for secondary steel connections.

Though there are other solutions available for making steel to steel connections, we believe BeamClamp® provides the best results and cost benefits. Below are just a few of the benefits offered by BeamClamp®.

  1. No drilling or welding required. This means you don’t need on-site power, and reduces installation time by removing the need to relocate cables and hoses.
  2. Clamps directly to the existing structure. Any corrosion resistant layers are unaffected as there is no need to drill or penetrate the steel. The connection will last and provide peace of mind for years to come.
  3. No hot works required. No heat and no sparks means no hot works permit is required, reducing installation cost and administration time.
  4. Safe for use in hazardous conditions. With no additional safety considerations, you can be reassured no new hazards will be created.
  5. No need for specialist skills or equipment. Semi-skilled labour can easily install BeamClamp® quickly and safely, reducing your labour and hire costs.
  6. Easily realign steel members, eliminating the need for remedial work due to steel misalignment, providing onsite flexibility.
  7. Third part accreditation for use in tensile and frictional applications. BeamClamp® is approved for use by Lloyd Register Type, meaning you can be confident all literature is accurate and the solution will perform as stated.
  8. Hot Dip Galvanised Finish. Our high-quality corrosion protection comes as standard, removing the need for post-installation touch ups, and providing confidence in the finish. The same finish is used on our tubular fittings, which can last up to fifty years or more before they need replacing, even in hostile environments.
  9. One stop shop for steel to steel connections. We provide a wide range of BeamClamp® configurations suitable for the vast majority of steel to steel connections, reducing sourcing costs.
  10. Guaranteed loading and safety factor. No need to rely on the skill of the installer with a guaranteed, fully tested, safety factor. Reduce your installation time and increase peace of mind.

For more information about BeamClamp, or our other range of steel to steel connections, BoxBolt, call Kee Systems on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

Steel to Steel Connections: BoxBolt vs Traditional Methods

28 August 2018

The BoxBolt® blind fixing solution is an alternative to traditional steel to steel fixing methods which could help you to make major savings on both cost and design time.

BoxBolt® is fully tested and approved, suitable for use with rectangular, square and even circular hollow sections, and simple to install using our BoxSok® installation tool thanks to the hexagonal head design. BoxBolt® is perfect for when installation time needs to be kept to a minimum.

Not only is BoxBolt® simple to install, it also requires no special knowledge or permits, meaning you can also save money by using it over more common solutions.

As an example, we’ve compared the costs of traditional opposite connection solutions with our BoxBolt® blind fixings, to show just how much you could save.

 

 

The opposite connection is a very common connection for steel hollow sections and below are the costings for various solutions including BoxBolt®.

 

Drilled, tapped and bolted detail (M16 high tensile bolts)

Connection Requirements Rate/hr (£) Time (hrs) Step Cost (£) Details of each step
Engineering 46 0.5 23 Detailing the positions and checking the integrity of the exiting steel after adding holes
Marking of steel 26 0.5 13 The time required to mark the steel on site to ensure alignment with secondary member
Site set up 40 0.25 20 The time required to access power, get the drilling machine into position
Drilling time on site 40 1 40 Based on a steel thickness of 12mm and 1/4 hr per hole
Tapping on site 40 0.5 20 Half the time to tap
Tightening of bolts 40 0.2 8 High torques required so allowing for 5 mins per bolt and nut
Drill bits/taps NA NA 20 1 drill bit and 1 tap at £10 each
Material costs NA NA 10 Four bolts, butts and washers at £2.50 each
         
Totals   2.8 £154  

 

Welded detail (fully fillet welded connection to red oxide or galvanised steel)

Connection Requirements Rate/hr (£) Time(hrs) Step Cost (£) Details of each step
Engineering 45 0.25 11.25 Not much design work required apart from highlighting the position of holes
Apply for hot work permit 35 0.50 17.50 The issue time is set at 30 mins which can be much longer
Marking of steel 30 0.25 7.50 The marking of the steel is at a minimum for a welded connection
Site set up 30 0.50 15 Time to move equipment, power cords and get machinery ready
Removal of corrosion protection 40 1.0 40 The whole area for the weld needs to be removed by grinding and is time consuming
Performing of weld (inc equipment) 70 1.0 70 Based on a certified welder and equipment to make the connection
Fire watch during and after welding 30 2.0 60 Fire watches can be over longer periods but this is set at 2 hours after welding
Touch up of galv/paint 30 0.33 10 Replacement of the galv/paint will not be as good as the original finish
Non destructive testing 40 0.33 13.2 Testing of the weld required to prove load capabilities
         
Totals   6.16 £244.45  


BoxBolt® connection (four m16 BoxBolts connecting into 12.5mm)

Connection Requirements Rate/hr (£) Time (hrs) Step cost (£) Details of each step
Engineering 45 0.25 10 Detailing the positions and checking the integrity of the exiting steel after adding holes
Marking of steel 26 0.25 6.5 The time required to mark the steel on site to ensure alignment with secondary member
Site set up 40 0.25 10 The time required to access power, get the drilling machine into position
Drilling time on site 40 0.25 10 Based on a flange thickness of 12.5mm and 1/4 hr per hole (see cutting speed rates)
Tightening of bolts 40 0.20 10 High torques required so allowing for 5 mins per bolt and nut
Material costs (bolts) NA NA 39.96 Four BoxBolts® (BQ1G16) @ £9.99 each
         
Totals   1 £86.46  

 

As you can see from the above tables, not only is BoxBolt® the clear favourite in terms of cost savings, but also in time and effort.

BoxBolt® provides the same secure connection as traditional solutions with greater benefits for architects and installers.

For more information, click here, or to talk to us about a quote call 020 8874 6566 or use our online contact form.

New Full Height Gates for Safe Access from Ladders

Full height self closing safety gate

27 August 2018

We have added full height gate options to the range of Kee Gate self closing-safety gates.

Ideal for protecting openings on ladders, stairs and roof hatches, the full height safety gates comply with EN 4211: Specification for Permanently Fixed Ladders which requires gates on ladders to offer the same level of protection as EN 14122 compliant guardrails.

The full height spring loaded safety gate is 1.1m high and is fully adjustable in width to accommodate openings of up to 1m and can easily be retro-fitted to existing structures.  As with other gates in the Kee Gate portfolio of self-closing safety gates, these industrial full height safety gates create a safe working environment by automatically closing behind the user one they have passed through the gate. 

Features and Benefits

  • Available in Galvanised or Powder Coated
  • Complies with EN 4211
  • Reversible hinges for either left or right hand side of an opening for easy installation
  • Can be retro-fitted to existing structures
  • Salt spray tested for corrosion resistance
  • Spring loaded mechanism for opening and closing
  • CE marked
  •  

Click here for further information.

 

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BoxBolt fast and cost effective steel connections

1 August 2018

When you need to make blind steelwork connections, you might immediately think of tapped or welded solutions, tried and tested, they’re the best options. Right?

Not always.

At Kee Systems we offer the BoxBolt® blind fixing solution, an alternative to the traditional fixing methods which could help you to make major savings on both cost and design time.

BoxBolt®  is fully tested and approved, suitable for use with rectangular, square and even circular hollow sections. Simple to install using our BoxSok® installation tool thanks to the hexagonal head design, BoxBolt®  is perfect for when installation time needs to be kept to a minimum.

BoxBolt® is available in three finishes; zinc plated for the less aggressive environments, hot dip galvanized for the more aggressive environments, and stainless steel for the most demanding of applications. These finishes combined with three lengths of BoxBolt® make it extremely flexible to suit its environment and application.

BoxBolt® v tapped solutions

When it comes to a tapped connection solution you can encounter various issues which can slow you down and increase cost, such as design checks and installation considerations.

BoxBolt® provides a guaranteed load every time, and reduces the amount of design checks due to being less reliant on the material it is connecting to.

BoxBolt® also reduces time considerations. Tapped connections take more time to complete as you must be very careful to avoid crossed threads preventing the connection.

BoxBolt® v welded solutions

Welding in any scenario can be a costly exercise. Welded solutions require skilled labour and hot works permits, and the time it takes to prepare the surface, weld, cool and then test the weld can often add up and take up vital resources due to much of it requiring supervision.

BoxBolt® also offers several advantages over welded connections. No skilled labour or special equipment is required, and you won’t need hot work permits or to put aside the often lengthy amount of time it takes to weld.

In addition to all of this, BoxBolt® is CE marked, ensuring total peace of mind.

 

BoxBolt steel connections

BoxBolt® Benefits and Advantages

  • Access required to only one side of the connection. Connections can be made blind into hollow sections or where access is restricted. No through bolting or strapping required, reducing fabrication requirements.
  • No need for close tolerance holes or tapping. New holes can be drilled quickly on site if needed, increasing flexibility and reducing site installation time.
  • No special tools required. Only two spanners are required meaning no specialist equipment is needed, reducing installation and administration cost.
  • No special skills required. Connections can be made quickly with even semi-skilled labour, reducing labour and hire costs.
  • Aesthetically pleasing. Only the BoxBolt® head is visible when installed, offering more flexibility in architectural design.
  • CE Marked and approved for use by Lloyds Register Type. You can be confident the connection will be safe and secure thanks to third party accreditation for use in tensile and frictional applications.
  • Fewer BoxBolts required to make shear connections. Thanks to BoxBolt’s exceptional shear loading performance, fewer connections are required, providing more flexibility in design as well as possible cost reductions.
  • Simple to follow design procedure. BoxBolt® adheres to the AISC and Eurocode 3 method for designing connections, allowing designers to quickly deduce which bolted connection is needed, saving costs on competitive methods.
  • Even faster installation with the BoxSok® installation tool. The BoxSok tool speeds up installation and reduces on-site labour costs.

 

For more information about our BoxBolt® blind fixing solution, call us on 0208 874 6566, or use our online contact form.

Kee Systems and the rail industry

3 July 2018

Kee Systems has a long history with the rail industry in the UK. Our products have for many years provided safe access to stations across the country for everyone, as well as protection for those working on the tracks.

We are always innovating, and looking to find new ways to improve the safety and efficiency of our rail industry.

We have produced this infographic to show our range of safe access and innovative construction solutions, which are used across the industry.

There are two main areas where Kee Systems provides services and solutions. The first is safe access in the form of our Kee Klamp, Kee Gate and Kee Access systems.

 

Kee Gate

Spring loaded self closing safety gates are ideal for protecting voids on work platforms, around industrial machinery or as part of demarcation routes, in addition to providing safe access and egress for ladders, walkways and rooftop guardrails. Kee Gates could be used to separate station platforms from access points to the track below.

Spring loaded safety gates are considered the preferred solution to chains, bars or sliding tubes when protecting these areas as they automatically close behind a person, overcoming the problem of human error. The safety gate can be retrofitted to existing fixed structures where opening protection is required.

Kee Klamp

Kee Klamp® fittings are a reliable and recognisable mainstay in a wide variety of guardrailing, handrailing and other safe structure applications thanks to its versatility, durability and ease of use.

Kee Klamp® fittings remove the need for any welding or hot-works on site, installed using a standard hex key, with each product incorporating an integral set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube.

Kee Access

Kee Access® is designed to meet the needs of the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act, now the Equality Act) and gives a smooth handrail with size 7 tube with an outside diameter of 42.4mm. The fittings can be powder coated in a choice of RAL colours to meet the visibility and “not cold to the touch” requirements of the DDA.

The Kee Access® series provides safe access for all to the railways in the UK without sacrificing the trusted and proven protective pedigree of the Kee Klamp® range.

 

The other type of solution we provide comes in the form of innovative building solutions, such as our steel-to-steel connections.

BoxBolt and BeamClamp

BeamClamp is an engineered clamping solution that provides a way to connect steel together without the need for on site drilling or welding. The system uses a series of individual components to provide a bespoke connection that is fully guaranteed and approved by third party organisations.

The BeamClamp system provides a connection that can be both permanent or temporary and allows for on site adjustment. It is ideal for secondary steel connections and avoids the need to drill or weld on site.

BoxBolt is a fully tested and approved blind connection solution for connecting to hollow section steel or where access is restricted to one side only. The BoxBolt is suitable for use with rectangular, square and even circular hollow sections. The BoxBolt features a hexagon head design to aid installation with a standard wrench for when installation time needs to be kept to an absolute minimum.

BeamClamp and BoxBolt allow steel connections to be made with the minimum amount of disruption to normal operations and reduces the risk of injury to passengers that can be caused by hot work such as drilling or welding. Specific uses could include:

  • Connection of overhead catenary for trains and tram
  • Supports for travel information screens
  • Securing of shielding for construction work
  • Hanging of pipework and cables
  • Connection of tannoy systems
  • Securing of support brackets for glass facades
  • Connection of guard railing for queuing systems
  • Connection of edge protection in dangerous situations
  • Hanging of walkways / Securing of grating to walkways
  • Securing of brackets for baggage conveyor systems

 

For more information about any of our products and services, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

Video: Kee Systems and Team Firefly Racing prepare for a new season

6 June 2018

In 2016 Team Firefly from St Paul’s School in London approached Kee Systems for assistance with their Greenpower IET Formula 24 project. They had identified that Kee Klamp®, Kee Lite® and aluminium tubing were a better option to expensive welding and would provide a solid, yet lightweight foundation, for their uniquely designed composite framework.

Kee Systems agreed to a sponsorship package with the team who used part of the funding to purchase fittings from us. We worked closely with the team on the design of the car, and they stormed to 18th place in last year's championship.

Now, Team Firefly are gearing up for their second year in the competition, and their sights are set even higher...

Watch the video below to see how the team are preparing for the 2018 season, and how vital Kee Systems has been to their success.

Pallet gates from Kee Systems

22 May 2018

Our Pallet Gates help ensure safe movement of goods on mezzanines and between levels, and make it possible to take advantage of often-ignored mezzanine space.

The Pallet Gate range provides a safety solution to factory and warehouse workers who are responsible for loading and unloading pallets onto mezzanine floors. Transporting pallets around factories and warehouses can be dangerous, particularly when a worker loads and unloads pallets on mezzanine floors, as this could result in a fall from height.

In the video below, you can see just how quick and easy it is to install our pallet gates without any special skill or training, one of the many benefits our gates provide.

For more information, call Kee Systems on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

Kee Klamp fittings in harsh environments

9 May 2018

Once installed, it is vital guardrails and handrails continue to offer the highest level of safety, and the best way to ensure this is by using the highest quality components.

In areas where climate or weather is harsh, the probability of handrails failing increases dramatically, especially when the rails themselves are of the fabricated type. With fabricated rails, initial holes are cut for fitting which breaches the railing’s anti-corrosion coatings, and this is then further compromised by welding.

Corrosive and harsh conditions will inevitably eat away at the material of any guardrail, but with fabricated railings, the structure itself actually becomes a hazard once it is weakened sufficiently. Once fabricated guardrails and handrails become damaged, the only way to repair them is by cutting out the problem section and welding in a replacement.

Kee Klamp® fittings offer a strong and durable solution to separating people from hazards, are more resistant to corrosion and can last up to seven times longer than fabricated barriers and handrails. They also eliminate the need for welding, cutting, threading or bolting and remove the need for skilled labour and permits for work.

Hot dip galvanised Kee fittings are installed using only a set screw, and damaged pieces can be easily removed and replaced as required. They are also substantially more resilient than fabricated structures, lasting on average up to seven times longer.

According to the Zinc Millenium Map, published by the UK Galvanisers Association, in a modern marine climate such as a town like Newcastle-Upon-Thames, the average lifetime of typical hot-dip galvanised fittings is around 57 years.

Even in an incredibly harsh environment, such as the area surrounding Niagara Falls, fittings have been known to survive for half a decade.

Bob Ciocco from Niagara Falls State Parks said: “We are 200 feet above the river at the observation deck of the Maid of the Mist. We use Kee Klamp as a guardrail system known as the Crow’s Nest, we use it to keep the public safe from wandering off too close to the falls and getting caught on sharp rocks.

“There is a Kee Klamp system here which has been there for 50 years, it’s stood up against the test of time, against 20ft of ice or more, and it’s been there longer than I’ve been alive.”

With Kee fittings you can be confident people are fully protected and separated from hazards, whilst saving time and money thanks to the quick and easy installation. For more information, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

BoxBolt® blind fixing solutions given CE accreditation

BoxBolt range of blind fixings are CE accredited

17 April 2018

The range of BoxBolt® blind fixing solutions has received CE accreditation, demonstrating their high quality and effectiveness.

Users can now have the utmost confidence that BoxBolt® products will deliver top-level mechanical resistance, dimensional stability and durability.

CE Marking on a product is a declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation.

The BoxBolt® range is a fully tested and approved blind fixing solution for secondary steel connections.  These CE accredited fixings are suitable for connecting into rectangular, square and even circular hollow sections, or where access is restricted to one side only and feature a hexagon head design on the body to allow easy installation with a standard spanner.

Our range of BoxBolt® and BeamClamp® steel to steel connection solutions can be used in a huge variety of industries and scenarios. If you would like to enquire about whether our steel to steel connections might be right for you, give us a call on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

Click here for further information on our range of CE Accredited BoxBolt® fixing solutions and to view our BoxBolt® video.

Safe access and maintenance with Kee Step-Overs

11 April 2018

Many of today’s roofs contain a variety of trip hazards and changes in roof level, making safe access difficult, if not impossible. This can seriously increase the risk of working at height, in the form of injury or even death.

To remedy this, Kee Systems supplies the Kee Walk Step-Over, a range of modular, off-the-shelf step-overs, suitable for a range of roof types including concrete, membrane, metallic and composite.

Our Step-Overs are available in kit form to accommodate different height requirements and are delivered pre-assembled for easy installation.  Each kit includes a double handrail and toe-boards, a choice of nylon or aluminium treads and base feet options to suit different roof types.

With adjustable step sections, and non-penetrative fixing options, our Step-Overs are adaptable to not only protect those accessing the roof, but to also protect the roof sheet from foot traffic and poential damage by providing a clearly defined access path.

Built with Kee Klamp® tubular fittings, with a simple internal set screw, the Step-Overs are strong and stable. This fittings also eliminate the need for welding or specialist tools, saving time and money.

You can also combine the Step-Over with other Kee Safety products to provide complete fall protection and safe access, such as KeeGuard, Kee Gate and Kee Walk.

The Step-over range has been designed in accordance to EN 14122-2/3:2016 for assured safe operation.

For more information, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

Come and see us at Infrarail

Kee Systems Stand C10 Infrarail

22 March 2018

Kee Systems will be exhibiting on Stand C10 at Infrarail 2018, Excel, London on the 1st to 3rd May 2018.

Infrarail is the UK’s leading railway infrastructure event and is considered to be the industry’s favoured meeting place.  This year's exhibition takes place against a background of ground-breaking projects such as the HS2 high-speed line, as well as numerous large scale investments to enhance the performance of the existing rail system and modernise its assets, ready for future demand.

For over 70 years, Kee Systems has provided a range of safety guardrail, barriers and safe steel to steel connections to the railway industry.  Our Kee Klamp® and Kee Access® fittings have provided the ideal solution for the industry ranging from protection of engineering and maintenance teams working trackside to DDA compliant handrails for passengers accessing stations.  

BeamClamp and our CE approved BoxBolt products offer many solutions within the rail sector and allow steel connections to be made with the minimum amount of disruption to normal operations and reduce the risk of injury to passengers that can be caused by hot work such as drilling or welding.

Kee Systems' experienced team will be on hand to discuss the benefits of fittings and how they enable barriers and safety guardrail to be constructed quickly and easily to meet specific site requirements and how our steel to steel connections can deliver safe and cost effective solutions.

Click here to register for your FREE tickets to Infrarail 2018.

Three more uses for steel to steel connections

14 March 2018

When steel to steel connections need to be made, but drilling or welding is not possible, our Beamclamp and BoxBolt solutions can be used instead.

In our last blog post, we looked at three industries in which Boxbolt and Beamclamp are proving their worth. In this post, we’ll be looking at three more industries where our Steel to Steel Connections have incredibly useful applications.

BeamClamp and BoxBolt can be used in both heavy and light duty building services, and the products provide a strong but flexible connection, allowing for easy re-routing without the need for expensive remedial work, without damage to the main structure.

 

Petrochemical

With the inherently hazardous environments common in the petrochemical industry, drilling and welding is a very dangerous and time-consuming task to undertake when steel connections need to be made.

Beamclamp is an ideal solution for the connection of steel in the Petrochemical sector, as it requires no on site drilling or welding and therefore no hot permit, removing the need for expensive fire watches.

Simple hand tools and unskilled labor can make a BeamClamp connection, saving time and money on the installation.  In some environments, drilling or welding is totally forbidden so clamping is the only alternative to make a steel to steel connection.

 

Material Handling

The flexibility of BoxBolt and Beamclamp make the connection of steel for lifting and moving materials much easier than having to drill and weld, perfect for both temporary and permanent solutions.

The main benefit is obviously that connections can be easily realigned or moved to a new location without the need for expensive remedial work

Typical applications include:

- Connection of runway beams for overhead cranes

- Connection of track rails for ground running crane systems

- Connection of free-standing frames for gantry cranes

- Connection of single point lifting equipment

 

Stadiums and Ampitheatres

BoxBolt and Beamclamp are already used within several steel-structured stadiums and ampitheathres in a variety of applications. Beamclamp applications include:

- Securing Tannoy systems

- Connecting rigging equipment for staging

- Securing Guard Railing

- Connection of Grating for walkways

- Connecting seating for permenant or temporary situations

- Hanging pipework and duting for the building services

- Connection of floodlight systems

- Securing large structures for signs and advertising

 

BoxBolt, as well as the above, could also be used in the following applications:

- Connecting main steel tube together

- Connection of seating without acces to the underside of the supporting steel

- Connection of guardrailing and ballustrades

- Connection of glass facades

 

For more information about BoxBolt and Beamclamp, or to enquire about a project, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

BoxBolt and Beamclamp: The steel to steel connection solutions

15 February 2018

When steel to steel connections need to be made, but drilling or welding is not possible, our BeamClamp and BoxBolt solutions can be used instead.

BeamClamp and BoxBolt products can be used for the connection of both heavy and light duty building services, and the products provide a strong but flexible connection, meaning if the building services need to re-routed, this can be done easily without the need for expensive remedial work and no damage to the main structure.

Industries in which our steel to steel connections have proved their effectiveness include building services, infrastructure and solar/wind energy, amongst others.

 

Building services

Typical uses of Beamclamp and BoxBolt in this sector include:

- Connection of cable tray supports

- Connection of mechanical services (pipe work)

- Connection of Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning systems

- Suspension of fire protection systems

For example, in the picture on the left, Beamclamp was used to connect a supporting structure which spanned between the existing structure of a stadium, which in turn was used to support lighting and audio equipment.

Beamclamp allowed for adjustability between and along the beams, meaning the supporting structure could be positioned correctly for the equipment. Had a traditional nut and bolt been used for this project, it would have to be fully removed and a new connection made with no room for fine adjustment.

 

Infrastructure

The flexibility of Beamclamp and BoxBolt means they lend themselves perfectly to the infrastructure sector, with the constant demand for refurbishment meaning new equipment and replacement steel is always required for the repair of bridges, power station upgrades, 

water treatment plants and tunnels.

Our steel to steel connections reduce down-time, and in more hazardous environments, reduce the risk of accidents. Other uses for Beamclamp and BoxBolt in the infrastructure sector include:

- Connection of new services to bridges

- Connection of guard railing

- Securing of steel floors for walkways

- Hanging of maintenance walkway platforms

- Connection of rails for tunneling projects

- Connection of lifting equipment for machinery

Stainless steel BoxBolts were used to create a splice detail in the steel structure pictured, creating a sheltered area for train passengers. The BoxBolt detail allowed for the neat tubular joint without the need for expensive labour or equipment.

 

Solar and wind

Beamclamp and BoxBolt are becoming increasingly important in the solar and wind energy market, as they often provide the perfect solution thanks to their flexibility and adaptability.

Typical applications include:

- Connection of panels to columns on solar fields

- Connection of solar panels to existing structures such as electronic advertising screens

- Securing of steel flooring to walkways for access and maintenance

- Connection of guard railing on walkways access and maintenance

Pictured is a conduit box at a solar panel array, constructed with the help of steel to steel connections. BoxBolts were used specifically to attach the conduit boxes to tube steel, which supports the solar panels themselves, providing a secure and effective fixing solution.

 

BoxBolt and Beamclamp can be used in a huge variety of industries and scenarios, way beyond what is listed here. If you would like to enquire about whether our steel to steel connections might be right for you, give us a call on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

 

Christmas closure dates

18 December 2017

Kee Systems will be closed throughout Christmas and New Year, so if you need to make a purchase from our trade counter, or would like to place an order for the New Year, do it soon!

We will be closed from 4pm on Friday 22nd December, and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January.

If you would like to discuss and order or project with our experts, call the office on 020 8874 6566, use our online contact form, or visit our trade counter at 11 Thornsett Rd, London, SW18 4EW.

From everyone at Kee Systems, we hope you have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

‘Elf and Safety Myths Debunked

14 December 2017

With Christmas fast approaching, you might start hearing the office scrooge harping on about ‘elf and safety. Don’t hang Christmas decorations, don’t clear the snow, it seems like you can’t do anything without getting in trouble with the HSE elves.

The truth is that each year, health and safety is wrongly cited in the run up to Christmas as the reason why you might be limited in the way you express your holiday cheer, and in reality a lot of what you hear is total nonsense.

We take a look at some of the most popular ‘elf and safety myths that appear around this time of year, so the next time you hear them pop up, you’ll know the real story!

One of the most common health and safety myths we hear each year is that indoor Christmas lights which are put up in offices need a portable appliance test (PAT) every year.

The reality is that whilst lots of companies waste money PAT testing their lights each year, or even avoid putting them up at all, this is just a myth. A yearly PAT is not required by law.

By following a few sensible precautions, such as checks by the user for obvious signs of damage, every workplace can put up Christmas lights to bring a little holiday cheer to employees.

Other strange ‘elf and safety myths that pop up around Christmas time include:

- Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office

- You can’t throw out sweets at pantos

- Santa needs a seatbelt in his sleigh

- Second hand toys can’t be donated for ‘health and safety’ reasons

- Traditional shopping centre Christmas trees scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives

- Seats removed from shops – despite weary Christmas shoppers wanting to rest their feet

- Carol singers are a health and safety risk

- Children are banned from throwing snowballs

- If you clear snow away from outside your business or home you are likely to get sued

- Health and safety prevents people putting coins in Christmas puddings

All of the above myths are just that, so when the ‘elf and safety scrooge comes knocking, you’ll know what to say!

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Sector Spotlight: Highways

30 November 2017

After over 80 years in existence, Kee Klamp® fittings have found their way into regular usage in many industries and sectors, across the world.

Originally designed and sold to the agricultural sector as a quick and easy way to assemble milking stalls, their flexibility and modular nature have made them a popular choice for the building of tubular guardrail and barrier structures across the board.

The Kee to the highways

Kee Klamp® Fittings have become a mainstay in the highways market, offering safety not only for pedestrians, but also for road maintenance and construction personnel.

Local authorities in particular recognised the need for guardrailing systems along the road networks, and many are coming to Kee Systems and Kee Klamp® fittings to provide that protection.

Recently, as part of the Sussex-based project to widen the A23 trunk road between London and Brighton, a Kee Klamp® guardrail system was installed to protect workers who will be regularly accessing electrical boxes on the side of the road in the coming years.

With the continuation of construction and renovation programmes in the highways sector, local authorities are increasingly opting for systems which are quick and easy to install, without sacrificing high-quality construction and long-term lifespan.

Kee Klamp® fittings fulfil all these conditions, since they eliminate the need for time-consuming welding or specialist skills. The components can be quickly installed using a standard hex key, with each fitting incorporating an integral set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube.

This method creates a strong, stable and safe guardrail structure. All fittings are available with a combination of protective coatings applied to achieve a longer life and better corrosion resistance. This is vital for structures in areas which may be prone to a high level of weathering or rusting, and structures which are in difficult places to access and work on.

 

The future

With the adaptability of Kee Klamp® fittings, they are sure to remain a constant companion to the ever-evolving highways industry, and Kee Systems will continue to work closely with those in the sector to provide not only great value for money, but also incredibly effective solutions to keep those who access the road network safe for many years to come.

For more information about the Kee Klamp® range or the many other products and solutions Kee Systems offers, get in touch via our online contact form or call 0208 874 6566.

Take advantage of mezzanine space with our pallet gates

7 November 2017

Our Pallet Gates help ensure safe movement of goods on mezzanines and between levels, and make it possible to take advantage of often-ignored mezzanine space.

The Pallet Gate range provides a safety solution to factory and warehouse workers who are responsible for loading and unloading pallets onto mezzanine floors. Transporting pallets around factories and warehouses can be dangerous, particularly when a worker loads and unloads pallets on mezzanine floors, as this could result in a fall from height.

The Pallet Gates range features four different configurations, to accommodate different types of operation.  Gates are available in sizes ranging from 1.4m to 1.9m pallet width and from 1.6m to 2.2m pallet height.

The gates are constructed using Kee Klamp® galvanised or Kee Lite® aluminium fittings and tubes, and can be easily linked to new and existing railing systems. As the gates are component based, if the pallet gate is damaged, from a forklift or general use, the individual fittings can be easily replaced.   

Click here for further information and to watch our Pallet Gate Demonstration Video.

Kee Systems and DDA compliance

15 November 2017

Kee Systems and the rail industry have been working together for over eighty years, with us providing our Kee fittings for various applications to make sure that everyone who accesses the rail system on a daily basis is fully protected.

We believe Kee fittings are so popular thanks to their flexibility and convenience, being a modular system made from hot-dip galvanised steel, capable of being installed in almost any conceivable configuration.

Most importantly, we want to make sure everyone can access the railway when necessary, and to that end we supply and install the DDA-compliant Kee Access® system.

Kee Access® is designed to meet the needs of the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act, now the Equality Act) and gives a smooth handrail with size 7 tube with an outside diameter of 42.4mm. The fittings can be powder coated in a choice of RAL colours to meet the visibility and “not cold to the touch” requirements of the DDA.

The Access® series provides safe access for all to the railways in the UK without sacrificing the trusted and proven protective pedigree of the Kee Klamp® range.

Kee Access®: access for all

During the huge refurbishment of Staines railway station, designers came to us to supply the Kee Access® product, knowing it was truly the most effective solution, and the best way to bring the staion into line with the Equality Act.

And with the help of railway engineering contractor GRAMM Interlink Rail, project architects BPR and Southwest trains, 100 metres of Kee Access® was installed at the station to complement wide automatic doors and step-free access to both platforms.

“Safety was our foremost concern when selecting the access ramp at the front of the station, and Kee fittings were just right for the job,” Steve Lee, Senior Construction Manager at GRAMM Interlink Rail, said at the time. “It’s a solution that’s quick and easy to put together, making it a very cost-effective approach”.

For more information about the Kee Access® product, or any of the solutions we provide, get in touch on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.

School storms to racing success with the help of Kee Systems

18 October 2017

A partnership between Kee Systems and a local school has led to a fantastic performance in a national racing competition.

IET Formula 24 is a competition run by Greenpower for secondary schools across the UK. Students, guided by their teachers and an industry mentor, design, build and race an electric car at several events around the country.

In 2016 Team Firefly from St Paul’s School in London approached Kee Systems for assistance with the project.

They had identified that Kee Klamp, Kee Lite and aluminium tubing were a better option to expensive welding and would provide a solid, yet lightweight foundation, for their uniquely designed composite framework.

Kee Systems agreed to a sponsorship package with the team, who used part of the funding to purchase fittings. Kee Systems worked closely with Team Firefly on the design of the car and the safest use of fittings.  

Testing and heats were held over six months at race tracks around the country including Goodwood, Dunsfold Park and Castle Combe. During the heats Team Firefly continued to beat their lap and speed times, and though the car was constantly modified the Kee chassis remained.

Final heats took place at Castle Combe in September 2017, and Team Firefly smashed their lap and speed records, storming straight into a solid 18th, an extremely impressive result for a newcomer car.

The team also finished 3rd of all newcomer cars across the international competitions, with teams from, among others, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Brazil in the running.

Following the success of this year’s competition, Kee Systems will be extending sponsorship with Team Firefly again next year, with the school planning to enter two teams in the 2018 competition.

Team Firefly’s Justin Treadwell said: “We couldn’t have done it without the funding and chassis Kee Systems so generously provided, which provided the core of our car throughout our build process, and has proven tough, strong and reliable.

“On behalf of the whole team I’d like to extend a massive thank you to Kee Systems for all the support. It’s been a truly amazing experience.”

The aim of the competition is to link education, industry and community through inspirational engineering projects, and to inspire more young people to become engineers.

Team Firefly will go on to compete in the Greenpower International Final at Rockingham Motor Speedway. You can follow them on Twitter at @RacingFirefly, or on their Youtube channel, Firefly Racing.

Kee Klamp Fittings Showcase: Part Two

4 October 2017

Kee Systems provides over 100 different Kee Klamp® pipe fittings, with this diverse range allowing for the creation and construction of modular structures of almost any configuration, on and off site, without welding.

The fittings have been the go-to industry standard for 80 years, with their corrosion resistant galvanised steel design making them incredibly durable, perfect for the creation of handrail and guardrail structures in any climate.

Our fittings showcase below shows the incredible flexibility of the Kee Klamp® fittings, and an explanation of their use and application.

Whatever your tubular structure needs, Kee Systems offers a fitting to do the job, and do it right.
 

Type 20 Side Outlet Elbow

The function of the 90° corner joint side outlet elbow is to terminate three pieces of pipe to create a corner.

The Side Outlet Elbow is used in railing applications to change the direction of the railing, but can also be used in building applications to create desk frames, tables, workbenches and bed frames.

The Side Outlet Elbow is also available as a Type 21, which allows the upright to pass through the fitting, and provides a 90° corner joint for the middle rail of safety railing and other rectangular structures.

 

 

Type A21/A26 Split Two Socket Cross/90° Side Outlet Tee

This fitting performs the same function as either Type 21 or Type 26, but because of its unique "Hinge and Pin" system, it can be added to an existing tubular assembly.

Type A21/A26 fittings are supplied as a kit which includes 2 castings and 2 taper pins, which can be assembled in either configuration.

 

 

 

Type 25 Three Socket Tee

The Three Socket Tee’s main function is to act as a 90° joint between the top rail and an intermediate upright on a safety railing,

The two socket set screws in the sleeve mean this fitting can be used if there is a join required in the horizontal pipe.

A Type 10 tee could be used in place of this fitting, however the single socket tee only allows you to use one length of horizontal tube in one direction.
 

 

Type 26 Two Socket Cross

The Type 26 Two Socket Cross fitting allows one continuous piece of pipe to pass in one direction, and two other separate pieces of pipe in the other to create a cross.

The Type 26 can be paired with a Type 25 Three Socket Tee to give a 90° joint between the middle rail and an intermediate upright on safety railing, with the upright passing through the fitting.

 

 

 

Type 29 30° to 60° Single Socket Tee

The Type 29 Single Socket Tee is designed to act as an alternative to the Type 12, and is most commonly used in bracing and strut applications. As the name suggests, it can be used at any angle between 30° and 60°.

You can also use the Type 29 in a vertical position in place of a Type 27, using Type 27 only where a join in the pipe occurs.

 

 

 

 

For more information about our fittings, or to get advice on which fitting you need for your project or application, get in touch with our product experts in the office on 0208 874 6566 or via our contact form.

The Kee Klamp® slope fittings solution

20 September 2017

Our Kee Klamp®  slope and stair fittings are perfect for installation of handrails on steeper gradients, and offer builders and specifiers an aesthetically pleasing option.

The Kee Klamp®  slope fittings have been designed to enhance the building of guardrail along staircases and ramps, particularly when the slope is greater than 30 degrees. The range provides single fittings to cater for situations where before a combination of fittings may have been required. Not only does this improve the aesthetics of the finished guardrail but it also allows for a quicker and easier installation.

Kee Klamp®  slope fittings are available in two sizes: size 7 (outside diameter 42.4mm) and size 8 (outside diameter 48.3mm).

Manufactured to stringent quality standards to ensure consistent performance, the extended range of slope fittings gives greater design flexibility; and adjustability in the fittings allows greater on-site tolerances to be met.

Using single fittings rather than pairs also speeds up installation times.

To find out more about our new range of slope and stair fittings, watch our demonstration video below. You can also give us a call on 0208 874 6566 or send us a message via our contact form.

 

Important update to our self closing Kee Gate range

6 September 2017

The design of our self-closing Kee Gate range has been modified to meet the requirements of the updated BS EN ISO 14122-3:2016 Safety of Machinery - Permanent Means of Access to Machinery  - part 3: Stairs, Stepladders and Guard-rails standard.

Released in 2016, the revised BS EN ISO 14122-3 standard provides a new definition of the requirements for safe access to machines, applying to both stationary and mobile machinery where a fixed means of access is required. The standard specifies that when the height of a fall could exceed 500mm, a guardrail must be installed, and in doing so meet several dimensional requirements.

Our new Kee Gate range has been modified to meet the requirements of this new standard without sacrificing the key elements which made the original range so popular and effective.

The revised standard states that the gap between both railings and the floor must not exceed 500mm, which the modifications to the new Kee Gate now meet, featuring a larger D bend, closing the gap between the bottom rail of the gate and floor without sacrificing full width adjustability.

The gate also features a new midrail positioned 467mm from the top rail and a lower bottom rail is positioned 433mm from the floor. The entire gate is a total of 668mm high.

Designed to work both internally and externally, on ladder and stair access points, roof hatches, walkways and roof tops, Kee Gates ensure maintenance, inspection and warehouse staff can carry out their work, follow best practices and comply with current safety standards, without putting their safety at risk.

As well as being compliant to BS EN ISO 14122-3:2016, our self-closing safety gates remain compliant to EN 13374 Class A, OSHA and is CE marked to EN 1090. Our gates undergo extensive testing, including salt spray testing to ASTM B117-11, to ensure total reliability and fantastic corrosion resistance.

We also test the life cycle of the gates to BS 6375-2:2009 Clause 6.5 - Opening and closing of gate through 90 degrees 50,000 cycles, as well as Abuse Testing where pressure is applied with nine suspended 25kg weights.

Kee Gate safety gates are spring loaded so can automatically close behind the user, providing an added level of security and overcoming the potential for human error.

The Kee Gate range is available in galvanised steel and if required can be powder coated in safety yellow.

For more information about the updated self-closing gates, or to make an enquiry, please get in touch.

Kee Klamp Fittings Showcase

Kee Klamp Fittings Showcse

23 August 2017

At Kee Systems we offer over 100 different types of Kee Klamp pipe fittings. This diverse range allows you to create modular structural connections of almost any configuration, on or off-site, without the need for welding or hotworks permits.

Our fittings have been the go-to industry standard in the creation of tubular structures since their conception 80 years ago, thanks to their corrosion-resistant galvanised steel construction, making them incredibly durable and perfect for creating handrailing or guard-railing in any climate.

To illustrate the incredible flexibility of our fittings, we have put together a small gallery of just some of our fittings, with an explanation of their use and application.

Hopefully this gallery will demonstrate that whatever your tubular structure needs, Kee Systems offers a fitting to do the job, and do it right.

 

Type 10 Single Socket Tee

The Type 10 Single Socket Tee is designed to join two pipes together at a 90 degree angle.

This fitting has a socket to receive one pipe, whilst the other pipe slides through the slip-on section perpendicular to the socket.

As there is no interior wall inside the fitting, the pipe already inside the slip-on joint acts as a stop for the pipe going into the socket end. The pipes will butt up against each other, allowing you to simply tighten the set screw.

The Single Socket Tee is one of the most popular fittings and is used in everything from handrailings to desks, tables, bed frames and clothing racks.

The Type 10 Single Socket Tee is also available in split-socket and clamp on style, allowing it to be added to a structure without dismantling it first.

 

 

Type 12, 45° Single Socket Tee

This fitting allows two pipes to be joined together at a 45° angle. Most commonly, this fitting is used in bracing applications to create triangles and make a structure much stronger.

With the triangle being the strongest shape, it is important to use fittings like the Type 12, 45° Single Socket Tee to strengthen structures which will take weight, move or see a lot of abuse, such as shade structures or loft frames.

 

 

 

 

 

Type 14 Straight Coupling

This straight fitting is designed to form an inline joint between two pieces of pipe of the same size. Both lengths of pipe should be supported by other fittings on the other end to prevent sagging.

The Type 14 is commonly used in railing applications to join two long sections of pipe together, but we have also seen it used in trade show stands and displays. Alternatively, the internal coupling fitting can be used, connecting two pipes whilst keeping the structure smooth.
 

 

 

 

Type 15, 90° Elbow Kee Klamp

This fitting allows you to join two lengths of tube together at a 90° angle. Elbows can be used in railing structures to terminate the end of the railing and navigate corners.

It can also be used in other DIY projects including clothing racks, desk frames and even office cubicles.
 

 

 

 

 

Type 19, Adjustable Side Outlet Tee

The function of this fitting is to terminate two lengths of pipe but allow another continuous length of pipe to slide through the opposite direction.

The Type 19 fittings are often used in pairs to form variable angle joints between 90° and 180°.

The Type 19-8 and Type 19-85 fittings are able to make angles between 60° and 180°. This fitting is often used in structures or frames to create a variable degree such as railings and desk frames.

 

 

 

 

For more information about our fittings, or to get advice on which fitting you need for your project or application, get in touch with our product experts in the office on 0208 874 6566 or via our contact form.

How we specify our Kee Klamp fittings

9 August 2017

With more than eighty years in use in various applications around the world, Kee Klamp® fittings are a popular and effective choice for creating tubular structures, thanks to the numerous and huge benefits they provide over welded systems.

 

The benefits of Kee Klamp® include:

> Lower labour costs, with savings up to 70%

> No special skills or tools required for installation;

> No welding required, removing the need for hot work permits;

> No need for threading or bolting;

> Standard tubing;

> Available off the shelf and adaptable to any industry.

 

To meet the requirements of the numerous applications for which Kee Klamp® can be used, we offer many different kinds of fittings, which make the modular system flexible and adaptable. But how do we specify those fittings?

We have made the process of identifying and selecting which fittings you will need for your project simple and straightforward. Essentially, the first number in the product code identifies the type of fittings and a single digit, following the dash, defines the tube size.

Two digits after the dash indicates that the fitting is designed to receive two sizes of tube.

For example, a 10-8 indicates a Type 10 fitting, which is designed to accept a size eight tube. Conversely, a 45-76 indicates a Type 45 fitting, where one socket of the fitting accepts a size seven tube and another accepts a size six.

We hope our specification system is as easy to follow as our systems are to install, but if you have any questions, or simply want to find out more about Kee Klamp®, or its DDA access alternative Kee Access®, please get in touch.

The many applications of Kee Fittings

26 July 2017

In 2014, Kee Klamp® celebrated its 80th birthday, almost a century of use in many applications in all corners of the world.

From its humble beginnings as the main component of modern milking stalls adopted by farmers across the United Kingdom as a more efficient, hygienic alternative, it has evolved to become the ideal option for tubular structures across the globe.

Today, Kee Klamp® fittings are a reliable and recognisable mainstay in a wide variety of guardrailing, handrailing and other safe structure applications thanks to its versatility, durability and ease of use.

Kee Klamp® fittings remove the need for any welding or hot-works on site, installed using a standard hex key, with each product incorporating an integral set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube.

The alternative applications of Kee Klamp® were quickly realised. During the Second World War they were used in the construction of barrage balloon wind shields and aircraft and gun turret maintenance.

Soon after, they became a preferred construction methods for racking and storage in warehouses thanks to their durable nature and simple installation. Many even went as far to install them in their homes in the form of furniture because of the popularity of the attractive, galvanised finish.

On the functional side of things, Kee Klamp® can be found in almost all industries and sectors, keeping people safe at heights and on the ground in the form of guardrailing and handrailing.

Kee Systems provided Hayle Railway Station in Cornwall (right) with a combination of Weld Mesh Panels, Kee Access® and Kee Klamp® fittings to ensure safe pedestrian access as part of a £500,000 station refurbishment project. 

At train stations around the country Kee Klamp® and its DDA (Disability Discrimination Act, now known as the UK Equality Act) alternative Kee Access® ensure safe access for travellers, and along the tracks the modular system prevent people from accessing areas where they could sustain serious or even fatal injury.

The ingenious self closing Kee Gate, built from Kee Klamp® tube and fittings, is a common sight in warehouses, factories and other dangerous work areas around the world, but it has even found its way into modern offices because of its unique look and style. The Chartered Institute of Chartered Surveyors recently installed several in their Dubai offices to promote staff safety.

Kee Systems recommended and supplied its Kee Access® and Kee Klamp® fittings to the University of Brighton (right), to provide the Falmer campus with a DDA compliant handrail system that ensures the safety of teachers, students and visitors.

 

The versatility, reliability, speed and ease of assembly of Kee Klamp® were vital in its early success, and are still an important factor now. From hospitals and schools to restaurants and shopping, the applications of Kee Klamp® fittings are endless.

For information on how Kee Klamp®, Kee Access® or the anti-corrosion Kee Lite® could benefit you and your business, get in touch.

Kee Systems at Railtex 2017

9 July 2017

Kee Systems, the UK's leading distributor of Kee Klamp® tubular fittings for guardrails, was at the NEC for Railtex 2017 to share its solution for separating pedestrians and workers from hazards across the country's railway system.

Whilst there, Business Development Manager for ground based systems Neil Wright explained why Kee Systems and the rail industry are such a great fit.

For more information on our products call our office on 0208 874 6566 or use our contact form.

 

Mesh or toe boards: what you need and when

28 June 2017

A common question we’re asked by customers about using Kee Klamp® structures to protect people near a fall risk is - do I need to use a toe-board, or a mesh infill, to be fully compliant?

The simple answer to this is - it depends on the application and where the structure is being installed.

Generally, on roofs, Kee Klamp® structures including KeeGuard edge protection, will be compliant to the BS EN 13374 standard, which does not require a toe-board for compliance.

However, when the structure is at height, and there is a risk of things such as tools being accidentally kicked or dropped off the edge then a toe-board to prevent people being injured from falling objects is recommended.

If you are looking for a safety barrier or guardrail that is compliant to BS EN 14122, then there is a requirement for toe-boards.

When the structure is closer to the ground - such on a ramp – you will usually be able to use mesh infill, or even a third rail as the main concern is to prevent people such as children or the disabled from falling through the barrier or handrail

So, next time you contact us with an enquiry about handrails, guardrails or safety barriers, make sure you mention how and where the system is to be used so we can recommend the most appropriate solutions – toe-board, mesh infill or even a third rail. 

For more information, or to make an enquiry, get in touch.

Beat the heat: construction workers make up almost half of all workplace UV exposure deaths

18 June 2017

As we enter summer and temperatures soar, outside workers start to do whatever they can to beat the heat.

Whilst it might seem like a good idea to wear less clothes to cool down, this can often put you at an even greater risk of skin cancer.

The Imperial College London carried out a survey which showed 48 deaths and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer each year are caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun at work, and construction workers account for a staggering 44 per cent of these deaths.

With these shocking new figures in mind, we have put together some simple tips which can help you stay safe in the sun, and may prevent the development of a serious condition such as skin cancer in the long term.

 

> Instead of removing clothes to beat the heat, try to wear long, loose clothing, made from close woven fabric, as this protects your skin from UV rays.

> Make sure you protect your neck and head. 80% of skin cancers develop here, so covering these areas can go a long way to preventing skin cancer. Wear a hat with a brim or flap to cover your ears as well as the back of your neck. Aim for fabrics which have a UPF of 30+

> Avoid the midday sun if possible. UV levels are highest from April until mid-September, so try to stay in the shade during breaks, specifically between 11am and 3pm.

> Despite common belief, having a tan does not protect you from further sun damage. Always make sure you use a high factor sunscreen and reapply regularly. Though this seems obvious, many people don’t apply enough protection to exposed areas or leave enough time for the cream to soak in before going out.

> Drinking plenty of water keeps you from getting dehydrated, and keeps your skin healthy.

> Check your skin regularly: catching melanoma earlier improves the chances of any treatment, so keep an eye out for any irregular moles or spots. If you find anything out of the ordinary, see your doctor as soon as possible. Moles are the most aggressive form of skin cancer so pay extra attention to these.

> Check the UV index regularly. There are apps which can give you the UV rating as part of the weather forecast, or you can visit the Met Office website.

 

Remember, 90% of all skin cancer occurrences are preventable, and following the advice in this article will go a long way to keeping you, or your workers, safe in the heat.

Keeping pedestrians and vehicles separate in busy areas

16 June 2017

On sites where there is regular vehicle traffic, such as warehouses, loading bays, busy yards or logistics centres, pedestrians and vehicles must have a traffic route available which they can use without the risk of causing danger to the health and safety of people working nearby.

Workplace transport incidents due to a lax attitude towards separation of vehicles and workers are the third highest cause of workplace fatalities, despite these accidents being easy to prevent with the implementation of simple control measures.

One of the most effective - and simplest - ways to keep pedestrians and vehicles separate is through the use of protective barriers and guardrails, such as the Kee Klamp® and Kee Lite® systems offered by Kee Systems.

These barriers can provide a safe route within an area where vehicles are working, or even completely prevent access to a specific area. These systems are hugely flexible and the modular form allows the design of the system to accommodate changes in angles as well as different levels.

The spring loaded self closing safety gates allow this protection to continue whilst providing easy access into the area when necessary, and also makes users fully aware when they leave or enter a dangerous area.

All barrier systems are available in high visibility ‘safety yellow’ powder coating, but can be powder coated in any colour you require. If the railing is struck and damaged by a passing vehicle, the modular design allows for the affected section to be easily removed and replaced.

For more information about our Kee Klamp® or Kee Lite® systems, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our contact form.

Our South London trade counter is still going strong!

1 June 2017

Our South London trade counter is still going strong after 70 years!

As a leading distributor of Kee Klamp® fittings, we aim to make it as easy and straightforward as possible for our customers to place orders, that’s why our Wandsworth store allows for last minute orders and immediate collection.

Our trade counter was established as a central base not only to place hassle-free orders, but as a place for customers to get helpful advice from our highly trained Kee Systems representatives; customers can also collect advance orders from our on-hand supply of products.

The trade counter also allows for last minute orders and requests for bespoke systems, which can be cut and bent on-site, removing any extra work once you leave the store.

The trade counter is open from 7.30am to 4pm on weekdays, and manned by a highly knowledgeable team who are always happy to discuss your requirements with you.

“The trade counter allows us to have a more face to face relationship with our customers,” says Christian King, general manager of Kee Systems. “We believe this service is hugely beneficial for anyone involved on an existing or future project, as our team can advise on the best product to use.  We continually strive to offer the best customer service in the industry and this is just another example of how we aim to make our customers lives as easy as possible.”

The counter stocks a large range of Kee Klamp® galvanised fittings in a selection of sizes.  These fittings are used to build guardrails, safety barriers and all types of tubular steel construction.  Also available from the counter are Kee Lite® aluminium fittings, Kee Access® components used to create safety handrailing that complies with the UK Equality Act, and the well-known roof edge protection system, KeeGuard®.

Kee Systems offers a complete package from technical advice and specification to site surveys, estimating and a full supply and installation service as required. Feel free to pop in and have a chat to one of our experts, or if you are interested in our products but do not live locally, get in touch via our online form.

Why do we galvanise our fittings?

Why galvanise fittings

16 May 2017

All our Kee Klamp® fittings are galvanised cast iron to European standard BS EN ISO 1461, which increases their longevity, reliability and overall toughness. 

BS EN ISO 1461 requires iron and steel be cleaned and prepared, which includes galvanizing. Galvanizing - or ‘hot dip galvanizing’, prevents the components from corroding.

Before the galvanizing can take place, the fitting must be given a chemical clean, which removes oil, rust and other unpleasant residue from the surface. Once that process is complete, the solution is rinsed off and the fitting is dipped into a molten zinc bath which is heated to around 460°c.

The fitting is then removed from the bath and left to cool in a quench tank before the zinc coating is metallurgically bonded to the steel.

 

Why do we galvanise our fittings?

Longevity - Galvanizing can give an easy to clean surface which has a maintenance free life of over 50 years, depending on the environment it’s being used in;

Cost effectiveness – In many cases the cost of galvanising is cheaper than applying alternative coatings such as paint, which can be labour intensive.  For example, a galvanised coating can be applied in a matter of hours, whereas a paint system can take up to a week;

Low lifetime cost  –  When you add the cost of galvanising a fitting with the durability it provides, and factor in the virtually zero maintenance requirements, galvanising is clearly an economical way of protecting iron and steel;

Reliability - Galvanizing is one of the few coatings which is fully defined by a British Standard.  Much of this is down to the fact that galvanising is a relatively uncomplicated process which can be closely controlled.  The coating’s thickness can be accurately controlled, making it easy to specify;

Toughness – Galvanising is the only coating process where the coating is bonded metallurgically, giving it a greater resistance to damage during handling, storage, transportation and installation;

Complete coverage –  As the fittings are dipped into molten zinc during the galvanising process, the entire surface, both inside and outside the fitting and any difficult to reach areas are covered;

Superior protection - The coating weathers slowly, giving the structures constructed with fittings a long life. This is further enhanced by galvanising, providing protection to areas that may be exposed through cutting or accidental damage.

 

Hot dip galvanised Kee Klamp® fittings allows us to provide cost effective handrails, safety barriers and guardrails which are more resilient to corrosion, and a typical Kee Klamp® structure can last up to 7 times longer than a fabricated one.

For more information about our hot dip galvanised fittings, get in touch or call us on Tel: 0208 874 6566 to discuss any project requirements you may have.

Kee Systems: seventy years of making the railway network safer

9 May 2017

Kee Systems has been providing Safety Solutions for pedestrians, drivers and maintenance teams along the railways for 70 years.

Almost 350 people a year are killed on the railways and the industry is working hard to address the issue of safety.

Network Rail now rank contractors such as ourselves on our health and safety, whilst the industry as a whole entered into an agreement with the HSE which delegates enforcement functions to us for health and safety law at the design stage of new railway infrastructure; this enables us to ensure the industry takes opportunities to eradicate and reduce risk at the design stage, which is when such risk management interventions are most effective and provide the best value for money.

The progress being made is encouraging but with the scale of growth in the rail sector, including passenger levels, increasing by 57% in the past 10 years and with 1.69 billion passenger journeys been made in 2015 and 2016, this focus on safety needs to continue.

Over the years Kee Systems has worked on a variety of projects within the railway industry, ranging from installing DDA compliant handrails at Staines and Hayle railway stations, to providing safety barriers with mesh infills to separate depot staff from the Brighton main line.

Recently, Kee Systems installed guardrail systems from Oxford to Bicester along the East West Coast railway.

Whether it is protecting engineering and maintenance teams working trackside, or providing DDA compliant handrails for passengers accessing stations, our range of Kee Klamp® and Kee Access® fittings provide the ideal solution.

Fittings have the benefit of allowing bespoke solutions to be constructed to meet specific site requirements, and the speed of installation makes them a perfect fit for the rail sector

See below for a short video on the good work Kee Systems has done with the railway industry over the past seven decades. For more information please get in touch via our contact form or by calling us on 020 8874 6566.

 

Kee Systems will be at Railtex in May

19 April 2017

Kee Systems will be at the upcoming Railtex exhibition at the NEC from the 9th to the 11th of May, alongside partners and rail ramp solutions leader Portaramp.

The rail network industry has seen unprecedented growth in recent years here in the UK, thanks to fantastic investment in the likes of the HS2 high-speed line and the Crossrail projects, as well as extensive system upgrades.

Railtex is the leading showcase exhibition for railway equipment, products and services across the rail supply market.

Kee Systems has done extensive work in the rail industry providing a range of safety guardrails, barriers and DDA handrails, and our Kee Klamp® and Kee Access® fittings have providing solutions for the industry ranging from protection of engineering and maintenance teams working trackside, to DDA compliant handrails for passengers accessing stations.

Top experts from both Kee Systems and Portaramp will be on hand to discuss the benefits of fittings, and how they make putting up barriers and safety guardrails quickly and easily, as well as to discuss the range of wheelchair ramps and storage solutions for the railway sector.

Kee Systems and Portaramp will be at Stand UO3 from the 9th to 11th of May.

For more information call 0208 874 6566.

Click here to visit the Railtex website to register for your free entry ticket.

Kee Systems DDA compliant handrails

5 April 2017

The Equality Act requires reasonable adjustments be made to public and commercial establishments to avoid and overcome physical barriers preventing disabled access.

Over the years, Kee Systems has provided many DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant handrail solutions, helping companies comply with the act’s requirements.

Below are just a few examples of how we have used the Kee Access® range of fittings in varying applications, designs and colours to ensure safe access for anybody who needs it.

These handrails were powder coated blue, providing an attractive appearance whilst assisting visually impaired users, ensuring the handrails stand out.

You may have seen yellow Kee Klamp ® and blue Kee Access® handrails at various railway stations across the country. Combined, these allow easy and safe access to the station for elderly and disabled passengers.

Kee Systems can provide powder coated handrails in a variety of RAL colours allowing huge flexibility with colour contrast options.

Amongst other requirements, the Equality Act required handrails that are not cold to the touch. Powder coating meets this requirement and ensures all handrails remain at a safe temperature.

The benefits of Kee Systems DDA compliant handrails are:

> Conform to the regulatory requirements of Building Regs. Part M for DDA compliance

> Colour coating ensures a not cold to the touch finish

> Add on components allow for non compliant systems to be upgraded if necessary

> Hugely cost effective to install. No welding, threading or bolting is required

> The flexible system can accommodate on-site variations.

If you want to find out more about Kee Systems’ range of DDA compliant handrails or would like a quote, get in touch.

Galvanised Kee Fittings v Fabricated

23 March 2017

In any area where there are people, it is vital they are protected and kept separate from hazards such as heights, perimeter edges or water. Guardrails and handrails serve as a barrier between the public or contractors and hazards.

Once installed, it is vital guardrails and handrails continue to offer the highest level of safety, and the best way to ensure this is by using the highest quality components.

 

The problem with fabricated guardrails and handrails

A popular hazard protection option is fabricated guardrails and handrails. These are fabricated off-site and require a lot of preparation and design work which requires many draft versions. The prefabricated structures are then delivered to the site and must be installed by a skilled fitter with the required training and permits, creating many health and safety issues.

Furthermore, cutting holes for fitting breaches the railing’s anti-corrosion coatings which are further compromised by welding. This integrity can be restored via painting but this will have to be meticulously maintained once installed.

 

Rusted fabricated handrail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many rails are exposed to corrosive conditions which can eat away at the material of the guardrail and once the structure is weakened sufficiently, the railing itself becomes a hazard.

Once fabricated guardrails and handrails become damaged, the only way to repair them is by cutting out the problem section and welding in a replacement, once again bringing up a whole host of issues.

 

Damaged fabricated railing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kee Systems alternative

Kee Systems offers a simple, durable alternative to fabricated guardrails and handrails in the form of Kee Klamp® hot dip galvanised iron and Kee Lite® aluminium fittings. Slip-on components and lengths of tube ensure complete hazard protection without the issues that fabricated guardrails and handrails create.

 

Easy to fit Kee Klamp handrails

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kee fittings are hugely flexible, only requiring a general arrangement drawing and removing the need for a highly skilled labourer and work permits, as anyone can fit the railing thanks to the use of simple hexagonal set screws locking the fitting to the tube.

There is also no cutting required, so the tube maintains its integrity, another benefit over fabricated systems.

In a modern marine climate, such as a town like Newcastle-Upon-Thames, the average lifetime of typical hot-dip galvanised fittings is calculated to be around 37 years.

The benefits of Kee Fittings

Kee Klamp® and Kee Lite® fittings offer a strong and durable solution to separating people from hazards, are more resilient to corrosion and can last up to seven times longer than fabricated barriers and handrails. They also eliminate the need for welding, cutting, threading or bolting and remove the need for skilled labour and permits for work.

With Kee fittings you can save time and money thanks to the quick and easy installation, as well as feel assured that your guardrail will do the job thanks to a wide range of components for every situation.

Take a look at Kee Systems’ range of slope and stair fittings

12 March 2017

We've put together a new video to show you just how useful the new Kee Klamp® slope and stair fittings can be.

The slope and stair fittings are perfect for installation on steeper gradients and offer builders and specifiers an aesthetically pleasing option.

The new Kee Klamp slope fittings have been designed to enhance the building of guardrail along staircases and ramps, particularly when the slope is greater than 30 degrees. The new range introduces single fittings to cater for situations where currently a combination of fittings is required. Not only does this improve the aesthetics of the finished guardrail but it also allows for a quicker and easier installation.

The new Kee Klamp slope fittings are available in two sizes: size 7 (outside diameter 42.4mm) and size 8 (outside diameter 48.3mm).

Manufactured to stringent quality standards to ensure consistent performance, the extended range of slope fittings gives greater design flexibility; and adjustability in the fittings allows greater on-site tolerances to be met.

Using single fittings rather than pairs also speeds up installation times.

To find out more about our new range of slope and stair fittings give us a call on 0208 874 6566 or send us a message via our website.

 

On track for a safer rail network

Kee Klamp safety barriers for the rail industry

27 February 2017

We recently provided a safety solution for pedestrians, drivers and maintenance teams along the new railway line into London from Bicester and Oxford.

The project, which was part of a joint venture between Carillion PLC and Buckingham Group involved the design and construction of the East West Railway route and involved 8,000m of Kee Klamp fittings and 10,000 units of BoxBolt®. These were installed to prevent pedestrians and vehicles from straying into off limit areas and to provide safe access to maintenance teams on either side of the railway line.

 

Click here to read the full Case Study of our installation

 

Going to Railtex?  Come and visit us on Stand UO3.

Come and see us at Railtex, NEC

Kee Systems at Railtex Stand UO3

19 January 2017

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be exhibiting on Stand UO3 at Railtex, NEC, 9-11th May 2017 in conjunction with Portaramp, the market leader for rail ramp solutions.

The rail network is continuing to grow in the UK as a result of unprecedented levels of investment as can be seen in the HS2 high-speed line and Crossrail projects, as well as extensive upgrading of the existing system.  Railtex is the leading showcase for railway equipment, products and services across the entire rail supply market.

Kee Systems has worked extensively in the rail industry, providing a range of safety guardrails, barriers and DDA handrails.   Our Kee Klamp® and Kee Access® fittings have provided solutions for the industry ranging from protection of engineering and maintenance teams working trackside to DDA compliant handrails for passengers accessing stations.

Experienced teams from both Kee Systems and Portaramp will be on hand to discuss the benefits of fittings and how they enable barriers and safety guardrail to be constructed quickly and easily and to demonstrate and discuss the range of wheelchair ramps and storage solutions for the rail sector.

£800k fine after track worker almost loses arm to train

11 January 2017

The recent prosecution of Network Rail after a worker was injured working trackside emphasises the importance of ensuring maintenance and engineering teams are adequately protected when working trackside.

Network Rail has been fined £800,000 after a track worker was struck by a train and almost lost his arm. The worker was supervising a team of 12 on the Up Quarry line between the Redhill Tunnel and Quarry Tunnel in Surrey two and a half years ago when the incident took place.

He was walking next to the track when the passenger train, running from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria, struck his right shoulder and led to him almost losing his arm.

The accident highlights the importance of installing safe barriers and demarcation in high risk locations such as railway embankments.

Office of Rail and Road Principal Inspector Tom Wake said: “This incident shows that although Britain’s railways are the safest in Europe, we can never be complacent.”

Guildford Crown Court heard the work was taking place in an area with a narrow and steep embankment where the ability of track workers to retreat to a ‘position of safety’ when trains approached was materially compromised.

Though the worker was experienced, a lack of clear indication of how close to the track he was led to life-changing injuries, and shows that members of the public without training could also be at risk.

Safety barriers and handrails such as those supplied and installed by Kee Systems are the perfect solution to clearly identify safe areas, separate maintenance and engineering workers and the public from hazards and protect them from harm; uses range from railway embankments and trackside to other high-risk areas such as roadways.

Last year Kee Systems installed 8,000m of safety handrails for the East West Railway Project on the line between Oxford and Bicester.

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Christmas Delivery and Opening Times

Merry Christmas from Kee Systems

12 December 2016

Everyone at Kee Systems would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

Last Delivery Date

Please note that the last despatch day for all orders will be Thursday 22nd December.

Christmas Closure

Our office will be closing for the Christmas break at 10.30am on Friday 23rd December and will open again on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 7.30am.

 

We look forward to working with you in 2017

Aesthetically Pleasing Kee Access Handrails

Powder coated Kee Access Handrails

6 December 2016

We’ve written in the past about how the Kee Access range of fittings was developed to help meet the Equality Act 2010 (previously Disability Discrimination Act) and Building Regulation Approved Document M. However, providing a functional handrail which meets legal requirements doesn’t mean you have to compromise on aesthetics or design.

The Kee Access range of fittings includes 19 special fitting which add to the range's versatility when it comes to constructing handrails.   As these following installations show, Kee Access fittings can be used to provide a handrail, guardrail or balustrade that is not only functional but also aesthetically appealing.

 

 Visually contrasting handrail  

 

 

     The yellow and black powder coating provides visually contrasting handrail

 

Powder coated Kee Access handrail

 

 

                                                                Handrail powder coated in red to match the school's colours   


 

   

 

 

    Handrail with perforated panels

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                           Powder coated to complement the building's design


 

  

 

 

   And finally, the flexibility of Kee Access allows it meet virtually any design requirement  

 

 

 

Kee Access Features and Benefits

  • Conform to requirements of Building Regs. Part M for DDA compliance
  • Made of galvanised cast iron to BS EN ISO 1461
  • Colour coating ensures a “not cold to touch” finish
  • Add on components allow non-compliant systems to be upgraded
  • Fitted with KEE KOAT corrosion protected grub screws and THREDKOAT recess protection
  • Quick and cost effective to install – no welding, threading or bolting required
  • Can accommodate on site variations

How to use new Kee Klamp slope fittings

New Kee Klamp Slope Fittings

30 November 2016

We recently announced that we have expanded our Kee Klamp range of fittings to include 12 new types to enable handrails to be constructed on steeper gradients

Until now, when you wanted to construct a handrail on slopes greater than 30° you would have to use a combination of fittings.  While there’s no problem using several fittings, our new range allows a single fitting to be used, creating a more streamlined handrail.

To help you understand how the new range of fittings can be used to create a smooth railing for use on stairs, slopes or other inclines, we've looked a two typical layouts for a handrail on stairs with a slope of 30° to 45°.

 

 

Typical Handrail Layouts

The first example shows how to construct a handrail using fittings 325, 325A, 326 in either size 7 or 8.

Handrails on slopes greater than 30 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When designing a handrail such as the one above, you will need the following dimensions to calculate the rail lengths for an angle between 30° to 45°.

Calculating rail lengs for Kee Klamp handrails

 

 

 

 

 

The following example, shows which fittings you would use to construct a Kee Klamp handrail on slopes between 30° to 45°.

Handrailsf for slopes greater than 30 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To achieve this, we used the following dimensions to calculate the rail lengths.

Dimensions for calculating rail lengths

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of the New Fittings

Constructing a handrail system on an inclined area such a staircase or ramp using the new fittings not only improves the aesthetics of the finished handrail but, importantly, also allows for a quicker and easier installation.   

As we’ve explained in the past, there’s no cutting or welding required to construct a handrail using fittings, all you need are some basic tools.  Fittings also offer a high degree of flexibility, allowing you adjust the fittings and tube to the required angle for the handrail. 

The new fittings are available in size 7 and size 8 fittings and are designed for use with steel tubing to BS EN 10255.  Kee Klamp® fittings can support an axial load of 900kg per set screw tightened to a torque of 4Kgm (39 Nm).

Further details or our range of Kee Klamp fittings can be found on the fittings section of our website, or you can click here too download our new Kee Klamp Slope Fittings brochure.

Kee Gate range of Pallet Gates

Kee Gate Pallet Gates

23 November 2016

We recently launched a new range of pallet gates, designed to allow goods to be moved safely between floors in warehouses, loading bays and logistics centres. 

The range can be easily fitted to existing mezzanine barriers, is fully adjustable in width and can accommodate openings up to 1.8m, providing the ideal safety solution for protecting people and goods.  

Click here to watch our animated video showing the 4 different configurations and to see easy it is to operate each gate.

Introducing our new range of Pallet Gates

Pallet Gates

16 November 2016

We have added a range of Pallet Gates to our portfolio of safety gates to help ensure safe movement of goods on mezzanines and between levels.

The Pallet Gate range provides a safety solution to factory and warehouse workers who are responsible for loading and unloading pallets onto mezzanine floors.  Transporting pallets around factories and warehouses can be dangerous, particularly when a worker loads and unloads pallets on mezzanine floors, as this could result in a fall from height.

The Pallet Gates range features four different configurations, to accommodate different types of operation.  Gates are available in sizes ranging from 1.4m to 1.9m pallet width and from 1.6m to 2.2m pallet height.

The gates are constructed using Kee Klamp® galvanised or Kee Lite® aluminium fittings and tubes, and can be easily linked to new and existing railing systems.  As the gates are component based, if the pallet gate is damaged, from a forklift or general use, the individual fittings can be easily replaced.   

Click here for further information and to watch our Pallet Gate Demonstration Video

 

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unguarded loading bay platform

8 November 2016

The case of the DIY wholesaler which was recently fined £2.2m following the death of an agency worker who fell from an unguarded platform, demonstrates the dangers of working in warehouse environments.   However, the incident could quite easily have been avoided if the company had carried out a thorough risk assessment of tasks and put sufficient measures in place to ensure work could be carried out safely.

The agency worker, who had worked for the company for about 6 months, was unloading a delivery from the first floor loading platform in the goods-in-department.  One of the pallets exceeded the 1.8m height restriction on the warehouse loading door so the worker lifted boxes off the top of the load so that it could be moved inside.   As he reached for a box, he slipped and fell off the edge of the platform.

The victim had been given manual handing training and a basic induction, but he had not been given any additional training, such as work at height, when he was moved to the goods-in department a week before the accident.

The local authority’s investigation of the incident found that the platform had two badly worn inward opening spring loaded gates and that staff often left the gates open when stock was due to be loaded onto the platform.  It was also common practice for workers to take items off the top of the pallets.

The council’s EHO who investigated the incident explained that the platform had no suitable guarding “The gates were just left open and provided no protection.  The company’s risk assessment was insufficient. It hadn’t looked at how [staff] were working on that platform and didn’t realise that people had to take items off the top of the pallets; it assumed the pallets were pulled straight through into the warehouse.”

The Judge told the court that the unguarded edge was an obvious danger.  "The design was a Heath Robinson do-it-yourself contraption, in my view. The whole of the edge was unguarded which was simply disgraceful.  This was an obvious danger. With or without safety advice, it would be idiotic to proceed without having regard to that."

He concluded by stating that "One doesn't need guidance, one just needs a modicum of common sense to realise this system was wholly inadequate and a disaster waiting to happen.”

Following the incident, the company replaced the gates with a swing-over pallet gate, which is recommended in the HSE’s warehousing guidance - HSG76.

We recently featured an article by Christian King in Warehouse & Logistics News magazine where he discussed the issue of safety in warehouses, including unloading and loading pallets safely, and outlined some simple safety measures that warehouse managers should be considering.    Click here to read Safety is Kee for Separating People from Hazards.

The Benefits of Double Self Closing Safety Gates

Double self closing safety gates

1 November 2016

The new Kee Gate double self closing safety gate is suitable for open voids in barriers and structures between 1m and 1.8m wide.  

Double self closing safety gates are ideal for use in industrial premises, warehouses and logistics centres where goods are being moved about as the gates are spring loaded so close automatically, overcoming the problem of an open void being left behind the user.

 

Our Double Self Closing Safety Gate video shows the benefits of the gates and illustrates how the gates can be used.

 

Double self closing safety gates

Safety is Kee for Separating People from Hazards

Safety gates for warehouses

26 October 2016

The latest issue of Warehouse & Logistics News magazine features the following article by Christian King, General Manager of Kee Systems on separating people from hazards in warehouses.

 

SAFETY IS KEE FOR SEPARATING PEOPLE FROM HAZARDS

Warehouses are dangerous working environments due to the potential hazards that workers face in these surroundings on a daily basis. Christian King, General Manager of Kee Systems discusses the safety measures that warehouse managers should be considering to help eliminate serious injuries and fatalities.

In 2007, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) worked in conjunction with the Warehousing Health and Safety Forum to develop Warehousing and Storage: A Guide to Health and Safety’. This resource focusses on responsible warehouse practices, general prevention of avoidable risks and hazards and attendant information of accident and emergency procedures.

 

Mezzanine safety gate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guide states that  the most common accidents within warehouses, include slips and trips, falls from height, being hit by a moving or falling object or moving vehicle, manual handling and hitting something fixed or stationary. 

Protecting workers from vehicles

In 2015, the HSE stated that there were over 5,000 accidents involving transport in the workplace, with around 50 of these resulting in people being killed.  For this reason, it is vital to segregate people from vehicles within warehouses.

Protecting pedestrians in warehouses

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most effective way to ensure that workers and vehicles can move safely around the workplace is to provide a safe demarcated route for the workers to walk along, with protective barriers and guardrails.  These systems can provide a safe route within an area where vehicles are working or prevent access to a specific area.  By combining spring loaded self closing gates with the barrier or guardrail, workers are made aware that they are leaving a safe area when they pass through the gate.

Preventing falls from height

Transporting pallets around warehouses can present a number of safety issues. This is particularly apparent when the worker has to load and unload pallets on mezzanine floors, as this could result in a fall from height.

Pallet gates are a great option for eliminating this safety issue, as it  they provides a solution that results in employees always being separated from the hazard.  Thanks to a simple design, when the gate is open for the worker to move the pallet towards the edge of the mezzanine floor, the other side of the gate is closed, ensuring the staff member or the pallet will never fall to the lower level, eliminating injury to themselves and others.

Avoiding accidents around machinery

‘BS EN 14122 Safety Machinery - Permanent means of access to machinery’ outlines the general requirements for safe access to machines where a fixed means of access is needed.  Part 4 relates specifically to fixed ladders and can also be applied to ladders which are not permanently fixed to the machine but move to the side or pivot for operations.

If a ladder is being used to access the machinery, then a safety solution needs to be in place, and I would recommend using a self closing safety gate.  These gates overcome the risk of human error that’s associated with chains and sliding tubes as they automatically close behind the user.

By installing these types of safety solutions, managers will eliminate the risk of injury to their staff.

Introducing New Kee Klamp Slope Fittings

Kee Klamp slope fittings

17 October 2016

The range of Kee Klamp® fittings has been expanded to include 12 new fitting types, designed specifically for use on steeper gradients.

The new range of Kee Klamp® slope fittings complements the existing range by offering a single fitting solution for the creation of guardrails along staircases, and ramps where the slope is greater than 30°.  Previously this was achieved using a combination of fittings.  The introduction of the single fitting options improves the aesthetics of the finished handrail, and allows installation to be completed quickly and easily.

Kee Klamp® slope fittings are available in the two most common sizes for handrails, size 7 and size 8.

Click here to download the New Kee Klamp® Slope Fittings brochure for further information on the new range of Kee Klamp® fittings.

 

Kee Klamp fittings for handrails on stairs

Serious injury from fragile skylight fall

Fragile skylight

3 October 2016

A London exhibition venue firm and a building contractor have been fined for safety failings after a specialist contractor fell through a fragile skylight.

The court heard that the exhibition venue firm allowed workers to cross an unsafe roof, which contained three fragile skylights and open edges, and failed to prevent contractors crossing the same unsafe roof on a number of occasions.

The building contractor had been appointed to undertake repair work at the site and was showing a specialist lead contractor the roof when the lead contractor fell over 5m through a skylight.  He suffered suffered serious injuries including a shattered pelvis, broken wrist, and a broken elbow as a result of the fall.

The subsequent HSE investigation found that the exhibition venue firm had failed to ensure that access to and from the areas of the roof which required repair was suitable and safe, and that sufficient measures were in place to protect against the risks of falling from height.  The firm was fined £300,000 with costs for breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974,

The building contractor failed to ensure that the job of accessing and then inspecting the roof was properly planned and was fined £4,000 for breaching Regulation 4(1)(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Although the contractor suffered serious injuries, the outcome could have been far worse.  According to the HSE, falls through skylights and rooflights account for on average 7 fatalities each year, but these types of accidents are totally preventable.  Products such as Kee Cover and Kee Dome have been designed specifically to protect fragile rooflight and skylights.  Both are modular in design so are easy to transport to a roof and assemble, giving guaranteed protection quickly and easily.

Double self closing safety gates

27 September 2016

Our range of spring loaded safety gates has been extended to include Double Self Closing Safety Gates suitable for protecting voids between 1m and 1.8m wide. 

As with the single self closing safety gate, the benefit of the Double Self-Closing Safety Gate is that it automatically closes behind the user to provide a compliant barrier, overcoming the problem of the user forgetting to close the gate once they have passed through.   

The double self-closing safety gate has been extensively tested to ensure guaranteed performance and longevity and meets the requirements of BS EN 14122 Safety of machinery.  The design features strengthened attachments and more fittings than the single Self closing safety gate to provide guaranteed closure and to overcome the need for a locking mechanism.

 Double gates can be easily fitted to existing structures and are available galvanised or powder coated.

 

Click here for further information on our range of Spring Loaded Safety Gates.

Roof Safety Solution for Twinings

Roof safety for twinings

11 August 2016

We've been working with Twinings since 2014 to provide a comprehensive roof safety solution for their facility in Andover.

Following a detailed site survey we recommended the installation of KeeGuard edge protection,  KeeGate self closing safety gates to provide safe access to different roof levels via the access ladders and access platforms to accommodate changes in roof level.

Click here to see the full installation

The Humble Kee Klamp

History of kee klamp and kee systems

24 July 2016

While exhibiting at this year’s Infrarail, we met with the team from an innovative digital and print publication called London Reconnections.  They were looking to write a feature on the things that make our transport network work on a day-to-day basis in an unseen way, and when we outlined the 80 year history of Kee Klamp® and our own 70 year history, they felt these would be the perfect subjects for their article.

The following is a short extract from the published feature in London Reconnections Issue 4: Feeding the Monster.

"At eighty, Kee Klamp is a venerable system, but British firm Kee Systems are proud of the fact that their own long history stretches almost as long.  Founded in 1946 by Geoff Hayes, the company was launched in post-war Britain at a time when the nation and its economy were recovering from the huge economic and emotional debt left behind by World War 2.  At this difficult time, Kee Systems was able to provide jobs and security for its loyal workers, who joined the new company supporting the economy in a bid to rebuild.  To this day, Kee Systems still boast a steadfast and growing workforce.

The early success of the company was down to its original owner, Geoff Hayes and growth then continued under Roger Parker who bought the company in 1990. Roger had been Kee Systems’ General Manager since the 1970s and was instrumental in establishing it as a leading distributor of Kee Klamp fittings. Today, Kee Systems is one of Kee Klamp’s leading product distributors.

Kee Systems celebrates 70 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rail may have always been one of the ways in which Kee Klamp was used, but for Kee Systems in the early days there was also a focus on providing guardrails for schools. In the seventies and eighties this focus shifted to the retail and clothing sectors where there was a high demand for clothing rails and mobile garment racks. This application remains one of the ways the product continues to manifest itself, almost unseen, into the daily life of millions and Kee Klamp is still a popular choice in these sectors. Over the years Kee Systems has worked with a number of famous companies including Liberty, Levi Strauss and Angels Costumes, who were recently awarded a BAFTA for outstanding British contribution to cinema. Indeed at Angels Costumes, Kee Klamp racks now help to form an incredible eight miles of hanging space for the company’s many costumes."

Click here to read the full article on how Kee Klamp and Kee Systems have evolved over the years to become a mainstay of the rail industry.

Kee Klamp on the railways

 

 

Click here to read London Reconnections Issue 4: Feeding the Monster

Rail Industry Safety Report

19 July 2016

Last week we reported that there were 36 members of the public fatally injured on railways, whilst this is obviously a concern, the annual health and safety report by the ORR shows a positive side to the industry by reporting that there were no recorded fatalities of workers on the UK’s railways. 

Whilst this is good news, the report does also say that the industry “lags behind other comparable industries who better manage harm to their infrastructure workers.”  Major harm amongst the workforce was reduced by 14%, but 37% of the 137 major injuries involved on-track infrastructure workers, indicating that more needs to be done in this area.  

The industry is working hard to address the issue of safety.  For example, Network Rail now ranks contractors such as ourselves on our health and safety, while the industry as a whole entered into an agreement with the HSE which, according to Ian Prosser Director of Railway Safety, ORR HM Chief Inspector of Railways, “delegates enforcement functions to us for health and safety law at the design stage of new-build railway infrastructure projects.  This enables us to ensure the industry takes opportunities to eradicate and reduce risk at the design stage, which is when such risk management interventions are most effective and provide the best value for money.” 

Progress is being made which is encouraging, but when you consider the scale of growth in the rail sector, which includes passenger levels increasing by 57% in the past 10 years and 1.69bn passenger journeys being made in 2015/2016, this focus on safety needs to continue.

Click here to download a copy of the “ORR’s Annual Health and Safety Report of Performance on Britain’s Railways: 2015-16”

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Workplace fatality statistics

14 July 2016

Provisional figures on workplace fatalities in Great Britain reveal that 144 people were killed at work during 2015/2016.   This number is marginally higher than last year’s, however fatalities have more than halved over the past 20 years.

Figures show that the fatal injuries in key sectors include:

  • Forty three in construction
  • Twenty seven in agriculture and manufacturing (compared to the 5 year average of 32 and 22 respectively)
  • Six in waste and recycling (compared to 5 year average of 7)
  • There were also 103 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work, 36 of these occurred on railways.

It is however encouraging to see that the figures confirm the UK remains one of the safest places to work in Europe.

The HSE has called on all sectors to learn lessons and to ensure that all workers go home safely from work.

Martin Temple, HSE Chair stated: “Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but we should always be looking to improve and to prevent incidents that cost lives. This year the HSE travelled the country asking industry representatives, employers, unions, workers and others what they could do to help GB work well.  The response was hugely encouraging and I would like to ask people to deliver on the commitments made, that will help keep Britain’s workers alive.”

 

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Chains or safety gates for safe access?

Chains used for safe access

4 July 2016

We’ve discussed in the past why self-closing safety gates are the HSE’s preferred option to chains, mainly because the chains are reliant on the user replacing them.  If this isn’t done then a hazardous void is created.

However, this isn’t the only benefit self-closing safety gates have over chains.   

While providing a form of protection and safe access for ladders, guardrails, roof hatches, handrails and stairways, safety chains could potentially add to the risks as they can give a false sense of security.  If a chain is to be used it should ideally be constructed so that the complete structure is capable of withstanding a load applied to it.  Imagine for example what might happen if someone leans on a safety chain which is being used to provide safe access as part of a roof top edge protection system.  The chain could easily give way, potentially causing a serious fall risk.

Similarly if someone holds onto the chain as they ascend a ladder or access a roof via a roof hatch, the chain could break, resulting in the person falling backwards.

Below are some typical examples of where a safe form of access and egress is required to an area.

 

 Fixed ladders in warehouses

  Fixed ladders in warehouses  

 

 

 

 

Safe access to plant areas

 

 

                                                                                                          Safe access to plant areas

 

 

 

roof hatches with safety chains

 

 

     Safety chains on roof hatches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-closing safety gates are installed in the direction of a hazard, this guarantees complete safety for the user and overcomes the potential of creating a fall hazard as the following demonstrate.

 

Safe access on roofs

 

 

 

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Work platform safety

 

 

 

             Work platform safety

 

 

 

safe access to plant and manchinery

 

 

 

                                                              And finally, safe access to plant and machinery      

Why galvanise fittings

Hot dipped galvanised Kee Klamp

29 June 2016

When we talk about our range of Kee Klamp® fittings we explain that one of the benefits of the fittings is that they’re galvanised cast iron to BS EN ISO 1461, but what exactly does this mean, and what are the benefits?

BS EN ISO

The requirements of EN ISO 1461 include cleaning and preparation of iron and steel, including galvanizing.  Galvanising, or hot dip galvanising as it’s often referred as prevents components from corroding.  Before a Kee Klamp fitting is galvanised, it is given a chemical clean to remove oil, rust and other residue from the surface.  Once the cleaning process has finished, the cleaning solution is rinsed off and the fitting is dipped into a molten zinc bath which has been heated to around 460°c.  The fitting is then removed from the bath to cool in a quench tank before the zinc coating is metallurgically bonded to the steel.

Why galvanise?

Longevity - Galvanizing can give an easy to clean surface which has a maintenance free life of over 50 years, depending on the environment it’s being used in.

Cost effective – In many cases the cost of galvanising is cheaper than applying alternative coatings such as painting which can be labour intensive.  For example, a galvanised coating can be applied in a matter of hours, whereas a paint system can take up to a week.

Low lifetime cost  –  When you add the cost of galvanising a fitting with the durability it provides, and factor in the virtually zero maintenance requirements, galvanising is clearly an economical way of protecting iron and steel.

Reliability - Galvanizing is one of the few coatings which is fully defined by a British Standard.  Much of this is down to the fact that galvanising is a relatively uncomplicated process which can be closely controlled.  The coating’s thickness can be accurately controlled, making it easy to specify.

Toughness – Galvanising is the only coating process where the coating is bonded metallurgically, giving it a greater resistance to damage during handling, storage, transportation and installation.

Complete coverage –  As the fittings are dipped into molten zinc during the galvanising process, the entire surface, both inside and outside the fitting and any difficult to reach areas are covered.

Superior protection  - The coating weathers slowly, giving the fitting and structures constructed with fittings a long life. This is further enhanced by galvanising providing sacrificial protection to areas that may be exposed through cutting or accidental damage.

Benefits of Kee Klamp barriers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot dip galvanised Kee Klamp® fittings allows us to provide cost effective handrails, safety barriers and guardrails which are more resilient to corrosion,  In fact a typical Kee Klamp® structure can last up to 7 times longer than a fabricated one.

Benefits of bespoke access platforms

Kee Klamp access platforms

23 June 2016

We’ve written in the past about “Why fittings offer the best solution for access platforms,” with the main benefits being flexibility in design and quick installation. Since then, we have seen an increase in enquiries for bespoke platforms as more and more customers realise the benefits of these forms of access.

Bespoke platforms provide a safer alternative to traditional access systems such as ladders, scissor lifts or other portable access systems.  Being bespoke they are designed for a specific requirement and are ideal for areas which require frequent access such as around machinery to allow safe operation or maintenance of equipment, for safe access around congested areas in a plant room or to accommodate changes in level both inside a building and on the roof. 

Access platforms can be static to provide a permanant safety solution, or mobile, which are particularly suited to warehouse environments where they may need to be used in a number of locations.

The following are just a few examples of where bespoke platforms can be used:

Access platforms for changes in level

 

 

                                                                                                      Access platforms allow for changes in level on a roof 

 

 

 

 

Safety on congested roofs

 

 

 Safe access over obstacles on congested roofs. Kee Walk treads in high grade glass reinforced nylon reduce the possibility of slipping.

 

 

 

Access platforms for plant roomfs

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                    Safe access in plant rooms  

 

 

Access platforms over pipework

 

 


   Safe access over pipework and ducting.

 

 

 

                                                                                             Mobile work platforms for warehouses

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                 Mobile platforms are ideal for warehouses 

 

 

 

Mobile platforms with self closing gate

 

 

 

 Self closing gates provide added safety on mobile work platforms

 

 

 

Kee Klamp access platforms

 

             

              

            Kee Klamp® fittings allow access platforms to be constructed quickly and easily 

Poorly installed handrails

Badly installed handrails

13 June 2016

We were on site recently and spotted these handrails.  Unfortunately this is not an uncommon problem.   Often contractors undertake the installation of handrails themselves without consideration to the required design loadings or correct fixing.

In these cases the handrails have not been core drilled or fixed to a suitable substrate.  As you can see the handrails are unstable, which means they are non-compliant and potentially a hazard

 
If you're unsure of the correct method of fixing a handrail, safety barrier or guardrail system using fittings such as Kee Klamp®, please call our Technical Department for advice on Tel: 0208 874 6566.

Why you should use fittings and not fabricate

Fittings are better than fabrication for handrails and barriers

6 June 2016

When it comes to barrier, handrail or even access platform design, the benefits of using fittings by far outweigh those of fabrication.

For example, fittings:

  • Provide a strong and durable solution
  • Are more resilient to corrosion
  • Can last up to 7 times longer than fabricated barriers and handrails
  • Eliminate the need for welding, cutting, threading or bolting
  • Overcome the need for skilled labour or permits to work
  • Save time and money as installation is quick and easy
  • Are flexible so barriers and handrails can be designed to meet a variety of on-site requirements
  • Allow quick replacement of damaged sections when required 

Click here to watch our video Fittings v Fabrication which shows exactly why you should choose fittings for your Pedestrian Barriers, Stairs, Ramps, DDA Handrails, Guardrails and Access Platforms.

Simple Steps to Improved Station Access

Kee Access for DDA handrailing at train stations

31 May 2016

As part of the Equality Act 2010, measures must be put in place to ensure disabled people are not discriminated against, which means that train stations have a duty to improve disabled access. Safety must be paramount but it can be easily achieved with correctly designed and installed handrails.  

For example, handrails must be between 900 and 1.1m in height, provide a continuous smooth surface and be installed on both sides of a ramp or stairs.  Where there is a drop off, ramps will require a curb or curb rail to prevent wheelchairs from slipping out from under the railing.  In some instances, a mid rail will provide sufficient protection.  Stair handrails should extend the width of one stair tread and then level out for 300mm, while ramp handrails will need to extend parallel to the walking surface, 300mm past the top and bottom of the ramp.

Tube and fittings such as the Kee Access® range offer a quick and versatile solution to meeting disabled access requirements.    The range comprises a total of 19 special fittings and is supplied with versatility, ease and speed of installation in mind.  Kee Access® includes an “Add-on” offset fitting which allows new handrail to be added to an existing structure, making it an ideal retrofit solution.

Each fitting comes with a choice of polyester coating available in all RAL colours to satisfy the “not cold to the touch” criteria set out in BS 8300. Kee Access® components are specifically designed to give a smooth handrail with size 7 tube (outside diameter 42.4mm) ensuring compatibility with the Building Regulations.

Kee Systems has installed Kee Access® handrailing in a number of locations throughout the UK to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Equality Act in a cost effective way by providing save access to the station entrances and platform.

Infrarail Prize Draw Winner

Infrarail 2016 prize draw

24 May 2016

We would like to thank all those who visited our exhibition stand at Infrarail 2016, we were thrilled with the positive feedback we received from everyone.

During the exhibition, visitors to our stand were able to take part in our free prize draw for the chance to win a Magnum of champagne.  We're pleased to announce that the lucky winner was James Charlesworth from Carillion Rail.  James very kindly donated the Magnum to Carillion's London office where it was gratefully received by Marianna Wotton.

For all those who haven’t won this time, please try again in future competitions. Perhaps you will walk away with a prize next time...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alistair Ince from Kee Systems presenting a magnum of champagne to Carillion Rail's Marianna Wotton

Kee Access Handrails for Glenthorne High School

Kee Access handrails with perforated panels

19 May 2016

We recently supplied a bespoke Kee Access handrail system with perforated panels as part of a new development called The Hub for Glenthorne High School in Sutton

An increase in pupil numbers meant the school needed to expand in order to accommodate the additional students.   The Hub provides a new entrance for the school, a new library and classrooms.  As with any public building safe access was required, and after considering various options, Kee Access was selected as it offered a cost effective solution.

Click here to see the installation

Installation of Kee Klamp for East West Railway

Kee Klamp for railways

3 May 2016

We recently completed the installation of 8000m of Kee Klamp safety handrails for the East West Railway Project running between Oxford and Bicester.

This complex installation met the design requirement from Network Rail for 1250mm high guardrail achieving a 400 n/m design load.  Various fixing methods were also required throughout the project – the majority being fixed onto steel capping beams using BoxBolts.

Kee Klamp® fittings are versatile and suitable for use in a variety of areas where tubular structures or barriers are required such as in stations or along tracks. The off-the-shelf product range is the largest on the market and is available with a combination of protective coatings to achieve a longer life and a better corrosion resistance. This is vital for structures in areas which may be prone to a high level of weathering or rusting, and structures which are in difficult places to access and work on.

Kee Klamp® components can be installed using a standard hex key with each fitting incorporating an integral set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube. Not only does this method create a strong, stable and safe guard rail structure, it also eliminates the need for time-consuming welding or specialist installation skills.

Click here to watch a presentation of our East West Railway installation.

Self closing gates for the rail industry

self closing safety gates for railways

21 April 2016

Self closing safety gates provide the rail industry with a safety solution for passengers, maintenance staff and engineering teams.

Ideal for use in rail environments, Kee Gate self closing safety gates are particularly suited to providing safe access and egress on one or both sides of a railway track, on parapets, bridges and around electrical and signal boxes. Kee Gate ensures maintenance and inspection staff can fulfil their job, follow best practices and comply with current safety standards, without putting their safety at risk. The Kee Gate range is spring loaded so the gate automatically closes behind the user, providing an added level of security and overcoming the potential for human error.  This type of system is the preferred solution to chains, bars or sliding tubes, as these traditional forms of protection can lead to a hazardous void, when used incorrectly.

The Kee Gate self-closing safety gate range is available in galvanised steel and if required can be powder coated in safety yellow. The safety gate is available with standard 'U' bolts for fixing to uprights of 33.7, 42.4 and 48.3 mm diameter, enabling the gate to be fixed quickly to existing supporting structures, posts or stringers. An additional fixing pack is provided which allows the gate to be fixed to square, flat or angle uprights. Easy to install on all types of handrails or to retro-fit to existing structures, such as work and access platforms, Kee Gate is 1 metre wide. Designed to be trimmed on-site, this solution saves companies the time and money it takes to fabricate their own gates.

railway safety gates

 

Kee Gate is compliant with the requirements of EN ISO 14122 Part 3 and Part 4, EN 13374 Class A, and is CE marked to EN 1090. The system has undergone extensive testing to ensure total reliability of the gates. These include salt spray testing to ASTM B117-11 Neutral solutions over 200 hours to assess the coating’s corrosion resistance, life cycle testing to BS 6375-2:2009 Clause 6.5 – Opening and closing of Gate through 90 degrees 50,000 cycles and Abuse Testing where 9 x 25kg weights were suspended from the gate to test what happens if pressure is applied. This ensures durability, superior corrosion resistance and defence against signs of wear.

Self Closing Gate Promotional Offer

Self closing safety gate

7 April 2016

We're running a special promotional offer on our range of Self Closing Safety Gates

Kee Gate Special Offer

Only £190 + VAT*

The KEE GATE spring loaded safety gate range is designed to provide hazard protection for both internal and external applications.

The gates are particularly suited to areas where industrial safety gates are required and can be used as part of a demarcated route within a loading bay or warehouse, for providing safe access and egress around machinery, on access platforms, step overs, stairways and ladders as well as for safe access to rooftops.

Our Spring Loaded Safety Gates are CE accredited to the requirements of BS EN 1090 and have been independently tested to comply with international standards including EN 14122 Safety of machinery Parts 3 & 4 and EN 13374.

Call us on Tel: 020 8874 5726 for further information

*While stocks last

Protecting the pubic at civic amenity centres

Safety at recycling centres

31 March 2016

By Christian King, General Manager, Kee Systems Ltd

We’re all encouraged to be responsible and to recycle our waste which means that civic amenity sites are now extremely busy places.   With a constant flow of vehicles and people, health and safety is essential.  So what can local authorities do to ensure their sites are safe for the general public and reduce the risks of accidents?

Assessing the Risks

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations require employers and the self-employed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of their activities to help decide whether there are sufficient precautions in place to prevent harm. 

A risk assessment is not merely box ticking exercise or a process designed to create vast amounts of paperwork.  Its aim is to help you take sensible measures to control the risks.

A risk assessment should help to identify:

  • Activities, processes and substances that could cause harm
  • Those at risk, such as workers, members of the public or contractors
  • Any control measures required to eliminate or reduce risks

Risk to the Public

There a number of activities and areas within civic amenity sites which can pose a hazard, but for the purpose of this Blog, I’m focussing on two main areas which affect the general public; movement of vehicles and falls from height.  The general public will not have had the relevant training or be as aware of the dangers on site as those working there, so it’s essential that all possible precautions are taken to protect them from harm.

Vehicle movement

This represents a risk of serious or fatal accidents in the waste and recycling industry. The most hazardous activity is the movement of vehicles, including cars, commercial vehicles and skip/container lorries near pedestrians.

Protecting pedestrians from vehicles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideally vehicles and pedestrians should be segregated.  This can be done by preventing pedestrian entry into clearly marked vehicle movement zones and providing separate routes for pedestrians and vehicles through the installation of safety railings.  When safety railings are used for demarcated pedestrian areas, self closing safety gates can provide added safety by helping to make people aware that they are leaving a protected, safe area and entering a potentially hazardous area so extra care must be taken    Railings can also be powder coated in safety yellow for increased visibility.

Falls from Height

Falling into or from skips and containers is a major risk on recycling and waste sites, particularly at split-level sites or where raised platforms with ramps or steps are provided above skip height for safet manual disposal or loading.

Falls from height in recycling centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The risk of falls from height can be easily overcome by installing suitable edge protection barriers at waist height to prevent people falling into the skip or container.   

For non split-level sites where ramps or steps are used to access the loading platform, these ramps or steps should be designed so that they are not excessively steep and have handrails to prevent falls from either side and to help people negotiate the changes in level.

 

Safety barriers for recycling centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick and Easy Solutions

Safety railings and handrails constructed from fittings offer a quick and easy solution to providing safe access within a site. Fittings such as Kee Klamp® allow the design of a barrier system to accommodate changes in angles as well as different levels and are proven to be less expensive than fabricated structures.   Systems can be easily assembled without specialised workers or equipment, saving both time and money. This eliminates the need for any special work permits. No cutting, welding, threading or bolting is required, speeding up the installation process and ensuring the integrity of all coatings is left intact. 

Health and safety regulations are not only designed to protect employees, contractors and sub-contractors, they also relate to protecting visitors and the general public.  Through careful design and by simple measures such as installing safety barriers and railings, local authorities can help to protect those visiting their civic amenity centres.

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24 March 2016

By Christian King, General Manager, Kee Systems

When we speak to customers about our range of Self Closing Safety Gates many understand why they need to install a gate as part of a demarcation barrier system in factories, warehouses and loading bays, but a critical area that is often overlooked is where ladders are used to access machinery.

Working with machinery can be dangerous; especially as moving parts can cause injury, so you need to ensure you have a safe system of work for both using and maintaining machinery.  If a fixed ladder is being used to access the machinery, then you must ensure the safety of those using the ladder.

EN 14122

BS EN 14122 Safety Machinery - Permanent means of access to machinery outlines the general requirements for safe access to machines and applies to all machinery, stationary and mobile, where a fixed means of access is needed.  Part 4 relates specifically to fixed ladders and can also be applied to ladders which are not permanently fixed to the machine but move to the side or pivot for operations such as changing tools in a large press.

In order to prevent a person falling through the access opening at arrival areas, the opening should have a gate.

BS14122 fixed ladder safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under BS EN 14122, the gates must meet the following requirements:  

  • opening direction of this gate shall not be towards the edge of the drop (outwards)
  • gate shall be designed so, that it can be opened easily
  • gate shall close automatically, e. g. by means of springs or the effects of gravity

Self closing safety gates can be easily retrofitted to existing structures and offer a simple solution to fall protection on fixed ladders by overcoming the risk of human error that’s associated with chains and sliding tubes as they automatically close behind the user.

Our Blog “The Benefits of Spring Loaded Safety Gates” outlines further details on the use of self closing safety gates.

A step by step guide to installing Kee Gate

Self closing safety gate

25 April 2016

Installing a Kee Gate self closing safety gate can help you to comply with HSE guidelines by protecting voids on access points in warehouses, on mezzanine floors, access ladders and roof hatches.   By closing automatically, the self closing safety gate overcomes the potential for human error which is a problem with traditional methods such as chains, bars and sliding tube.

Installation is quick and simple, the gate is supplied 1m wide and can be easily be cut down to the required size on site.  To trim the gate all you need to do is undo the two grub screws using an Allen key and then cut the gate to the desired size.  Once done, simply re-attach the gate and tighten the grub screws.

Watch our Kee Gate Installation Video to see for yourself how easy it is to install the Kee Gate self closing safety gate.

70 years protecting the rail industry

Protecting the rail industry

17 March 2016

As part of our 70th Anniversary celebrations we thought we would share some photographs of how handrails, safety barriers and guardrails have been used to provide safety solutions over the years.  As we're currently working on a number of projects in the rail industry, this seems to be a good sector to start with.

As you can see from the following photographs, the versatility of Kee Klamp® and Kee Access® fittings has allowed us to adapt to the changing requirements of the rail industry.  

Over the years we have worked on a variety of projects within the industry ranging from installing DDA compliant handrails at Staines and Hayle Railway stations, providing safety barriers with mesh infills to segregate depot staff from the Brighton mainline to the more recent installation of guardrail systems from Oxford to Bicester along the East West Coast Railway.

Kee Klamp for the rail industry        Disabled access at Staines stationProtecting depot staff on the Brighton mainline    Guarrail for East West Railway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We shall be exhibiting at this year's Infrarail, Excel, 12 - 14 April, so why not come and visit us on Stand A16 to see some more examples of our work with the rail sector and to help celebrate our 70th year.

Kee Systems Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

Kee Systems celebrates its 70th anniversary

11 March 2016

Founded in 1946 Kee Systems has, for the past 70 years, been providing solutions for a wide range of sectors including education, highways, rail, retail, hospitality and sports, to name but a few.

The early success of the company was down to original owners, Geoff Hayes and then Roger Parker who bought the company in 1990.  Roger had been Kee Systems’ General Manager since the 1970s and was instrumental in establishing us as a leading distributor of Kee Klamp® fittings.

A main part of our business was the supply of guardrails for schools but during the 1970s and 80s the focus changed to the retail and clothing sectors where there was a high demand for clothing rails and mobile garment racks.   Kee Klamp® is still a popular choice in these sectors and over the years we have worked with a number of famous companies including Liberty, Levi Strauss and Angels Costumes, who was recently awarded a BAFTA for outstanding British contribution to cinema.  Our Kee Klamp® racks have been used for many years by Angels and now help to form 8 miles of hanging space for the company’s many costumes.

When safety became a priority, the versatility of Kee Klamp® fittings enabled us to grow from being a supplier of tube and fittings to a provider of safety barriers and handrails.  Over the years this has become a substantial part of our business and we have supplied and installed DDA compliant handrails for schools and rail stations, safety barriers for roads and trackside safety fences for the railways.  Recent projects have included safety guardrails for Carillion and Buckingham Group on the Oxford to Bicester East West Railway, Kee Access® DDA handrails at Hayle Station, safety guardrails on the A23 between Handcross and Warninglid, and a combination of Kee Klamp® and DDA compliant handrails for the University of Brighton.

The past 70 years has seen us diversify into a wide range of sectors and grow into an experienced provider of safety barriers, railing and  handrail solutions.  Thanks to the versatility of fittings such as Kee Klamp® our success can only continue.  Who knows what the next 70 years will hold for us?

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Kee Klamp fittings protecting the rail industry

3 March 2016

Over the past 70 years we have provided a range of safety guardrail and barrier solutions to the Railway Industry

Whether it's been to protect engineering and maintenance teams working trackside or provide DDA compliant handrails for passengers accessing stations, our range of Kee Klamp®  and Kee Access® fittings have provided the ideal solution. 

Fittings have the benefit of allowing bespoke solutions to be constructed to meet specific site requirements as well as speed of installation, making them the ideal solution for the rail sector.

Click here to see a showcase of our work within the Railway Industry.

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Tenbury Recycling Centre

Kee Klamp safety barriers for recycling centre

22 February 2016

The versatility of Kee Klamp® when constructing safety barriers is demonstrated in a recent installation we carried out at the new Tenbury Recycling Centre in Worcestershire.

The new improved facilities allow residents to recycle and divert more materials from landfill and has been designed as a split-level site which allows easier access than the previous site.  The project involved the installation of Kee Klamp® safety railings with mesh infill panels around the recycling bays to provide complete customer safety while they drop their waste into the individual bays.

 

 

 

Kee Klamp® fittings offered a flexible solution for the Recycling Centre.  As no welding is required, the safety barriers could be constructed quickly and easily on site, and as the fittings are hot dip galvanised they are more resilient to corrosion which is an important consideration for environments such as this.

Click here to see further details of the installation at Tenbury Recycling Centre.

Demonstrating the versatility of fittings

Flexibility of Kee Klamp fittings in constructing parapet safety railings

15 February 2016

We’ve written in the past about the benefits of fittings, particularly when it comes to ease of installation, flexibility and durability.  This recent project is another example of the true versatility of the Kee Klamp® range of fittings.

    

This parapet extension to a residential refurbishment featured bespoke panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Klamp barrier with vertical bar feature

 

 

Vertical bars were welded into place

 

 

 

 

 

Kee Klamp fittings powder coated in high gloss finish

 

 

 

 

 

Each panel is finished in high gloss powder coated black giving a high end finish that blends in with the surrounding environment. 

 

 

 

The end result is a safety railing which provides optimm safety and will last for many years to come.

Come and see us at Infrarail

Kee Systems on Stand A16 at Infrarail 2016

3 February 2016

We will be exhibiting on Stand A16 at Infrarail 2016, Excel, London 12th to 14th April 2016.

Infrarail is the UK’s leading railway infrastructure event and is considered to be the industry’s favoured meeting place.  This year's exhibition takes place against a background of high levels of investment in Britain’s main line and urban rail infrastructure.  These include Network Rail's £38 billion CP5 spending round, incorporating completion of Thameslink, Northern Hub projects, major electrification schemes and modernisation of signalling.

Over the past 70 years Kee Systems has provided a range of safety guardrail and barriers to the Railway Industry.  Our Kee Klamp® and Kee Access® fittings have provided the ideal solution for the industry ranging from protection of engineering and maintenance teams working trackside to DDA compliant handrails for passengers accessing stations.

Kee Systems' experienced team will be on hand to discuss the benefit of fittings and how they enable barriers and safety guardrail to be constructed quickly and easily to meet specific site requirements, making them the ideal solution for the rail sector.

Click here to register for your FREE tickets to Infrarail 2016.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Kee Systems

Merry Christmas from Kee Systems

17 December 2015

We shall be closing at 12pm on Thursday 24th December 2015 for our Christmas Break and will open again on Monday 4th January 2016 at 7.30am.

 

 

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

Helping to provide DDA compliant handrails

DDA Compliant Handrail

2 December 2015

The Equality Act requires that reasonable adjustments are made to public and commercial establishments to overcome physical barriers which prevent disabled access.  Over the years Kee Systems has provided DDA handrail solutions on a number of projects to help companies comply with the requirements of the Act.

Click here to see a showcase of some of our work and how the Kee Access® range of fittings offers a versatile solution to providing safe access for all.

How to protect pedestrians from moving vehicles

segregation of pedestrians from moving vehicles

25 November 2015

We recently reported on the case of a logistics company that was fined £20,000 after a worker was hit by a reversing fork lift truck and explained why it's essential to ensure that pedestrians are segregated from moving vehicles.  There have been reports this week of a similar case, but unfortunately in this case the incident resulted in a fatality.

A commercial vehicle company has been ordered to pay costs of £212,500 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed by a lorry travelling at less than 5 km/h.  The driver of the lorry had the front grill of the HGV raised which meant he was unable to see what was immediately in front of him. The court was told that employees would occasionally drive in this unsafe manner around the site.

The company was found guilty under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 which states that "it shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees."

Speaking after the hearing the HSE inspector for the case said that the tragic, needless loss of the worker's life could have been prevented if the company had "properly considered the risks from the movement of heavy goods vehicles at this site, and provided effective segregation of pedestrians from moving vehicles.  Companies that work with vehicles of all sizes need to ensure that all pedestrians are able to circulate and work safely at their premises, at all times."

According to the HSE there are over 5,000 accidents involving transport in the workplace, with about 50 of these resulting in people being killed.  The main causes of injury are people falling from or being struck or crushed by vehicles.

The most effective way to prevent accidents and to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles can move safely around the workplace is to provide separate routes for pedestrians and vehicles. If this is not possible then clearly marked routes using barriers and signs should be considered.  Where pedestrian and vehicle routes cross, they should be clearly marked using measures such as safety barriers and self closing industrial safety gates to emphasise the fact that they are leaving a protected, safe area and are entering into a hazardous environment so extra care must be taken.

Kee Klamp fittings provide bespoke fencing at new skate park

Bespoke perimeter fencing with Kee Klamp fittings

16 November 2015

Kee Klamp® fittings have been used to provide bespoke perimeter fencing at the new Stansted Sk8te Park in London.  The installation required mesh infill panels to be measured and manufactured individually to ensure a uniform finish throughout and anti-tamper blank off caps to be used with every grub screw.

Click here to see a presentation of the end result
 

20 Years of Ensuring Disabled Access

Kee Systems providing disabled access

9 November 2015

By Christian King, General Manager, Kee Systems

This month sees the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.  The legislation, which was replaced by the Equality Act in 2010, was brought in to promote civil rights for disabled people.  Under the Act it is unlawful to discriminate against people in respect of their disabilities in relation to employment, the provision of goods and services, education and transport.

While the Act has done a lot in the past 20 years to tackle discrimination, many report that they still encounter a wide range of physical barriers such as inaccessible workplaces, restaurants, shops, sports stadia and transport facilities.

20 years ago the Disability Discrimination Act was ground-breaking legislation, and is just as important today as it was when first introduced. Under the terms of thAct, reasonable adjustments need to be made to commercial and public buildings to overcome physical barriers which prevent disabled access. Building owners are legally required to provide non-discriminatory balustrading and handrailing systems on stairways and ramps as without suitable handrails, ramps and lifts, access can be extremely limited."

Kee Systems has a vast knowledge of the industry and experience in installing solutions to meet the Equality Act (previously the Disability Discrimination Act) and can provide technical advice, supply and installation of compliant solutions. Our Kee Access® range of fittings for handrail construction complies fully with all relevant regulations, is cost effective, easy to assemble and provides an aesthetically attractive finish.

Kee Access® features a total of 19 special fittings and is supplied with versatility, ease and speed of installation in mind.  These fittings are ideal as a retrofit solution, and include an “Add-on” offset fitting which allows a new handrail to be added onto an existing structure of appropriate size.  The Kee Access® range can be easily combined with components from the Kee Klamp range to create a complete, cost-effective answer to the Equality Act requirements.  Each fitting comes with a choice of polyester coating in all available RAL colours to satisfy the “not cold to the touch” criteria set out in BS 8300. Kee Access® components are specifically designed to give a smooth handrail with size 7 tube (outside diameter 42.4mm) ensuring compatibility with the Building Regulations.

When you consider the ease of installation and the options available with Kee Access®, building owners really have no excuse when it comes to providing access for the disabled.  Hopefully over the next 20 years ALL building owners will realise that Kee Access® can help them to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act in a cost-effective way.

To find out more about principles of DDA and step by step guide on how to install a compliant handrail using KEE ACCESS fittings visit our Catalogues page and download Guide to DDA Complaint Handrail.

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27 October 2015

A logistics company was recently fined £20,000 after a worker was hit by a reversing fork lift truck and suffered serious head injuries.

CCTV footage from the busy yard showed fork lift trucks loading and unloading vans while pedestrians freely walked around the area and in between the trucks.

The HSE prosecuted the company for breaching the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations by failing to segregate vehicles and people in the yard.

The HSE inspector who lead the investigation and prosecution commented that: “Workplace transport incidents are the third highest cause of workplace fatalities, and accidents can be prevented if companies implement simple control measures.

“The need to walk through this area was clearly foreseeable and the risk from vehicle traffic was high. When I saw the CCTV footage, it was clear this was an accident waiting to happen.”

Where there is regular vehicle traffic such as in warehouses, loading bays, yards and logistics centres, pedestrians or vehicles must be able to use a traffic route without causing danger to the health or safety of people working near it. 

An effective way to keep vehicles and pedestrians separate is through protective barriers and guardrails.  These can provide a safe route within an area where vehicles are working or prevent access to a specific area. Both  Kee Klamp® and Kee Lite® fittings and our Kwik Kit 'Off the Shelf' Railing Kits are the ideal solution for separating pedestrians and vehicles.  The flexibility of Kee Klamp® and Kee Lite® fittings allows the design of a barrier system to accommodate changes in angles as well as different levels. Spring loaded self closing safety gates can provide additional protection with the barrier or guardrail systems as users area made aware that they are leaving a safe area as they pass through the safety gate.

A further benefit of using fittings to construct barriers and guardrails is that, if the system is struck by a vehicle, it can be quickly and easily repaired by replacing the damaged fittings and tube.

All barrier systems are available in High visibility “Safety Yellow” powder coating.

80 Years of Kee Klamp Fittings

Infographic showing 80 years of Kee Klamp

20 October 2015

In the 1930s Kee Klamp® fittings provided a simple solution for milking stall barriers, replacing the wooden versions with a durable and low maintenance alternative.

Since then the fittings have been used for a wide variety of solutions ranging from aircraft maintenance platforms and barrage balloon housing during the war, post war storage racking and the popular safety railings to today's creative designs for shops and restaurants, and even chairs, bathroom shelving, balcony rails and children’s climbing frames.

Kee Klamp for retail          Kee Klamp in restaurants

 

As this animated infographic shows, if it can be imagined it can be built from Kee Klamp®.

Kee Klamp fittings in the retail sector

Kee Klamp clothes rails

7 October 2015

We have worked closely with a wide variety of retail outlets over the years providing in store solutions such as clothing rails, window displays and shelving as well as outside where our products can be used for trolley bays or to provide safety on roofs

The versatility of our products such as the Kee Klamp® range of tubular fittings allow us to provide bespoke solutions which can be adapted, modified or even re-assembled wherever and whenever required.

Click here to see a showcase of some of our work within the Retail Sector.

How Kee Klamp fittings are used in restaurants and bars

Kee Klamp fittings in bars and restaurants

30 September 2015

The success of any hospitality establishment is being able to attract customers and then turn them into regular customers. Good food and drinks are not the only ingredients that go towards the success of a restaurant or bar, creating the right ambience is also important. 

Kee Klamp fittings have played an important part over the years in helping restaurants and bars to create their own unique environment.  Whether it's to help create an industrial or urban chic style, or simply for pure function, fittings have the benefit of allowing bespoke solutions to be constructed.  Over the years these have ranged from benches, stools, bars and shelving to striking menu boards and display units, making them the ideal solution for this sector.

Click here to see some examples of Kee Klamp fittings in the Restaurant Sector

The benefits of spring loaded safety gates

Industrial Spring Loaded Safety Gates

7 January 2016

By Christian King, General Manger, Kee Systems

We recently announced that our range of Spring Loaded Safety Gates had undergone an upgrade to ensure continued superior performance and compliance with international standards. Since then we’ve been contacted by customers asking where and why this form of protection should be used in a premises.

Spring loaded safety gates, or industrial safety gates as they are sometimes referred to, are an ideal solution to protecting open voids such as on a platform, mezzanine floor and machinery stairways or for providing safe access and egress to demarcated areas within factories, warehouses and loading bays.

Breaks in railing systems in these areas have tended to be protected by chains or bars, but the problem with this method is that they are completely reliant on the person remembering to replace the chain or bar once they’ve passed through.  If the safety component is not replaced the area will be left exposed, which could mean someone falling from a platform or gaining unauthorised access to a restricted area.

 

Industrial Spring Loaded Safety Gate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The benefit of Spring Loaded Safety Gates is that they automatically close behind the user, overcoming the risk of human error.

Safety must always be a priority. In addition to being a simple and extremely effective way of ensuring safety that isn’t reliant on the user, spring loaded safety gates help you to follow HSE guidelines and comply with current legislation such as BS EN 14122 Parts 3 and 4.  BS EN 14122 states that gates on handrails must close automatically when released and that if an access point is required along a guard rail, this must be a self closing gate.