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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. 

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