Q. Where is a self-closing safety gate required?

A. The most common application for Fabenco self-closing safety gates is fall protection on an elevated work platform with an unprotected opening, such as a ladderway or stair opening. Please see OSHA regulations under 1910.23 – Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes below:

1910.23(a)(2) “Protection for floor openings”
Every ladderway floor opening or platform shall be guarded by a standard railing with standard toeboard on all exposed sides (except at entrance to opening), with the passage through the railing either provided with a swinging gate or so offset that a person cannot walk directly into the opening.

1910.23(c)(1) “Protection of open-sided floors, platforms, and runways”
Every open-sided floor or platform 4 feet or more above adjacent floor or ground level shall be guarded by a standard railing (or the equivalent as specified in paragraph (e)(3) of this section) on all open sides except where there is entrance to a ramp, stairway, or fixed ladder. The railing shall be provided with a toe board wherever, beneath the open sides,

1910.23(c)(1)(i)
Persons can pass,

1910.23(c)(1)(ii)
There is moving machinery, or

1910.23(c)(1)(iii)
There is equipment with which falling materials could create a hazard.

Q. Other than fall protection, what are other uses for safety gates?

A. Fabenco safety gates can provide additional safety solutions, including access control, machine guarding, pedestrian traffic management and security.

Q. Do your safety gates meet OSHA’s load requirements?

A. Yes, we have tested our standard safety gate models to meet and exceed OSHA’s 200 pounds top rail pressure requirement.
1910.23(e)(3)(v)(b)
A strength to withstand at least the minimum requirement of 200 pounds top rail pressure;

Q. How do I determine what size safety gate I need?

A. Simply measure the rail-to-rail clear opening between your handrails, then find the corresponding size needed on your desired safety gate model size list. For most safety gate models, we offer eight standard sizes fitting clear openings 17” to 39.5”.

Q. How do your safety gates stop without hitting the opposite handrail and how large is the gap in between?

A. All safety gate models have a positive stop near the gate hinge, allowing the gate to stop without hitting the opposite handrail. This eliminates the pinch point between the gate and handrail.
• A and XL Series – adjustable stop bolts
• R, RX, Z and ZT Series – stop plate
Our safety gate sizes and corresponding clear opening widths allow for a 1” to 3” gap between the gate and opposite handrail, however you may adjust this distance as needed with slight adjustments to the mounting position. Please note that there is no adjustment available when mounting at 90˚ to the handrail.

Q. Can your safety gates be mounted at 90˚ to the handrail?

A. Yes, all safety gate models can be mounted at 90˚ to the handrail with simple adjustment.
• A and XL Series – adjust the stop bolts to your desired position up to 90˚
• R, RX, Z and ZT Series – reverse the direction of the stop plate for a 90˚ mount

Q. Can your safety gates be mounted to a wall?

xlsaloonlineartA. Yes, all safety gate models can be mounted to various wall types either in-line at the wall edge or at 90˚ to the wall surface. If requested, the A and XL Series can be purchased without the mounting channels for a wall mount. Please note that for some wall types, additional hardware, including anchors, is not provided.

Q. I’m not sure if I need galvanized or safety yellow powder coated safety gates. What do you recommend?

A. Both the hot-dipped galvanizing and the powder coating finishes are of excellent quality.

The hot-dipped galvanizing process creates a corrosion resistance and protection that becomes part of the metal. A scratch will be thoroughly protected by the zinc within the metal.

The powder coating process has a base layer of a baked-on zinc-rich epoxy followed by the yellow baked-on powder coat; therefore, a scratch to the coating will not degrade the protection beneath.

Q. Are Fabenco safety gates only manufactured in the U.S.?

A. Yes. All Fabenco safety gates are currently manufactured at our corporate headquarters and plant facilities in Houston, Texas.

Q. Do I have to order online or can I call in my order to Fabenco?

A. You’ve got both options. We’ve made ordering online easy and many of our customers prefer that option. But, if you’re more comfortable speaking directly to a person or you have a few questions that need to be answered before you place your order, one of our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.

Q. Is the price of shipping my gate order included in the prices listed on the website?

A. Each gate’s price includes ground/standard freight in the U.S. and Canada. Expedited services are additional.

Q. Are quantity discounts available?

A. Yes. For more information call 1-800-962-6111.

Q. If I don’t find the gate that fits my requirements, can Fabenco make a special gate?

A. Yes. If your facility has an unusual opening that requires a special solution, the Fabenco team can create a special customized gate to solve the problem. After all, we were founded as a custom fabrication shop, so we’ve built our business over the past 45 years responding to our customers’ special orders.

Q. How soon can I expect delivery on any safety gate order I place?

A. Shipping time can vary based on the type and quantity of gates ordered. Check here to see our Shipping Policy.