Saferail comprises of a series of vertical solid or tubular stanchions and horizontal runs of tube to form a secure handrail system.


Stanchions are upright tubular posts allowing the horizontal rail to be passed through. Stanchions come with various base plate options and are grub screwed to allow the rail to be secured into position.

Type A

Ball Centres Available

  • 450mm (Typically for stairs)
  • 500mm
  • 533mm
  • 550mm

Type D

Type NX

Type FX

Type GX


Saferail can be specified using one of the following three systems


Standard sections of handrail, available in various shapes and sizes to allow simple handrail systems to be pieced together.


For more complicated handrail systems, Lionweld Kennedy offer a full fabrication service. Manufactured and piece marked to the customers requirements, handrail can be made to suit most applications.

Barrier Rail

Barrier Rail is supplied as a fully welded frame fabricated to suit client specifications. This system is predominately used in offshore installations.


90º Bend

Ramp Bend

Return Bend

Straight Length

Saferail Load Tables

The design load is the uniformly distributed load (UDL) applied horizontally to a handrail system at the design level.

The level considered for the design of handrail stanchions for platforms is 1100mm above the walking level and 900mm high on stairs.

Expanding Connectors

Handrail Connectors

Expanding Connectors

Expanding connectors are used for joining:- 25mm nominal bore (33.7mm OD), 32mm nominal bore (42.4mm OD), 40mm nominal bore (48.4mm OD) tubular handrailing. The connectors are simply pushed into the tube and secured by tightening the grub screw with an allen key.

This type of connection is generally used for 3.2mm thick handrail.

Installation Guidelines

Handrail Joints 

Recommended to be positioned no more than 150mm away from the centre-line of the handrail stanchion.

Handrail Stanchions 

To be positioned at no more than the maximum recommended pitch measured along the line of the handrail. One stanchion to be positioned no more than 300mm from a corner.

Return Bend

The stanchion is to be positioned no more than 300mm away from the bend in rails measured along the line of the rails.

On Stairs 

A handrail stanchion is to be positioned at least 300mm from the work point at the bottom of a flight where rails continue from either a platform or a previous flight.

Grub screws

M8 grub screws are supplied as standard to secure the horizontal rail to the stanchion, providing improved stability.


Gates and Ladders

We manufacture a range of tubular selfclosing gates to compliment their handrail systems. Gates can be fully fabricated to suit your size and application.

The following information is required to determine the size of the gate.

Where vertical access is required, Obtainium offer a range of cat ladders complete with safety cage.


Toe Plate Fittings

Toe plate

A flat bar is used to form a barrier to prevent objects falling off the edge of the walkway. Toe plate can be welded tothe flooring or fixed to the handrail stanchions using a U bolt or the Kickklamp system.


Kickklamp brackets are a revolutionary system for fixing kick flat / toe plate to handrail standards. The basic principle involves gripping the toe plate with steel ‘forked fingers’ and fixing to the stanchion with a single grub screw.

Toe Plate Fittings

Side Palm Fixing

Flat Base Fixing

Toe Plate Connectors

Toe Plate Connectors

Side Palm Fixing System

Alternate the KickKlamps (K40), fixing them to the top and bottom of the toe plate. On shorter runs, for extra security, use two kickklamps per stanchion, one on the top and one on the bottom of the toe plate.

Flat Base Fixing System

Fix KickKlamps to every stanchion on top of the toe plate and clamp down against the base plate of the stanchion.

Toe Plate Connectors

To accompany the KickKlamps, corner brackets (KCB1 / KCB2) and straight connectors (KCB3) can be used to join the lengths of toe plate as required.