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Handrails Proof Loading Testing

The devise was developed in conjunction with a offshore drilling contractor. It allows for proof testing of offshore drilling rig handrails utilizing an adjustable hydraulic arm drive by rig air system.

Technical Specification.

  • 87 psi produces a horizontal force of 200 lbs.
  • Constructed from 2-inch round pipe, schedule 80.
  • Weights approximately 50 lbs.

OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.23(e)(5)(iv) stated the following:

Handrails shall be capable of withstanding a load of at least 200 lbs. applied in any direction at any point on the rail. TOS has tested at intervals of 20, 25, 50 and 75 feet, it is recommended the collective protection should be tested and inspected at frequencies not exceeding 12 months.

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