Rigid Rail Solutions for Aircraft Hangars

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Aviation technicians and mechanics face a high risk of occupational hazards due to the elevated heights they operate at while working on aircraft. Environmental factors, such as sloped fuselages, narrow stabilizers, and hydraulic fluid, can further increase the risk of falls. To mitigate these risks, it is important to install fall protection systems to facilitate aircraft maintenance and repair.

However, implementing fall protection for aircraft is a complex task and requires consideration of various factors, such as the type of aircraft, the building structure, and the need for limited work interruption during installation and usage. Additionally, it is crucial to tailor the fall protection system to meet the unique needs of each aircraft and hangar to ensure the safety and well-being of technicians and mechanics.

Effective fall protection systems for aircraft maintenance should be designed to minimize risks associated with the work environment. This approach not only ensures the safety of personnel but also reduces the risks of liability and improves productivity during the maintenance and repair process.

Advantages of Rigid Rail Systems

In this specialized environment, overhead rigid rail systems emerge as indispensable guardians, providing continuous safety for workers performing tasks at height.

Let’s learn more about rigid rail solutions for aircraft hangars here!

Rigid Rail Systems: Ensuring Safety in Aircraft Hangars

Rigid Rail Systems for Aircraft Hangars

Fall arrest equipment is designed to stop a fall that has already happened. It is activated after a worker slips, “arresting” their fall in mid-air. One of the most common fall arrest solutions, Rigid Rail is an overhead track and trolley fall arrest system, paired with a self-retracting lifeline for workers at height and provide fall arrest solutions in environments that require very short arrest distances.

These systems have some unique attributes that make them great for enabling a free range of motion to workers while keeping them safe while working at heights.

Key Features of Rigid Rail Systems

Rigid Rail Fall Arrest Systems come in many varieties…modular, custom, self-supported, mobile and more but all share some important features that make them the preferred choice of MRO and FBO aircraft staff. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Durability: These systems are built to last. Made from strong materials, they can withstand heavy use and tough conditions without breaking or wearing out easily.
  • Flexibility: Despite their sturdy construction, rigid rail systems offer flexibility in their design and installation. They can be customized to fit the specific layout and needs of an aircraft hangar, allowing for seamless integration into existing structures.
  • Unencumbered Protection: Overhead fall arrest systems (when used with the appropriate self-retracting lifeline and full body harness with Dorsal D-Ring) provide users with a full range movement hands-free protection. This design ensures that workers can focus on their tasks without worrying about complicated safety equipment.

Advantages of Rigid Rail Systems

Rigid rail systems offer several advantages over other fall protection solutions, such as horizontal lifelines or anchor points:

  • Continuous Protection: Unlike horizontal lifelines, which have movement limitations, rigid rail systems provide continuous fall protection along the entire rail length. This ensures that workers are always protected, regardless of their location or movement within the aircraft hangar.
  • Shorter Fall Distance: Rigid rail systems have the advantage over cable-based lifeline systems because they reduce fall distance and are often preferred when work is performed less than 12’ above a lower level.
  • Reduced Sag and Deflection: Horizontal lifelines may experience sag, especially over long distances, which can increase the risk of injury in the event of a fall. Rigid Rail systems, on the other hand, offer minimal deflection, ensuring a more controlled descent and reducing the likelihood of secondary impacts.
  • Ease of Installation and Maintenance: Rigid rail systems are typically easier to install and maintain compared to horizontal lifelines, which may require complex rigging and periodic tensioning. Once installed, rigid rail systems require minimal upkeep, resulting in lower long-term maintenance costs.


Safeguard Industries provides comprehensive solutions that prioritize safety above all else and shines as a beacon of reliability for engineered fall protection solutions. With over two decades of experience our Engineers, Fabricators, Project Managers, and Installers have a commitment to excellence and track record of meeting the unique needs of aircraft hangar environments.

With Safeguard Industries by their side, aircraft hangars can operate with confidence, knowing that their workers are protected by the best fall protection systems available.

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