Challenging the Status Quo of Leading-Edge Safety Methods in Construction
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Hilmerson Safety™ U.S. Patent 10,597,057 for its safety rail cart system, also known as the Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ kit. Granted on March 24, 2020, the patent recognizes the invention of the reusable, galvanized steel mobile guardrail kit that replaces old-style wooden 2×4 guardrails and their archaic assembly and waste practices. The patented kit “cart” provides contractors a new and efficient method of delivering, stacking, storing and transporting guardrails on high-profile jobsites.
The OSHA compliant guardrail system is built Construction-Grade™ to prevent falls from height, the #1 cause of fatalities in construction. It’s built lean to safeguard the environment & increase worker efficiency. And, it’s built for the planet – for each kit sold Hilmerson Safety™ donates 20 trees thru One Tree Planted a non-profit organization focused on reforestation.
“We believe in challenging the status quo of construction safety methods and the Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ does just that,” said Deb Hilmerson, President & CEO of Hilmerson Safety™. “Since rolling out kits in 2018, over 236,000 linear feet of 2×4 was saved from landfill. Superintendents are seeing installation times up to 60% faster than traditional wooden guardrails. These industry leading contractors have helped spearhead the movement from labor intensive, wasteful 2×4’s to lean guardrails.”
The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ deploys in minutes instead of hours. A self-contained kit, consisting of a cart, 200 linear feet of guardrail, bases and all hardware needed to install the system, is quickly and effortlessly rolled to each guardrail installation location. On project completion, the guardrail system rapidly disassembles and stacks for storage.
Made of hot dipped 13g galvanized steel, The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ kit can be reused for 20+ years on future projects with no added material costs, requiring minimal maintenance and significantly improving jobsite efficiency & return on investment.
The made in America Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ is currently supporting large venue construction projects throughout the United States. The durability and benefits of being able to stack, store, inventory and ship have become popular amenities for projects like the new $1.9 B Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada – a Mortenson/McCarthy Joint Venture and the FC Cincinnati West End Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio – a Turner Construction/Jostin Construction Joint Venture.
“The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ is a clean and affordable solution to the age-old wooden guardrail,” said 25-year veteran, Superintendent, Bryan Popen of Turner Construction Company after installation at the FC Cincinnati West End Stadium. “This rail system is easy to install, adaptable, low-maintenance and also gives our job sites a professional appearance.”
How did the rail system come to be? The Hilmerson team of experts spent two years in the field asking tradesmen and women, superintendents and equipment managers of top contractors: How do we make leading-edge fall protection better? The answer, “Get rid of these #!$@% 2x4s! Make a simple, easy to install and engineered OSHA Compliant safety system that’s actually affordable.” Hilmerson Safety™ heard their demands and that boots-on-the-ground input led to the invention of the Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ kit.
About Hilmerson Safety
Hilmerson Safety™ is a full-service safety product design and manufacturing company serving the construction, manufacturing, facilities, solar, and oil and gas industries. Since 2001, Hilmerson Safety™ has been collaborating with construction industry leaders and contractors to develop safe, lean, construction-grade™ products and solutions that add to the company’s bottom line.
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