Fabricated Handrailing 20% More Expensive Than Structures Constructed Using Fittings

Fabricated Handrailing 20% More Expensive Than Structures Constructed Using Fittings

Fabricated handrailing structures are 20% more expensive to build than similar handrailing constructed using standard tubes and fittings, says tubular structures specialist Kee Safety.

Kee Safety has carried out a comparison study on a typical 16m handrailing structure – one assembled using standard tube and fittings from the Kee Safety range whilst the other was fabricated on site, connected using traditional welded joints. The study shows that a Kee Safety structure provided a 41% saving in labour which contributed to an overall 20% cost reduction in handrailing assembly. Working with Kee Klamp® fittings also demands minimal time, effort and expense in the production of detailed drawings, prior to assembly on site.

“These findings confirm the view of more and more contractors and specifiers across the country”, says Ian Page, Product Manager at Kee Safety. “Structures assembled using Kee Safety fittings are quicker and more cost-effective to construct. They also eliminate the hidden costs associated with fabrications, such as, the requirement for tailored fabrication drawings, extra site visits, transport and the cost of welding consumables.”

Kee Safety supplies the leading Kee Klamp® fittings range to contractors, architects and specifiers. This comprehensive selection of simple to use, galvanised malleable cast-iron fittings allow pre-cut lengths of standard tubing (from 21.3 to 60.3mm) to be connected together to form handrailing and other types of tubular framework structure. Using Kee Klamp® fittings results in a finished structure with uniform appearance which meets guaranteed design loads.

All fittings within the Kee Klamp® range incorporate an integral socket screw which locks the fitting securely onto its tube to give an excellent slip load performance. The extensive range ensures that they can also cope easily with any changes in direction or gradient, and accommodate requirements for adapting or extending an existing structure. Fittings are available in a powder or anti-bacterial coated finish.

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