Handrail Load Testing
Hydro-Wates offers personnel and specialized equipment to enable proof load testing of handrails on stairways, balconies, safety barriers, and other structures constructed to prevent personnel from falling from an elevated surface. This work can be performed during initial construction, periodic inspection or following repairs. In many cases we custom design the necessary test fixture, which is then used in conjunction with our standard proof load testing load cells and displacement measuring tools. Our handrail test fixtures for our handrail proof load testing services enable application of both horizontal and vertical loads on permanent and temporary handrail systems.
Hydro-Wates’ standard handrail testing system is suitable for handrails and barriers installed on the balconies of apartment complexes, office buildings, restaurants and similar facilities. Using our highly accurate load cells, we can provide you with the actual for being applied to the handrail, with measurement accuracy of +/- 1.0 lb. We are also able to move the test fixture along the length of the handrail to perform deflection measurements at critical points. The data provided using our handrail testing system allows for verification and conformance with local building construction codes and to enable ongoing monitoring of handrail integrity.