Specifier Review

Kee Klamp fittings in harsh environments

Once installed, it is vital guardrails and handrails continue to offer the highest level of safety, and the best way to ensure this is by using the highest quality components.

In areas where climate or weather is harsh, the probability of handrails failing increases dramatically, especially when the rails themselves are of the fabricated type. With fabricated rails, initial holes are cut for fitting which breaches the railing’s anti-corrosion coatings, and this is then further compromised by welding.

Corrosive and harsh conditions will inevitably eat away at the material of any guardrail, but with fabricated railings, the structure itself actually becomes a hazard once it is weakened sufficiently. Once fabricated guardrails and handrails become damaged, the only way to repair them is by cutting out the problem section and welding in a replacement.

Kee Klamp® fittings offer a strong and durable solution to separating people from hazards, are more resistant to corrosion and can last up to seven times longer than fabricated barriers and handrails. They also eliminate the need for welding, cutting, threading or bolting and remove the need for skilled labour and permits for work.

Hot dip galvanised Kee fittings are installed using only a set screw, and damaged pieces can be easily removed and replaced as required. They are also substantially more resilient than fabricated structures, lasting on average up to seven times longer.

According to the Zinc Millenium Map, published by the UK Galvanisers Association, in a modern marine climate such as a town like Newcastle-Upon-Thames, the average lifetime of typical hot-dip galvanised fittings is around 57 years.


Even in an incredibly harsh environment, such as the area surrounding Niagara Falls, fittings have been known to survive for half a decade.

Bob Ciocco from Niagara Falls State Parks said: “We are 200 feet above the river at the observation deck of the Maid of the Mist. We use Kee Klamp as a guardrail system known as the Crow’s Nest, we use it to keep the public safe from wandering off too close to the falls and getting caught on sharp rocks.

“There is a Kee Klamp system here which has been there for 50 years, it’s stood up against the test of time, against 20ft of ice or more, and it’s been there longer than I’ve been alive.”

With Kee fittings you can be confident people are fully protected and separated from hazards, whilst saving time and money thanks to the quick and easy installation. For more information, call us on 0208 874 6566 or use our online contact form.