1 Fixed, removable or hinged stanchions should
be fitted about 1.5 m apart.
2 At least every third stanchion should be supported
by a bracket or stay. In lieu of this, flat steel stanchions should
be of increased breadth as given in figure 1, and aligned with member
below deck, unless the deck plating thickness exceeds 20 mm.
3 Wire ropes may only be accepted in lieu of guard
rails in special circumstances, and then only in limited lengths.
4 Lengths of chain may only be accepted in lieu
of guard rails if they are fitted between two fixed stanchions and/or
5 The openings between courses should be in accordance
with regulation 25(3) of the Convention.
6 Wires should be made taut by means of turnbuckles.
7 Removable or hinged stanchions should be capable
of being locked in upright position.
Figure 1 Guard rail stanchion of increased breadth, welded to deck with double
continuous fillet weld with leg size of minimum 7 mm or as specified by the design