SGB HAS designed a version of its Extraguard edge protection system for steel frame structures that allows brackets to be bolted onto a beam before it is lifted into place.
By reducing the amount of work at height, the firm believes use of Extraguard will speed up steel construction.
The system, developed with steel contractor Conder Structures, is being used for the first time on a block at the £34.5 million Darlington Learning Park.
Main contractor Shepherd Construction believes the system will increase productivity by allowing panels and posts to be slotted into the brackets at height without extra tools.
John Swalwell, Shepherd's senior site manager, said: 'I would estimate the installation time has been approximately 30 per cent faster than systems I have used previously.'
SGB and Conder say the modular system will provide a better option than tube and fitting for meeting the new European edge protection standards.
SGB product manager Peter Bond said:
'Safety officers don't like the fact that there has been no sufficiently safe solution to making steel frames safe during erection.'