As forklifts, and other manned and unmanned equipment, move, there is a constant risk of collision with personnel or visitors. Safety barriers for warehouses, business premises and manufacturing warehouses are vital.
Warehousing and logistics operations are increasingly being automated, increasing the amount of constantly running autonomous technology they now incorporate. This can make warehouse and storage areas increasingly dangerous.
Particularly as that runs alongside the existing risks of having people working or walking near forklifts and other manned stacking and transport equipment.
Our workplace safety barriers are the perfect solution. These create an important separation between vehicles, machinery and your workforce. They also protect anyone making deliveries or visiting their facilities.
However, how are pedestrian safety barriers specified? Especially since your facilities have their own particular operational layout and health and safety hazards for pedestrians.
Planning of safety barrier profiles in the workplace
Specifying and installing barriers to separate moving equipment, vehicles, and pedestrians helps you meet your health and safety obligations.
It would be too easy to assume that careful training for drivers and machine operators is sufficient. This does not take into account the whims of people walking around and inadvertently getting in the way!
The repercussions of an injury at your workplace are often serious, especially since forklifts and autonomous vehicles like stackers, pallet trucks, and racking robots have the potential to kill someone. So the first answer to “What pedestrian safety barriers do I need?” You will likely to have one that completely and impeccably separates most of the moving equipment from aisles. That can be internal and external in your work facilities.
The best first step is to complete a risk assessment to map out the ways in which your workplace vehicles could potentially share space with employees and visitors. Resources and risk assessment assistance can be found on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
Choice of safety barriers in the workplace
Safety barriers to separate vehicles from people walking or working in your warehouse, or production spaces must be substantial enough to provide clear demarcation across the shared area. Does the color of commercial safety barriers matter? It certainly does. You will see that our workplace safety systems are bright yellow. This is so they are very obvious, even in low light situations.
Although you can specify steel railings in your corporate colors or some other shade if you wish. Why aren’t they solid screens to separate vehicles and machinery from employees?
These workplace safety barriers are designed to create significant separation while maintaining a good field of vision. Their design and construction also makes them more flexible in terms of where safety barriers can be located within your facility.
How safety barriers can be used
Our workplace safety barriers are modular to ensure versatility. No facility is the same as the following, and different warehouses, manufacturing sites, retailers, and warehousing facilities have their own designs and operational requirements.
This also makes it important to find guardrails that can be installed quickly, but are also easily relocated as needed.
Our systems can be designed to suit your operating area and needs. Even when the separation between vehicles and pedestrians is asymmetric or even more complex to trace.
Choose pedestrian barriers for specific locations
The two main types of systems for separating people from vehicles in a workplace are pedestrian barriers and guardrails. What is the difference between pedestrian barriers and guardrails?
Our polymer steel boot workplace barriers can be mounted in various configurations and also offer the option of a low-level safety barrier rail.
This workplace segregation system includes pedestrian spring return doors and removable shoe plates to meet your specific requirements. This makes it even more adaptable to the movement of people and vehicles in your workplace.
Guardrails to protect staff and visitors are simpler in design, but serve an important safety purpose. They are forged from high-strength steel to be very robust and impact-proof and also offer an unstacker function, allowing a height of 3000mm.
They incorporate a foam gasket under the base rail to resist accumulation of dirt or debris as they tend to be permanent.
The use of barriers or guardrails, or both, depends on the type and size of your operations. The best way to create a comprehensive health and safety solution for busy workplace and warehouses is to get in touch with us. We can prepare a free estimate and recommend the best configuration to meet your business needs and budget.
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