3 Tips for Using Barrier Rails for Traffic and Pedestrian Control

As we have seen in the urban and suburban areas in our cities, the methods of traffic and pedestrian control have changed. We now increasingly see traffic and pedestrian barrier rails to keep people safe from collisions. Barrier rails as the name suggests, provide a protective barrier to keep people and vehicles apart. In the event of a collision, the rails will offer protection to minimize the damage and keep people safer. However, they also act as a visible border, a reminder of where is safe and dangerous. Let’s explore this issue in more detail and give you three tips for using a barrier rail on your site.

Evaluate the Purpose of Your Barrier

The first thing you will need to do, is evaluate what your barrier is needed for. Careful reflection on these needs will give you some valuable ideas on the properties that your barrier would need. As an example: At the edge of your carpark, you may want to create a border to improve safety on a path that runs alongside. In this situation, the vehicles will be parking or moving at very low speeds and a low level heavy duty barrier rail would be a good choice.

Essential Properties for Your Barrier

At the very least, it’s a good idea to choose a Dugite or steel construction material for your barrier rail. This will ensure that they are strong enough to provide adequate protection. Barriers in purely pedestrian areas, such as: fenced handrail systems, would need to be taller and could be lighter. However, in a warehouse, where people are coming into close contact with heavy vehicles and heavy duty barrier would be essential. If the barrier will be located in an area that’s used a lot at night or other low light conditions, you may want to make the barrier more visible with a reflective painted surface.

Carefully Consider the Placement

When you plan your project, ensure that you barriers are placed correctly and thoughtfully. Separating a lighter work area from an area where forklifts are working is probably a good idea. However, there should be some gaps in the barrier to allow workers to get to their place of work or a designated corridor also using barrier rails. Careful consideration on how people use the area and the activities they need to get done is essential. This will allow you to plan out a safety system that is also easy to use and logical to navigate.

If they need barrier rails, Perth business owners and property managers should contact us here at Image Bollards. We supply and even install a wide selection of high quality safety and security equipment, including safety barrier rails. All of our products are manufactured to exacting standards and are fully compliant with all Australian regulations. We look forward to learning about your project and then we can answer any remaining questions that you may have.