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SAFETY BARRIERS – LET US GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Time and again you get asked the same questions over and over again such as: ‘What is the correct safety barrier to separate pedestrians from vehicles, ‘how can I buy a safety barrier that does the job but is within my budget?’ and ‘oh my god my forklift truck driver has just knocked down my guest, can you HELP!?!’. If the last one is the case, suggest they call for an ambulance now.

In this blog, I would like to focus on you because you’re the buyer of Safety Barriers. You are the first port of call for Warehouse Owners when it comes to safety products. Why? Because safety is a legally significant matter and they must “sort it out”.

While this will never go away why not add a search into your daily routine for ‘Workplace Products Safety Barriers’? You can use our website along with your preferred (and legal) info providers.

The advantage of this is that you can inform your contacts and customers with not only the legal stuff but also earn extra brownie points for showing them competitively priced and fully certified Safety Barriers that suit their needs. This will take the sting out of finding appropriate products themselves during the busy work schedules associated with Warehousing, Storage Facilities, and Retail Sectors.

When approaching the law side of separating pedestrians and vehicles from each other companies need to mostly use logic by asking themselves the right questions. The usual way of doing this is by creating a company risk assessment.

The best resource for help in creating a risk assessment can be found on the Government-run HSE (Health and Safety Executive) website. Please share it with them.

Ok, thats the introduction out of the way, lets discuss the way forward.

PURCHASING SAFETY BARRIERS FOR A WAREHOUSE

The best pedestrian safety barriers are bright yellow and modular. That is to say it can be bought in component form so you only buy what you need. If it is modular it is versatile. It can be set in different directions easily and without much fuss. The obvious advantage of this system is that if you have a warehouse layout that is not symmetrical (which is often the case) there are components available that continue the walkway barrier seamlessly. We have come across many older layouts that have gaps between singularly set hoops.

Not only does this look ugly, when directions need to change there is usually a bigger gap (that looks poorly offset) that may still pose an unsafe scenario down the line. So that’s our first recommendation: get them to purchase a safe run of walkway barriers that don’t leave gaps. You can get safety gates set into the run.

The other major advantage of a modular system is that if a section does get damaged this may not mean a whole section needs replacing. You may only have to replace one damaged component. So then, this system is sensible and efficient.

This type of safety barrier is also a great solution for protecting expensive machinery as well as people.

IMPACT PROTECTION SAFETY BARRIERS

If you have shelving, racking, walls, columns, or loading docks that need protection you have many options. Choosing the right one is imperative to its performance for your client or if it is for your own premises.

Shelving and Racking Protectors are impact tested so that they can repel forklift truck collisions. If the warehouse doesn’t have these I suggest immediate investment in them. For your reference please see pallet racking protection. If a forklift accident does occur, employees could be hurt and a lot of goods could be destroyed costing large amounts of money to replace. The great thing is they are inexpensive and easy to fit. Peace of mind when faced with busy work schedules wouldn’t you agree?

Wall and Column Protectors are simple yet effective in minimizing damage to structures and vehicles. They can be easily fitted (in some cases just pushed on using a self-adhesive method). The most basic version is made from foam impact-resistant polyurethane. Exact products suitable for each bespoke job should be discussed with us before purchase to ensure you have the right wall or column protector for the job.

Dock Impact Protectors or ‘Dock Bumpers’ are high-impact rubber shapes that need to be fitted at the correct heights for the different types of vans that regularly use the docks. They are designed to keep your maintenance costs down at the ‘goods in’ and ‘goods out’ areas of your warehouse or retail docking port. You can get a Flat or ‘D shape’ bumper. It may never happen but for a small outlay now you could save thousands of pounds worth of re-building should an accident occur.

RETAIL AND MAINTENANCE SAFETY BARRIERS

Moving away from the warehouse for now and into the public sector with temporary safety barriers that deal with spillage (prevent slipping) and maintenance that requires areas to be closed off while work is carried out.

The ideal safety barrier for retail use needs to be light, versatile, high visibility and foldable because in a stockroom space is important to the stockroom / warehouse manager. With all that in mind we believe we have a product that does all of these things.

The Expanding Barrier has a ‘concertina effect’ that allows easy storage, transport and deployment. They are stand alone barriers that sit firmly due to wide feet. This barrier comes in different high visibility colours to suit the company brand more closely (yet still stands out to let approaching people know there is a hazard coming up). One example of this is to use in conjunction with ‘Caution Wet Floor’ signs to help guide elderly people with potentially poor eyesight around spilled milk when food shopping. Another could be to stop people from attempting to walk up an escalator while maintenance is being carried out.

This Safety Barrier can even be used outdoors and in conjunction with a 2m stacking barrier to creating a seamless barrier system that can be made shorter or lengthened by just opening or closing the Expanding Barrier. Great for where time is important. It means that constant rebuilding of the barrier system is not required (just repositioned).

Spillage and Maintenance Safety Barriers come in all shapes and sizes to suit the job at hand. Some examples are:

  • A-Frame Floor Signs
  • Minders (Caution..Wet Floor)
  • Caution Cones
  • Handi-Guards
  • Elevator Guards

The A-Frame Floor Sign is the ‘Caution Wet Floor’ sign you see in supermarkets all over the world.

Minder SIgns are ‘Caution. Wet Floor’ human-shaped safety barriers that create a ‘blocking’ effect around a hazard. Grooves in the arms and feet allow interlocking to form a seamless ‘daisy chain’ effect.

Caution Cones have more options in the wording. For example ‘Danger Hazardous Liquid Spill’. The cones can be placed around certain points of the hazard to protect people from larger spills. You can place in a similar layout to traffic cones on a motorway outside of the premises to guide vehicles around a hazard if required.

Handi-Guards are available in 2 or 3-panel sets and are modular. This allows you to enclose any shape or size of the area. Use indoors or outdoor for such jobs as safe working on Elevators, Passenger Conveyors or Manholes. Each panel has a ‘No entry’ pedestrian sign in the middle.

Elevator Guards are very similar to Handi-Guards but are taller and thinner to allow placement against the door frame of the elevator to stop people from falling into open elevator shafts. They also come with extra signs added. These are: ‘No Admittance Authorised Personnel Only’, ‘No Entry’ and ‘Maintenance in Progress’ messages.

ROAD BARRIERS

Road layouts and funding for them change frequently. We offer very affordable safety barriers that interlock around potential hazards such as roadworks. We also provide roadblock systems that can be arranged in a circle to act as a temporary mini-roundabout. There are also options with our road barriers to adding contractors/clients identification (logo etc.) so that the companies are advertised at the roadside. This can be a very lucrative way of gaining more business from potential clients).