Safety barriers can benefit a number of business operations. If you own or are running a business where you need to either control or prevent movement or access to certain areas of the premises, you can benefit from installing industrial safety barriers.
Types of Businesses that Will Benefit from Safety Barriers
1. Warehouses and Distribution Facilities
Manufacturing facilities of all sizes need to ensure that they keep the production floor safe for all staff, managers and visitors. Industrial safety barriers can be used to protect racking on the floor to keep it secure.
Picking areas are very busy, with vehicles moving in and out of the racking quickly. Safety barriers placed near the racks guard against structural damage, risk of injuries and financial strain due to lost business following a collision with a vehicle.
The airport tarmac is an environment where you would expect to find a number of industrial safety barriers to control the flow of both pedestrians and vehicles while planes are being loaded and unloaded. Double rail traffic barriers can be put in place to help ensure that tug trucks do not damage light stands and other exterior structures while moving into position.
3. Car parks
A multi-level car park requires high-level safety barriers which can absorb impact and provide a line of defence to stop a vehicle from going over the edge in an accident. Each level will also require its bollards to indicate where individual exits are located for drivers who wish to exit their vehicles.
The main level will require its own pedestrian safety barriers to ensure that a walkway is clearly indicated, and barriers will be needed to indicate where drivers need to go to exit the lot when they are ready to leave.
4. Manufacturing facility
Manufacturers need to be concerned with productivity, to be sure. In a production environment, safety is also important. The structure of the facility itself, as well as the machinery used to produce goods needs to be protected from potential hazards.
Industrial safety barriers help to keep section off areas where machinery is operational and warn staff and visitors not to wander into restricted areas. Installation of safety barriers is especially effective in areas where moving parts can present a safety hazard. Special sign boards and slide, lift or swing gates let workers and visitors know where it is safe to cross the floor at the facility and once they venture out of doors.
Bollards and pedestrian barriers are used to clearly indicate areas where it is safe for passengers, airport workers and crew members to walk while waiting to board a flight or after deplaning.
5. Retail shops
Any type of business operating from a storefront location can also benefit from safety barrier installations. If a shop is carrying items which could be targeted by thieves, such as cigarettes, alcohol, jewellery or electronics, the owner has likely invested in an alarm system to keep the premises secure overnight.
Thieves are aware of this, and they know that the premises are likely to have cameras monitoring the entrances as well. For this reason, they will not take the time to pick the locks on a shop, but rather will use a “smash and grab” technique. This involves gaining entrance by driving a vehicle into the building, grabbing money and merchandise quickly and then leaving before police arrive.
Placing bollards near the front of the shop will serve to discourage this type of attack on a business. The safety barriers will also protect the building if a driver happens to lose control of their vehicle to lessen the potential damage. Since the bollards are designed to have a certain amount of flexibility, they will absorb the at least some of the impact in a collision, which should result in fewer injuries to the driver and less property damage.
Industrial safety barriers can be used to protect both structures and pedestrians in a number of business applications. They are available in several configurations, which makes them adaptable to each business owner’s unique circumstances. Ultimately, safety is everyone’s business, and it pays to install barriers to ensure that everyone is safe when visiting your premises.