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A guide to industrial safety barriers

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industrial safety barriers

It’s very important that careful safety measures are taken within the workplace to protect all staff as well as stock. In a warehouse environment there are many safety precautions that can be implemented, including safety barriers.

What do safety barriers do?

Safety barriers prevent entry into a potentially dangerous area, such as ones near a machine. Buying safety barriers can help to:

Reduce accidents: by physically preventing people from accessing a hazardous area, or keeping moving equipment away from shelving to prevent damage to stock, for example if a forklift truck crashes into them.

Enforce health and safety regulations and awareness: place them out appropriately around the warehouse and explain to employees why they have been strategically put there, including how they help to reduce accidents and injuries.

Protect your vehicles: choose a reliable, durable and efficient design that complements the vehicles your workplace currently employs, and you can save yourself from having to splash out on costly repairs after an accident.

What are the different types of safety barriers?

There are many types of safety barriers and safety posts for both protection and security. Each type is best suited for a different application, which is covered below.

Lift-out barrier rails

Designed to offer an easily removable rail that can allow pedestrian access when required. They are usually constructed from heavy-gauge steel and are perfect for areas such as walkways, warehouse facilities and industrial workshops.

Low-level safety barriers

These are suitable for protecting machinery, walls and racking from the damage of a forklift truck or other vehicle collision, while being low enough to allow pedestrian access.

Corner hoop barriers

These are perfect for protecting doorways and machinery in areas where vehicles have to make a turn. They have a curved shape to fit around corners and are a permanent solution as they can be surface-mounted to the ground using fixing bolts.

Black and yellow perimeter barriers

These barriers are ideal for keeping pedestrian walkways separate from traffic and machinery zones. They are very visible thanks to their contrasting back and yellow bands, which alert people that they are approaching an area of hazard.

Racking protection

These protect the ends of pallet racking bays from any unwanted damage. They are perfect for use within warehouses and industrial workshops as, not only are they extremely heavy duty and durable, but they are also available in different lengths and bays to suit all racking types.

Traffic flow plates

These barriers are used to limit and control the flow of traffic. They allow vehicles to pass over them in just one direction, making them ideal in one-way traffic systems in your premises.

Wall and column protectors

Wall and column protectors prevent damage to the racking or column that they are installed onto. In a collision, the column protector will reduce repair costs and protect the structural integrity of your facility.


Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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