The Correct Placement of W-Beam Guard Rails Explained
W-Beam Guard Rails are designed for asset protection as well as the protection of pedestrians from vehicles such as forklifts, moving in and around industrial warehouses, commercial complexes and carparks. Area Safe’s W-Beam Guard Rail System has been crashed tested in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 1170.1 for light traffic areas. In a warehouse/industrial environment, the W-Beam Guard Rail creates guarded areas for pedestrians and vehicles to move around in a safe environment and allocating safe spaces for both activities to take place.
There are a variety of configurations for installing a guard
rail, each serving a different protection purpose in a variety of environments
where premium safety measures are required. The correct placements of the
W-Beam Guard Rail are explained below.
The standard configuration of the guard rail is commonly
used to protect important assets such as tanks, electrical boxes, other
services, and walls in carparks and factories. Along with this, it is also used
to ensure pedestrian walkways are not intruded on to maintain a safe pedestrian
Standard with Handrails Configuration
This configuration is used commonly to separate/segregate
pedestrian walkways and vehicle thoroughfare such as forklifts, small trucks
and cars. This configuration of the W-Beam Guard Rail provides pedestrians with
the highest form of protection from light vehicles in comparison to other
handrail/guard rail systems.
Standard with Handrail & Mesh Panel Configuration
The standard W-Beam system with a handrail
and anti-climb mesh panel provides two different types of protection. The first being
protection from high edges such as multi-deck carparks, loading docks and
mezzanines typically seen in industrial warehouses and carparks. The mesh panel
provides fall protection, especially for small children and small objects. The
second being protection from projectiles/items falling or intruding into
pedestrian safe areas when work activities are performed.
It is important to assess the environment that a W-Beam Guard Rail needs to be installed and the level of protection that is required from its presence. The placement of the different configurations are highly suggested for placement in warehouse and industrial facilities, to ensure a high level of protection is provided, creating a safe work environment for all personnel.