When working in an environment with heavy machinery, moving vehicles, or other potential hazards, safety is paramount. For people working in a factory, warehouse, or other industrial settings, the potential for injury remains a persistent threat. This is where safety barriers come in. Safety barriers are an effective way to protect workers while they busy themselves with the day to day activities of their job.
Safety and pedestrian barriers are prominent structures designed to block entry into potentially hazardous areas. They can be permanent structures like railings, floor bars, bollards, and posts. You can also get temporary or “soft” barriers such as safety curtains or your poles and chains type portable fencing. Whatever the type or purpose of the safety barrier, one thing always remains consistent; they must be highly visible.
The Benefits of Pedestrian Safety Barriers
The number one benefit of pedestrian safety barriers is enhanced safety. Barriers improve safety by mitigating the risk of injury from workers accidentally walking into a restricted area where heavy machinery or vehicles are in operation. There’s often a lot of foot traffic in industrial work settings. Workers need to be able to get from one area to another to fulfil their duties, and they’re often working under time constraints. Visitors are also common and may not be as familiar with the safety rules as regular workers. Since pedestrian safety barriers are usually vibrant or use contrasting colours, everyone knows exactly where they are allowed to go. Installing safety barriers can also ensure that you are meeting health and safety compliance.
How an organisation approaches safety can also have a significant effect on employee morale. Employees are more likely to thrive when they are happy and safe. By implementing a range of safety measures like barriers, Hi-Vis clothing, hard-hats, signage, gates, and an authorised access system, it signals to employees that you are committed to safeguarding them.
Other Benefits of Safety Barriers
Safety barriers protect people from injury, but they also protect stock and vehicles from damage. Vehicles often play a huge role in industrial workplaces where they are used for lifting heavy objects or moving stock around the floor. These vehicles are highly specialist and can be extremely expensive to repair. With so much movement across the floor, there is a very real risk of collision. If the stock is damaged by a vehicle collision, your company may take a productivity hit as well as a financial hit. The best way to reduce the likelihood of a serious collision taking place is to install safety barriers.
The same logic applies to protecting machinery. Barriers can be put in place to prevent vehicles from colliding with machinery and resulting in an expensive repair bill. Put simply, investing in safety barriers now means you don’t have to invest in repairs later.
Be Proactive With Safety
The exact safety barriers or other measures you need will depend on the nature of your business and the potential risks at play. However, all industrial settings will benefit from implementing some form of safety barriers. A proactive approach to safety is always the best way.