2 Basic Types of Guardrail You Should Employ in Your Facility - S.W. Betz

Types of Guardrail
Guardrail protects your workers from falls and your equipment from collisions.

While warehouse layout and design focuses primarily on the ways to make your processes as efficient as possible, safety is another high priority that needs to be considered carefully. There are a lot of options out there when it comes to guardrail, so you can choose the best solutions for your needs. However, it’s worth classifying guardrail into two basic types, each of which plays a role in protecting your workers and essential equipment. Let’s take a look at each type.

Fall Protection Guardrail

Fall protection guardrail keeps your workers safe from falling at heights in your warehouse. This type of guardrail does have to conform to a strict set of guidelines set by OSHA:

  • They must be placed in areas where 6-foot or higher falls are possible
  • The top height of the rails must be at least 42″ from the floor
  • The rails need to be able to handle a load of at least 200 pounds with a maximum deflection not exceeding 3″
  • There must be a rail or mesh panel in the middle section between the top and bottom rails
  • The top rail should be at least a quarter inch diameter to protect workers from cutting their hands

Equipment Protection Guardrail

Also known as asset protection guardrail, this equipment protects various items within your facility from forklift collision. Companies use this type of guardrail to protect mezzanine perimeters, modular offices, pallet racking, heavy machinery, electrical equipment, and much more. OSHA standards are somewhat looser for this kind of guardrail, but you’ll want to use your judgment for how heavy-duty you need your setup to be. Consult the experts at S.W. Betz if you need help assessing your unique guardrail needs.

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