Guard Rails or Bollards? Which Do You Need? - S.W. Betz

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Guard rails are a great way to protect equipment from warehouse traffic.

When it comes to protecting your people from accidents or your equipment from damage you need to make sure your warehouse has the right precautions in place. Collisions, one of the most dangerous and most common warehouse incidents, can be protected against with guard rails and bollards. While common to anyone who drives a car or spends time on the road, these two pieces of warehouse equipment each has their place. Here are a few ways guard rails and bollards differ, and where each should be used in your warehouse.

Guard Rails

Guard rails are a versatile piece of warehouse equipment. They protect people and inventory from equipment, and vice versa. Forklifts are usually the biggest concern for collision accidents but heavy duty guard rails put a strong line of protection between the lift and your equipment, inventory or people. Other types of guard rails, like rack aisle protectors and rack post protectors, are made to keep specific parts of your rack from becoming damaged, but guard rails can also be used to protect people working at heights. Mezzanines rely on guard rails to protect from falls.


In the same way modular equipment enclosures can, bollards can be used to protect equipment from forklift or other vehicle traffic. Instead of surrounding the equipment with walls or guard rails, a bollard stands as protection in the most likely spot of impact like a corner or intersection. Bollards are easier to work around, too, since they don’t take up as much space as a guard rail.

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