Safety barrier and impact protection selection guide
Manoeuvring in a confined space, a restricted field of vision or a moment of inattention: BOOM and it's happened. Unplanned expenses for machinery and equipment are regularly caused by impact damage. However, expensive repairs, production downtimes or even new purchases can easily be avoided! With the right impact and collision protection, you can effectively secure your inventory against impact. At the same time, you'll minimise the risk of work-related accidents. We will show you how to select the appropriate impact protection or barrier system for your needs.
Which impact protection system is most suitable for my application?
Before purchasing an impact protection system you should ask yourself the following 2 questions: What should be protected? And where should be protected?
What should be protected?
In most cases your impact protection system must be more stable and heavier than the equipment that it has to withstand. After all, a handcart develops significantly less force than a forklift or truck. It is therefore important to clarify the potential sources of danger within the framework of the risk assessment and to choose a suitable impact protection system as a protective measure. The stability of the impact protection system depends not only on the dimensions, but also on the material and the mounting technique. More information can be found below.
What should be protected from?
The simple rule of thumb applies here: Your impact protection system must be more stable, the heavier and faster the equipment, which it has to withstand if the worst comes to the worst. After all, a hand truck develops significantly less starting force than a forklift or truck. It is therefore important to clarify the potential sources of danger as part of the risk assessment and to choose a suitable impact protection as a protective measure. The stability of the impact protection depends not only on the dimensions, but also on the material and the installation technique. You can find more information on this in the following.
Where will be protected?
Depending on whether the impact protection is to be used indoors or outdoors, different requirements must be placed on the material. A collision with equipment may damage the impact protection itself - rusting may occur when using non-galvanized steel products outdoors, which further damages the product. Therefore, you should choose a corrosion-resistant material for impact protection systems that are used outdoors. More information can be found below.
Impact Protection Barriers
Impact protection barriers ensure effective collision protection in everyday operations. They help to protect machinery and equipment, to protect sensitive work areas or to demarcate traffic routes. Various shapes and designs are available to meet a wide range of requirements.
Wall protection profiles are made of robust polyethylene (PE). They reliably protect walls against collisions, especially in areas with increased traffic - and thus against damage to the masonry or paintwork.
A row of several profiles enables flexible protection for walls of any length and height.
Railings are ideal for distinguishing individual work areas from traffic routes, therefore protecting plant and equipment from collisions. Railing systems can be customised to meet different operational requirements and are available in steel and plastic.
Free-standing pillars, columns and posts pose a constant threat to internal traffic. With impact protection systems for the attachment to columns, you not only protect the obstacles themselves, but also the vehicles and equipment with which you work. If a particularly high column protection is required, we recommend the use of multiple protection profiles that can be mounted on top of one another.
Where there are many vehicles and aids on the move, collision damage becomes more frequent and more likely. Shelves can overturn when they are hit by heavy equipment and should therefore be secured in their corner areas with collision protection. Suitable products are also available for the side protection of shelves.
These are self-adhesive or magnetically adhesive elements made of highly flexible polyurethane foam. These can be flexibly cut in length and are suitable for attachment to flat and smooth surfaces or edges. There they signal sources of danger and prevent impact injuries.
Often, for structural reasons alone, it is unavoidable that pipes or lines are laid openly near traffic routes or work areas. A damaged pipe can be expensive! You should therefore use pipe protection profiles or special steel brackets to protect pipes and lines from collision damage.
What material should I choose my impact protection from?
The DENIOS range of impact protection products includes models made of steel and high-quality plastic. When choosing the material, you should ask yourself what exactly the impact protection has to do. Depending on the application, different material properties may be required. In general, the larger the diameter and the thicker the material, the greater the resistance of your collision guard. If heavy and fast machines are used in your company, you should therefore use particularly stable collision protection.
When used outdoors, the weather conditions must also be considered. If a particularly robust impact protection system is required, you should choose a product made of hot-dip galvanized steel, which offers protection against rust damage. In contrast, plastic crash protection is completely corrosion-resistant - even after colliding with vehicles, there is no reason to fear rust damage. However, galvanized steel is often the better choice for outdoor use because of the disadvantages associated with plastic products due to their poor UV resistance. Plastic however, offers a significant advantage in terms of collision protection as the round shapes and elastic material reduce the impact and therefore also protect the approaching equipment.
How should my impact protection system be attached?
Once you have decided which impact protection system is required according to your risk assessment, the next step is to install the system. When mounting on the floor, you have the choice between setting in concrete and screwing. Setting in concrete is more time-consuming - but this is what keeps impact protection systems most secure. If you decide to screw, you should always make sure that you use suitable screws and dowels. Pay particular attention to yielding products to a sufficient distance from the object to be protected. Impact protection which is to be attached directly to the object to be protected (for example, edge or wall protection profiles), can be screwed depending on the product, self-adhesive, magnetic or fastened by plug-in system. In any case, you should also take into account the type of installation when planning measures according to your risk assessment.
If you are looking for a solution for marking off areas, guiding people or for securing temporary hazardous areas, a shut-off system is the right choice. As part of your risk assessment, you should always check whether a simple shut-off system is sufficient for the respective application or whether a robust crash protection system is required. Shut-off systems are particularly interesting as a mobile variant to react quickly and flexibly to changing circumstances. For example, if you want to temporarily free passages or reserve parking and storage spaces. Above all, however, to secure temporary danger spots, it is advisable to always have a barrier at hand.
How do the different systems vary?
Different safety barrier systems can be used depending on the application. Below is an overview of the products available and information about their properties.
Passenger guidance systems consist of a modular system that can be assembled from posts or wall cassettes for attachment without contact with the ground. The posts or wall cassettes are connected with integrated self-rolling straps and effectively support the management of people both indoors and outdoors.
Barrier posts and chain stands offer flexibility and help to ensure safety in and around production sites. They consist of positioning posts, which are connected with red and white chains. Various mounting methods are available: for example with concrete-filled feet for mobile installation or as a permanent solution for pegging or setting in concrete.
Mobile fences are mainly used outdoors and are ideal for shutting off maintenance or construction sites. As a closed system, they offer even more effective protection against unauthorized access as chain or belt locks. Available in various designs and dimensions.
Areas of application for machines must be clearly delimited and the machines must be protected from damage. At the same time, authorized personnel must have access to the machines at all times. Lattice partition walls with integrated door elements enable complete area separation and still offer a good overview of the function of the machines.
In our online shop you will not only find impact protection systems and barriers, but also other products to safeguard your internal processes. Here you will find more useful aids - for example emergency lighting, floor marking and additional traffic safety equipment.
You can also use floor markings to mark restricted areas or traffic routes, or to mark danger spots in floors with a warning. Important: Remember to replace or repair ground markings when worn.
Traffic intersections and junctions must be clearly arranged and visible. If this is not possible, traffic safety measures must be taken. For this purpose, we have various industrial traffic mirrors available.
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