Most commonly, guard rails are thought of as the high strength galvanized steel rails found on the side of highways. These rails are used as a protection barrier against vehicle impact, to prevent falls, and in construction areas.
Guardrails along roadsides may also be built in more residential settings, such as private neighborhoods with switchbacks, sharp curves, or steep drop-offs.
We offer and have experience installing both Department of Transportation (DOT) guardrails, as well as residential guardrails.
Materials used include galvanized steel, as seen on most highways, as well as wood timber guide rail. Wood timber provides more aesthetic appeal, blending with natural surroundings better than steel.
Commercial Indoor Use
OSHA Standards in the U.S. state that employees who work on surfaces that are 4 feet or higher off of the ground must have personal fall protection systems in place, such as handrails or guardrails. The IBC (International Building Code) also has specific standards for construction workers, contractors, and builders to follow, for sufficient building safety measures.
Guardrails are used in facility settings, in order to protect a company’s employees, expensive equipment, and maintain compliance with building safety codes. They are commonly installed at platform ends and incorporated within mezzanine structures in industrial sites, such as in warehouses or factories.
We’d be happy to discuss your particular area of need, taking into account:
- Installation requirements: building your guardrail according to OSHA standards and IBC code
- Load level: how many pounds of pressure per square foot the guardrail will need to be capable of handling
- Proper installation: so that your company avoids the hefty fines associated with improper installation