Safety barriers | Typologies

Adequate security, through safety barriers and industrial protection elements, must meet 3 requirements:

  • High-quality products
  • Productivity
  • Security

The purpose of industrial safety is to prevent occupational accidents caused by normal daily production activities.

Production is 100% safe when correct industrial hygiene and safety measures are guaranteed in the worker’s day-to-day activities.

Types of safety barriers

All industrial safety elements must be maintained periodically if we want them to stay in good condition and fulfill their main long-term objective: to prevent any occupational accidents in an industrial facility.

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Industrial protection elements | BECOSAN®

Therefore, here we will list which safety barriers we believe are essential in any industrial sector.

Let’s get started!

Industrial guardrails

Comprised of 2 strong horizontal bars that protect against accidental collisions.

It contains and guides vehicle traffic, as well as offering high visibility.

Industrial guardrail barrier
Industrial guardrail barrier – Source:

It also protects those areas where the risk of collision is most likely due to the movement of pallet trucks, forklifts, side loaders, among other industrial vehicles.

Industrial pipe guards

Protective steel guards for pipes and downspouts that provide high resistance to impacts. 

They are very effective and make gutters and pipes on columns, facades, or walls very visible.

Pipe protections
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This way, the operator who is maneuvering the vehicle will be more careful to avoid accidental bumps.

Skirting barriers

Their reduced height allows pedestrians to easily access protected areas.

Barriers for industrial racks
Barriers for industrial racks – Source:

They are used to segregate, divide and protect areas that may contain machinery, shelving, and other industrial infrastructures, to protect them from impact, scratches, or blows from industrial vehicles such as forklifts, pallet trucks, and trucks.

Low profile protection barrier

Used to guide commercial vehicle traffic withing within warehouses and to protect other machines, walls, and aisles from accidental impacts.

Anti-collision barrier

It’s an industrial protection barrier that provides high security against manual and electric pallet trucks and forklifts as well as resistance to industrial vehicle impacts.

Industrial embedding barriers
Industrial embedding barriers – Source:

Industrial rack barriers

Protective barriers for metal industrial racks. Comprised of two horizontal bars that protect the side of the shelves, and also its edges thanks to their L shape.

They are used to avoid bumps or scratches caused by industrial vehicles when turning.

Industrial shelving protections
Industrial shelving protections – Source:

Floor guide rails

These are essential to avoid industrial vehicle impacts.

They are highly visible and protect machinery, corridors, walls, doors, etc. at a low height.

Industrial column protectors

Protective barriers for street lamps, pillars, columns, posts, etc., with high resistance to impacts, bumps, and scratches.

Safe and highly effective industrial protection element, incorporating steel plates into the protective barriers for a durable and firm fixation.

Protections for columns
Protections for columns – Source:

They are also widely used in parking lots and garages for unsuccessful parking maneuvers.

Shockproof industrial protective bumpers

They are used for loading docks and walls. They have a high elastic capacity to absorb and cushion impacts, scratches, scrapes, and accidental bumps.

Also, they are used to protect entrances, ramps, doors, corridors, walls, located outside or inside warehouses, industrial buildings, production plants.

Pedestrian handrails

Industrial pedestrian safety railings are used for both outdoor and indoor spaces and can be installed in many different ways.

Pedestrian handrails
Pedestrian handrails – Source:

Industrial barriers

These are industrial protection and safety elements with high resistance to impacts and are made of steel.

They protect spaces from impacts produced by forklifts, trucks, pallet trucks, etc.

Industrial barriers
Safety barriers – Source:

There is the possibility of incorporating a demountable system that makes it removable and can be firmly attached again.

It makes it very easy to move around the industrial warehouse while offering an extra level of security in areas where occasional access control is required.

Industrial door protections

They are essential to protect the frames and jambs of loading gates, doors, entrances, and other structures from industrial machinery and vehicles.

Industrial doors protections
Industrial doors protections – Source:

They are used to promote responsible driving by operators.

Pedestrian protection gates

Pedestrian gates and barriers are very simple to install and define exit and access for pedestrians to public or industrial routes.

Pedestrian safety doors
Pedestrian safety doors – Source:

Industrial foam protectors

Within this group of industrial protections, we can include a wide set of profiles, corner pieces, and other protectors made of high-density foam, that protect objects and people from scratches, scrapes, bumps, or accidental impacts.

Normally, they are painted with quite striking and identifiable safety colours, to mark potentially dangerous areas and thus prevent accidents.


Bollards are used to protect protruding corners or doors from industrial vehicles accidentally crashing or bumping into them.

Industrial bollards 1
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Pedestrian guardrails

They are a great combination of horizontal bars to absorb impacts and metal posts with a flexible base, which offer protection and industrial safety.

Industrial pedestrian barriers
Industrial pedestrian barriers – Source:

Alignment guides in loading docks

They are widely used in external logistics, to protect loading docks and platforms during the maneuvering of vehicles.

Drivers use them to guide the vehicle to the loading dock, protecting the integrity of the truck and reducing the possibility of collision.

Industrial handrails

They separate and delimit workspaces and areas in which you may find industrial vehicles circulating. They are considered to be a cheap and versatile source of industrial protection.

Industrial handrails
What are Industrial handrails? | BECOSAN®

Industrial loading dock guardrails

They protect against moving vehicles, avoiding any risks of falling, overturning, and slipping when we are approaching an open loading dock without assistance.

In which sectors can industrial safety barriers be used?

Protection estructures can be installed in any type of workspace in which its workers have any minimal risk of suffering an occupational accident, as a consequence of moving vehicles, mistakes, or failures in industrial activity.

However, by installing industrial safety elements, we are not only protecting the safety of our employees but also the integrity and quality of the building’s concrete floor, walls, shelves, and other typical infrastructures.

The following list is a brief classification of where industrial protection elements can be used, but they can also be used at a particular level if there is any risk of suffering some of the accidents or dangers mentioned above.

Safety barriers: Logistics and transport industry

In the logistics and transport sector, there are many risk factors involving structures and people.

Perhaps this is the sector in which it is most important to install industrial safety protectors.

Preventive measures
Preventive measures | BECOSAN®

Safety barriers: Mechanics and automotive industry

In the mechanical and automotive industries, as a consequence of the frequent vehicle traffic in their respective facilities, industrial safety barriers are essential.

As we have mentioned previously, vehicles and their drivers cause the most damage and accidents.

Safety barriers: Industrial/productive sectors

There is no doubt that when a large number of production activities occur in industrial sectors that, however, remote the possibility, something may go wrong and put machinery and people at risk.

Industrial production elements are essential to prevent accidents.

Protected warehouse area
Protected warehouse area | BECOSAN®

Safety barriers: Storage

Inside warehouse areas, a continuous movement of vehicles and, goods represent a threat to the people, structure, racks, machinery, etc.

Protections in working spaces
Protections in working spaces | BECOSAN®

Safety barriers: Airports

Airports use means of transport such as buses as well as other vehicles to move people to different terminals. These vehicles can cause damage to people and structures.

Safety barriers: The food industry

This sector requires high control and hygiene standards, as well as also needing safety barriers to protect areas from any risks of impact.

Safety barriers: Textile and chemical industry

Textile or chemical industrial facilities need to exhaustively protect their structures, operators, or machinery against any collision which may be caused by moving vehicles by using industrial protection elements.

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