People love to work in many types of industrial environments like warehouses, manufacturing companies etc. Various types of barriers are needed in order to prevent accidents and injuries to the workers and pedestrians. These barriers let the people know that there is a dangerous area ahead and they are not allowed to enter the place. Previously, steel devices were used as a barrier but now flexible barriers are being used. Companies need to choose correct safety barrier design for their companies. Many companies are using flexible bollards and barriers for the purpose, as there are many benefits, which are discussed here.
Barriers and bollards available in the warehouse are prone to damage because of trucks and forklifts. It has been estimated that 20% of these bollards have to be replaced yearly because of these damages. Collisions usually occur in busy areas and many impacts can be found every year. Impacts can be minor as well as major. Major impacts result in breaking of bollard or steel guardrail. In such cases, companies either repair or replace the bollard. In such a case, flexible safety bollards should be used and a proper safety barrier design should be chosen.
Damages to forklifts are a very common thing in a warehouse and manufacturing plants. Usually front and rear parts of the forklifts are damaged. This can lead to damaging the motor of the forklift. If barriers are used, this damage can be reduced a lot. If the forklift is damaged excessively, it can cause accidents.
Floors can also be damaged due to collision. When forklifts hit a bollard, the force is transferred to those areas that are weak in nature. Usually the joint between the floor and the machine is weak. This hitting can cause damage to the floor because the bolts of the machine are removed. The cost of repairing the floor is very high.
Many areas are damaged by forklifts when they hit a surface. Repainting these areas will help in renewing their appearance. If there any scratches or scrapes, they can be removed by repainting them. Repainting can also hide these scrapes and scratches. Repainting can be very expensive. If colored polymers are used as a barrier, there is no need of repainting. Cleaning these barriers and sanitizing them is enough and this costs much less than repainting.
Bollards are flexible barriers and act as flexible collision protection equipment. Their life is long and that is the reason they have an impact on return on investment. The price of these flexible protection equipment is high but they work for a long time in busy traffic areas. No repair and maintenance is required.
These are the benefits of installing flexible bollards as they are made from flexible material and work efficiently in busy areas for a long time. No repainting and maintenance is required. People only need to clean and sanitize it.