Fall protection barrier

A barrier is a collective protection measure that prevents workers from falling over a precipitous edge - or even from entering the fall danger zone in the first place. According to the BG Bau employers’ liability insurance association for the construction sector, a barrier can be a chain or cable - but not simply a so-called “warning tape”. Side protection solutions, e.g. in the shape of a guardrail, are further types of effective barriers.

Collective protection through barriers

Barriers in the shape of guardrails, parapets and similar structures belong to the category of collective fall protection measures. Their purpose is to ensure the general protection of all individuals - even where these are not rigged out with any further equipment or are lacking expertise for working at heights. A guardrail is there to generally protect all individuals from accidentally getting too close to the precipitous edge. Should anyone stumble against a side protection system, a tested guardrail withstands the ensuing force.

Barrier systems are often designed to warn people of danger

Frequently, a barrier system plays a preventative role by marking the confines of a danger zone. The mere presence of a barrier chain, a crush barrier or barrier cable indicates visually or when one comes into contact with it that the area behind the barrier is not intended to be accessed. As far as possible, the aim is to rule out the risk of falling right from the outset. Suitable barrier systems are, therefore, often designed in striking signal colours.

Guardrail installed on a bituminous flat roof without roof penetration