The new GuardRite Retractable Barrier from Rite-Hite, Milwaukee, Wis., is a modular and self-storing barrier system that can withstand up to 30,000 pounds of impact at 4 mph, making it ideal for guarding rail docks, finger docks, wide loading and flatbed loading areas, as well as protecting sensitive equipment and pedestrian areas.
The GuardRite system’s core component is a 10-inch tall barrier that can stand alone or can be incorporated into an OSHA-compliant removable safety rail system. The barrier consists of an 8-inch diameter sleeve, which fits into a 10-inch core-drilled hole, excavated 20.5 inches deep. The impact-absorbing polyurethane sleeve surrounds a 3.5-inch diameter bollard. The barrier unit is gas spring-assisted, and can be raised or lowered flush into the floor with an operational tool that can store in an operational visibility post.
The complete safety system includes the retractable barrier, visibility posts and removable handrails, and provides full run-off protection while still allowing unrestricted access along the entire length of the installation.
The modular nature of the GuardRite Retractable Barrier System makes it ideal for rail docks, where loading/unloading access points may vary by 200-300 feet or more.