This week, health and safety solutions firm A-Safe have been at the NEC in Birmingham, showcasing their product range at the Safety and Health Expo, 2013.
It’s well known that A-Safe is continuously at the forefront of innovation when it comes to developing and manufacturing safety barriers.More »
SAFER TRAFFIC SEGREGATION WITH A-SAFE ARMCO BARRIER
Question: Where is it stated that an “Armco” Barrier must be metal? The safety barriers installed around many auto-racing tracks, particularly in F1, are commonly referred to as “Armco” barriers, the use of the term “Armco” to describe these barriers commonly being attributed to F1 commentator Murray Walker. Search the internet for a definition of Armco and you get “Armco is an American steel company founded in 1900 as the American Rolling Mills Corporation”. “Armco” originally referred to a type of steel produced by this company from which the components of the barriers around race tracks were commonly manufactured NOT the barrier itself.
Answer: It’s not! The term “Armco” Barrier generically refers to barriers used to segregate vehicles, which are not necessarily high speed racing cars, which provide protection from impact.
A-Safe Armco Barriers not only provide the required level of impact protection, particularly in industrial workplace applications, for equipment and structures from moving vehicles they also do it effectively and economically. A-Safe Armco Barriers are also specifically designed to remove or significantly reduce damage to the barriers themselves, the surface to which they are mounted as well as to the vehicle causing the impact itself.
Made from a durable polymer-based material, A-Safe Armco products are a first-class investment in terms of both safety and cost savings on both maintenance and repairs.
A-Safe products are supremely adaptable and can be used in many different applications and environments including:
Traffic Segregation and Equipment Protection
A-Safe barriers prevent and avoid unnecessary damage from vehicles to walls, building supports, valuable machinery and vulnerable equipment. Low Level Traffic Armco Barrier has a low impact height, making them ideal for use in areas where traffic movement comprises FLT’s and trucks with standard wheel arches, while the high level version has a higher impact height to suit trucks with high level wheel arches.
High Impact Areas
The Double Rail Traffic Armco Barrier has a greater resistance than the standard single rail version to offer maximum protection from straying vehicles, making it ideal for use in areas where impact forces are high and/or frequent.
A-Safe provides far more than just a comprehensive range of safety products. We also offer a full consultation service, ensuring that you choose the right product for the right application. This is complemented by a full installation and maintenance package, with a leasing option available if required.
“The cost of the barriers outweigh a life and the cost of a potential claim”
Dean Rands, Internal Warehousing and Distribution Manager, Fox’s Biscuits, Batley
Technical Did You Know
- Low Level Armco Barrier has been tested to withstand an impact force of 152kn as required by BS6399. This is the equivalent to an impact from a 1.5 tonne vehicle travelling at 10 miles per hour.
- CO2 emissions from producing 100m of A-Safe Armco Barrier are 1766kg. The equivalent emissions for production of 100m of steel Armco Barrier are 3863kg.
Health & Safety Did You Know
In 2006, the most recent year for which data are available across the European Union there were 1246 work-related road traffic and transport accidents.
“Where transport is used in a workplace, it is important that vehicles are kept apart whenever possible. To allow people and vehicles to move safely, the best approach is to separate vehicles for pedestrians entirely. This is called ‘segregation’”
(HSE Workplace transport site safety information sheet WPT21 - Segregation)