Protecting areas that require a heavy-duty safety system yet must still allow unrestricted access just became easier, thanks to Rite-Hite.

The new GuardRite Retractable Barrier 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 sensitive equipment and pedestrian areas.

The GuardRite system’s core component is a 10-inch-high barrier that can stand alone or can be incorporated into an OSHA-compliant removable safety rail system. This barrier consists of an 8-inch-diameter sleeve, which fits into a 10-inch core-drilled hole, excavated 20½ inches deep. The impact-absorbing polyurethane sleeve surrounds a 3½-inch-diameter bollard. The barrier unit is gas spring-assisted and can easily be raised or lowered flush into the floor with an operational tool that can store in an operational visibility post.

Included in the complete safety system are a retractable barrier, visibility posts and removable handrails. It can provide 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 to 300 feet or more. However, it will also have applications for wide-loading, flatbed and finger docks, as well as protecting sensitive internal equipment installations and pedestrian areas from forklift impact. Rite-Hite engineers developed the GuardRite system after extensive input from facility managers.

For more information, see www.ritehite.com or call 1-800-456-0600.