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Use barriers to increase site safety or to deter vehicle or pedestrian entry. They come in many formats and designs, depending on your on-site requirement. Barriers are used for many circumstances, including - 

  • Controlling pedestrian or vehicle access
  • Protecting assets from impact damage
  • Highlighting nearby hazards for employees

How to choose the right barrier for your project
Before purchasing a barrier, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine the best option: 

  • Do I need to control access?
  • Do I need to protect assets from damage?
  • Will this barrier be used on a permanent or temporary basis?
  • Do I need a fixed or portable barrier option?

It’s best to conduct a workplace safety risk assessment to determine what kind of barrier will work best on-site. 

Here are a few barrier options to get you started - 

GHP Portable Barrier – a versatile barrier for indoor and outdoor use. Made from rigid plastic for long service life. Integral castors for high mobility to and from the site. Expands up to 3.6 metres in width to deter pedestrian entry.

Black Bull Steel Hoop Guards – robust steel hoop barriers made for warehouse environments, galvanised for protection against rust. Mark nearby hazards for warehouse employees and create safer walkways. Use them to protect warehouse assets from work vehicle impacts. 

Gas-Assisted Compact Access Barrier Gate – a high-quality steel rising boom barrier for outdoor use. Deters vehicle entry onto private business premises when in the horizontal position. A gas-assisted mechanism allows for more effortless opening and closing.

Queuemaster Belt Post – this is a retractable belt barrier for creating quick queue systems or deterring entry. Each belt expands up to 3.4 metres and is available with 14 belt designs— a stylish option for professional environments.

Slow Stop Guardrail Flexible Protection Barrier - a heavy-duty barrier for the busiest of warehouse environments. Bollards use an elastomer to bend on impact should it occur. Can withstand impacts from forklifts and other work vehicles. Protect warehouse assets to reduce expensive repair costs. 

Multi-Max Chain Posts – comes with six posts and bases and 15 metres of chain. Easy to set up on-site for instant use. Completely mobile and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Popular with shopping centres, schools and more.

Plastic Height Restrictor with Suspensions Chains – simple height restrictor for standard car parks and multi-stories. Acts as a visual aid to deter larger vehicles from entering the area. Hang from ceilings for instant use on site.


How many types of barriers are there?
There are many barrier types available. Depending on your on-site requirement, you will require a specific barrier type to suit.

  • Expandable barriers – come in a compact format for easy transporting when not in use. Expands to deter pedestrian entry. Suitable for temporary use in both indoor and outdoor environments. Available in plastic or steel design.

Installation – typically free-standing with no installation required.

  • Car Park Barriers – rising or swinging barriers that can deter vehicle entry onto private property. Suitable for business premises and warehouses. Allows operators to raise the boom when access is granted or locked in an upright position during business hours.

Installation – install directly into pre-existing concrete pads. Each barrier base should be bolted down or concreted into a 1-foot x 1-foot pad.

  • Post and Chain Barriers – usually include several posts and bases to attach the chain. Close off large spaces or create simple queue systems in minutes. Movable barrier option suitable for temporary setups. Chain posts have been very popular as a barrier of choice for Covid-19 layouts.

Installation – minimal install required. Put bases and posts together and attach chain as needed.

  • Retractable belt barriers – available in a post or wall-mounted format. Create queue systems for shopfronts or public premises or deter access. They are suited to professional environments. Available with custom messaging to provide specific messages to pedestrians.

Installation – attach bases and belt posts for instant use on site. Wall-mounted barriers are available with a screw-on or magnetic end for easy attachment where needed.

  • Crash Barriers – used to protect warehouse assets from impact damage. They use a heavy-duty steel design that reduces the risk of damage to infrastructure during impact. Available in solid or flexible formats. Flexible designs allow for better absorption of impact from forklifts or work machinery.

Installation – measure the unit on-site and pre-drill appropriate size holes. Drill out holes as necessary using the proper drill-bit size. Insert the barriers back into place and tighten fixings into position.

  • Height Restriction Barriers – deters larger vehicles from entering into an interior area. They provide a visual warning to HGV drivers, suitable for multi-storey car parks and public buildings. Reduce the risk of damage to trucks and infrastructure.

Installation – Bolt to concrete ceilings using chain. Should hang freely at the appropriate height for your premises.

  • Portable Barriers – easy to carry, lightweight and quick to deploy. Suitable for contractors and maintenance crews. Deter entry over small to large spaces. Available in plastic or steel designs.

Installation – minimal setup required. Usually made as free-standing for instant use on site. Easily removed or stored when not in use.

  • Crowd Control Barriers – deter pedestrian entry or control large amounts of people at public events. Used at concerts, parades and more, typically made from steel for full reusability when needed. These barriers are easily stacked and stored when not in use.

Installation – join multiple barriers together to cover large distances on streets and roads. They are free-standing, with no physical installation required.

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Steel barriers v plastic barriers
Barriers are usually available in plastic or steel designs. Depending on your requirement may mean you choose one barrier over another.
Plastic barriers

  • Lightweight design 
  • Suitable for pedestrian traffic
  • Ideal for temporary use
  • Very transportable
  • It can generally be recycled if broken (check the individual product for specific recycling requirements)

Steel barriers

  • Sturdy design 
  • Suitable for pedestrian and vehicle traffic
  • Ideal for temporary and permanent use
  • Easily transported when needed
  • Galvanised for protection against rusting and corrosion

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Reduce expensive warehouse repair costs using the Slow Stop Barrier System

The Slow Stop Barrier System can provide excellent long term protection in warehouse environments. The robust steel design reduces the risk of damage to warehouse machinery, injury to employees and expensive repair costs to infrastructure.

The range of bollards and barriers allow for impacts to be absorbed while protecting the asset in question. Each system utilises a rubber elastomer in the Slow Stop bases to absorb impact. Once the impact has occurred, the barrier should self-right back into its original position.

Use the Slow Stop range for heavy-duty requirements such as warehouses, freight depots, storage facilities and more. The barriers can protect impact from forklifts and other heavy-duty work machinery.
Be sure to contact the Pittman team for more information on how Slow Stop can improve your overall warehouse safety and save you on expensive repair costs.

Five things you didn’t know about barriers

Chapter 8 Barriers – barriers explicitly made to comply with standards set out in the Traffic Signs Manual and the New Roads & Street Works Act, usually made from a recyclable plastic material with red/white reflective markings across the top

Rising Boom Barriers – a common name often given to rising car park barriers. The term “boom” refers to the main pivoting barrier arm. The term itself comes from the Dutch word boom, which means “tree”. We then get the word “beam”, a term often used for a long piece of wood.  

Café Barriers – these barriers are common among pubs and restaurants across the UK. They utilise barrier posts and glass or plastic sheeting to display brands and information. They make for a great branding tool and can show high quality messaging to customers and passers-by.

Trench Bridges –  are barriers made specifically for crossing open groundworks. These bridges can be used on construction sites and works and allow pedestrians to travel with excellent grip and safety.

Stanchion – this is a common term for belt barriers. As mentioned previously, belt barriers are a common means for creating queue systems.

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