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Last edited 22 Feb 2021
A rail is a longitudinal bar that can sit on uprights or can be attached to another structural component such as a wall. A guardrail is a longitudinal barrier that prevents people from falling or straying into a dangerous or restricted zone. Guardrails are typically made from metal, timber, or materials such as PVC.
Guardrails can be found in locations such as:
- On a balcony.
- On building sites.
- On the edge of a pavement to prevent pedestrians crossing roads at dangerous points.
- On the edge of a ramp.
- On a landing.
- On ships.
- Around potentially dangerous machinery.
- Along a hiking trail to prevent falls.
NB According to Approved Document K, Protection from falling, collision and impact, guarding is ‘…a barrier that denies pedestrians or vehicles access to another area, for example the floor below’. Where a barrier is ‘…a structure – either a raised rail or a solid wall – that denies access to another area.' For more information see: Guarding
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