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One potential source of liability with guard rails lies with the proximity of stationary guard rails to moving rails attached to lifts, vehicles, and other powered equipment. If you are installing new guard rails in a warehouse, dock, or other area where powered equipment operates, make sure all clearances and safe working area issues are respected. Beware of installing guard rails that extend to the height that can endanger an elbow sticking out of a golf cart on a blind turn, or other such hidden dangers. If you aren't sure, it's best to do a ride-along in commonly operated vehicles in your shop in the areas where you plan to install new guard rails. You'll learn a lot about where these hidden dangers lie, and you can take steps to avoid them.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|