WHY ARE HANDRAILS SO IMPORTANT?
21 Nov

WHY ARE HANDRAILS SO IMPORTANT?

21 November 2018

Ever thought what would happen if every railing in the world just suddenly disappeared?  In a word, disaster!

Railings provide stability, which is especially important to: increase safety during inclement weather, including rain, ice, sleet and snow; when flooring surfaces can become slippery and dangerous especially for young children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Handrails provide support, and are there to stop people rushing on stairs, or help by providing a last ditch attempt at safety in the eventuality of a sudden fall.

Stairwell safety is something to be taken seriously, accidents on stairs are known to kill at least 2 people every single day in the UK.  It’s a staggering figure when you think about it, but ensuring you have the correct safety precautions in place, such as having an effective handrail can significantly reduce accidents of this nature.

It’s not just a safety issue when it comes to handrails, apart from assisting us with our everyday needs, they can also make a building look more aesthetically pleasing and become a real focal point to a room.  But most importantly, did you know that a handrail is actually a legal requirement?

Stairs should have a handrail on at least one side if they are less than 1m wide. They should also have a handrail on both sides if they are wider than 1m, but not mandatory on the first two steps up.

Now is the perfect time to assess safety in your workplace, before the weather gets colder and ice and snow can become a problem and potential safety risk to you and your employees.  It might be a small check, but it can make a big difference.

At Kite Group Ltd. we provide all elements of handrail systems, from fittings to tubes. All of our handrail components and designs comply with the relevant British Standards. Our handrail products are available in mild steel, stainless steel GRP and aluminium.  Get in touch to find out how we can assist with your handrail requirements.

 

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