Ramp Safety Barrier-Wheelchair Access
One of the great benefits of Kee Klamp handrail fittings is that they allow for quick and easy installation. The tube handrail simply slots within each fitting and is effortlessly locked in place by tightening the fittings grub screw until it grips the rail.
Ramp Safety Barrier
Mark needed a suitable safety barrier to protect around a ramp which was accessed by nurses and used to bring in his young son who is wheelchair bound. There was also the possibility of young kids visiting so the addition of a middle rail would add extra protection and stop them from running under.
So easy, it was like lego. A couple of hours and it was wrapped up and it is very solid. Thank you.
Inline v Offset Rails
In this case, the metal ramp wasn’t suitable for fixing our base flange to, so Mark would keep the uprights as close to the ramp as possible. While this was perfect for this particular project, offset handrails can also be used which step in from the posts and are closer to the user.
This wasn’t necessary in this case however as the structure was being used more as a safety barrier than for a hand hold.
Note: We have sloped base flanges available for fixing directly to a ramp if necessary.
Handrail On Ramps Or Steps
For most handrail on ramps or steps, we would usually terminate the rails on the wall of the building, or very close to it if possible. Here, Mark wanted to leave a slight gap within the handrail system so that he could easily access the bins when required.
Metal can naturally be very slippery when it gets wet, so ramps such as this should either contain a special anti-slip surface or the use of some sort of appropriate mat to ensure a secure footing. The chances of slipping can be enhanced by having to push a wheelchair up the ramp, so the surface of the ramp is definitely something to think about.
NDA Disability Handrail
If the handrail is for wheelchair users who are able to manoeuvre the wheelchair themselves, then an appropriate NDA disability handrail should be installed. This rail should be smooth and continuous along its entire course, with no breaks or terminations.
For this reason, we would recommend using our Kee Access handrail fittings. These are designed specifically to create a smooth handrail, where the outer edge of the tube rail runs flush with the outer edge of the fitting.