Pedestrian Safety Rails At Costa Coffee
I recently noticed this tidy tube clamp handrail installation while stopping off at a Costa Coffee in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath.
The parking area for the Costa was accompanied by a Lidl store on one side, with the entire area being finished really well. There was a tarmacked surface, a raised entrance and walkway along with a beautiful stone wall alongside the roadway out the back.
Safety Rail Requirement
The raised walkway and steps up to the door of the Costa required a steel safety rail along the edge as the parapet walls just weren’t high enough to protect people. A tube clamp safety rail provided an ideal solution in bringing the wall up to an suitable height, protecting people from the edge.
Vintage Look And Appeal
The great thing about the safety rail was that it looked really well and completely added to the exterior of the premises. With the stone walls on one side of the roadway and the tube clamp rail on the other, the whole area had a vintage look and appeal.
Advantages Of A Tube Clamp Safety Rail
Installing the system would not have taken very long, as tube clamps effortlessly lock the tube in place by tightening the fittings grub screws. This can be done with just an allen key. In fact, the only power tools that would be needed would be a drill for fixing the base flanges to the concrete capping, along with a grinder or chop saw for cutting the steel rails to length.
No specialised labour would be required either, as there is no welding or fabricating required. This ensures that the rail can be quickly installed, while still providing a tough steel solution.
Easy Installations For Various Scenarios
Although most safety rail installations use the same few fittings each time, there are 90+ fittings within the Kee Klamp fittings range, to suit various scenarios. Such scenarios can include sloped surfaces, uneven ground and various angles. These angles can be accommodated for by using our variable angle and swivel fittings, which allow the rails to be connected at any angle.
Rails From Flat To Sloped Surfaces
It was noticeable that the handrail at the steps was bent/curved to suit the changes in pitch of the parapet wall. While this also looks well, not everyone has the tools required to bend steel in this way. As an alternative, the Kee Klamp range has fittings which will change the direction of the tube in the same way. The Type 55 Obtuse Angle Elbow or the BC53 Swivel Elbow will work just the same and can be a more achievable method of transferring the safety rail from a flat to an angled surface.
After taking the time to take my pictures of the tube clamp system on the way in, I then went and had my hard-earned coffee. I know it must be frustrating for anyone accompanying me to have to wait on many occasions for me to stop and take pictures of various tube clamp installations. The quick and simple method of installation means that increasing amounts of similar projects can be found throughout the country. No matter where my next journey is, I will no doubt have the phone out again soon.