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BARANSAFE. Impact proof provisional guardrail

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Briefing

Highly safe innovative guardrail system

BARANSAFE guardrail comply with EN 13374 and OSHA 1926.502 standards. Its innovative design absorbs impact energy without causing injury to workers. The system is made up of guardrails and posts formed by a composite polyester and fiberglass reinforced with steel rods. Some  remarkable advantages are: combat the risk “at source”, preventing the fall; exceed the specifications of the European and American standards, so they have a huge scope of aplication; They are safe; economic; Reusable; It is easily stored, transported and assembled and it has an enormous versatility that can fit into any situation.

 
Technology Solution

BARANSAFE guardrail comply with EN 13374 and OSHA 1926.502 standards, so they can be used in Europe, the US and the majority of Latin American countries.

Its design allows it to absorbe high energy impacts without causing injury to workers.

The vast majority of existing security guardrail on the market does not meet existing regulations. Besides, they are systems that either fail when subjected to impacts ,due to their lack of resistance, or produce injury to workers impacting against them because of their enormous rigidity.

The technological solution presented is an innovation in the construction sector that gets to eliminate injuries saving material and human costs.

“The proposed system meets national and international standards and absorbs large impacts without causing injury to workers”

 
Market demands

Construction

  • Public Administrations try by all means to avoid accidents in the works they promote. In many cases the cost of security is not the most relevant factor.
  • Used guardrails don’t comply with safety standards
  • In 2007, In the EU27 countries, 5,580 accidents were fatal (26.1% of them in the construction sector) and 2.9% of workers suffered an accident at work resulting in more than three days off work [Eurostat, 2010;Health and safety at work in Europe 1999-2007: A statistical portrait]

 Spain

  • In 2009 there were 1,329 serious construction accidents and 165 deaths [Ministry of Labour and Immigration, 2009].
  • 37.74% of them came from an impact result of a fall, 7.43% by a crash or hit with an object falling and 6.06% as a result of a slip or shock blow against a immovable object. [Actividades económicas con mayor siniestralidad, penosidad y peligrosidad: SECTOR DE LA CONSTRUCCIÓN. INSHT Noviembre 2010. NIPO 792-11-057-0].
  • The most frequent cause was the absence / deficiency of collective protection against falls of persons (5.0%) [Análisis de mortalidad en España en 2009. Año 2010. NIPO 292-11-068-8]

“Many of the existing security guardrails do not comply the security standards and  the effects of the impact of a worker against a guardrail are unknown”

 
Market potential

Construction Sector in Spain

  • Construction activity in 2012: € 108,839 million [Informe económico 2012. SEOPAN Asociación de Empresas Constructoras de Ámbito Nacional].
  • Average budget for safety in a work project: 3% of the material execution budget.
  • Average budget for the material components of the safety guardrails in a building work: 0.07% of the material execution budget.
 
Competitive advantages

  • Systems designed to combat the risk “at source”, preventing the fall.
  • They exceed the specifications of the European and American standards, having an enormous scope of aplication.
  • Safety: do not fail when impacted and do not cause injury to workers that impact.
  • Economic, reusable and easily stored, transported and assembled.
  • Enormous versatility that can fit into any situation.
 
References

  • Members of the research group belong to AENOR committees responsible for the standardization and certification of safety guardrails. They also belong to the European Expert Committee CEN / TC 53 / WG 10 "Guardrails for temporary Works".
  • The research team has been involved in more than a dozen projects related to the design and evaluation of collective works protection.
 
Development stage

  • Concept
  • R&D
  • Lab Prototype
  • Industrial Prototype
  • Production 
 
Contact

BARANSAFE contact 

María de las Nieves González García; Alfonso Cobo Escamilla .

e: {mariadelasnieves.gonzalez;alfonso.cobo;gi.pepcymae}@upm.es 

UPM contact

Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area

Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM 

e: innovacion.tecnologica@upm.es

 
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