Handrails keep pedestrians and workers from bad slips or falls while walking along stairways, platforms, walkways and landings. They are built to be sturdy against most weight so anyone nearby can rely on them to grab hold in the case of a misstep, to lean on during a conversation or steady themselves on a rainy day.
Modular handrails are meant to be used by people of all ages and walking styles, which means setting up the right kind is essential to a safe walking space. Here, we'll dive into what a modular handrail is, as well as different types and uses so you feel prepared for your next installation project.
A modular handrail is easy to set up, lightweight and reliable.
What is a modular handrail?
A modular handrail is built of several types of pipes that lock into one another through joint piping. They are held together by a different handrail system designed specifically for its location and any preferences for the property owner.
The longevity of a handrail will also depend on the material it is made from. Webforge modular handrails, or MonowillsTM Safety Barriers, are available in heavy-duty or standard systems. We use several different materials for our handrails, depending on the needs of the customer, such as:
- Stainless steel.
- Galvanised steel.
These materials specifically provide several desirable outcomes necessary for outdoor handrails:
- High corrosion resistance.
- Extreme durability.
- Excellent abrasion resistance.
- Low maintenance.
Benefits of a handrail system
With these materials in mind, you can rely on a setup that is simple, reliable and consistent. No matter where a pedestrian or worker is walking, it's important to provide them with a safe space to grab on for safety, stability or peace of mind in the case of a slip. The benefits of a modular handrail for construction lie in its simplicity to transport and set up. This type of handrail is made for easy fitting and simple installation for longevity, accuracy and reliability. It can be easily transported to a job site and erected quickly in all applications because the railing can be assembled on site and moulded together sometimes all within a day.
Choosing a modular handrail system can decrease installation costs, downtime and help reduce the frequency of maintenance.
Setting up of a modular handrail
A modular handrail system can be used in just about every outdoor setting. Webforge MonowillsTM Barriers can be configured to service a wide range of applications such as:
- Cycle ways.
- Disability safety rails.
Several parts of a handrail are necessary to provide safe walking space for pedestrians. Depending on the type you choose, there are multiple systems available:
- MonowillsTM Ball & Tube welded system.
- MonowillsTM Link modular system, no welding required.
- MonowillsTM Link AS5100 laser cut system .
Each handrail is compliant with the Australian and New Zealand standards for building. Those standards include:
- AS/NZS 1657 - Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders.
- NCC - National construction code.
- AS/NZS 1428 - Design for access and mobility.
- AS/NZS 2156 - Walking tracks infrastructure design.
All of these guidelines ensure that each of our handrails is up to code and can be set up safely and consistently across any project.
Knowing whether or not your space needs a handrail will depend on your jurisdictional standards, but typically, if space is subject to any incline, such as ramps or a staircase, you should look into what is necessary to meet coding standards.
With our 20+ years of experience, Webforge can answer any question you may have or help you get started on securing your space. Give us a call today to learn more.