How Do Safety Impact Barriers Work?

A safety barrier is a part of a machine which helps prevent a trackway into a dangerous area. It is commonly used to avoid the risks of accidents. Safety barriers may be hard barriers that are physically restricting a passage or it may be a soft barrier that controls circuits based on the presence of foreign bodies. 

At Southern Dock Products, a division of Duraserv, we have three types of loading dock impact barriers namely Dock Guard Safety Lip, APS Bollard Pole and APS Dock Impact Barrier. 

  • Dock Guard Safety Barrier Lip
  • The dock guard safety barrier lip gives protection to personnel, goods and equipment from rolling out of the dock accidentally. This kind of safety impact barriers is most useful in keeping the truck lift safely on the leveler and when it is used below the dock end loading conditions. It provides life expansion to the leveler. The dock guard lip hinge is 400% stronger than a conventional leveler hinge in normal operations. 

  • APS Bollard Pole
  • The APS Bollard pole is a great protection for different dock r warehouse applications. It is available in heavy duty that measures 6” or 4” in diameter, schedule 40 pipe with one half base plate. Optional cap is available and floor hardware is included. 

  • APS Dock Impact Barrier
  • The APS dock impact barrier’s lower impact barrier is build from 9/16” of thick steel cable that can be seen inside a flexible fiber glass rail. It has the capability to stop a 10,000 lb fork truck moving at 4 mph. the highly visible yellow nylon webbing gives additional visual barrier at the dock. 

    This type of impact barrier is operated manually using a gate style barrier. The APS dock impact barrier is opened by releasing the latch and lifting the gate into an upright position with few efforts when dock use is required. 

    The APS dock impact barrier can lessen the occurrence of: 

  • Accidents due to fork lift, pedestrians or pallets jacks falling off the dock when the door is open
  • It can harm the equipment, load, door panels and door track when the door is closed.
  • It is 4” wide, weather resistant for a long-term performance and with 47,000 microprisms per square inch that provides intense reflective property. Simple to install. The operations can be performed by a single dock attendant in just a few seconds with minimum effort required. With one hand, it can raise and lower the dock impact barrier. It can also be maintained minimally and with interlock capable-optional. 

    To ensure we understand the safety of your personnel and the machines, our team works closely with you, our client and our sales team to make sure that detailed, high-quality safety impact barriers is created for you.  

    Our highly-skilled and experienced workers have all the skills and knowledge required to respond to any type of safe impact barriers. Contact us to discuss your service requests. Toll Free Number: 1-800-994-2361| Fort Worth, TX: (817) 686-7300 | Houston, TX: (713) 868-5443 | Austin, TX: (512) 442-1561| Dallas, TX: (800) 994-2361 | San Antonio, TX: (210) 359-9552 | Shreveport, LA: (844) 826-5301 | Baton Rouge, LA: (844) 826-5301 | Atlanta, GA: (770) 338-9988 | Savannah, GA: (912) 239-9652 | Orlando, FL: (407) 656-1289 | Tampa, FL: (813) 643-7000 | Jacksonville, FL: (904) 282-3438 | Charlotte, NC: (704) 594-5094. Or visit our websites: and