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Different Types of Guide Rails

Posted on February 26th, 2021

Guide Rail Install on Highway

Guide rails serve a purpose for safety and create a barrier, making them a critical part of a variety of industrial structures. They have a variety of applications and are typically installed in highways as a barrier against vehicle impact, prevent falls, and in production areas. Guide rail assemblies are also installed at platform ends and are also used in mezzanine structures in places such as warehouses.

What Type of Guide Rails Are There?

There are a variety of guide rails, including:

Guide rails are commonly made from variations of stainless steel due to its durability. Guide rails made from wood are also common. There are many variations of guide rails, all of which must meet OSHA standards.

Common guide rail types and style include:


These are standard traffic and highway safety rails. They are constructed from high gauge steel and are fabricated with zinc and weather-resistant coated components to protect against the elements.


These can be installed in single, double, or triple rails for your application.


These type of guide rails is easily accessible and features brackets that allow the post section to slide into the structure for easy installation.

What are Some Common Guide Rail Applications?

Common applications for guide rails include:

  • Protecting equipment from forklift damage
  • Preventing and minimizing accidents along roadways
  • Providing a barrier for workstation and transformer areas
  • Protecting pedestrian walkways
  • Protecting buildings from damage

Professional Guide Rail Installation

It is always recommended that you utilize the services of a professional for your guide rail installation. This will help to ensure that your guide rails comply with OSHA standards and will also help to ensure guide rails are installed properly to avoid malfunctions.

At Fence by Maintenance, we have the skills and the tools needed to complete your guide rail installation and ensure you are in compliance with OSHA regulations. Contact us today to learn more!