Doug Bedell — August 24, 2020, 1:14 pm

Bollards as Partners With Vehicle Access Control Barriers

A post promotes bollards as partners with vehicle access control barriers. A reference incident involved “a Mercedes-Benz SUV (that) crashed into another vehicle and ricocheted through the lobby of Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital’s emergency room in June (2020). One person died and four were hurt.”

Bollards, or fixed standing posts, can protect settings like hospital emergency rooms from unanticipated vehicle accidents that, unfortunately, happen from time to time.

“An emergency room is a high-traffic area,” Jan Lamberti, an attorney representing an injured client, explained. “You are going to have people who are driving up that may be ill or confused. It’s foreseeable that they’re going to lose control of the car. At the same time, you have patients and pedestrians going in and out of the emergency room. You know this situation is going to be there and you must take steps to protect the pedestrians and the patients.”

Yes, security from vehicle accidents requires anticipating what could happen in all too accessible settings. Bollards can be part of the solution.

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