Vehicle Impact Protection 2017-04-13T14:22:44+00:00

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Vehicle Impact Protection – Bollards

Several code sections require vehicle impact protection

  • 2703.9.3 – Hazardous Materials
  • 3003.3.2 – Compressed Gases
  • 3403.6.4 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • 3807.4 – Liquefied Petroleum Gases
  • 2206.4 – Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, above ground tanks
  • 2207.5.3 – Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, LP gas
  • 2209.5.2 – Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, hydrogen

IFC Section 312 describes what is required of guard posts (bollards) used to provide vehicle impact protection.

  1. Constructed of steel not less than 4 inches in diameter and concrete filled
  2. Spaced not more than 4 feet between posts on center
  3. Set not less than 3 feet deep in a concrete footing of not less than a 15 inch diameter
  4. Set with the top of the posts not less than 3 feet above ground
  5. Located not less than 3 feet from the protected object

Good example of vehicle impact protection.

Gas line damaged by vehicle – no impact protection.

*Photos courtesy of the Iowa City Fire Department.

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