Walking along the River Liffey in Dublin City Centre recently, I was surprised at how low the protective quay walls were in some places. I measured the barrier heights as 700mm in two particularly areas I walked past. One was close to the Four Courts while the other was close to O’Connell Bridge. The low wall close to O’Connell Bridge seemed especially dangerous as it was at a busy location and is beside a taxi rank.
At the location close to O’Connell Bridge, a short length of steel barrier of higher height had been installed. While this showed that somebody was concerned enough to act, its length was too short, and it needs to be extended to protect pedestrians. See photograph below, click to enlarge.
You can imagine someone, late at night, tired, leaning against the wall while waiting for a taxi, and potentially falling into the river below.
When designing balustrades the minimum height in this type of location should be 1,100mm. Many people fall into the River Liffey every year and a sensible step would seem to be to raise all barrier walls to the above minimum height.