In the building and construction industry, barrier fences or barricades are commonly used to prohibit unauthorized entry into restricted work areas, prevent exposure to potential hazards, and provide protection during scaffolding, hot works, and demolition work. In addition, they are used in traffic control, for pedestrian safety, and as perimeter security equipment.
With that being said, let us look at the advantages of a barrier fence in construction sites in more detail.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), approximately 750 casualties occur in construction work zones yearly. Barrier fences around construction zones using plastic mesh or chain links warn people about ongoing construction works. This helps employ construction projects within confined zones. Thus, they restrict unauthorized access of people and vehicles into prohibited areas on construction sites.
In addition, barrier fences help better define vehicle paths. This is vital for construction projects that span many traffic lanes and need vehicles to take detours. They may include signages and lights to better warn drivers of the surrounding construction zone, marking the start and end of the zone.
Barrier fences hinder damages by preventing debris from accumulating during accidents. They protect workers by resisting the force during vehicle collisions, providing them with extra reaction time to escape safely and avoid sustaining fatal injuries.
Barrier fences help reduce unexpected disruption in construction sites, ensuring a smooth working environment on-site. They work by limiting the movement of equipment and vehicles entering the construction compound as barricade fence panels prevent passersby from walking inside. Fence panels are sometimes covered with mesh to further enforce privacy for construction workers. In addition, the mesh coverings prevent debris from entering and escaping the worksite.
Barrier fences are used in areas with earth changes or where the protection of natural resources is important. For instance, they help protect trees from abrasion during construction works. In addition, barrier fences help increase the rate of preservation of existing vegetation, reducing the negative impact of compaction or soil erosion. In this case, barrier fences isolate areas with erodible soil or steep slopes which are prone to soil erosion. Lastly, barrier fences also protect sensitive water bodies and newly seeded areas when installed properly and in the correct areas.
Silt fences are a specific type of barrier fence that helps to protect the environment surrounding the construction site. They act as a barrier, hindering the flow of construction pollutants into the nearby streams.
Finally, post-construction regrading can be reduced, further protecting the environment and also saving project costs.
Increased Branding Prospects
Although safety, privacy, and environmental sustainability in projects are the main benefits of barrier fences, construction companies can also use these barricades to promote their brand. Adding their logo and slogan to the panels is a common method to enhance brand exposure and visibility.
Barricading and Fencing Services
While considering the type of barrier fence for your business, it is important to factor in the costs and suitability of the barricade for the project.
At Starr Industries, we offer a wide range of scaffolding services, including fencing and barricading. Our team is experienced, with a strong emphasis on safety, originality, and service.Read More