Traffic management at and around construction sites is a critical issue. Given the high risk of accidents in such environments, ensuring the health and safety of all personnel, as well as the general public is paramount. Heavy machinery, changed road conditions, hazards and reduced visibility can all impact the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles. Safe and effective management with reliable equipment is essential for the protection of people and property.
Traffic Barriers – An Effective Way to Avoid Severe Accidents on Construction Sites
Strategic use of traffic barriers is one of the most effective ways to minimise the risk of hazards at construction sites. These barriers make it easy for on-site personnel to demarcate the potentially hazardous areas and ensure people have immediate and ongoing clarity on where, how and when to move while construction work is going on.
Purpose and Benefits of Traffic Barriers on a Construction Site
There are four primary objectives to consider in the placement of traffic barriers on construction sites:
- Enhanced Safety
- Clear Demarcation of Potentially Dangerous Areas on the Site
- Minimising Liability
- Compliance with Government Requirements
Key Types of Traffic Barriers Used in the Construction Industry:
Widely used by schools and outdoor events, pedestrian barriers offer a perfect solution to control crowd flow around construction sites. These safety barriers are designed with interlocking connecting points that help in creating continuous barricading. Pedestrian barriers are mostly used to keep people away from any hazardous areas. These barricades can also be used to direct any oncoming vehicle traffic.
Road Construction Barriers
These types of barriers are more common when setting up detours or closing roads for any construction work or repairs. Road Construction Barriers are specially designed to be visible to oncoming traffic, even from a distance. They are also constructed to withstand collisions from moving vehicles.
These barriers are used extensively for efficient flow and management of vehicles and pedestrians through construction sites. Traffic barriers are an ideal choice when controlling and managing traffic on a busy highway. Depending on the working conditions, these barriers can be customised with signs, beacons and lights to meet compliance requirements.
Different types of traffic barriers include:
- Traffic cones
- Bollard Cones
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