Wind and strong gale force winds at that can be a big problem for keeping pedestrian barriers in place.
This is a significant concern for those using temporary fencing to help secure sites and manage crowd control.
And it’s not just the weather that users have to be aware of. Users of temporary fencing must also be mindful of the new rules and guidance included in the introduction of the new wind speed code of practice, which outlines what weight a temporary fencing solution must be depending on the wind speed and location.
In this post, we look at pedestrian barrier stabilisation techniques and the solutions they can provide to help alleviate such issues.
Creative solutions to crowd control fencing
There are several solutions for helping to stabilise pedestrian barriers. These can include:
Ballast Trays – an innovative design that helps these barriers withstand even the strongest of winds. The ballast tray can be filled with sand, soil, Heras fence feet, or other ballast that is suitable to your requirements. These trays will often be found on construction sites as they offer practicality through their versatility. Various ballasts need to be used and added to pedestrian barriers depending on weather conditions. Those responsible for pedestrian barrier stabilisation must consider this when assessing site safety and security.
Crosslink barriers – cross link systems aren’t as well known as they are a little more restrictive. However, they do provide excellent stability. The crosslink barrier uses two telescopic stability poles. When they are crossed over each other and connected to other fence panels or weighted blocks, the pedestrian barrier is then braced to tackle all elements. Due to these poles being suitable for connection to blocks or other barriers, they do offer a certain level of flexibility. The poles are also easily stored; they reduce wind resistance, can include anti-tamper devices, and the poles can be extended to any reach that is required.
Connecting these poles is the Sure foot Bloc. A heavy-duty food cover with anti-slip studs that help to gain a firmer grip into the ground. These blocs are also stackable, making them ideal for storage. These blocs are often used to add the additional weight required and increase overall stability as they’re placed over the current pedestrian barrier feet. They can also be used alongside the stability poles to provide an excellent anchored weight – ideal if space is restricted.
Avalon Ballast Base – this stabiliser slots easily into the top of the original ballast base tray, adding an additional 18kg of ballast to secure the plastic barrier. This is a very heavy duty solution, but it does help to lessen the risk of security fences in this capacity moving or indeed tipping over.
Road Rock – very similar to a weighted block, pedestrian barriers slot into the road rock, helping to keep them firmly in place. Road rocks are often found to act as a multi-purpose product as they can also be used to support road bollards and retractable safety barriers by creating interlocking trails as they hook together. Road rocks weigh 15kg each, and it is recommended you use two on a single pedestrian barrier. Road rock bases also offer a curved front and back face, allowing angular movement, so flexibility around corners and bends can be achieved.
Metal Pedestrian Barriers for Sale
If you’re looking for plastic barriers, stabilisation solutions, or crowd barriers for sale, we offer it all at Site Fencing. We have a vast selection of temporary fencing solutions that make us 99.9% confident we have the perfect fencing to suit your exact specifications.
To find out more, check out our fencing ranges online or speak to a member of our friendly team on 01274 833396, where we’d be happy to help!
Reference video: edsukdotcom
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