3 Important Ways Barricades Are Used In Construction SitesArticle published on Feb 09, 2022
In the construction industry, barricades like the ones for sale here at Crowd Control Warehouse are used for a number of basic safety objectives. For instance here are 3 of the general purposes for barricades on a construction site:
Barricades for Traffic Safety:
Road construction is one of the biggest construction industries in America with 99.5 billion spent on highway construction in 2018, just within the private sector. In that same year, there were roughly 11.3 million Americans working in the construction industry.
That's a lot of people to keep safe. While construction is already considered a high-risk industry, road construction has its own unique problems. In fact, an average of 124 people are killed each year as a result of accidents at road construction sites.
Barricades like these powder coated orange steel barricades are commonly used to help provide a high-visibility barrier around road construction sites. Not only does an interlocking steel barricade barrier create a physical barrier to deter incidents with surrounding vehicles, but the powder coating can be customized in common traffic-safety colors like Orange, Yellow, and Red to increase visibility and promote caution.
Barricades for Pedestrian Safety:
These brightly colored steel barricades surrounding construction sites are not only useful where there's vehicle traffic, but foot traffic as well.
Consider the fact that a third of all construction deaths occur as a result of falling. Construction sites are not safe places to wander into and steel barricades should be in place around the perimeter of any construction site, even those far away from moving vehicles.
Barricades for Equipment Safety:
The equipment used on construction sites should not be accessible to bystanders and can be very dangerous. Every year for example roughly 42 people die from accidents involving a crane.
While barricades are useful for securing the perimeter and keeping pedestrians out, they're also useful for creating additional safety perimeters around equipment which might be especially dangerous.
What are the features which make barricades useful for construction?
Many steel barricades use a hot-dipped galvanizing process which provides a rust-proof seal over the entire structure of the barricade, even its joints. This galvanization process is mostly used to help the barricade last longer and safe construction crews money by minimizing the need for frequent replacements. This doesn't necessarily contribute to safety, but can be an important feature for saving costs.
Interlocking Barricade Design:
Most steel barricades are designed with hooks and loops which allow them to link together to form a continuous barrier. While this is extremely simple in design, it goes a long way towards making the barrier more impenetrable and keeping a perimeter more secure.
Construction sites are extremely variable with some occurring on fairly even pavement and others on broken ground. And one construction crew may need to move their equipment from one of these extremes to the other. For this reason, it's important for a steel barricade to have interchangeable feet. This means the proper foot type can be used for the specific environment.
Bridge feet for example can be used to keep the barricade securely upright, even if the ground surface is uneven or rocky. Flat feet on the other hand are good for flat surfaces where they sit flush against the ground.
Having the right feet contributes to safety, and its important for construction crews to be able to adapt their barricades in this way for different environments.