On industrial job sites, traffic control and pedestrian safety must be addressed by mounting railing systems, safety barriers and other safety apparatuses.

In a warehouse or on a construction site, heavy machinery and tools pose immediate threats to bystanders who might be too close in proximity.  Within this post, we’ll outline ways to make your workplace a safer overall environment. Some of these recommendations include:

  • Displaying visible signage to alert pedestrians and bystanders of the construction taking place.
  • Installing net fencing, safety barriers or another form of divider around the perimeter of the worksite. That way, unauthorised personnel know their physical limits.
  • Leaving adequate space between the street and the onset of the worksite.

Mount Safety Barriers and Railings

Safety barriers are intended to direct vehicles and foot traffic in the direction of the safest route available—away from building materials, workers, and other hazards that may result in injury. Many barriers are even portable so they can be repositioned or removed based on the daily worksite needs. This ProCity Safety Barrier works for minor street projects or even larger worksites. It has six white reflective strips for enhanced night safety as well as a red finish. Plus, it comes with an identification plaque as an optional way to label the premises. An alternative to this sort of barrier is a pedestrian gate. These are suited for both indoor and outdoor use and are one of the quickest ways to block a road/highway repair project. Depending on the length of the project, a more permanent barrier may be necessary. It’s best to evaluate your site’s needs before making a decision.

Display Cautionary Signage

parkingPosition signs on roadways and footways around the construction or worksite to ensure that pedestrians and travelling vehicles are cautious when approaching. What does this signage look like? Common signs include, “road closed”, “footway closed”, and “men at work”. If possible, select one with a reflective coating to make it visible even at night. Safe Options, has a number of quality worksite materials like this Traffic Cone Reflective Sign.  These PVC sign faces fit securely to highway approved cones and meet the requirements of Class 1 Reflectivity.

Measure Adequate Space from High Traffic Areas

Prior to installing any sorts of barriers or railing, it’s best to take careful measurements of the distance between high traffic areas and the worksite. Many public ordinances require that there be a certain amount of space for vehicles and pedestrians to travel so to avoid any penalties or fines it’s recommended to consult public authorities.

Choosing the proper barricades and safety barriers requires advanced planning, a thorough understanding of the local ordinances and a clear understanding of your worksite. The site foreman or supervisor should be involved with all decisions regarding safety as well as any planning committee members. For additional information relating to construction safety, consult the resources published by the Health and Safety Executive. There you can browse safety topics and learn about other ways to best equip a worksite.

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