The construction business is continuously growing throughout the nation. In the United States alone in 2017, there were approximately 8.4 million people employed within the construction industry. With sky-rises and freeways being designed, built, and rebuilt to have better flow there is always a concern for these workers safety.
Having a safety barrier, in addition to following OSHA regulations, allows your contractors to do their job safely. These boundaries allow for individuals to see when a specific area is unsafe for them to be around. But how do you know which type of safety barrier to have standing as your guard?
The specific activity and location will determine which protective border you will set in place. When placing these safety barriers outside, it is best to have a solid style installed. They are able to withstand some of the most extreme weather conditions and will take several decades until they need any kind of repairs or replacements done.
For example, in a parking lot you will notice tall, cylinder type barriers usually placed in front of stores in particular areas. These are specifically placed to prevent any vehicle from crashing into their windows. Target, however, likes to use the large, red, round concrete block barriers in a single row in front of every store as part of their branding.
Another example of a safety barrier is sandbag barriers. These are usually laid out into a single file line across an area that is at risk for flooding. They will also be stacked several levels high in order to contain excessive water flow.
Now, when it comes to concerts, theme parks, or Black Friday, panel fencing is transported into the location and strategically placed to block and herd people from certain areas. These are light-weight, metal, and usually cut to a particular length so when placed end-to-end they create either a short or long safety barrier. You may even see these placed at certain construction sites as an extra layer standing in front of additional fencing.
When it comes to protecting ourselves and our employees, there is no limit. Always provide them with a safe work environment so they are able to complete their work. The safer they feel in their job site, the more productive and efficient they will be.