Not sure whether you want or need to use temporary fencing for your construction sites? If you don’t have much experience when it comes to running such projects, finding the right combination of options can be a little bit of a nightmare. In this quick overview guide, we’ll give you 5 reasons why going for temporary fencing could be the right move for your business.
Reasons You Need Temporary Fences
–> Discourage unwanted people and vehicles entering the premises: It’s important to protect yourself from liability – new home builds, empty homes undergoing renovations and construction sites can be attractive to individuals looking to make trouble.
Unauthorised people entering building sites can leave owners and companies open to liability for any injuries that occurs, even if they are trespassers. An unprotected and unfenced site leaves the property and materials inside it open to possible damages or thievery – or both – which can be costly and frustrating.
–> Inform passers-by that construction is underway and to keep clear: Temporary fencing and appropriate signage make it obvious to anyone passing by that they need to keep clear from the area.
Construction and building sites are often in the public space and tend to be close to footpaths – some sites could see thousands of people walk by daily.
Pedestrians are often in their world while walking in public area – it’s vital to fence off your site to ensure someone doesn’t inadvertently wander somewhere where they should be – ending up in a dangerous environment.
–> Help prevent debris and materials leaving the construction site: Temporary fencing assists in preventing runoff from soil and helps to minimise dust levels from construction. Building sites can be dusty places and it’s important to protect the nearby environment and passers-by from any debris or dirt that is disturbed on your site.
A sediment control cloth can help save valuable topsoil from water erosion while also stopping sediment and silt being washed away, polluting the nearby waterways.
–> Comply with local building regulations for building sites – especially homes with pools: A temporary fence is required by law to be erected from the commencement of works until at least the lockup stage. Temporary fencing can help you ensure the property is protected from theft and damage, but also means the public is safe and you’re following occupational health and safety recommendations. If you’re building a pool, it’s also a law that fencing will be required – whether the house is occupied or not.
Rainwater can accumulate in the bottom of a pool that’s still under construction, so it’s vital to erect temporary fencing and to make sure it’s the correct fencing for the job – standard temporary fencing, construction fencing and crowd control barriers do not comply.
–> Make the construction site more visually appealing with the use of shade cloth: Printed shade cloth is an affordable and versatile way for businesses to advertise their services while ensuring dust and debris are confined to your site. Besides, a shade cloth allows 30 percent more air to pass through construction sites, keeping the area nice and breezy. It also blocks about 70 percent of the sun – another win for on-site occupational health and safety!