Before work even starts, Construction Sites need Planning in the UK, and your Building Site Fencing System will play a significant part in your Construction Site.
Construction Sites in the UK are heavily regulated in the main by Health and Safety and creating a Safe Environment for Workers and the General Public.
There are over Twenty Five Health and Safety Standards for Construction Sites with untold Laws, all of which can lead to Severe Prosecution if Ignored.
Construction Sites Health and Safety Standards include
- Health and Safety at Work Act
- CDM – The Construction Design and Management Regulations
- First Aid Regulations
- Manual Handling
- Injury Reporting
- Electricity Regulations
- Gas Safety Regulations
- Control of Vibration
- Control of Noise
- Confined Space Regulations
- Signs and Signals
- Health and Safety Management
- Lifting Operations
- Fire Safety
- Asbestos Regulations
- Supply of Machinery
- Radiation Regulations
- Hazardous Waste
- Working at Height
- Control of Substance
- Metal / Lead Regulations
- Corporate Manslaughter Act
While this list may seem very daunting, not all areas are likely to apply to your Construction Sites, and help is abundant.
The extensive range of Regulations and Laws does not end there.
Not only does this means we have the Safest Sites in the World, but Health and Safety Professionals are accessible to help with your planning.
Let’s look at an Overview of The Construction Design and Management Regulations.
Also known as CDM, this set of Regulations will apply to every Construction Site in the UK.
The Regulations include Security, Traffic and Emergency Procedures.
In addition, CDM breaks down Responsibilities for all Stake Holders on the Building Site, including Client Duties and Contractor Duties.
The Regulations apply from Corporate to Domestic Projects, and the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor should typically take responsibility for the Building Site Health and Safety Requirements.
Construction Site Temporary Fencing
Temporary Fencing on your Construction Site will fall within the Protecting the Public Health and Safety Regulations.
This includes all Construction Site Workers and Visitors and applies to
Security and Managing Access is Key here to avoid any Unauthorised Members of the public gaining access to Building Sites.
Anyone gaining access to your Construction Site is highly vulnerable to Serious or Fatal Injury.
Your Plan to Protect your Construction Site and the Perimeter should include the Installation of Secure Temporary Fencing Systems, Gates and Barriers.
You should install Site Fencing correctly with adequate Stability and suitable for your environment.
Temporary Fencing Panels
Temporary Fencing Systems can come in all Shapes and Sizes, so what should you choose?
Before choosing your Perimeter Temporary Fencing Panels, it is recommended to consider
- The Nature and Type of Construction Work on your Site
- What Area is your Building Site in – Urban / Rural
- Your Workers and Visitors to your Building Site
- Could your Construction Site attract Children is it near Playgrounds
- Your Construction Sites Characteristics, Boundaries, Location, Other Buildings.
In addition to this, a system needs to be in place to allow Authorised Personnel to safely access your Construction Site using a Robust System including Security Gates.
Let’s take a look at the different types of Fencing Panels ideal for Site Fencing.
As a General Rule, Temporary Fencing Panels, sometimes known as Heras Fencing used on Constructions Sites, tend to be Two Metres High and Three and a Half Metres in Length.
Cost-effective Fencing System manufactured from Pre Galvanised Steel with a Square Top.
The Standard Temporary Fencing can be installed Quickly and is Robust and Reusable.
They are often used on Building Sites and Outdoor Events, Demolition Sites, and Sports Fencing.
Again, often referred to as Heras Fencing, Anti Climb Mesh Fencing eliminates any potential footholds within the Panels.
This provides an increase in Security, and the Panels can be Installed Quickly and work with accessories, including feet and stability Accessories.
Anti Climb Mesh Fencing Panels with a Round Top add further cost-effective perimeter security to Construction Sites.
Secure Gates are essential to Temporary Fencing Systems and come in all Shapes and Sizes, and can be easily installed into your Temporary Fencing.
Heavy-Duty Vehicle Gates have the same Characteristics as your Mesh Fencing Panels, including Anti Climb and Square or Round Top.
Perimeter Pedestrian Gates are Secure and Flexible and can be installed within Different Sections of your Security Fencing.
Electrical Fencing Gates are also available, which help control access using a Digital Code or Pass.
Using Construction Hoarding instead of Temporary Fencing on your Site helps eliminate opportunists from entering your Site by removing the Visual element.
Site Hoarding can be Steel or Timber and, like Temporary Fencing, can also be used with accessories including High Visibility Barriers for Pedestrian Safety.
Temporary Fencing Covers are also available for all types of Panels, which can be as Effective as Hoarding in creating Visual Barriers.
Selecting your Security Fencing is not as complicated as it sounds, and Fencing Suppliers tend to have In House Specialists who can help with Planning, Installation and purchasing the right Fencing System for your Construction Site.