30 April 2018 09:55
Which Water Filled Barriers to Choose for Your Project
Water filled barriers are a convenient alternative to concrete barriers as they typically weigh very little when not filled with water. So they can more easily, and less expensively, be transported and positioned when on site.
This makes them versatile too, they come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes so they can be used in a range of applications including: demarcation, traffic management, streetworks, pedestrian safety, site safety and security, and more.
Because water filled barriers come in so many forms, it may not be clear which barriers or configuration of barriers is best for your project.
To make things a little less confusing, we've put together a list of different requirements and scenarios and the type of water filled barriers best suited to them.
In situations where work has to be carried out on major roads, workers are at risk of injury from vehicles. Even vehicles obeying the speed limit are still capable of doing serious damage if they veer off course. So it's vital that you provide something capable of containing such an impact to limit any delays to your project and mitigate risk to your workers.
Your first thought in this instance might be something as heavy and immovable as concrete, but various water filled barriers are more than able to rise up to the challenge of safeguarding your workforce.
A super heavy water filled barrier system isn't always the best solution. In some cases, it would be like swatting a fly with a sledgehammer. For scenarios where vehicles won't be travelling at high speed or you just need to mark out areas to control the flow of pedestrians, then lighter barriers are better for the job.
Water filled barriers can also be utilised in situations where security, as well as safety, is paramount. In these instances, plastic barriers that are both sturdy and capable of keeping intruders out are required.
Sometimes you need barriers that offer resistance and protection, but without being so high they are an obstruction. Low base water filled traffic barriers do just that, offering protection from vehicles and other possible risks
Of course, the applications for barriers listed are not exhaustive, and water filled barriers can be used in many different ways as long as they comply with health and safety. If you need some help deciding what water filled barriers will be best for your project, Border Barriers is more than happy to advise you on the most effective solution.
Border Barriers keeps a huge stock of barriers allowing for quick delivery with our own FORS-accredited transport fleet. In most cases, you can have your barriers the very next day. Get in touch and one of our friendly account managers will be more than happy to help you get the right water filled barriers for your project.