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September 6, 2016

How to Correctly and Safely Install Temporary Fencing

Temporary Fencing is an effective barrier to keep an area like a construction site or event venue secure. Our TTFS temporary fencing panels are designed to allow the temporary fencing to be assembled on a variety of surfaces, quickly and easily.

Temporary fencing is necessary by law to create a barrier to confine any safety hazards during demolition, excavation and during construction. The entire length of the construction site must be fenced off during the period of project.

It’s also important to create a barrier for public safety – as you could be liable if a member of the public was to receive harm due to the absence of adequate fencing.

At TTFS we have a range of temporary fencing panel styles and types for various industries and applications including construction panels, gate panels and heavy-duty options.

All of our temporary fencing panels are manufactured to stand the test of time in the harsh Australian conditions. Panels contain an anti-climb mesh, are hand welded for optimal strength and have a hot dip galvanised finish.

To meet safety laws, you must make sure it’s installed properly. Read on for our tips on how to secure your sites appropriately, efficiently, and most of all – safely.

Step 1: Check Your Conditions

First, you need to figure out if you’ve got adequate and safe conditions for putting up temporary fencing. Make sure the ground you’re installing the fence on is level and the immediate area is clear.

Think about the weather – strong gusts of winds could be dangerous while you’re moving fencing panels, and rain could create a slippery surface.

As you’re laying out the stays, make sure you’re positioning them out of the way of your workers and any passing pedestrians – they can be a tripping hazard if not placed correctly.

Once you’re confident of your site area, it’s time to start putting your fence together.

Step 2: Installing a Temporary Fencing Panel

Now that you know where you want your fence to go and have determined the area is safe, get started installing on your first panel.

Once you have determined which area you are going to barricade, set one concrete block into position. Place one leg of the temporary fencing panel into one of the holes of the concrete block. Then position a second concrete block for the other end of the panel. This will hold your first panel.

Placing the foot

Step 3: Connecting the Panels

Place the leg of your next panel into the concrete block, then put another concrete block at the end of the panel.  Now you will have two panels to work with, so it’s important to connect them properly.

Use temporary fencing clamps to connect the two panels. The clamp is locked into place with a nut and bolt, so make sure you tighten the nut firmly enough to make the fences sturdy.

Another important tip to note is to keep the nut and bolt thread side facing inwards – this will ensure people on the outside of the fence can’t get injured by being caught on the nut and bolt.

Repeat this process until you’ve fenced the area you’d like to keep safe.

clamp

Step 4: Install Safety Strays

temporary fencing stay will anchor your fence in place and keep the fencing from falling over, so they’re an integral part of the process. Once your fence is up, connect the stay to the back of each panel using brackets.

Connect one bracket down near the bottom of the vertical strut, and the other somewhere near the middle. To increase the stability, weigh the safety stays down with concrete blocks or sand bags.

safety stays

Step 5: Wrap the Temporary Fence Panels

If you’re installing your temporary fence around a building site, it’s also likely you’ll need to wrap your fence. Temporary fencing wrap is required by most local councils, as it stops debris and dust from being blown into the public space.

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Step 6: Maintain Your Fence

It’s not only important to install your fence safely, but also to maintain it as time goes on. Depending on how long your temporary fencing is set up for, it’s a good idea to cast your eye over it on a regular basis to ensure the stays are sufficiently anchoring the fence and the clamps are still nice and tight.

Also check regularly to ensure the concrete blocks remain in the correct position and aren’t a tripping hazard.

If you follow these steps, your temporary fencing will be safe for you, your workers, and anyone in the proximity of your site!

At The Temporary Fencing Shop, our fencing is designed for fast installation once on site – all you need is basic hand tools. For example, you can easily install 200 meters of panels in less than 2 hours! Our temporary fencing is designed for quick installation with little training.

You shouldn’t require assistance but please give us a call on 1300 119 998 if you have any questions.