If you live in any big city in Canada, or in fact in most parts of the world, chances are you see temporary fencing on a daily basis. Around every construction site, restricting access to any landscape hazard, there are wire mesh panels of various sizes and colors everywhere you look.
However, while you might think they are unnecessary or even unsightly, temporary fencing in construction is very much a necessary part of the cityscape. Here’s why:
1. Protecting the Public
The first reason for temporary construction fencing on our list is also the most important.
Construction sites, whether it’s new construction or demolition, or anything in between, are dangerous places. Members of the public can be seriously injured (or worse) if they wandered onto one of these sites.
Temporary fencing helps to prevent members of the public from accidentally wandering onto a construction site, and helps to keep everyone a little safer.
2. Traffic Control
Traffic control is another important reason some sites have temporary construction fencing installed. Construction sites are full of hazards for vehicles too, and if you were to accidentally drive onto one, you might damage your tires or other parts of your vehicle.
A temp fence is an effective method of restricting vehicle access to construction sites, and for demarcating their boundaries.
3. Loss Prevention
Construction sites have a lot of materials and equipment stored on them. If they are left unfenced, it’s too easy for any passerby to access these items, and to potentially remove them from the site. While temporary construction fence isn’t a security fence, it is the first layer of protection for sites of these kind.
4. Animal Protection
Another great reason why construction sites use temporary fencing is to protect both wild and domestic animals. There are all kinds of hazards on construction sites, including toxic chemicals, excavations and sharp objects, all of which can be hazardous to the health and wellbeing of animals who might encounter them.
5. Legal Liability
Most cities and towns have bylaws that regulate construction activities, and clearly indicate who is legally liable when someone is injured or something is damaged as a result of those activities. If your construction site is not properly and appropriately fenced with an approved type of barricade, you could be at risk of hefty fines as well as personal injury claims, or claims for financial losses.
The truth is, while there is no such thing as an impermeable fence, and temporary fencing is not meant to be that, it is an effective barrier and a clear demarcation around your construction site. That barrier protects innocent people and animals, as well as property owners and contractors. So don’t think of temporary fencing in construction as a grudge purpose. Think of it as an important part of any construction project, and if you need it, feel free to get in touch for a fast, free, friendly quote!
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