How to: maximizing construction fence stability while minimizing space intake

In high-wind areas, the safety of your construction site depends on the stabilizing products you use. But how do you generate maximum stability when you’re building in an urban area and have limited space at your disposal? When there’s not enough room to use a stabilizing brace with your construction fencing, luckily, there are other options you can turn to.

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Temporary fence weights help you to weigh down your fences and effectively increase stability while taking in minimum space. An example of such a product is the Heras Step Block: a high-visibility molded shell ballast block, designed to work with temporary fencing and hoarding panels to increase stability and safety to panels.

Learn how the step block could increase fence stability while saving you time, effort and — above all — space:

Minimum space intake

There are various stabilizing systems to choose from. However, a lot of those are based on a bracing strap: a long brace that is attached to your fence and that comes down at an angle and pins your fence to the surface. Although highly effective, these bracing straps take in a lot of space. Space you don’t have when building in an urban area with a minimum amount of room available.

The Step Block, however, is designed to fit over your construction fence footing. Each block is filled with concrete to increase the weight and the stability of your fence. Need more stability? You can easily stack another step block on top of the first. Since the blocks are positioned on top of the construction fence footing, you don’t take in any extra space.

Minimum effort

Most stabilizing products require some installation time. Most stabilizing blocks, for example, have to be lifted and positioned with a mechanical aid. That means you’ll have to use extra equipment and personnel to increase the stability of your fences. The step block, however, can be installed in a number of minutes.

That’s because the step block has two easy handle holes so two construction workers can easily lift it. One step block weighs no more than 44 to 44 kilos which means it is ideal for two people to raise. This does not only saves a lot of effort, but it also saves you a significant amount of time.

Maximum security

When filled with concrete, the Step Block can apply a significant amount of weight to the footing of your construction fences. This helps you to use the right ballast and prevent your fences from falling over, either when you’re working in a high-wind area or a crowded place where people are pushing against and pulling on the fences.

In high-risk areas, safety is easily improved by stacking up multiple Step Block on top of each other. Since they take up minimum space and are highly visible because of their vibrant yellow colour, there is a minimum trip hazard. For those reasons, the Step Block can effectively help you to prevent accidents from happening and avoid damage to your fences.

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The right combination of stability products

Finding the right mix of stability products can be challenging. At Heras, we are there to assist you in finding the most suitable stabilizing system for your construction site.

Our wind loading portal system can help analyze your specific situation, conduct necessary calculations and give you personal advice on the stability solution that suits your construction site in the best and safest way possible.

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Topics: Safe and sustainable working,

Posted by Adrian Day on 17 September 2018