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Temporary Fencing 101: how do you secure a temporary fence to the ground?

Temporary fencing is a versatile and cost-effective solution for many situations, from construction sites to events. However, it is essential to ensure the temporary fence is properly secured to the ground to prevent accidents and maintain security. Especially during windy summer days in Australia, it is essential to learn different methods for securing a temporary fence to the ground and the importance of following Australian standards.

Why is it important to secure a temporary fence to the ground?

Temporary fencing is used to create a temporary barrier, whether it is for safety, security, or crowd control. It is often used in construction sites, events, and other temporary situations. However, if the fence is not properly secured to the ground, it can pose a safety hazard and compromise the area’s security.

In construction sites, an unsecured temporary fence can be blown over by strong winds, causing damage to the site and potentially injuring workers or passersby. In events, an unsecured fence can be easily knocked down, creating chaos and potential safety hazards for attendees. Therefore, securing a temporary fence to the ground is crucial to prevent accidents and maintain security.

Methods for securing a temporary fence to the ground

There are several methods for securing a temporary fence to the ground, and the most suitable method will depend on the specific situation and the type of temporary fencing being used. Here are some of the most common methods:

Concrete Blocks

One of the most common methods for securing a temporary fence to the ground is using concrete blocks. These heavy, sturdy blocks are an excellent option for windy areas. The area’s security and removal make them a popular choice for temporary fencing.

To secure a temporary fence using blocks, the blocks are placed at the base of the panels, providing a stable foundation. However, it is essential to ensure that the blocks are evenly spaced and placed regularly to prevent the fence from toppling over.

Hoods with Chains

Another method for securing a temporary fence is using hoods with chains. These hoods are placed over the top of the fence panels and secured with a chain for additional stability. This method is commonly used in areas with high winds or uneven ground, as it allows for flexibility in the placement of the fence.

Star Pickets

These are metal poles inserted into the ground and attached to the temporary fence panels. They provide additional support and stability, making them an excellent option for areas with strong winds or uneven ground. Support stays are also commonly used in construction sites, as they can be easily moved as the site progresses.

Support Stays

Additional metal support structures known as support stays can be included with additional concrete blocks to increase stability and wind resistance. Support stays are angled metal brackets.

Lok-Fence 

Lok-Fence, known as Fence-Lok overseas, is a patented device with a helical screw for maximum protection. Lok-Fence has been tested to Australian standards with wind speeds up to 170 km per hour.

Australian Standards for Securing Temporary Fencing

When securing a temporary fence to the ground, following the guidelines set by Australian standards AS 4687-2007 is crucial. These standards outline the requirements for temporary fencing, including the methods for securing the fence to the ground.

According to the standards, temporary fencing must be secured to the ground using at least one of the following methods:

  • Concrete blocks with a minimum weight of 20kg
  • Hoods with chain
  • Support stays
  • Other methods approved by a structural engineer

It is essential to follow these standards to ensure the safety and security of the temporary fence and the surrounding area.

Types of temporary fencing

There are many types of temporary fencing available depending on the specific needs of your project or event. Some of the most common types of temporary fencing are:

Welded finish

Welded finish temporary fencing is made from welded steel wire and is the most common type of temporary fencing. It is durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions, making it suitable for long-term use. It is also climb-resistant, making it an excellent option for high-security areas. SiteTech offers a welded finish with a climb-resistant pattern for improved security purposes.

Crowd Control Barriers 

Crowd control barriers are a vital tool in ensuring public safety during events and gatherings. Australian standards regulate these barriers’ design, materials, and construction, emphasising durability and effectiveness in managing crowds. They are used to guide crowds and prevent unauthorized access to restricted areas. Regular maintenance and inspections ensure that these barriers continue to meet safety standards and provide effective crowd management.

Semi Permanent Fencing

Semi-permanent fences offer an excellent solution for various applications, from construction sites to temporary events. These fences are designed to be robust, and versatile and comply with strict safety regulations, ensuring that they can withstand the rigours of diverse environments.

By following Australian standards, semi-permanent fencing can provide reliable and effective solutions for temporary enclosure needs.

Tips for securing a temporary fence to the ground

Here are some tips to keep in mind when securing a temporary fence to the ground:

  • Ensure the fence is installed on level ground to prevent it from toppling.
  • Use the appropriate method for securing the fence based on the specific situation and the type of temporary fencing being used.
  • Follow the guidelines set by the Australian standards AS 4687-2007.
  • Regularly check the fence for any signs of damage or instability and make necessary repairs or adjustments.
  • If using concrete blocks, ensure they are evenly spaced and placed at regular intervals to provide a stable foundation.

Securing a temporary fence to the ground is crucial for maintaining safety and security. By following the Australian standards and guidelines and using the appropriate methods for securing your fence, you can ensure that your temporary fencing is stable and secure. Remember to regularly check the fence for any signs of damage or instability and make necessary repairs or adjustments to maintain its effectiveness.

Contact our Fence experts at SiteTech today to learn more about how to install a temporary fence to the ground securely.

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