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Arris Fencing

Abid Khan 4 years ago   Reply

Hi, can anyone please offer me some advice please.

Are there any laws or Health and Saftey guidlines in relation to the securing of arris fencing.  Is it compulsory to stand them up in the concrete blocks or is it okay if the fencing is just tied up to something behind it with abit of string.  

 

May sound silly, but i do have a serious issue.

 

Thanks in advance for your input, look forward to the responses.

 

Clanger 4 years ago   Reply

The law says you must conduct your business without putting members of the public at risk. HSWA section 3 places general duties on employers and the self-employed to conduct their undertakings in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons other than themselves or their employees are not exposed to risks to their health or safety. This includes the public and other workers who may be affected by your work, you should to define boundaries physically, where necessary, by suitable fencing. The type of fencing should reflect the nature of the site and its surroundings by planning what form the perimeter will take, providing the fencing and maintaining the fencing, some children are drawn to construction sites as exciting places to play. Principle contractors must do everything they can to keep them out of the site and away from danger by securing sites adequately when finishing work for the day, HSG 151 identifies 2 m high fence is an effective site barrier for most sites, make sure that a suitable fence is provided around the work, and have regard to any tripping hazard the feet of the fence may create, from the HERAS web page it does identify the feet and securing clamps to be used. Are you using open mesh anti climb or solid panel which are subject to wind pressure?

Abid Khan 4 years ago   Reply

Thanks for your reply Calvin, sorted the issue out.  Your input was much appreciated.

tolshar 4 years ago   Reply

Hi Abid

When you say `Arris` fencing, I assume that you are actually talking about `Heras Fencing?

If you are then you should know that Heras Fencing is a trade name that a lot of people now refer as to a particular type of fencing, rather than the actual fencing made by the `Heras` company.

They (Heras) actually make two types of their fencing. Permanent and temporary. And again, I am assuming that you are referring to the `temporary` type of heras fencing which is used as a construction site boundary security fence for a number of construction site projects?

With regards to this site boundary fencing and the last comments made I would just like to add some other points. The first is that if you have this type of heras fencing then you must make sure that the securing brackets/clamps must face in towards the site where they are then secured by means of a spanner tightening a nut and bolt. The bolt has to be facing in towards the site to ensure that the nut cannot be accessed through the fence its self and simply loosened and the panel removed to allow any unauthorised access. Also, there has to be at least two of these brackets to properly stabilise and secure the fence.

It's amazing how many contractors put this type of fence up without doing this. i have seen these fence panels put up without ANY brackets/clamps at all on some occasions!

Finally, I am not an expert on the legal side of this but I would wonder if using this type of fencing does actually meet the requirements laid down for securing a site boundary against unauthorised access.

I say this because firstly there are gaps at the bottom, which in some cases could possibly allow access by young and small children and secondly, with a little bit of force, (from say some more grown up teenagers!) the panels can be lifted out of their bases to gain possible access.

All I would say is that if it were my site, I wouldn't want to take the risk of trying to justify to a judge how a little kid got on to my site and severely (or worse?) injured himself as a result of using anything other than a more solid and robust form of boundary fencing!

Graham Thorpe 4 years ago   Reply
Hi tolshar   Thank you for taking the trouble to help so carefully on Abid's Query about site boundary fencing.

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