Ensure your temporary fence is safe and secure
The benefit of temporary fence is, well, its portable nature! It is easy to install and dismantle and can be picked up and moved to accommodate changes at your job or event site. But this temporary nature also means panels are not permanently affixed to the ground with bolts or concrete posts, and for this reason, there are specific safety considerations to keep in mind.
Fences running in a long straight line, or where there is a risk of toppling from wind, should be stabilized by setting up in a zig-zag fashion, or installed with a perpendicular panel or t-post at regular intervals. If using u-clamps, be sure to attach them so the bolts are on the inside of your fence. This makes it more difficult for vandals to tamper with your fence.
Use flat ground stands, rather than pipe feet, to help prevent pedestrian trips and falls.
Construction debris, extra soil and building materials piled up next to your fence can cause fencing to lean and compromise its safety, endangering passing pedestrians and vehicles. Always store materials away from the fence line.
Fence screening is typically made of opaque polyethylene knit, and is secured to the fence with cable ties or wire. While fence screening offers added site privacy, it can increase the likelihood of the fence toppling in high winds. Always ensure your fence is standing securely before attaching screening.
Safety signage can be attached to the fence to ensure those entering your site are wearing the appropriate safety gear.
Regardless of the type of fence you use, it is important to inspect your fence regularly to ensure it is stable and safe. Check that your fence is standing securely, the fence line is free of material and that your clamp bolts are tight.