Fabricated Barrier: Is There A Better Solution?

Fabricating barrier is the process of creating, bending, welding and assembling pre-designed and sometimes bespoke sections of barrier ready to be taken to site and installed by welding.

It is a relatively expensive, time-consuming and inflexible process.

The process is design intensive and may require several drafts design work to get the procession needed.

If a section of barrier has been fabricated incorrectly and discovered once on site, there’s not much that can be done other than to fabricate a new section and return to site at a later date.

Once fabricated barrier has been installed and welded, it’s a difficult process to change if problems arise. For example:

The photograph above shows two sections of fabricated barrier that have been welded. The process of welding has affected the protective coating and has opened up the steel tubing to weather conditions, triggering the rusting process.

Not only does this look bad but it also affects the strength of the barrier creating a safety risk.

A Skilled Workforce

Another problem with fabricated barrier is the labour consideration.

The process of installing fabricated barrier requires specialist welding tools and highly trained fitters. It also presents a number of health and safety issues and will most likely require permits for hot work.

A Better Solution To Fabricating Barrier

The solution is Kee Klamp fittings.

Harcon Services are able to provide you with Kee Klamp hot dip galvanised iron and Kee Lite aluminium fittings. These slip-on components and lengths of tube provide superior hazard protection without the worry of the issues that come with fabricated rails.

Our fittings are very flexible and you will also find that they only require a minimal amount of drawing. You don’t need to worry about highly skilled labourers and you also don’t need to worry about work permits as well. Anyone can fit these railings and this is all down to the hexagonal screws

You also don’t have to worry about the cutting either. The tube will maintain its integrity and this is another huge benefit when compared to fabricated systems. In some towns where there is more of a marine climate, such as Newcastle-Upon-Thames, the lifetime of a galvanised fitting is around 37 years.

Take a look at the difference between fabricated barrier and fittings:

On the second picture, if any rust or climate damage started to occur, the section of tubing affect could be unscrewed and replaced without any major issues.

The benefits of Kee Fittings

Kee Klamp and Kee Lite fittings offer a very durable solution and they are also ideal if you want to separate people from a number of hazards. On top of this, it can last up to seven times longer when compared to barriers that have been fabricated. You also eliminate the need for welding, skilled labour and even permits.

Take a look below to get a better idea about the benefits that are available.

  • Strong and Durable Solutions
  • Resilient to Corrosion
  • A Lifespan that is 7 Times Longer when Compared to Fabricated Handrails
  • No Need to Weld, Thread, Cut or Bolt
  • No Skilled Labour Required
  • Quick and Easy Installations
  • Flexible
  • Quick Replacement Possible

 

Ladder Safety – How Ladder-Spurs Can Stabilise Access

There are times when access to certain areas just is not required on a twenty-four hour basis. Apart from regular inspections it would be unusual, for example to have constant access to a lift motor.

Yet the layout of a building can sometimes mean that a standard fire door is not appropriate due to opening space/size limitations. Yet that opening is not one that can be left unprotected, reducing the possibility of an accident is a key issue after all. A relatively straightforward solution to this particular issue could be a safety gate that could be retrofitted into virtually any space and if that gate had a self-closing capability then the problem is removed.

Sometimes that access hatch causes problems by being above head height. Not a fall hazard, far from it but it does cause a problem when having to do a significant amount of work within the area the access leads to. The traditional way to overcome access issues like this is the ladder. A simple solution that is effective and, when it has been set up correctly, safe to use.

The problem with the ladder is that the base is only a little wider than the top. The stability of the ladder can be improved by using a simple product, such as the Kee Safety Ladder-spurs.

This relatively simple addition to any set of ladders increases the lateral stability by reducing the risk of outward slip at the base. In turn, the spurs also reduce the chance of the top of the ladder slipping.

In buildings where space is at a premium, storage can become a matter of using a mezzanine floor. In these instances the safest solution to preventing a fall is the installation of a pallet gate.

In many cases, these can be manufactured as the building is being constructed. The drawback to this type of gate is that if there is any accidental damage, a pallet hitting the uprights is a regular problem, when the damaged area has to be cut out and a new section welded into place. The costs of doing this type of repair can be inhibitive.

Whereas a modular system that can be attached to existing railings are a more effective answer, while also reducing the costs of repairs caused by impact damage. The other benefit of using a modular system is that it can always be modified as a company’s needs change over time.

Where the safety of the individual is as important as preventing pallet related incidents it is always a useful option to be able to add toe-boards at a later time. Then staff waiting on the mezzanine do not run the risk of crush injuries from pallets being raised onto the higher level.

Is Fall Protection High On Your Safety List?

Fall Protection is an important aspect of our business and we are always prepared to offer advice and quotations to help businesses install the best solutions for their requirements.

Working at height is hard enough without having to worry about what could go wrong; if the correct safety equipment is already in place then the element of risk is significantly reduced.

Many buildings were built before height safety standards were introduced. At the time it was down to the worker to make sure that they worked safely, the building’s constructors were not expected to install guardrails, anchor points or any other form of collective and fall protection equipment.

Buildings of this era have now reached a time where it is important to be able to retrofit such measures without causing unnecessary construction work in order to fit them. In some instances it is not even necessary to install a permanent system in order to make working at height a safer environment. By using a modular dead weight anchor system, such as the Kee® Anchor it becomes possible to provide a secure fixing for PPE to attached to on roofs with up to a five degree pitch.

Kee Anchor

A system such as this is ideal for a non-permanent solution for single users to perform routine maintenance safely. Indeed, it is the ideal way of securing a worker while they are installing a skylight protection system.

During some installations though, this system is less practical as the pitch of the roof is too great for the anchor be effective. While this can cause further expense during the initial phase of the upgrading process, the long-term benefits of a permanent system are worth the initial costs.

Some skylights tend to become discoloured with age and these can cause a problem that is not appreciated from ground level. The problem that can develop is that the skylight itself becomes almost camouflaged as it blends in with the surrounding roof panels, which in turn can lead to the hazard of unexpectedly falling through what was considered a ‘safe’ panel.

Even access hatchways can become a fall hazard. Again, there are ways to reduce the risk of accidents around these potentially dangerous situations. Many would argue that common sense would dictate when a worker was getting too close to an access way, but at the end of a long day even the most experienced workers can get tired and concentration slips.

Simple preventative measures can mean the difference between working safely at height and a potentially fatal accident.

The solutions exist to prevent these accidents and if permanent systems are installed they only need to be inspected at regular intervals to keep the users safe at work.