You may be considering different ways to keep your construction site properly fenced off and safe for the public. But in addition to making sure you have sturdy and effective fencing materials, you should also consider the type and style of signage you plan to mount on the fencing. Working together, proper fencing and informative signing can keep people safe.
Most states have very specific requirements about the type of fencing required to keep workers safe. Following these instructions carefully, and adding signage that further delineates safe and dangerous areas, can help keep you from a lawsuit.
Keeping Visitors Safe
When people who are not employed by your construction company must enter the site — perhaps they are other contractors, designers, employees or visitors of the building’s resident company — they must know where to go and how to get there.
Construction fencing can help designate pathways or safe areas for visitors to be in, and signage can help this. Wayfaring signage, also called directional signage, can show the visitors where they are at the site, where the main office is located and other landmarks where they might need to go.
Keeping Pedestrians Safe
Another class of people who may find their way to your site are pedestrians. These people include the random folks who walk by on their way to another place as well as those curious sightseers who are trying to get a glimpse of what’s going on in the construction zone.
For these people, strong perimeter fencing is vital. This needs to be high enough to keep anything that might fall from injuring a passerby. It may also need to be solid, so that small pieces or dust cannot easily escape from the site.
In these cases, panel signage on the outside of the fence can help. This signage can serve a dual purpose of explaining the project, informing the public when construction will be completed, warning people away from dangerous areas and even advertising the construction company and other contractors.
Keeping Your Staff Safe
Another reason why construction fencing is required by many municipal and state governments is to help keep your construction workers safe and avoid having them inadvertently go into “off limits” areas. Signage is important here, too, to show what areas are potentially dangerous.
Fences can also serve as good places to erect temporary signage that details progress on the site and gives employees information that they need to know about their specific parts of the project.
In addition, fencing and signage that prevents outsiders from seeing in can help prevent theft and other property crimes to the construction site. Your staff won’t be slowed down by loss of important equipment or by having their personal belongings stolen.
Putting up construction fencing in accordance with occupational safety standards is important, and the proper use of signage can further protect workers and others who enter your construction site.
For construction fencing, contact a company such as Statewide Rent-A-Fence.