Every site you work on is different which means that your temporary fencing needs can change.
Ultimately, your temporary fencing needs to be secure and stable for the safety of your team and the public.
It should comply with Australian standards AS4687:2007 Temporary fencing and hoardings, which outlines the minimum requirements for the construction and installation of temporary fencing and temporary hoarding.
The fence needs to stand up to minimum standards for impact and wind tests which measure how much force is required to tip over the fence.
Are you sure your temporary fence would pass these tests?
Here are 5 of the most common reasons your temporary fencing needs more support to stay upright under pressure.
- Your fence is in a high wind area
This is the most obvious and important reason to ensure your temporary fence has additional support. Make sure you have made allowances for local weather conditions, and adequately brace the fence to cope with the wind loading.
- Your fence is out of level
No site is ever completely flat but you can set up your fence to be as stable as possible by placing your temporary fence feet on areas with level ground.
- You are fixing shade cloth or banner mesh to it (or other add-ons like signage and lights)
Installing shade cloth or banner mesh can put undue load on your fence and affect its structural integrity. Consider the density of the material you are using to determine how much bracing your fence will need. The more dense the material is, the more bracing you add.
- Your fence has vehicle access gates
Vehicle access gates in a fence line can cause weakness in the fence’s structure. Reinforce the gates with a fence stay set to ensure the fence remains strong and upright.
- Your fence line is long and straight
Likewise, a long, straight fence line can develop a weak spot towards the centre of it. Add bracing to the centre of the fence and at regular intervals to ensure the fence does not blow over in high winds or due to another impact.
Solve these problems with temporary fence support stays
The simple and easy way to secure your temporary fence is with temporary fence support stays. These keep your fence stable and upright, even during high wind conditions. They are designed to add strength and stability to temporary fence panels.
Support your fencing against wind and additional load stress with these two common solutions:
- The stay set – use two clamps to fix a stay to the back of the fence panel. Then, place two bases on the stay to provide a counterweight to stop the fence from tipping over.
- V bracing – place two panels in a “V” shape and fix them to the back of the fence line to provide additional stability.
Find temporary fence support stays and other useful products in the RapidMesh temporary fence range here