Geotechnical materials supplier Dywidag’s new Safety Fence product uses the company’s ground engineering knowledge to create a barrier to protect workers and other assets.
Safety Fence is designed to provide a quick to install, removable and reusable fence capable of absorbing low energy impacts that allows work to start on steep slopes above rail lines or roads without disruption to traffic.
According to Dywidag technical manager Richard Kennedy, hand tools, tree stumps and small debris dislodged by the works are caught by the high tensile mesh Safety Fence to prevent them from reaching the track. “Safety Fence also has a parallel function as a safety barrier for operatives working on steep slopes,” he says.
The system was first put to use on slope stabilisation works at Watford where slope stabilisation work was expanded mid-way through construction following a landslide, which derailed a train. Geotechnical designer Amey added active stabilisation systems to the passive ones planned for the site with a total of 19,000m2 covered with slope stability mesh secured by soil nails.
Contractor FCS was able to undertake the work during the day and overnight through use of the Safety Fence product and did not need overnight track possessions, which was a key factor in securing the contract.
Safety Fence can be supplied in a range of heights from 1m to 2.5m and in 50m lengths, but longer sections can be produced if needed for a specific project.