Roads have always been one of the most unpredictable places that we can be. Though it sounds like a pessimistic expression, but the main purpose of saying so is to emphasise on the necessity of safety on our roads. It doesn’t take much to employ safety on the roads. Road safety is for all and it should be followed by everyone.
One of the more unconventional yet effective way of enhancing road safety is done by the use of temporary road barriers. There are several kinds of temporary road barriers that are used for the safety of pedestrians, drivers, passengers, and the non-moving people and structures that are situated around or beside the roadside. The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires all employers to take initiatives to safeguard their employees and ensure safest possible workplace. If the nature of the work is a roadside project or likewise, temporary road barriers are a good way to start.
In sharp turns, steep declines, slippery roads due to rainfall, and other important spots, installing temporary road barriers can help save lives and reduce the possibility of an accident and/or damage.
Temporary road barriers are erected for a short time and removed after the purpose is served, but it provides safety for the time being. They are mostly used for the occassions of events, roadside parades, traffic diversions, and road shows.
There are various kinds temporary road barriers like Concrete Longitudinal Barriers, Steel Longitudinal Barriers, Plastic Longitudinal Barriers, water filled blockout barriers, T-lok barriers, Median gates, pedestrian barriers, crash cushions, steel barriers, and Plastic End Terminals.
All these different barriers provide different levels of protection. These temporary barriers mainly redirect the vehicle in a different direction and absorb the impact and minimise damage. While absorbing the sudden force or pressure from the incoming vehicle, the barrier gets deflected to a certain degree. This is how the pressure is distributed along the barrier line and impact is reduced. As a result of this, the vehicle gets minimum damage and doesn’t tip over or flip. The area just beside the barrier where it gets deflected is called the ‘No Go Zone’. Pedestrians or workers are restricted from staying in that particular zone. The temporary road barriers are designed in such a way that it does not only remain as a divider between the road and the adjacent area, but it also functions as a damage reducer or safety divider. Deflecting is one of the types of safety procedure but sometimes for Plastic End Terminals, the vehicle is allowed to pass through to the No Go Zone. Water filled Plastric End Terminals reduce the speed of the vehicles but doesn’t deflect them, rather let’s them go into the No Go Zone and then come to a halt.
These temporary road safety barriers are chosen based on the extent of work, the road type, probable speed, types of vehicles, the condition of the area to be protected and the layout of the roadside to properly map the installation.
Most of the times, you’ve heard and seen permanent road dividers and safety barriers, but now temporary road safety barriers have become more commonplace. Because there can’t be any compromise with safety, even for a smaller scale project and a shorter duration of work can’t be overlooked and that’s where the efficiency and flexibility of temporary road safety barriers come into play.