During essential railway maintenance or construction works, the safety of on-site personnel is always paramount. Investing in modern railway safety solutions not only safeguards workers, but it will also complement a more efficient working routine which should benefit all types of projects.
Arguably the most effective railside safety equipment is the adjustable magnetic barrier. In this article, we’re looking at the range of benefits these convenient pieces of kit bring to even the largest scale railway engineering works.
They’re quick to put up
Most lineside jobs are put to a strict schedule, so the quicker you can get to work the better. Magnetic safety barriers are the fastest safety fencing to construct. Workers can get them in place 20 times faster than conventional safety barriers, knowing they’re working with a dependable safety line that will also be simple to take back down. This is especially convenient for jobs which are running late, or if the barriers need to come down at short notice.
Erecting a hundred meters of magnetic barrier can take only ten minutes. This translates into higher productivity and saved labour costs by cutting any delays to an absolute minimum.
They’re state of the art
The magnetic design of these barriers is what really sets them apart from other fencing options. There are no loose components to worry about, no moving parts, and they can be fitted to any railway line in the country (save for third-rails). This also makes them safer to install. The installer can stand a safe distance away from the rail while the stanchion and magnet are attached to the rail.
Once installed, this creates a clearly visible safe zone for workers, should railway traffic ever be present. The bar is adjustable, too, so this safety zone can be expanded or restricted as necessary.
There’s no need to disrupt the rail line
Conventional safety barriers often require disruption of the track ballast in order to install them. Magnetic barriers will never need this, saving much more time for every meter of barrier erected along the track. Magnetic fences also do not interfere with axle counters or DC coded track circuits, and can also be used in areas where S&C (switches and crossings) are present. The versatility of magnetic barriers make them a valuable asset for any construction, engineering, maintenance or repair project, and is one of the key benefits brought about from their unique design.
Not only does their lightweight nature make them less strenuous or labour-intensive to construct/deconstruct, it also makes them easy to transport in bulk. For large scale projects spanning hundreds of meters of track, this makes getting the barriers to the right place – and back again – simple and much faster.
They provide reliable safety
Primary above everything else is the level of safety provided by your railside barriers. Magnetic barriers are top tier for safety, and this is buoyed by their simple design and ease of operation.
The adjustable safe zone is key for busy worksites, adding clear structure along large worksites. Workers can easily enter back into the safe zone in an emergency, and the barrier is both lightweight, minimal and clean enough that it never presents an additional hazard to personnel.
If you’re looking for affordable hire of the latest in magnetic railway safety fencing, look no further than Triptex. We offer prompt delivery nationwide of 4–6ft magnetic barrier fencing in quantities large and small. With delivery to your worksite within 48 hours of confirmation, Triptex enables you to save both time and money getting to work on your project. To find out more about our magnetic safety barriers, contact our friendly team today.