Safety barrier ancillary equipment

Wondering what ancillary equipment is? Or simply need more guidance on choosing the best ancillary equipment for your construction site? Our guide has you covered.

What is ancillary equipment?

Ancillary equipment in construction refers to the general builders’ add-ons and items required to make your safety barriers or temporary fences as effective as possible. Oxford Plastics offer ancillary equipment as spares to repair your barrier of fence fleet when necessary. This is likely to be in the form of ensuring your barriers are as stable as they can be – for example, with products such as stability bars or ballast trays to provide extra strength during winds; or ensuring your barrier is as visible as possible with hi-vis barrier feet and anti-trip features.

Ancillary equipment used in a construction capacity is the essential add-ons you need to ensure your construction equipment is compliant, safe and performing optimally. You’ll likely need to invest in this type of ancillary equipment for construction sites in general, for events, excavation sites, utilities and street works.

Types of ancillary equipment for construction

Here at Oxford Plastics, we provide a wide range of ancillary equipment which would be used in the construction industry:

  • Ballast Trays – this is an anchor system for your safety barrier or temporary fence which provides extra stability in strong winds.
  • ClearPath Extra Foot – these hi-vis barrier feet are double sided anti trip on one side, making them the perfect ancillary equipment for road surfaces – and a differentiating product, which is the only barrier foot if it’s kind.
  • Lamp Brackets – these lamp brackets are designed to hold lamps supplied by Nissan, by clipping onto a safety barrier.
  • Stability Bars – stability bars are designed to lock together two barriers, which can be fitted either at an angle of horizontally. These simply clip onto the barriers.
  • Spigots –spigots work by connecting the barrier feet to the main part of the barrier. Please see our chapter 8 barrier repair guide for tips on repairing the spigot and barrier foot.

Found the ancillary equipment for you? Browse our safety barriers and temporary fences online to find the perfect construction solution – and get in touch with a member of our friendly team for more advice and support on our ancillary selection.

How to Create Social Distancing Walkways for Customers in Department Stores

Non-essential retailers were closed for three months during the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK and, even now that they’re permitted to reopen, things have inevitably had to change.

Protective measures need to be in place throughout the retail experience, from the car parks to the queuing systems at the entrance to department stores, right through to how shoppers move once inside.

The total value of UK retail sales last year amounted to nearly £400 billion, with a third of consumer spending going through retailers. With the UK economy in a perilous position post-lockdown, it is absolutely critical that retail attracts consumers back into its department stores and shops, particularly with nearly 3 million people in the UK employed in the sector.

With lots of people having relied heavily on online shopping during lockdown, and many fearing a second peak of COVID-19, many shoppers are nervous to return to shops so it’s important for retailers to be visible in embracing and implementing social distancing measures whilst encouraging its customers to return to the retail environment.

However, with more than 300,000 outlets across the UK in which to implement social distancing guidelines, where do retailers begin?

We understand that retail managers are being given a mammoth task when it comes to safely implementing equipment to enable social distancing and training staff in how best to utilise these resources.

Oxford Plastics specialises in safety equipment and signage; from cones to barriers, signs to walkways, we are best positioned to advise retailers on the most appropriate solutions to implement and maintain social distancing guidelines, and provide easy-to-install, semi-permanent products manufactured in the UK and readily available.

In addition to the reopening of department stores and shops, ‘click and collect’ has risen in popularity during lockdown, with many retailers introducing the service to be able to continue trading, but with popularity comes a rise in customers and even these services need to be carefully managed to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained. Barriers and cone systems to indicate to customers where to wait and the distances to maintain are products that Oxford Plastics can provide to its clients to help ensure consumer safety in the retail environment.

Our lightweight, SafeGate portable safety barrier works well both in helping the flow of people in queues waiting to enter retailers, as well as to help direct shoppers once inside, or even cordon off areas that now need to be kept isolated.

In larger department stores, our ClearPath® Mat is the ideal highly visible and durable pedestrian mat. Fast and easy to install, the black & white temporary mat is ideal to direct shoppers both in and out of the shop as well as giving clear direction once inside.

We offer a comprehensive range of equipment and signage that can help retailers make their shops safe for customers and to provide consumer peace of mind. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Trench Grid – Amey Utilities’ 2020 Challenge winner

Recently, we embarked on a journey with one of the UK’s biggest utility companies, Amey. They supply utilities such as water, gas and electricity to homes across the nation. They strive on making journeys better by maintaining and improving roads, railways and airports. They also keep facilities running smoothly, and improving social housing and schools.

The brief…

Amey approached us with a common issue that was found on streetworks sites across the country. When digging a trench on public grounds, there was a risk that was created when leaving a site overnight. Even with clear barrier systems in place and signage warning people of the works being carried out, the open trench was still an issue that needed addressing.

So how did we do it?

Firstly, we needed to fully understand Amey’s requirements and what exactly they were looking for. This research phase is something Oxford Plastics are well versed in as we have developed numerous products with end-users, most notably the LowPro 15/10 Trench Cover which was developed with Cadent (previously known as National Grid). The LowPro 15/10 also went onto win the Street Works Future Award too. Check out our blog on the award here!

We believe partnering with real-life users of our products is the best way to find out how our products are being used, what issues there are within the markets and areas that cause a risk to the safety of workers and the public.

The end result – Trench Grid

Once we had carried out our extensive R&D process, we finally produced a product to eliminate the safety issues of leaving a trench overnight. Trench Grid was born. With the ability to span across a 1-meter trench with a maximum depth of 1.2-meters, it provides a safe solution to the public when leaving a trench overnight.

It also complies with the Oxford Plastic Systems drop-test where a 45kg weight is released from a test rig and allowed to free-fall a minimum of 1.2m under gravity onto the surface of the test sample and held for at least five minutes.

Though the TrenchGrid is a SECONDARY PROTECTION measure, for primary protection, refer to the LowPro Trench Cover & Road Plate range such as the LowPro 12/8 Footway Board, LowPro 11/11 Footway Board and the LowPro 15/10 Driveway Board.

 

CSJV Minimum Standards | StrongWall Barrier

As a major project in the construction industry, HS2 requires world-leading standards and quality. Striving to ensure HS2 uses the very best safety equipment available and leading the industry into a new era of construction.

Oxford Plastics StrongWall

The minimum requirement for Footway or Footpath closures, pedestrians or staff segregation and dedicated walkways.

All barriers MUST be of the same style and be in no other colour than red or white. All bases will preferably be yellow.

All barriers MUST use the displayed StrongWall style base and be connected through the entire barriered area.

 

Where extra security is required Heras style fencing can be used in conjunction with the standard StrongWall style barrier.

When fencing is added to the barriers all safety features including fence clamps MUST be used.

Graphics or promotional displays may be attached to the fencing provided no public site lines are affected.

HS2 is a Costain & Skanska Joint Venture Project: CSJV.

For more information regarding our temporary barrier, temporary fence and plastic barrier products click here

Introducing The Integrated Street Works Safety System

Robust plastic fencing & site monitoring system are 2 of the solutions in the new TfL lead Open Innovation programme: London RoadLab. The London RoadLab programme has been developed to enable the public sector to encourage innovation from companies of all sizes, including start-ups & SMEs. This year saw a number of up and coming companies develop solutions that enable safer, smarter and more inclusive ways of doing roadworks.

Oxford Plastics were selected to take part in the London RoadLab programme to create a fully integrated Street Works safety solution that works for the Utility companies, contractors & public.

As a result of the programme, Oxford Plastics have developed a new product to scale into the market, which highway agencies and utilities can purchase.

Steve Spencer, Thames Water’s chief operating officer, said: ‘This RoadLab challenge has been fantastic in introducing new ideas and we look forward to see them put into practice to benefit Londoners.’

Together, Oxford Plastics, Utility Partners and London Councils are taking large steps to eradicate deaths and serious injuries around Street Works & road works sites. The proposed solution from Oxford Plastics is the StrongFence & Oxford Asset Monitoring System, which aims to make public-facing worksites safer for both contractors & the public.

Michael Hurwitz, TfL’s Director of Transport Innovation, said: “London RoadLab is a completely new way of procuring for TfL and we’re delighted to see many new innovative solutions being produced from this programme, including the intelligent road barriers developed by Oxford Plastics designed to make roadworks safer.

“We’re working closely with partners across London to make the capital one of the world’s smartest cities and these projects all have the potential to make a real difference to the safety and efficiency of roadworks in London.”

The StrongFence barrier (anti-climb and non-conductive), Asset Monitoring system & EnduraSign constitute the integrated Street Works solution for temporary work sites in the capital.

StrongFence on a Cadent worksite trial

Frequently work site failures are due to barrier related issues; such as fallen barriers and perimeter fencing being moved. In response to this, Oxford’s solution consists of 3 parts: StrongFence & StrongGate which are an advanced Chapter 8 fencing solution. This fencing solution is engineered to stay upright and in-position, in order to minimise broken perimeters.

Fallen or insufficient signage has been shown to be a significant issue around UK Street Works, which can lead to harm to the public. To solve this issue, Oxford Plastics presented the EnduraSign Xtra: it is made of a sophisticated plastic material created by award-winning designers, and is lauded as the most durable road works sign available to the Street Works market.

The Oxford Asset Monitoring System consists of a worksite camera system, asset monitoring sensors & an interactive portal where contractors can monitor their sites from afar.

Oxford Asset Monitoring App

Designed to give peace of mind to contractors, the Oxford Asset Monitoring System allows workers to keep an eye on their site and to receive SMS alerts when a site becomes insecure. Sensors, attached to gates & perimeter fencing, send an SMS alert to the Project Manager if someone walks into the site or a barrier falls over. This new technology means that site issues can be responded to quickly to remove & fix sudden hazards.

For more information on Oxford Plastic’s London RoadLab solution visit: www.oxfordplastics.com/safety-barriers/strongfence-1000

For more information on London RoadLab visit: https://www.plexal.com/london-roadlab/