When construction workers, city workers, and utility workers are doing a job around the city they frequently block the access of all other people to the area where they will be working. It takes them time and money to establish temporary security fencing around the perimeter of a project area, but they do this to protect people from being injured. They would not take the time to establish the barricade if there were no danger involved in the area.
People see the orange netting that these workers place around something they consider to pose a health risk to the general population and they often wonder why they use this netting. The netting does not look like it could really be a good barricade because it is plastic and would be easy to cut through. It would be easy to jerk this material up even if you were a young teenager, so why go through the trouble and expense to set it up?
The main reason for the bright orange plastic net being placed around dangerous areas is to draw the attention of people to those areas. You see that bright orange plastic net and you proceed with caution. They use this item for the same reason they use a plastic road cone, it catches the attention of most people and causes them to pay more attention to their surroundings. This prevents more than half of the injuries that would occur if the plastic net was not in place.
Plastic orange netting is not the only temporary security fencing that is used. Some construction sites have to put up a more rigid fence to protect the equipment that the contractors leave at the site. A lot of young people would play on the construction equipment and possibly damage it if the barricade was not put in place to stop them. Some people would even try to steal the equipment if the barricade was not put in place.
When there are dangerous chemicals at a working location the company that is liable for all injuries that occur will establish good barricades to stop unauthorized people from being able to gain access to the chemicals. This is also done if the location has any type of hazard that the general public should not come into contact with. This even means the high rise buildings that are under construction because people can try to climb on the steel as it is going up and fall to their death. If an area has deep holes the company has to secure it with barricades. If the military establishes an area to hold people they are detaining they will put up temporary barricades to accomplish this.
If you are thinking about installing fencing around your new home there are a few things to think about before you do so.
1. What is the fences purpose?
2. What types or styles of fence do I like?
3. What type of fence will do the job I need it to do?
4. What will it cost?
5. Can I install it myself?
6. AND most important, do I know where my property lines really are?
Post hole digger, long handled pointed shovel, string line, measuring tape, power saw with plastic cutting blade, extension cords, concrete mixing tub, 4' level. A tripod and level can be rented and if your property is sloped, will come in handy to keep lines of fencing level as you step down (or up) in different areas, safety glasses and good work gloves. A wrench is necessary to tighten clamp bolts but a good ratchet and socket will save a lot of time.
Fencing with all appropriate fittings, caps, rails,etc.
Concrete Redi-mix, (bagged)
Paint or stain for wood fencing
Few wood scraps for temporary braces.