Safety Barricades: A Guide to Workplace Safety
When you work with stump grinding and removal, a safety barricade is a necessity.
Without a proper barricade, flying debris from stump grinding can be dangerous to nearby structures and bystanders. CEI Supply’s GNE-1210 Pop-Up Safety Barricade provides the protection you need around your work site. Here are some things you may be wondering about this type of safety barricade.
How easy is it to use a pop-up safety barricade?
The Safety Barricade is composed of durable material and takes only a couple of minutes to set up. It can also be broken down just as quickly. Weighing in at only 10 lbs., it’s easy to toss into your work truck at a moment’s notice. Just fold it up and place it in the zippered storage bag.
Four ground stakes are included to safely secure each barricade to the ground, which helps to keep them in place during windy conditions or other unintended movement.
What does a safety barricade do for stump removal?
A safety barricade controls how far stump chips and other brush flies after being cut. While your work crew might have hand and eye protection, what about everyone else who may be passing by? Wood chips can fly out of a grinding site at up to 70 miles per hour. A jagged piece can blind or injure anyone who’s not properly protected.
Additionally, the compact size of our safety barricade contains debris to a smaller area. That means less cleanup time and less chance of leaving nasty debris behind for a homeowner or other person to find. It’s a win-win.
Can I use the safety barricade with other barricades?
Yes. When fully unfolded, each barricade measures 46” H x 123” W. Once you determine how much area you’ll need to cover, you can buy multiple Safety Barricades and Velcro them together. It is not uncommon to see a company deploy five or six of these safety barricades at the same time. Due to their low cost and portability, they are easy to replace as needed.
Why should I buy a safety barricade?
Safety barricades play an important role in protecting your worksite and the unprotected people that travel near it. Taking a proactive approach to safety demonstrates to everyone that works for you and with you that your business cares about all aspects of the performed work. This care goes beyond gloves, eye gear, and other protective measures that have become industry standard.
When you engage in best workplace practices that ensure the safety of both workers and the public, it increases faith in your service. That faith between customer and client speaks volumes and ensures that they will recommend you to others.
Deploying safety barricades at all worksites is just another way to show clients that their concerns are your concerns.
Other related safety barricade questions & considerations
Safety barricades are an often forgotten, but essential part of any stump grinding job. To determine how many barricades you need and where to place them, here are a few things to think about during planning:
- Is the terrain uneven or flat?
- Will you be working more in an urban or rural environment?
- Besides your crew, will there be other people observing your work?
- Do you have to worry about vehicle or pedestrian traffic?
- Will there be high winds, and if so, from what direction?
There are some situations in which these barricades are not the best choice. They should not be used close to welding spatter, sparks, open flames, or hot surfaces. They’re not a structural barrier and should not be used around manholes or to block off any other falling hazards. Use caution to avoid entanglement in any spinning blades or power tools.
Final thoughts on safety barricades
The GNE-1210 safety barricade should be part of any excavation, stump removal, or arborist tool bag. The bright orange reflective stripes are easy to see at any time of day so people know to stay clear, providing peace of mind to both your crew and your clients.
While a safety barricade is not the only tool you need, it plays a valuable role in protecting your workspace. If your current barricades are worn, we’ll be happy to help you replace them. If you have further questions about protecting your worksite, contact CEI Supply today.