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When is Temporary Fencing Required?

Are you wondering whether you need temporary fencing? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you work on a construction site or are installing a pool in your home’s backyard, temporary fencing hire can ensure that you’re abiding by government rules and regulations, which can help you to avoid getting slapped with a hefty fine. Moreover, temp fencing can help to protect your site as well as minimise health and safety concerns.

So, when is temporary fencing required?

Temporary Fencing for Swimming Pools and Spas

According to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), any swimming pool or spa that has the capacity to contain more than 30cm of water must have an adequate safety barrier that restricts pool area access to children under the age of five.

If you are constructing or installing a pool, a temporary barrier or fence is required for the in the following circumstances:

  • The pool that is being installed is prefabricated and will be filled upon installation
  • The pool you are constructing is in-ground and not self-draining
  • The pool will not be maintained during construction, meaning that rainwater may be able to accumulate
  • The pool you are constructing is in-ground and requires filling upon installation
  • The property where the pool is being built includes a dwelling that will be occupied during the pool’s installation

Additionally, the VBA has strict requirements regarding the temporary fencing that surrounds swimming pools and spas during their design, construction and installation. They must be:

  • Constructed by an appropriately registered domestic builder
  • Have self-closing and self-latching gates
  • Be made of a sturdy and weather-resistant material, and generally be capable of withstanding extreme weather forces, such as heavy winds or storms

Additionally, it is the responsibility of the property owner or occupant to ensure that pool barriers are appropriately maintained, repaired and kept in working order.

Furthermore, there must not be any direct access from any building to the swimming pool or spa.

Temporary Fencing for Construction Sites

For construction sites, the primary use of temporary fencing, or security fencing, is to prevent unauthorised access to the site, particularly when unoccupied. Additionally, it can help to discourage and prevent the entry of young children into a potentially dangerous or hazardous construction site.

In particular, all construction sites should consider the risks they pose to the public, including taking into consideration the possibility that children may enter the unoccupied construction site. As such, it should be noted if the construction site is close to a school, parks or recreational areas, or built-up areas.

According to Work Safe Victoria, temporary security fencing should be:

  • At least 1.8 metres high
  • Well-constructed, with securely connected gates and joints, and without any weak points of entry
  • Have the ability to withstand anticipated forces and loads, such as strong winds
  • Difficult to climb while also preventing access from underneath

Additional Benefits of Temporary Fencing for Construction Sites
When getting a temporary fence for a construction site, there are benefits beyond avoiding fines by complying with government rules and regulations.

Deter Trespassers

Unoccupied construction sites are often the target of trespassers, thieves and vandals. Not only can this leave your site vulnerable, it can also mean that you become liable for any injuries that occur onsite – even if they were trespassing. Having a temporary fence in place will prevent unwanted entry into your construction site, protecting your assets as well liability claims.

Ensure the Health and Safety of the Public

Pedestrians can often be in their own little world when walking down the street, completely unaware of what’s going on around them. This can make the susceptible to unwittingly walking onto a potentially hazardous construction site, which poses a risk to their health and safety.

In particular, children who pass by can often view construction sites as fun play areas, without realising their danger. As such, having a fence up signals to the public that there is construction going on and that the area should be avoided, as well preventing children from accessing the site.

Ahoy Hire’s Temp Fencing Hire

Have you determined that you’re in need of temporary fencing hire? Then Ahoy Hire is who you need.

Our temporary fences are perfect for construction sites, swimming pool construction and even public events and concerts. We are able to offer two temporary fencing type options: anti-climb galvanised welded mesh and diamond link. Featuring hinged gates that enable personal, vehicular and machinery access, our fencing meets OH&S standards and our experienced team can expertly install your temporary fencing for you.

Known for our reliability, affordability and quality, Ahoy Hire is able to provide temporary fencing hire to the entire Melbourne metropolitan area as well as Western Victoria country areas.

About Us

With over 37 years in the building and construction industry Ahoy Hire are the builder’s choice for construction site hire equipment. Family owned and operated for over 10 years, Ahoy Hire offer prompt, competitive, temporary site solutions for commercial constructions, residential builders, landscapers, event organisers and owner builders.

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