Coates Hire, the leaders in equipment hire have introduced a technologically advanced road safety product, offering unparalleled protection levels to roadside workers - the BarrierGuard 800
Last year, Coates Hire began offering a technologically advanced barrier system offering unparalleled protection levels with the BG800 (BarrierGuard 800).
The BG800 is a rapidly deployable temporary steel barrier system for use at road works or any other application where a vehicle restraint system conforming to TL4 is required & is approved to this level by all the Australian state road authorities.
The BG800 works in two ways: by absorbing the impact of a crash and by containing the vehicle - offering the driver a vastly-increased chance of recovering control of the wheel.
Being light weight, quick to deploy and easy to install, the BG800 is particularly useful as a temporary barrier at road works making the system versatile for a variety of applications such as road construction and maintenance, long term construction sites or even one day events.
Extensive crash testing has been undertaken throughout the development of the BarrierGuard at angles ranging from 15 to 45 degrees, using vehicles weighing from 900kg to 13 tonnes.
The results have been impressive; with the BarrierGuard containing a 13 tonne bus travelling at 70km/h impacting at a 20 degree angle and a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 50km/h hitting the barriers at a 45 degrees.
The most recent demonstration was undertaken earlier in March in front of a captivated audience (and safe!) audience at Sandown, Victoria.
Observing the demonstration of the BarrierGuard system in Melbourne was Mr. Mike Dreznes Executive Vice President International Road Federation, who said: “One of the nice things about the BarrierGuard is its ease of use. The disadvantage of concrete barriers is their weight and the cost to bring them to the site and the time taken to move them when you get it there. You can get about six times more barrier guards on a truck compared to concrete barriers.
“The BarrierGuard is primarily designed to protect the roadside workers and motorists. The reduced deflection of the BarrierGuard is superior compared to other types of barriers and if it is pinned, the deflection is almost next to nothing This product has been tried and tested to be able to safely keep vehicles of all sizes from penetrating it and redirecting vehicles safely back into the traffic so they can home safely”.
Mark Forbes, National Product Manager, Ground, Pumps & Traffic present at the demonstration to answer questions also commented on the BarrierGuard system: “This is a pin system as opposed to a free standing one and its ability to perform is improved through the pinning process. Road authorities across Australia prefer this type of barrier as opposed to the free standing barriers.
“The biggest benefits to motorists and road authorities is the ability to keep traffic flowing through construction zones and not reduce speeds too much which builds up congestion. To have a barrier that performs at higher speeds allows road users to continually use the road without interruptions and this is certainly a big benefit”.
Road Safety advocate Beverley Brock said: “I am extremely impressed for a number of reasons. The fact that when the car hit the barrier it gently slid along it with minimal impact to the car and driver. It is also very suitable for motorcycle riders as there is nothing that would catch them or damage them, so the BarrierGuard is an extremely impressive innovation in road safety”.
The BarrierGuard is available exclusively through over 230 Coates Hire branches around Australia. Find your nearest branch here
Watch highlights of the demonstration day.