KEEPING THEM SAFE
9 December 2014
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 test level 4 (TL4) is required and it 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 lightweight, quick to deploy and easy to install, the BG800 is particularly useful as a temporary barrier at roadworks, making the system adaptable to a variety of applications such as road construction and maintenance, long-term construction sites or even one day events.
John Annison, Coates Hire National Product Manager – Traffic Management, says the BarrierGuard 800 is the market-leading steel barrier and offers a high degree of safety and protection.
“It gives road workers the optimum amount of safety and is growing in popularity. In Australia we’ve only had the BG800 product for two to three years but it is certainly starting to take off as the market sees the benefits.
“It doesn’t completely replace concrete but in most applications we can do it cheaper because of transport costs. Barrier Guard is significantly lighter and we can get about three times more metreage per truck with a far smaller carbon footprint. On major projects this offers significant savings.”
Annison says the barrier also can be used with an anti-gawk/anti-debris screen. This sits on top of the barrier and prevents drivers looking at the road works and potentially being distracted. It also protects works from debris falling off passing trucks or objects like stubbies being thrown into the work site.
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 70 kilometres an hour impacting at a 20 degree angle and a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 50km/h hitting the barriers at 45 degrees.
A demonstration was held in front of a captivated (and safe!) audience at Sandown, Victoria.
Observing the demonstration of the system in Melbourne was Executive Vice President International Road Federation Mike Dreznes, 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 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 get home safely”.
Mark Forbes, National Product Manager, Ground, Pumps & Traffic, also commented on the BarrierGuard system: “This is a pin system as opposed to a freestanding one and its ability to perform is improved through the pinning process. Road authorities across Australia prefer this type of barrier to the freestanding barriers.
“The biggest benefit 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 continuously 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 more than 200 Coates Hire branches around Australia.