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The Best Places to Install Barriers

The ability to tailor the size, length and height of armco barriers, make them one of the most efficient forms of protection available. This versatility has lead to their implementation across a wide variety of industries including agriculture and construction. Despite the popularity of barriers increasing across many industries, it is still on roads and motorways where they are used most.

Where to Install Barriers

Prior to installing a barrier, the government and highway agencies will access the roads and motorways through the UK. They will look for collision hot spots and identify any areas whereby the implementation of a stretch of barriers could be constructed. The barriers would be erected with the intention of restricting damage and absorbing impact should an accident occur.

The data gathered will identify places where there have been frequent accidents over a number of years and access whether a barrier would help contain future incidents. Generally speaking, heavy traffic areas such as round about exits, slip roads and heavily used stretches of motorways and roads are the best places to install barriers.

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Nearly every motorway throughout the UK will have armco barriers dividing opposing carriageways. Due to the barriers ability to contain vehicles, this has proven a very effective method of limiting damage and reducing casualties. The barriers prevent cars crossing carriageways and hitting on coming traffic. This could cause excessive damage and loss of life. However the barriers prevent this from happening and contain the collision.

Due to a crash barriers ease of assembly and installation, they can be erected very quickly compared to other forms of defence. This is an important factor when building on roads and motorways as officials will not want to close them for any long periods of time. As such work can be completed over night with minimal impact o motorway users and commuters.

If you would like any help regarding advice on barriers or how to install them, please feel free to get in touch with Premier Protection Supplies.

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Galvanising Barriers

What is Galvanising?

Galvanising a barrier is the process of coating the host steel barrier in a layer of zinc. The barrier is completely submerged in a container of molten zinc. The zinc is heated to a temperature in excess of 450 degrees. Prior to the barrier being immersed in the zinc, it is thoroughly cleaned using an acidic solution to remove any dirt or impurities. The barrier is chemically cleaned to ensure that the galvanising reaction will take place. The process of galvanisation typically takes around 5 minutes once the barrier is in the bath of Zinc (depending on the size of the barrier).

Barrier Galvanising

The Benefits of Galvanising

Galvanising an Armco barrier significantly increases its life expectancy. The zinc coating makes the barrier far more resistant to damage and corrosion. Considering the harsh environments that barriers are subjected to, the galvanising is essential in resisting a variety of elements.

As galvanisation only has to take place once and the bond is permanent, the process is very cost effective and requires minimal maintenance once the barrier has been installed. The resilient coating gives the barrier a life expectancy of around 50 years. As the barriers are often installed in motorways and hard to reach places, this is a major benefit.

The resilience of the coating also means that it is hard to damage even when transporting or erecting the barriers. As the barriers often have to be transported over many miles the coating is key to them maintaining their longevity.

Considering the high level of protection the coating provides, the galvanisation process is relatively short. Unlike painting a barrier, the zinc bath where the galvanisation takes place ensures that every part of the object is completely covered. Hand painting a barrier would take far more time, be more expensive and would be far less thorough.

The fast process means that barriers can be manufactured, coated and delivered to customers in a matter of days.

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Car Park Protection

Barriers are best known for the protection that they provide along long stretches of roadsides and motorways throughout the UK and Europe. Their ability to reduce the impact of collisions, and contain the amount of damage caused in crashes has been well documented in Formula 1 and by the British transport network. Their introduction since the 1950’s has undoubtedly saved many lives. Drive along any stretch of busy road in the UK and you are likely to see an Armco barrier.

However the versatility of barriers may not be appreciated by those outside of the road safety, construction and agricultural industries. The ability to tailor the size and height of barriers makes them very useful across a wide variety of industries. The UK transport network is unquestionably the main consumer of barriers, however there are a wide range of other uses where the barriers are effectively deployed.

Due to the increasing volume of cars on our roads and the ever rising number of commuters the need for off road parking has rapidly grown. Multi-storey car parks offer the perfect solution for cost effective parking. As the surface area of the car parks is accumulated over a relatively small area of land by building upward, multi-storey car parks are a lot cheaper and more efficient than traditional car parks. This is a very important factor in the commercial and private sector.

The increase in the the number of car parks being built has been beneficial to the crash barrier industry. The barriers versatility has allowed them to be easily adapted for use in car parks. The relatively low cost and ease of assembly has resulted in barriers becoming the preferred method of protecting and containing cars in car parks. The traditional protection that the barriers provide also means that the structural integrity of the car park is never compromised thanks to the barriers ability to constrain cars.

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The barriers that we provide can also be coated in a variety of different colours to ensure their visibility to drivers who are negotiating tight multi-storey car parks. The demand for car parking spaces is ever increasing. Work has recently began on the new £20 million multi-storey car park in Didcot Parkway, a car park that will provide 1,800 spaces.

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More Protection in Formula 1 this Season

This past weekend saw Sebastian Vettel take the top spot on the opening race of the 2017 Formula 1 season at the Australian Grand Prix. The win put Ferrari at the top of the podium, while the remaining two places where taken up by Mercedes lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Despite not taking the top spot the Mercedes team remain confident in both their drivers and cars abilities. The team believe that the next race in China will be a true representation of the quality of the teams drivers and the capabilities of this new seasons revised cars. The same race last year showcased the skill and ability of the Mercedes team as the 2016 season champion Nico Rosberg secured first place, while his team mate Hamilton came from last to finish in seventh place.

This seasons new car specifications and focus on overtaking once again raises the continued issue of driver safety. The opening race is Melbourne resulted in a several crashes in the second practice session.

The safety specifications of the new F1 cars are with out doubt the best there has ever been. However the focus on overtaking this season will see drivers take bigger risks.

As there are only a limited number of ways to ensure driver safety and reduce the number of fatal crashes and accidents, we would expect to see more crash barriers installed across F1 race courses around the world.

The abilities the barriers to withstand high amounts of pressure and absorb energy make them an efficient way of improving safety, giving drivers the opportunity to push to overtake.

As we are only one race into the season, it is too early to speculate on the effects the new cars and the emphasis on overtaking will have on the safety of the drivers, and how the leaderboard will look come the end of the race calendar.

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The Life Expectancy of a Crash Barrier

One of the most durable and cost effective forms of protection, Armco barriers are the perfect long term solution for protecting buildings, life stock and a variety of other valuable assets.

Galvanised corrugated steel provides the crash barriers with a pinnacle strength to longevity ratio. Thanks to the high quality manufacturing process here at Premier Protection Supplies, our barriers are able to with stand high amounts of force. The corrugated steel construction allows for the barriers to absorb an extremely high amount of force.

The galvanised coating applied to crash barriers gives them substantial resistance against rust and corrosion. This manufacturing process makes the traffic barriers one of the most cost effective methods of protection. Their longevity and low cost have made them the preferred method of protection for nearly all of Europe’s main roads and motorways. Once installed, should the barriers not endure a collision, they can easily remain in place for decades continually providing a high level of protection.

The design and construction of the crash barriers go through extensive testing and adhere to regulations to ensure they are safe for general use.

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Protecting City Buildings

The construction of a building within a densely populated urban or inner city area is usually an expensive process. From the initial architectural drawings and 3D designs to the final rendering of interior or exterior walls, the construction of a building is often extremely costly.

With such high expenses incurred from the erection of a building it is important that the new constructions are sufficiently protected from potential future damage. The lack of inner city space for new buildings such as office blocks, apartments and commercial premises, has led to more constructions being built closer to roads and other potentially hazardous areas.

These potential hazards have resulted in many land and building owners implementing protection through the erection of Armco barriers. A cheap and easy to install method of protection, the crash barriers allow for the protection of long stretches of valuable land and buildings. Available in a range of different heights, lengths and thickness, the barriers are an ideal form of protection. As they only require solid ground in which they can be erected, their versatility has proved a success for many newly built constructions across the UK.

Building experts across densely populated areas such as London, Birmingham, Edinburgh have been quick to protect their buildings with this versatile form of protection.

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Protecting Pedestrians

Providing protection for a wide variety of buildings, cars, machinery and livestock, Armco crash barriers are one of the most effective methods of defence against accidents and collisions. The barriers supplied by Premier Protection Supplies have helped dramatically reduced the amount of damage coursed to valuable objects and buildings throughout the UK. The cheap and easily installed form of protection stops millions of pounds worth of damaging being inflicted across the UK every month.

The crash barriers undoubtedly bring significant financial benefit. However one of the most important uses of crash barriers is protecting pedestrians. The use of crash barriers on roadsides and motorway hard shoulders save the lives of countless pedestrians in the UK every year. Strategically placed to provide maximum protection in densely populated areas and areas of potential danger, the crash barriers are very effective in redirecting danger and absorbing damage. The British government and UK highway agency have heavily invested in protective barriers to reduce the number of deaths on UK roadsides. The same benefits that make barriers so attract to business owners looking to protect buildings and machinery, also make them an attractive proposition to governments and councils.

The flexibility of the crash barriers with their multiple height and length options mean they can be installed almost anywhere. The adoption of crash barriers across the UK and their ability to protect both driver and pedestrian has resulted in the UK being one of the safest places to drive in the world.

The decision to heavily invest in crash barriers for pedestrian safety also brings financial benefit. The reduction in call outs for the ambulance and fire service means government budgets can be focused across other areas.

The use of crash barriers has helped to make roads across the UK and Europe a lot safer for drivers and pedestrians.

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Protecting Agriculture and Livestock

The UK agricultural industry including the food and farming sector is worth over £108 billion to the UK economy. Unlike many sectors in the UK, the agricultural industry’s contribution to the UK economy has actually grown in recent years. Testament to the hard work of all the people who work in agriculture and farming.

The farming and food sector provides around 3.9 million jobs across the UK, and according to the NFU, the food supply chain in the United Kingdom generates £177 billion in revenue thanks to the spending of consumers. As well as being a significant contributor to the domestic market, the agricultural industry is one of the UK biggest exporters, with food exports now worth an estimated £12 billion.

Farming is undoubtedly a very hard business. Long hours and early morning are normal for anyone working in the industry. The continued increase in demand from supermarkets and ultimately the general population is ever increasing. In order to meet these demands farmers are constantly improving their farming methods and updating the machinery they use.

Protecting Machinery

With more and more farmers investing heavily in new machinery in order to meet increasing demand. Farmers are now looking at methods to protect their investments.
Premier Protection Supplies work with farmers and business owners across the UK. We advice on the best solutions for a variety of problems and issues faced in the agricultural sector. Armco barriers are the perfect solution for protecting agricultural buildings and machinery. Their strength, durability and low cost make them ideal defences in an often harsh environment. The flexibility of the barriers means that they can be used across a range of areas on farms, from protecting vehicles to segregating life stock. Premier Protection Supplies have installed numerous barriers across multiple location in the UK. We have helped farmers successfully protect buildings, land, machinery, vehicles and cattle. Our barriers come in a variety of sizes and can be customised in order meet specific requirements and demands. If you would like help or advice please call us and find out how our barrier systems can be of benefit to your business.

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Protection in Motorsport

The popularity of motorsport has soared over the past few decades. More and more money is being invested into F1 every year. Along with the popularity and money has come significant improvements in the ability of race cars. Testament to this is the capability of the latest Mercedes F1 car, with a top speed of 330 kmph and an impressive 0-60mph time of 2.2 seconds.

Despite all the technological advancements within the motorsport industry, with cars travelling at such high speeds and drivers willing to take risks in order to please crowds, race tracks are more dangerous than ever. Earlier this year at the Mexican grand prix, Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was recorded driving at 231.5 mph, one of the fastest speeds ever recorded.

With the aerodynamics of cars designed to help reach optimum performance, it could be argued that the preference of stream lining and achieving the best levels of downforce comes at the expense of the safety of the driver.

Undoubtedly safety standards have improved since the very first Grand Prix in 1950. Since the fatalities of Ratzenberger and Senna in 1994, there had been no driver deaths during world championship events for over two decades until the recent death of Jules Bianchi in July 2015 following his injuries sustained during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

As well as the use of carbon fibre replacing aluminium in order to increase protection for drivers in the event of a crash, F1 officials have also introduced numerous safety standards. Grooved tyres have replaced racing slick tyres to effectively reduce speeds especially when cornering. Many circuits throughout the world have also redesign their track layouts to significantly improve driver safety and minimise the top speeds that can be reach along any one stretch of track.

The inclusion of Armco crash barriers along long stretches of track and corners have led to a significant reduction in the loss of life to both drivers and spectators. The barriers mean that collisions are more likely to be restricted to the track rather than causing extensive damage off the race course and hitting fans and spectators. Originally introduced with the backing of the world famous Jackie Stewart following an accident that left him with a broken collar bone and ribs being lucky to escape with his life. Crash barriers were initially met with pessimism from many drivers, mainly due to the fact the aluminium cars of the time were not strong enough to disperse the extensive crash energies involved in colliding with a steel barrier. However after many circuits began to erect the crash barriers subsequently resulting in fewer injuries and deaths, it wasn’t long before the entire motorsport industry was in support of the new safety measure.
To this day crash barriers are responsible for saving countless lives in F1 and other motorsports. The transition from aluminium to carbon fibre cars also mean that cars were much better equipped to handle collisions with a crash barriers and effectively protect drivers at the same time.

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The Benefits of Crash Barriers

Over the past 50 years the motorway network of the UK has significantly improved, bringing with it substantial improvements in safety standards. It is a commonly known fact that the UK is one of the safest places to drive in the world.
The UK benefits from one of the lowest road death rates in Europe, and is statistically safer than other developed countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The low death rate is partly due to a number of reasons. The past decade has seen a significant increase in the number of road safety campaigns across social media, television, radio and other media outlets. The ‘Think’ campaigns have highlighted issues such as drink driving, fatigue, importance of seat belts, as well as a huge host of other important safety measures. These campaigns have gone a long way to improve public awareness and help people to become more safety conscious when driving.

Safety improvements to automobiles themselves have also helped significantly reduce fatalities on the roads. Improved braking systems and better safety measures within the car themselves have led to a reduction in collisions and an increases in survival rates when accidents do occur.

Another major factor is the implementation of Armco crash barriers on large stretches of roads and motorways. Crash barriers have been built along nearly all major motorways and A roads. The barriers play a significant role in reducing the damage caused in accidents and ultimately the number of fatalities on UK roads.
Used as dividers between opposing carriageways of traffic, the barriers reduce and limit the effects of an accident should one occur. This form of segregation prevents automobiles from colliding with oncoming traffic and causing extreme levels of damage and fatality.
The barriers work to contain the impact of the accident, absorbing much of the energy and working towards directing the vehicle in the correct direction to avoid it entering a stream of traffic or even flipping over.
The barriers themselves are made from thick corrugated steel to help them absorb as much energy as possible helping them contain traffic. The barriers are a relatively cheap from of protection, and can often be quickly and easily installed.

The improvements in safety measures have resulted in the UK having one of the lowest death rates per 100,000 people. In data recently published by The Guardian, the UK has a death rate of only 5.4 people per 100,000. This figure is very low when compared to other European countries such as Belgium whose death rate of 10.2 is almost double that of the UK. When related to the rest of the world, the UK statistics look even more impressive, with countries such as Russia (25.2) and Egypt (41.6) suffer from some of the highest death rates.