Can concrete barriers be placed anywhere?

How Do You Lift Concrete Barriers

For anybody who has handled concrete in the past, it’s no secret that it is a heavy substance. So when they are moulded into a concrete barrier, It’s expected to be even more difficult to move.

So what are the safest and quickest options available for someone who needs to move a concrete barrier? Can it be done with a group of people by hand? Can it be dragged? Or is it strictly machinery?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘How do you lift concrete barriers?’

At PPC Concrete Products, we are here to provide solutions for your construction needs, from the person working on their part-time project to commercial clients, and everyone in between.

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How are concrete barriers transported?

How are concrete barriers transported?

Before concrete barriers get to their destination, they must be transported, but aside from the machinery that lifts them, what is actually capable of carrying more than one of these barriers?

One method is via the use of a flatbed trailer and towing tractor. A flatbed trailer is a reinforced flat surface used to transport a variety of items, including concrete barriers. As it is a trailer, it must be towed by something, which is where the towing tractor comes in.

A towing tractor is designed to pull heavy loads over long distances. The weight transportation capabilities of the tractor will depend entirely on the size and model used.

Another method of transporting concrete barriers is via a single unit truck with a flatbed. This method allows for greater manoeuvrability at the expense of being able to transport fewer concrete barriers in one load.

Is it safe to travel with concrete barriers?

Yes. Qualified experts and those with experience are perfectly safe to travel with concrete barriers, they just need to be aware of certain issues such as…

  • Handling can be affected due to the additional weight of the vehicle. This means considerations for speed must be paramount.
  • Impatient drivers may be more likely to overtake, do not let this compromise the safety measures you have in place as the driver.

How do you lift concrete barriers?

How do you lift concrete barriers?

There is more than one option available when it comes to moving a concrete barrier. Please bear in mind that the shape and style of your concrete barrier may impact what specific machinery can transport it.

  • Forklifts: Forklifts are one of the most common methods for moving a concrete barrier. Although it has to be done individually, as to not damage the forklift or skew its balance. Most concrete barriers have built-in slots that allow for the forklift’s tines to connect and lift the barrier.
  • Mini Diggers: Some mini diggers have the capacity to lift a concrete barrier. However, this is only if the correct attachment is used, and the mini digger being used can withstand the weight capacity given by the concrete barrier.
  • Barrier transfer machines: A barrier transfer machine is specially designed for the relocation of concrete barriers in a quick and efficient manner. This comes in especially handy for motorways that are under work.

Through a complicated process, the machine partly straddles the barrier it wants to move, and manipulates its position through a system of arms and rollers, resulting in the barrier being placed into a new area/position.

Can I move a concrete barrier by hand?

No. Concrete barriers are too heavy to be moved by hand. Even if you have more than a one-person helping you, it should not be attempted. Any wrong step can result in permanent injury or even death. Under no circumstances should a concrete barrier be moved by hand, if it is even possible.

Concrete barriers should be moved via the aforementioned specialist equipment, and even when using them, they must be used in a certain manner to avoid overloading or causing damage to the machinery.

Any machine operation must be handled by a qualified expert, whilst following health and safety measures to ensure the safety of other people on the site.

Can I drag a concrete barrier?

No. Unless you have a superhuman level of strength, or a military/industrial grade level of machinery, you can not drag a concrete barrier. Even if this was possible, it would not be recommended, as dragging a concrete barrier against a floor can damage the surface, and can cause fragility to develop across the barrier.

Can concrete barriers be placed anywhere?

Can concrete barriers be placed anywhere?

In most cases, yes. However, you should be aware of certain environments that could hinder the effectiveness of the concrete barrier. These environments also have the potential to seriously injure anybody surrounding it, or cause delays to your project.

When placing a concrete barrier, be mindful of…

  • Permission: Does your project have the permission to be placing concrete barriers in the desired area? This is usually cleared with local council/relevant parties in advance, but be sure not to stray beyond the agreed perimeter.
  • Muddy areas: Some muddy areas are actually much deeper than meets the eye, this means that if a concrete barrier weighing over 1000KG is placed there, it may sink to a degree where it is not level with the other barriers around it.
  • Flat ground: The ground that the concrete barrier is placed on should always be as flat as possible. If the land is uneven or bumpy, it can result in the barrier not being flat against the floor, this creates balance issues which can contribute to the barrier being easier to topple.
  • General safety: If the concrete barrier is encroaching on, or covering a footpath/pavement or road? Have alternative routes for pedestrians been established? Again, this is usually accounted for in advance, and is something to consider for those commissioning the use of concrete barriers in busy areas of cities and towns.

What are the uses of a concrete barrier?

Although the purpose of a concrete barrier is quite simple, its level of application of our concrete barriers is wide. Here is where  some concrete barriers can be used. Please note that the uses may vary between providers and their concrete barriers.

  • For perimeter protection during events (crowd control), construction and more.
  • For temporary construction works.
  • To protect workers from hazards such as heavy machinery.
  • To ensure the safety of motorways and dual carriageways under work
  • For security barriers at open rail lines.
  • To support a large, temporary structure, such as scaffolding, a stage, or a marquee tent.
  • To block unwanted vehicles from the site in question.
  • For docking next to waterways.
  • For creating parking bays.
  • For securing a vacant area.
  • For preventing fly-tipping.
  • To be used as a base for public seating, public artwork or a public garden feature.
  • For use in a public playground or skate park.

Where can I buy a concrete barrier?

Where can I buy a concrete barrier?

As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have answered the question ‘How do you lift concrete barriers?’ whilst also providing extra information in regard to construction solutions that we offer.

Take a read of our case studies to truly understand how we have provided solutions for business in the past with the use of our interlocking concrete blocks, and ultimately, how we can help you today.

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