As an established and trusted concrete provider, PPC Concrete Products aim to provide solutions for people in the construction industry. We supply Interlocking Concrete Blocks, Jersey Barriers, Forklift Blocks, and more.
In this blog, we will be answering the question, ‘Why buy forklift-friendly concrete blocks?’
For any building project, knowing the options you can select when it comes to barriers and other concrete solutions can be extremely helpful when it comes to protecting access to your project, building it, and possibly saving you money.
PPC Concrete Products is here to provide the answers you may be looking for whilst giving you an insight into the quality concrete options we supply.
The demand for construction is only increasing, on a private and industrial level. Whichever side you fall into, A forklift-friendly concrete block may be an option to help keep your site secure regardless of its shape.
The forklift blocks we supply are a version of our interlocking concrete blocks that can be moved by forklifts, let us tell you more about the uses and benefits of interlocking concrete blocks below.
Interlocking Concrete Blocks explained
You may have read this article and realised you want to have an understanding of the other concrete options we provide, we will tell you about our interlocking concrete blocks.
Furthermore, with the necessity of time and cost-efficient building solutions being needed, as construction output in Great Britain has seen an increase, alternatives to traditional brick-and-mortar builds are required for those looking to save time and money.
Interlocking concrete blocks present a modern alternative.
Interlocking concrete blocks are a unique form of pre-cast concrete blocks that are designed to hold together by using pre-measured studs and recesses. Built with unique profiles and features, which allow them to fit perfectly into each other without the use of any mortar. Instead, the cementitious blocks simply snap together with each other.
The advantages of interlocking concrete blocks
- Longer lasting and more durable than a Gabion basket
- Quicker and less hassle to install
- No need for mortar, saving you money and time
- No need for steel reinforcement or shuttering
- Resistant to extreme weather conditions
- Fire-resistant properties, mitigating the spread of fire depending on structure
- Little maintenance required
- Often, no foundation is needed before installing
- Sound resistant
- Ability to stack them upon each other
- Flexibility in sizes
- Appropriate for temporary and/or permanent buildings
- Unlikely to be displaced due to the interlocking function
- Can be moved with standard lifting equipment
What are interlocking concrete blocks used for?
PPC Concrete Products supply interlocking concrete blocks, here is what they can be used for.
- Material Storage bays
- Blast walls
- Salt stores
- Crash protection
- Push walls
- Security barriers
- Segregation bays i.e recycling centres
- Retaining walls
- Industrial buildings
- Fire breaks
And much more.
Why Buy Forklift-Friendly Concrete Blocks?
Our forklift-friendly concrete blocks hold all of the benefits that have been mentioned previously, in addition, forklift-friendly concrete blocks present a great opportunity to manoeuvre concrete blocks in a more intricate fashion due to the manoeuvrability of the forklift.
This is Ideal for situations in which larger equipment would struggle to place a concrete block.
PPC Concrete Products, alongside providing Interlocking Concrete Blocks, Jersey Barriers (and more) also are proud to also provide forklift-friendly concrete blocks, which we refer to as Fork Lift Blocks.
Fork Lift Blocks are ideal for Security barriers, traffic management, Blocking Entrances, test weights, and counterweights.
What size are Forklift Blocks?
We now offer the 1800x 600 x 600 mm (1560kg) and the 1600x 800 x800mm (2460kg) block with forklift slots.
How much do Forklift Blocks Cost?
This is dependent on the size and amount needed, we encourage you to get in contact with us as we can discuss and provide for the needs of your project accordingly.
Jersey Barriers explained
Jersey Barriers are mainly used for site protection, its concrete build and the interlocking feature we had mentioned previously serve to create a barrier which cannot be moved or destroyed without significant force.
Site protection is of utmost importance, especially with large-scale industrial builds. Mitigating any possibility of damage to the site will save time, money & possibly lives. We can not underestimate the protection provided by a simple barrier. But why does any construction site even need a barrier?
Why would a construction site need a concrete jersey barrier?
There are a variety of reasons why a site would need a Jersey Barrier to cover its perimeter. Here are a few
- It prevents vehicles from entering or leaving the site.
- Vehicles can’t be stolen from inside the site, and potential thieves can’t drive onto the site to steal anything.
- If near a busy road, the barriers protect the site from wayward drivers or potential accidents.
- It is more of a deterrent for people walking by the site who could be potentially injured. If using cones instead of a barrier, for example, people may disregard them and put themselves in danger.
What are the dimensions of a barrier block?
The following dimensions of our Jersey Barriers are 900×2000 mm. This equates to 90×200 cm.
These dimensions display that Jersey barriers aren’t tall structures, but more than tall and wide enough to barricade your site from vehicles, as well as let members of the public know that they should not be going beyond those barriers.
We encourage you to get in contact with us if you have any further questions regarding the dimensions of our barrier blocks.
What is a Retaining wall?
The function of the retaining wall is in the name, it retains its content (soil) within a wall, and retaining walls are often used to alter the level of the land it is erected on, which usually means the land goes from being uneven, to even.
Forklift Blocks can be used as part of a retaining wall, want to know more? Click here for an in-depth look at retaining walls.
How far can a wall lean without falling?
For the sake of safety, walls should not be leaning in any direction to any degree unless it was specifically made this way.
What makes a retaining wall lean?
When a retaining wall starts to lean it can be due to a number of things including
- Insufficient drainage, this causes additional weight to be added to the wall.
- The wall’s material has become weak due to degradation over time.
- External damage/purposely manipulating the wall.
- Weak foundations or structure
- Using sub-quality materials when constructing the wall
- Natural changes in the environment that can happen over time.
We advise that as soon as you notice your retaining wall leaning, contact your construction professional to rectify this immediately, delaying this can lead to the wall falling, possibly causing injury.
Purchase a Forklift Block today
In this article, we hope to have answered the question ‘Why buy forklift-friendly concrete blocks?’ 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.
Read our blog page for more insights into our passion, construction.
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