The most vulnerable part of any steel barrier is its base. The inevitable wear and tear factor caused by regular use of the barrier simply makes the base weak. In other words, they go ‘out of commission’. So just how do you ensure that the barrier serves it purpose as it should? It’s easy – choose a barrier with a strong base. Read on to find out more.
Bolt-on replaceable bases
Crowd barricades and barriers with bolt-on replaceable bases rather than weld-on bases are becoming popular for fairly obvious reasons. For starters, bolt-on replaceable bases are cost effective. Should one break or rust, it will save you from the inconvenience of buying an entire new barrier. Note that there are four types of these bases. They include:
- Traditional bridge base
- Flat base
- ‘U’ base
- Wheel base
It is the most popular base style. It provides ample resistance to ‘push’ by crowds and lasts for long. The bases are designed in such a way that each barrier has one large base which is a little over 26 inches.
The name says it all. It is ideal when barriers are used in roads as portable pedestrian railings in situations where large crowds walk parallel to barriers. Most crowd control barrier hire companies still rent out barricades with traditional bases, so remember to insist on barricades with flat bases.
It is a more recent design that has proven to be more effective than the flat base. It provides a perfect 4 point stability, which is more than what is needed for effective crowd control. The bases also offer added advantage of rubber stoppers which go a long way to reduce sliding.
Crowd barriers with wheel bases are not that popular. They are only used in areas where constant moving and lifting occur. They are therefore perfect for parking lots and security checkpoints in highways.