Large or public events occurring in places such as convention centers, sportsarenas, stadiums, and other such locations attract large crowds which are likely to be rowdy and unmanageable without the implementation of appropriate crowd control measures to seize and restrict the crowd to a specific area. Barricades are the perfect and most popular crowd control measure that can be used but may require a long process to set up and may have to be used in large quantities depending upon the area to be covered. This may be a hectic task, but it can be made much easier when considering a few important factors which would enable the efficient and effective formation of the barricade line!
The factors that must be considered when searching for the most efficient way to form the barricade line are:
- The types of steel barricades used
- The distance to be covered
- The form of transportation used to get the barricades to their destined location
- Other possible factors.
The main aim of forming the barricade line efficiently and effectively is to save time and labor costs and to ensure the safety of your workers.
The first factor that needs to be considered is the distance that needs to be covered. It obviously takes a fewer number of 8 foot barricades to cover a long distance compared to the number of six foot barricades.
However, using a larger quantity of barricades such as six foot barricades to cover long distances instead of eight- foot barricades may be beneficial in the situation of using your barricades as sources of revenue! In the case that you have sponsors for your event or may receive requests from sponsors to feature their logo or message on your barricades, you can cover your barricades with vinyl barrier covers to transform them into ground-level billboards and print the sponsor’s message on them. For this purpose, the more barricades you have, the more sponsors you can feature on your barricades, and the more revenue you can earn! You may even charge your sponsors according to the length of the barricade to maximize revenue if you choose to use eight-foot barricades instead of using a larger quantity of six-foot barricades.
After determining the best length of barricades to cover the required distance, the next step is to choose the best method to facilitate the transportation of your barricades to the destined location. This depends upon the number of barricades needed to cover the specific area as there are various forms of transport available.
It is worthy to note that one eight foot barricade weighs approximately 56 pounds and carrying and setting up eight foot barricades with the aid of one or two workers is a time- consuming, hectic and potentially hazardous task for the workers forming the barricade line. Hence, it is much more efficient to use push carts, larger push carts with forklifts, or a barricade trailer, depending on the number of barricades to be transported.
Push carts carry approximately 8-10 barricades at one time and can easily be steered by a single individual. This saves time and rigorous labor as it avoids transporting one barrier at a time to the destined location. This form of transport is ideal for smaller quantities of barriers. For larger events where larger quantities are needed, a large push cart can be used which carries 28 barricades at one time. If this is combined with the aid of a forklift, two large push carts can be lifted at the same time and transport 56 barricades in a single journey!
A larger and unique form of transportation for barriers is the barricade trailer which can carry up to 80 barriers in a single journey and is ideal for quickly setting up large quantities of barriers for public events.
Two or more of these options for transportation can be used in conjunction with one another to facilitate a proper transportation plan and get large and small quantities of barricades to their dispersed locations. To initially transport the barricades to the area they are needed in, a larger form of transport such as a barricade trailer or a large push cart with a forklift may be used, carrying a huge quantity of barricades to the desired location. Then a smaller push cart may be used to transport smaller quantities of barricades to dispersed locations in the same area where they are required or may be used while barriers are set up along the assembly line. Hence, two forms of barrier carriers can be used to properly facilitate the formation of the barricade line.
Once the barricades have been transported to the required location, simply link them together to form a barricade line. Some factors which may make this easier are the inclusion of roller feet in the barrier base which can enable them to move easily and roll into place if they must be repositioned and ensuring that the barricades have hooks on both ends which prevents the necessity of aligning them in a particular manner when forming the line.
After consideration of the following factors and making the correct choices, forming the barricade line should not be as tumultuous a task as it was initially set out to be and better yet, even disassembling the line at the end of the event shall be a much easier ordeal with the aid of barrier carts and other features mentioned above!