Mass Barrier Movement

On this project, operatives on site came up with a solution to moving mass barriers. The attachment is a 3m timber post that’s been modified to assist with moving of the mass barrier.

It has two timber chocks firmly secured on either end to prevent any sliding and there is also a rotating wheel at the one end to make movement of the barrier safer and to prevent any damage to the barrier when in operation. The attachment is secured to the blade of a 5T excavator with 2 ratchet straps.

There is also 2 metal L-bars which hook on to the blade to aid with attachment. Once attached to the blade the excavator positions adjacent to the barrier and gently moves forward pushing the mass barrier approximately 200mm at a time. At 20m, the excavator and attachment stop and repeat the process until required width/distance is reached.

The benefits of this initiative are that it will result in less staff being required when moving barrier on a project. As a result, it will have a cost benefit due to less staff and less vehicle requirements. Furthermore, it benefits the project’s carbon output by reducing the number of vehicles on the job.

Moreover, it will keep the workforce safe when moving the barrier close to the live lane and removes manual handling and the risk of entrapment of finders and hands.

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