Efficiently Set Up Your Crowd Control Barricades

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When a major event is coming up at your site, you need to put your crowd control barricades to use, and you need to deploy them in the most efficient way possible. The barricades help maintain security, identify “no access” zones to patrons, and designate the spaces in which attendees should form lines.

Getting the barriers properly set up can become a time-consuming task, so any efficiency you can gain will reduce your labor costs. Pre-planning, plus the use of steel barrier carts (which are specially designed for the transport of crowd control barriers) can save significant time, plus wear and tear on your staff.

How many barricades? How many feet do you need to cover?

When planning the barricade set up, get a handle on the linear distance that needs to be covered.

The three standard barricade sizes are 8 feet, 6.5 feet, and 3 feet.

Steel barrier size variations

You may wish to deploy the fewest amount of barricades. No matter what size the barriers are, transport time will be the same, but if you decide to use the longest size of barrier, there will be fewer that need to be handled and set into place by your crew. For example, a line of 80 feet can be covered by ten 8-foot barricades. If you use 6.5 foot barriers, you would need more than 12 units to cover the space.

Having a mixture of sizes in your inventory will be beneficial for “fill ins”. For example, if you need to cover 30 feet, you could use three 8-footers, plus one 6.5 foot unit.

Something worth mentioning: The Six Foot Barriers are extremely popular because they are easier to move and more maneuverable in an in-door environment.

Barrier Jackets Equal Revenue

Many events or venues use crowd control barriers as “advertising space” by selling barrier jackets to sponsors. Barriers that are outfitted with jackets featuring the logos or messages of sponsors serve the dual purpose of providing crowd control while acting as ground-level billboards. If you are selling this barrier jackets as part of sponsorship packages, you may wish to use smaller sizes barriers (i.e. 6.5-foot, rather than 8-foot barriers) because that would result in more barriers to “sell.”

Transporting Barricades

Moving barriers out of storage and to their final destination one at a time could be a very time- and labor-intensive task. Fortunately two styles of transport carts have been manufactured to enable the movement of anywhere from 2 to 56 barriers at a time, resulting in time and money savings

A Basic Push Cart holds eight barricades and can be pushed by hand.

A Large Portable Cart holds 28 barricades and can be pulled or lifted (or both) by a forklift.

A large steel barrier cart holding up to 28 barricades can be securely lifted by a forklift

Depending on their length, crowd control barriers generally weigh between 30 and 55 pounds, so using carts not only saves significant time, but also reduces hazards and physical stress on workers. Both types of carts are easy to assemble and store, and carts can even double as storage units when barriers are not in use.

These types of carts can also be used in combination with each other. For example, a large portable cart could be used to move a high quantity of barricades from storage to a staging area closer to their final destination, and then the smaller push cart can be used to take barriers to their line space eight at a time.

A forklift can be used to pull a cart of 28 barriers and lift another 28 barrier cart at the same time, moving a total of 56 barriers in one trip.

Final Destination

Once the barriers are placed where they need to be, simply interlock them together to form a strong impenetrable line to establish crowd control. Then, at the conclusion of the event, carts can be used again to efficiently move the barriers back into storage.

Author: Eric Mayhue

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