What Is a Bollard in Construction?

February 16, 2024

Keeping everyone in and around construction sites safe is important for maintaining a productive work environment. Bollards are a crucial tool to achieving this goal, helping to keep traffic moving in a controlled way while protecting the area and its contents.

In addition to the safety aspects of bollards, they also serve as visual markers for vehicles and pedestrians. They can be used to mark boundaries, delineate zones and create directional pathways between different areas of a construction site. Choosing bollards with reflective tape or built-in lighting enhances visibility during low-light conditions or at night.

A key consideration when selecting a bollard is its crash rating. The type of bollard you need will depend on your project or business needs, including the level of security and traffic flow requirements. Crash-rated bollards are designed to withstand the force of an impact from vehicles traveling at normal traffic speeds. They may be made from metal, concrete or high-visibility plastic. They are typically installed with a base that requires concrete anchors to prevent movement in the event of an impact.

For a more cost-effective option, you can choose to use removable bollards that can be easily removed when not required. Many of these are available in eye-catching colors to increase their ability to function as a visual marker and to draw drivers’ attention. They’re often found in parking lots and along medians as a low-cost alternative to other, more decorative, standalone bollard styles.

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