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Kennards Hire pedestrian barriers assure safety on rail project

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Kennards Hire  Traffic in Adelaide hired out several interlocked ‘bike rack’ pedestrian barriers to ensure worker safety on a railway station project.
York Civil hired the interlocking pedestrian barriers from Kennards Hire totalling 340m in length to provide excellent edge protection for workers on a $9 million rail project. York Civil, in joint venture with Coleman Rail, worked with the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) to deliver the design, construction and commissioning of the new train station at Elizabeth as part of a $40 million investment on the Gawler line north of Adelaide.
The upgrade included improved lighting and CCTV surveillance, a fully-enclosed overpass with lifts and stairs as well as new platforms designed to minimise the step gap between platforms and trains.
Being in the vicinity of a live rail corridor, the project required comprehensive safety measures, according to York Civil safety supervisor Scott Harvey. An edge protection system consisting of scaffolding handrails was engineered but did not suit the specific requirements.
The interlocking barriers were then brought in from Kennards Hire. Tied at each end with scaffold clips, the interlocking pedestrian barriers formed a strong structure that wouldn’t budge when pushed.
York Civil was commended by DTEI on their successful safety maintenance and controls during the project, especially the edge protection system.
Kennards Hire Traffic operates specialist equipment hire centres in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

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