OTW Safety

Airport Construction Safety

OTW Safety has been in the business of improving airfield work zone safety since we invented the first plastic low profile barricade. We pride ourselves on the quality and durability of our barricades. Learn more about the process and products commonly used in airport construction projects below.

The low profile airport barricade for airfield construction

Determining Safety Requirements

When you’re employing a safety plan for an airport construction job it’s important to determine the number of barricades you’ll need for which stages of the project. Airports sometimes keep a stock of low profile barricades but most times contractors are required to purchase them. If you know you’ll need to purchase barricades the next step is to find out how many you need and when you need them. We suggest studying the key in your construction documents and using a ruler to make an educated guess on the number of linear feet you need to cover with barricades.

Determine How Many Barricades You Need

Do the airport construction barricades need to connect seamlessly or do the requirements allow them to be spaced a certain distance apart? These are important questions to ask if you want to determine how many barricades to buy for your airport construction project. Here’s the process to find the number of barricades you will need:
  1. Determine the total linear feet of barricades you’ll need.
  2. Determine the allowable space between your barricades, and add that to the individual barricade’s length. If you’re interlocking barricades, subtract 6 inches per barricade instead.
  3. Divide the total linear feet by the barricade + spacing number.
  4. This is your total number of barricades needed.
For example, say you need 100 feet of barricade delineation. Each barricade is 8 feet long, and they can be spaced a maximum of 1 foot apart. Divide 100 by 9. You’ll need 12 barricades for this project. In another example, say you need the airport construction barricades to interlock. Take 6 inches off the length of each 8-foot barricade. This changes the formula to 100 divided by 7.5, meaning you’ll need 14 barricades. If you need help determining how many barricades, flags or lights you’ll need, give us a call. Call (801) 363-7740
low profile barriers using traffic lights

Airport Construction Stages

Airport construction often takes place in stages so you may be able to determine the amount you need based on the area of the first construction site. Barricades can always be emptied and relocated as projects progress.

The next thing to consider is how many lights and flags are required for the project. Sometimes two lights and flags are required but sometimes only one per barricade is necessary. Keep in mind solar powered lights will save time and manpower in the long run since batteries don’t have to be replaced. Our hazard lights can last for multiple jobs, especially when they’re stored properly.

Airport Construction Barricades

Airport Construction Flags & Lights