Fencing Maintenance & Repairs
In general terms, the purpose of any fence is twofold: to mark the boundary of one’s property, and to provide a physical barrier between the respective concerns of the interior and the outside world. Protection against theft of one’s goods or damage to one’s property or equipment is the issue that is traditionally addressed by those engaged in the fencing industry. The extent to which an organisation sought protection against these issues in the past was largely a simple commercial cost/benefit decision, i.e. weighing up the value of the potential loss against the actual cost of the remedy.
Increasingly nowadays, with the rise and rise of Health, Safety and Environmental issues, perimeter protection focusses on people: employee’s; students; staff; visitors; and/or the neighbouring general public. Organisations now have both a commercial need and a statutory legal duty to provide and also to maintain an effective physical barrier between their undertakings and those of the outside world.
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires an organisation to ensure the work under its control is carried out in such a way to minimise the risk to the health & safety of its employees and any other person who could be affected by their undertakings.
- The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (Regulation 3) requires all employers to assess the risks to workers and any others who may be affected by their undertakings.
- The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 imposes on an occupier a duty of care to ensure that a visitor will be safe using the premises for the purposes for which he has been permitted or invited to be there. In 1984 the Act was amended to require the same duty of care be provided to trespassers and intruders.
- The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds places a legal duty on all public event organisations to not only provide and maintain an adequate perimeter fence, but to annually test its performance and adequacy against stringent criteria.
These statutory requirements go further in requiring that these important legal obligations can only be fully discharged by “competent persons with the appropriate experience, skills, qualifications and equipment”.
In practical terms, perimeters are outdoors, typically some substantial length, partially or totally obscured from view, probably aged, overgrown, damaged and/or penetrated. Consequently many organisations generally want neither the inconvenience nor the responsibility for inspection and maintenance, nor do they have the expertise.
AlphaFence's have designed their FENCEcare service in oder to will take on this ongoing responsibility on your behalf.
Designed originally for local authority Schools and Sport and Leisure facilities, AlphaFence's FENCEcare is suitable for any organisation that has a commercial/statutory need to provide and maintain an effective perimeter, e.g. Utilities, Petro-Chemicals, Medical Research, Food Production/Storage, Bonded Warehousing, Storage, Auto-Manufacture, etc