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Temporary fencing

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Temporary fencing on a building site in Sydney, Australia.

Temporary fencing is a free standing, self-supporting fence panel. The panels are held together with couplers that interlock panels together making it portable and flexible for a wide range of applications. A common type of temporary fencing is Heras fencing.

Fence panels are supported with counter-weighted feet, have a wide variety of accessories including gates, handrails, feet and bracing depending on the application. Fence panels are commonly constructed of either chain link or weld mesh.

Temporary fencing in storage on a site in Switzerland.

Temporary fencing is an alternative to its permanent counterpart when a fence is required on an interim basis when needed for storage, public safety or security, crowd control, or theft deterrence. It is also known as construction hoarding when used at construction sites. Other uses for temporary fencing include venue division at large events and public restriction on industrial construction sites, when guardrails are often used.[1] Temporary fencing is also often seen at special outdoor events, parking lots, and emergency/disaster relief sites. It offers the benefits of affordability and flexibility.

Common forms of temporary fencing include a variety of plastic fencing or panels constructed of chainlink, steel or wire. Fencing commonly consists of individual panels that can be set up around the perimeter of the desired area to be fenced in.

Plastic temporary fencing has been used during English cricket games since 2001 as a form of crowd control.[2]

In the evolution of temporary fencing, historical laws have significantly influenced its modern applications. Notably, during the Roman Empire, the 'Code of Justinian' mandated the use of temporary fencing, or 'circumvallation,' as a tactical measure during sieges. In contemporary times, the significance of fencing endures. For instance, the United States mandates certain industries to utilize temporary fencing for safety compliance, demonstrating how historical practices persist in shaping present-day regulations. Today's temporary fencing materials and designs, such as chain-link fencing, have evolved to meet the demands of construction sites, public events, and safety regulations.

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  1. ^ "Temporary Fencing". TLC. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  2. ^ Graves, David (2001-06-19). "Plastic fence brought in to halt cricket invasions". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-03-04.