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Formed in 1981, Maltaward has carried out Civil Engineering contracts through the South East of England and has established an excellent reputation with their clients. Maltaward Barriers Ltd was set up in 2004 to specialise in the provision of plastic and concrete barriers for sale and hire. This blog is the perfect place to catch up with news and events from Maltward and to find out more about the company.

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    Long-term social distancing: Could barriers become a ‘new normal’?

    The UK is beginning to re-open as the strict lockdown measures that were imposed on the country for several months are slowly being lifted. Assuming the government keeps the schedule of its planned ‘roadmap’ out of Covid measures, the whole of the country will be without any kind of lockdown or safety restrictions by 21 […] The post Long-term social distancing: Could barriers become a ‘new normal’? appeared first on...

    The UK is beginning to re-open as the strict lockdown measures that were imposed on the country for several months are slowly being lifted. Assuming the government keeps the schedule of its planned ‘roadmap’ out of Covid measures, the whole of the country will be without any kind of lockdown or safety restrictions by 21 June 2021.

    However, it might not be quite as simple as that. No-one truly knows yet whether the vaccination programme will have been successful enough to avoid a massive spike in infections. If the government was to see the NHS getting overwhelmed it could conceivably look to put further restrictions in place.

    At this stage, it is simply impossible to predict. Some experts have even said that Covid-19 countermeasures such as face masks and, crucially, social distancing, could last for a number of years. So, this may mean that we could expect some aspects of coronavirus-related living to have to continue.

    The role of barriers in social distancing

    There can be no doubt that barriers and other physical dividers can play a vital role in keeping people safe in the era of Covid-19. At events or even simply in crowded public areas, having segmented areas and one-way systems can be an important way to minimise the risk of Covid-19 spreading, even when other restrictions have been removed.

    Given the risk is likely to be at its highest at large events or anywhere that multiple people are using the same physical space, these kinds of devices could remain as an important anti-coronavirus measure for a long time.

    We can expect barriers and fencing to be used everywhere from festivals and large concerts, to potentially even pedestrianised town centres and shopping malls. Businesses may find that there is legislation around using barriers in commercial environments.

    For example, some restaurants may not be able to utilise outside seated areas without a perimeter barrier in place.

    How barriers have been deployed

    Barriers are a multifunctional tool in helping manage crowds. They play a strong role specifying areas and ensuring that people understand where they need to be. Additionally, they are useful for defining areas such as queues.

    More useful than other dividing systems such as chains and ropes, or even simple lines on the floor – barriers provide meaningful physical distancing. They are easy to see and do not allow for any misunderstandings about where a person is allowed to be.

    If your business, event or site is going to need any kind of physical distancing measures in place – either as a part of government restrictions, or simply to keep visitors as safe as possible, it is a great idea to speak with experienced civil engineering professionals.

    At Maltaward we have years of experience, providing a wide range of barriers and other physical distancing measures. We would be happy to answer any questions or provide you with a quote for buying or hiring barriers. Contact us today.

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    Security guide for festivals and large events

    Regardless of their size, events need strong levels of security. However, it should be recognised that festivals and large events, with hundreds or thousands of attendees, come with a large range of security and safety challenges all of their own. These large events can have unique circumstances, so they require not only the right security […] The post Security guide for festivals and large events appeared first on...

    Regardless of their size, events need strong levels of security. However, it should be recognised that festivals and large events, with hundreds or thousands of attendees, come with a large range of security and safety challenges all of their own.

    These large events can have unique circumstances, so they require not only the right security measures to be put in place, but also a great deal of planning so that there’s something in place in the event of challenges or emergencies cropping up.

    At Maltaward, we have provided a range of security features for large events including concrete barriers and fencing.

    Here we take a look at some of the major security issues at festival and large events, as well as factors that can exacerbate the situation. We’ll also examine what organisers and planners need to do to keep the festival as safe and secure as possible.

    What are the security threats at events?

    There are actually many potential issues at events that need to be planned for. At large festivals with potentially thousands of people at the same site, there is greater chance that challenges will arise and things will go wrong.

    • Public disorder – any time that you have a very large number of people gathered together, there is the potential for various kinds of public disorder. Some of the public disorder issues commonly seen include fights breaking out, groups causing trouble, or crimes against festival-goers such as theft or sexual assault. There is a very wide range of possibilities that need to be prepared for.
    • Emergencies – another security issue that can arise at a festival is any kind of emergency. This could range from fires and medical emergencies, to even the possibility of terrorist threats. These emergencies have the potential to be exacerbated by the large number of people in attendance.
    • Overcrowding and crushes – if crowd management is not in effect and proper precautions are not taken, the number of people in a certain area can be too large. This can result in crushes where individuals can be squeezed together too tightly, or even trampled.
    • Unauthorised access – there are actually many issues that can arise from unauthorised access – not just the problem of people getting in to the event without a ticket, but also visitors getting near performers or accessing staff-only areas. These all come with their own potential problems and challenges.

    Issues with liability

    Remember that it is not just the problems outlined above that can cause issues for your event if you do not put appropriate security measures in place. Those are direct problems, but there are more indirect issues that should also be addressed. Failing to have appropriate security measures can invalidate your insurance policies and could allow your event to be held liable for any damages that occur.

    What are the challenges for security at festivals?

    There are many potential factors that can be a real challenge from a festival or event security perspective. These factors are not issues to overcome, as such, but can add to the difficulties that you can face in keeping everyone safe and secure.

    • Alcohol and drugs – alcohol and drug misuse can serve as a catalyst for challenges at festivals. These types of events are often accompanied with drinking, which can only serve to make situations more volatile. And while you should have a strict no-tolerance approach on drugs, it is important to recognise that this will not stop people intent on using them.
    • Weather – it is underappreciated as an issue, but the weather can play a major role in causing security and safety issues at events. In extremely hot weather there is the risk of heat stroke or dehydration, while in heavy rain there can be a rush for space under shelters which can be a cause for crushes.

    Planning for a safe and secure festival

    It is extremely important to put the right plans and strategies in place to keep your festival secure and safe. Preparation is the key.

    • Formulate a plan – you need to have a general safety and security plan in place as one of the most important aspects of your festival or large event. The plan should take into account everything from the number of people you are expecting, the length of the event, the demographic of the audience and more. It should also plan for all the necessary safety and security equipment. Make sure that you put together a prohibited item list.
    • Put emergency plans in place – as well as a general plan for security, you also need to have an emergency plan. This needs to cover the eventualities that nobody wants, but everybody needs to be prepared for, such as fire or medical emergencies.
    • Coordinate with local authorities – it is important to speak to, and coordinate with, the relevant local authorities, including the police and fire department.

    Important physical security features your festival needs

    Physical security measures clearly play a vital role in the safety and security of everyone at an event. At smaller events you might be fine with a couple of security staff on the door, but at a festival that is going to be attended by hundreds or thousands of people, it is necessary to have a full complement of security measures in place.

    • Well-trained staff – your staff are your major line of defence with regards to security – and not just specific security staff, but everyone involved. You need to ensure that your staff are fully trained and understand what to do in the event of any kind of security incident. All members of staff should be provided with comprehensive training so that they know what is expected of them, as well as what they need to do in an emergency.
    • Barriers and fencingbarriers and fencing play an enormously important role at large-scale events. They are ideal for managing crowds and ensuring that too many people aren’t funnelled into the same place. They can also be vital in keeping apart performers and attendees, and separating areas that are only for staff
    • Screening on entry – you should ensure that all visitors are screened on entry. This can be one of the most important areas of event security, as it minimises the risk of banned items potentially including weapons, drugs, and more, from getting into the event.

    Maltaward offers a wide range of physical security measures that can be used at festivals and other large-scale events. If you are organising an event and need help with elements of security, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

    The post Security guide for festivals and large events appeared first on Maltaward.


    Event security in the age of Covid-19

    The events industry has a real responsibly around the safety and security of customers, guests, visitors, partners and staff. This has always been the case and the industry has pioneered tools, techniques and strategies that have gone on to be used elsewhere. But over the past year we have seen the rise of the Covid-19 […] The post Event security in the age of Covid-19 appeared first on...

    The events industry has a real responsibly around the safety and security of customers, guests, visitors, partners and staff. This has always been the case and the industry has pioneered tools, techniques and strategies that have gone on to be used elsewhere. But over the past year we have seen the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, and this has fundamentally altered everything about the events industry.

    Indeed, perhaps more than any other, the events industry has been forced to re-think almost every aspect of what it does. Disregarding the fact that through the periods of lockdown and the high-risk tiers events have been unable to run, even in those times where events have been allowed, strict measures have been put in place to attempt to limit the spread of the virus.

    While there have been advances with the vaccines and hope on the horizon for a return to normality, now is not the time to second-guess the pandemic. Events organisers need to be prepared for the possibility of some restrictions remaining in place for the foreseeable future.

    Here we take a look at how to run secure and safe events in the age of Covid-19.

    How to make an event Covid-secure

    Firstly, we need to consider what we mean by a Covid-secure event. There are certainly government guidelines that have been set out on how to keep an event as safe as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic. Much of this revolves around the idea of taking all reasonable precautions to limit the potential spread of the virus.

    This advice changes regularly, so it’s important to keep up to date with the government’s own website. It is also important to think about what you can reasonably do at your event to minimise the risk for anyone attending.

    Hygiene and cleaning

    Good basic hygiene and regular cleaning have been promoted from the earliest days of the pandemic as an important way to limit the spread. This is vital at events too – you must make sure you have a cleaning and hygiene regime in place.

    Instilling staff with the importance of regular hand washing and the free availability of hand sanitisers are both useful moves.

    Keeping people separate

    Social distancing may well remain a part of life at least for a little while longer as we slowly reduce restrictions. Large events may wish to keep some levels of social distancing in place.

    Crowd management has always been an important part of event security, and so it comes into play again here. Barriers can be deployed to keep too many people from congregating in certain areas, and you may even wish to have a one-way system in place.

    Face masks

    Once again, it is yet to truly be established whether we can leave behind the idea of having to wear face masks in crowded spaces. There have been suggestions that we may end up having to live with Covid-19 rather than overcoming it completely, so to some extent it may be preferable that visitors wear face masks, depending on the specifics of the event and the venue.

    It is up to event organisers to use their judgement not only in applying the letter of the law, but also the spirit of it, when it comes to recommendations on safety.

    If you are interested in learning more about a range of security services that we can provide at Maltaward, please get in contact with our experienced team today.

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    Water filled barriers and their uses

    At Maltaward, we have years of experience working with water-filled barriers. These barriers can be extremely valuable and have a wide range of uses across various industries. In this blog we take a closer look at the benefits of using water-filled barriers, and where they can be most effectively used. The pros and cons Water […] The post Water filled barriers and their uses appeared first on...

    At Maltaward, we have years of experience working with water-filled barriers. These barriers can be extremely valuable and have a wide range of uses across various industries. In this blog we take a closer look at the benefits of using water-filled barriers, and where they can be most effectively used.

    The pros and cons

    Water filled barriers, as their name dictates, are designed to be at their most effective when filled with water, (or indeed sand as an alternative). This helps provide weight, rigidity, stability, and strength to the infrastructure.

    When empty, they are light to transport, stackable, so easy to store, and quick to deploy. They also tend to offer a variety of angled solutions if you do not always want straight lines. They are additionally likely to reduce vehicle collision damage whilst still offering a good degree of protection for workers, pedestrians, and property.

    Most ranges support additional height barrier options to protect pedestrians and to manage and control segregation, intrusion, or perimeter defence. The majority also have forklift slots to enable moving when full.

    If there are disadvantages to using water-filled barriers it is probably that their effectiveness is reduced if not filled. They do need filling, and then emptying for transportation so can require support services to achieve this. Additionally, they are made from plastic, which can be damaged, preventing the barriers from retaining water.

    It is important to select the right type of barrier for the threat protection required.

    RB22 Crash Barriers – Speed Protection

    This is a quick deployment barrier without the need of heavy lifting equipment, and crash tested to 50mph and approved to BS EN1317-N1.

    Once filled, it can withstand wind speeds of up to 78mph. Barriers are available in Red & White with a range of angles to support bends and curves. The range supports attachable mesh panels, hoarding panels and both pedestrian and vehicle gates. It is suitable as a heavier duty barrier for segregation where vehicles are travelling at speeds up to 50mph.

    Specifications: L 2000mm x H 800mm x W 500mm – Empty 60kg, Full 600kg

    2. GB2 Barriers – Heavy Duty

    This is also a quick deployment option for 2 people without heavy lifting equipment as it is a 2m barrier. It is an interlocking barrier that allows up to 35-degree angles making it a flexible option.

    Manufactured out of UV stabilised plastic that can accommodate water or sand fills that make it stable and rigid. Barriers are fully stackable for transportation and storage. A plastic pin secures barriers together and they can withstand wind speeds up to 77.9 mph.

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    The barriers also support a powder coated hoarding, mesh and combination panel and have both pedestrian and vehicle gate options as well as infill panels (available separately) for the square holes in the barrier.

    Specifications: L 2000mm x H 900mm x W 500mm – Empty 32kg, Full 350kg

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    Evo Road Barriers – Medium speed vehicle, perimeter, and pedestrian protection

    Evo barriers come in 3 sizes and they have a unique design in that they interlock with one another both horizontally and vertically, creating a robust barrier solution. Linked they create a barrier with no gaps.

    These barriers are ideal for separating pedestrians from lower speed vehicles and are quick and easy to install as interlocking barriers.  Can be water or sand filled and come with mesh & barrier panel options to go on top. There is also a 90-degree corner option. When filled, they can withstand wind speed up to 55mph.

    The traditional colours are red and white, but other colours can be produced.

    EVO Road Barriers come in each of the following options:

    • 1m EVO Road Barrier. Dimensions: 1000mm x 400mm x 555mm.
    • 5m EVO Road Barrier. Dimensions: 1500mm x 400mm x 555mm.
    • EVO 80 Road Barrier. Dimensions: 1200mm x 400mm x 800mm
    • Mini Mesh Panel / Reflective Plank Panel. This can be fitted to both the 1 metre and 1.5 metre EVO Road Barriers to increase the barriers’ overall height.

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    Euro Barriers – Medium speed vehicle, perimeter, and pedestrian protection.

    Euro barriers are an alternative to Evo barriers available in 1 and 2 metre lengths but are taller at 650mm and wider at 550mm and ultimately heavier as a result when filled. Manufactured from UV stabilised polyethylene for strength and reliability.

    As with the Evo Barriers, the Euro Barriers will accommodate both the post and plank and mesh panel accessories.

    RB1000 Barrier – Heavy duty

    The RB1000 is primarily designed for indoor and outdoor safety barrier for racetracks. Low to the ground to allow site over the barrier, it is versatile in that it links with no gaps, as well as allowing the creation of bends, and offers a 45-degree bend piece as well as end stops and plank adaptor. When filled with water, they can cope with vehicle collisions.

    They can also be used for demarcation and segregation on a myriad of locations like construction sites, industrial parks and more. Alongside all of this they are quick to set up and manufactured from UV stabilised polyethylene for strength and reliability.

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    How to secure your site using concrete barriers

    If you need to secure any kind of area quickly, concrete barriers are an extremely effective option. Easy to transport, but providing strong and secure protection, barriers can be shipped directly to you, off-loaded and even positioned exactly where you need them in a short amount of time. Whether you are working on a construction […] The post How to secure your site using concrete barriers appeared first on...

    If you need to secure any kind of area quickly, concrete barriers are an extremely effective option. Easy to transport, but providing strong and secure protection, barriers can be shipped directly to you, off-loaded and even positioned exactly where you need them in a short amount of time.

    Whether you are working on a construction site and need to ensure that an area cannot be accessed, or if you have vacant property with a need to deny access to trespassers, concrete barriers can be ideal.

    Better yet, they are affordable. At Maltaward, we offer a wide range of concrete barriers available to suit any budget – we can even offer buying and hiring options. So, here we take a look at how you can secure your site with concrete barriers.

    What can concrete barriers do?

    Concrete barriers actually have a wide range of uses depending on the needs and requirements of your site. They are perfect for restricting access to specific areas for both vehicles and pedestrians. A line of concrete barriers clearly delineates where individuals are allowed to access.

    However, these are not the only uses. Barriers can also be valuable for crowd management, traffic control, creating entrances and exits, and more.

    There are barriers available in a huge variety of sizes and shapes, from Kentledge blocks and temporary vertical concrete barriers (TVCBs) through to large quarry rocks, which can provide a more natural appearance, if the visual aspect is important.

    Assess your needs

    To understand how to secure your site, you first need to establish exactly what your needs are. As such, the first step is a full assessment.

    At this point you need to establish what you are trying to achieve. Are you simply blocking access to vehicles? Do you need to account for both vehicles and pedestrians? Do you need some form of access to the site to be available at all times?

    It may the case that you already have some kind of site protection in place, such as fencing. In this case, you would be after a solution that encompasses both the fencing and the blocks.

    When you understand your needs and requirements, you can make a decision on which types of barriers you require and how they can be placed.

    Getting the right sizes

    With weights ranging from 1,400 kg or lower, to 2,500 kg and higher, as well as being available in a number of different shapes and sizes – there is a concrete barrier that will be perfect for your needs.

    Many concrete barriers can be interconnected or stacked to form a much larger barrier if that is what your site requires.

    No matter how large or small scale the project is, concrete barriers can be an ideal solution.

    Flexibility

    Of course, not all sites need to be entirely shut off at all times. This is where the flexibility and easy movement of concrete barriers comes in useful.

    With the right tools, concrete barriers can be swiftly moved, meaning that if you need to provide access at certain times of day, but keep the site secure at others, this can be easily accomplished.

    Barriers are also extremely useful when used in conjunction with other security measures.

    Work with professionals

    It is especially important with regard to concrete barriers to work with experienced professionals. At Maltaward, we are specialists in civil engineering and have extensive expertise with concrete barriers. We would be happy to help you with all of your needs – contact us today.

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    Important business security features for 2021

    Businesses have faced significant upheaval through 2020. Even those companies and organisations that managed to continue operating through the pandemic were forced to make significant changes to their operation in order to bring in extra controls to stop the spread of the virus. Most businesses are hoping that 2021 will bring back a degree of […] The post Important business security features for 2021 appeared first on...

    Businesses have faced significant upheaval through 2020. Even those companies and organisations that managed to continue operating through the pandemic were forced to make significant changes to their operation in order to bring in extra controls to stop the spread of the virus.

    Most businesses are hoping that 2021 will bring back a degree of normality – and that is likely to mean they will need to consider making changes to increase their levels of security. Thankfully, as 2020 has shown, businesses can adapt quickly and bring in the necessary new features, so upgrading security in 2021 should not be too much of a burden.

    Here we take a look at some of the most important security features that your business can introduce over the next year.

    CCTV

    CCTV has become a security necessity for businesses – this is due to the fact that it actually serves two very important security purposes. Firstly, the cameras can capture recordings of any criminal behaviour which can make it easier to gain convictions against them after the fact.

    Secondly, and actually probably more importantly, CCTV acts as a deterrent to crime. Your business should make a big deal out of the fact that you have CCTV – put signage up to remind anyone in the vicinity that their actions are being recorded. This can have the effect of stopping crime before it can happen.

    Carpark barriers

    Your carpark can potentially be a point of weakness that could be exploited by criminals. Whether you have high value products and equipment, or keep a lot of cash at your premises, your business can be a target for ‘ramraiding’ – where vehicles are driven into a building to gain access to it as well as to create chaos.

    It is important to put concrete barriers in place in front of your premises and especially around your carpark, as this can mitigate the risk of ramraiding.

    Cybersecurity

    It’s not just physical security that businesses need to be concerned with. Cybercrime has become a major issue in recent years and it is up to organisations to ensure that they have the kind of digital defences in place to minimise the risk of suffering a data breach.

    Interestingly, some of the physical security features above actually have a role to play in preventing cybercrime. Many types of cybercrime rely on forms of social engineering or even surveillance of businesses. So, having physical security features in place can actually work to stop this from taking place.

    If you would like to learn more about the range of security features that businesses need to invest in 2021, get in contact with the highly experienced team at Maltaward today. Maltaward specialises in concrete barriers and other forms of physical security, and can help your business get the defences it needs.

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