How to Work with Razor Wire Safely

How to Work with Razor Wire Safely

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Most people will never have a DIY fence project that requires them to handle razor wire. However, even if you’re not doing it yourself, it’s a good idea to understand how razor wire can and should be handled safely. Here’s what you need to know.

Professionals Only

The first thing you need to know about how to work with razor wire safely is that it’s something that should only be done by professionals. While you might be able to install some less dangerous fence types yourself, razor wire is not one of them.

If you want to install razor coils or razor mesh, or even unclipped razor wire, you should always find a high security fence professional to do it for you.

Store Safely

Razor wire isn’t just dangerous to people and animals when it’s installed (which is why it should always be installed where they can’t access it accidentally.) It should always be stored securely, somewhere out of the way where it can’t be accessed accidentally.

It’s important to remember that there is an element of public liability when you do any kind of construction project, and if someone is injured on your site because of negligence, you could face consequences.

Use Gloves

You should only ever work with razor wire with the right kind of gloves. Thick leather gloves are best for this. If you can get gloves that go up your forearms, that’s even better. You should work with a properly coverall on too, so that your arms are protected too.

Remember that razor wire can cut you whether it’s on the ground waiting to be installed or once it’s being tied in place.

Restock Your First Aid Kit

You should always have a well stocked first aid kit on any construction site, and fencing is no different. You should also have at least one trained first aider on every job site.

If you’re going to be working with razor coils, make sure your first aid kit is well stocked with everything you might need to deal with cuts and scratches.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Whether you’re taking down old, rusted razor coils or have offcuts on site, you need to ensure that it’s disposed of properly. Never leave razor wire waste lying around on a construction site.

You may need to contact your local waste management authority to find out where you can dispose of this kind of material in your area. It’s definitely not something that can go into an ordinary landfill.

Working with razor wire or razor coils is a tricky and potentially dangerous process from start to finish. So, make sure you always plan ahead, don’t take any changes, and keep everyone as safe as possible.

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