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Barricades: A Handy but Effective Tool to Reduce Construction -Related Fatalities

According to OSHA, heavy equipment such as trucks, overhead operation stations, and cranes are implicated in 75 percent of struck-by fatalities. When a worker is struck by a flying, falling, swinging, or rolling object, it is known as a struck-by injury. Construction workers are the most vulnerable, but other types of employees at the site are also prone to the types of fatalities which are either caused by falls, Struck-By, or Caught-Between. According to research carried by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), over 48,000 persons in India die at work each year. Many of these deaths may have been avoided if the right barricade or proper caution had been practiced.

What Would A Call A Standard Barricade?

A barricade, as defined by OSHA, is a barrier that prevents people or vehicles from passing through.

Various forms of barricades such as Barricade Tapes, warning mats, warning signs, Machine Guards, and Physical Barriers are used on construction sites to notify workers, other contractors, and the general public of the dangers that exist on the working site. There are many different types of barriers and warning systems, each with its function and level of safety. On construction sites, red and yellow tape barricades are often used to warn people to remain out of potentially dangerous locations, such as the swing zone of an aerial lift or crane. Barricades are not merely recommendations to any construction site; they should be placed there to safeguard all workers and the general public from any kind of injury.

Red and Yellow Barricade Tapes

The presence of red barricade tape indicates the presence of a major safety or health danger. Overhead loads, heated work being done overhead, excessive noise exposure, open holes, confined space entrance, and other acute health dangers could all be present at the site label with this red color tape. On construction sites, the Competent Person will often evaluate the sort of hazard and then create the necessary barricade and warning placard. Barricades must be placed at least six (6) feet away from the hazard they are marking.

If a red tape/barricade is in place, no one may enter the area unless they have been authorized to trespass.

The most prevalent color in barricade tape is yellow, which indicates that the area has minor safety and health dangers. This might be anything from materials and tools on the ground to noise levels over 85 decibels. The presence of Yellow tape on a construction site means “Warning – if you really need to pass through the blocked area, you should do so only when a working person within the area gives you an all-clear indication.” Then, after checking the area for any risks, you may begin to cut through it.

At each site of possible entry, both red and yellow tape must include signs describing the hazards in the zone. Similarly, signage should specify who erected the barrier as well as their on-site contact details.


Remember that barricade tape suppliers don’t just supply barricades tapes in red and yellow. A contractor can demand the tapes specific to his warning needs.

 A Note For Roofing Contractors: When putting up a warning line on a rooftop, never use caution tapes. The warning line must be strong enough to prevent breaking if someone leans against it. Following the standards, only rope, wire, or chain with a minimum strength to hold 250kgs must be used as a warning line. If the caution tape can support around 100 kg, it can be utilized for a controlled access line. The difference between a warning line and a controlled access line is that a warning line must be strong enough to stop a worker who backs up to it, whereas a controlled access line is meant to keep other employees out of a certain area. A visual warning is provided by a controlled access line, whereas a physical warning is provided by a warning line.