Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association :: View topic - Intrusion Deterrent - Barbed/Razor Wire

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top
We have had a spate of intruders getting into our site.

My employers have said that they are fed up of these continual break-ins and are considering putting up razor wire to prevent access.

Is there any reason why we cannot do this?  
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C.Jerman
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:09 am Reply with quote Back to top
Well, this is one of those yes and no answers I'm afraid. Basically, the 'law' is worried that innocent people could be hurt by these counter measures. It's a bit of a nonsense, but imagine a low wall next to a school football field. How often is the ball going to land in your yard? I rather think that this is fanciful and bears no relation to an industrial property on a trading estate with a 10' chain link fence around it. Wire, correctly installed and appropriated signed on the fence should be perfectly fine. Unless you try to climb over it, that is.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:19 am Reply with quote Back to top
I recently had reason to investigate this very subject with the HSE and their conclusion was in line with what Chris has said. I was involved with securing an empty property on a trading estate that had an eight foot high metal fence around the perimeter. I was advised that it was acceptable to install razor wire along the top of the fence (as it was out of normal reach) but I should erect signage to warn any potentail intruders of this hazard! Thanks, Ben
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