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When it comes to road and construction site safety in the UK, two types of barriers are commonly used: water-filled barriers and concrete barriers. Both serve the purpose of separating people and vehicles from dangerous areas, but there are some key differences between them.

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Weight:

  • Concrete barriers are heavy and require heavy equipment for transportation and installation, whereas water-filled barriers are lighter and can be easily moved by a forklift or crane.

Cost:

  • Initial cost of concrete barriers is higher than water-filled barriers but they have a longer lifespan and do not require any maintenance. Water-filled barriers, on the other hand, are cheaper to purchase but will need to be replaced periodically.

Durability:

  • Concrete barriers are more durable than water-filled barriers and can withstand extreme weather conditions and impacts from vehicles.
  • Water-filled barriers are more flexible and less likely to cause damage to vehicles upon impact, but they can puncture or leak.

Storage:

  • Concrete barriers require large storage spaces and are difficult to store, whereas water-filled barriers can be drained and stacked for easy storage.

Ease of Use:

  • Installing concrete barriers requires a lot of manpower and can take a lot of time. On the other hand, water-filled barriers can be quickly set up and moved.
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In conclusion, both water-filled barriers and concrete barriers have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between the two will depend on the specific requirements of a project. For short-term projects, water-filled barriers may be more cost-effective, while for long-term projects, concrete barriers may be more suitable due to their durability and low maintenance needs.

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