Sheet piling keeps construction sure-footed

January 6, 2012 by Harvey Banks
Filed under: sheet piling 

Sheet piling has many applications, from hiding a construction site against prying eyes, to keeping trespassers out and controlling access points.

But another use for sheet piling is to protect the site against the elements, as interlocking piling can create a temporary or permanent wall around the edge.

With wet weather likely in the weeks and months leading up to the summer, keeping water off of the site can be a good first step towards maintaining safe underfoot conditions.

HSE guidance warns that, if surfaces below foot are allowed to become muddy, they may need covering or treating with stone to avoid slips and falls.

Sheet piling is a good first step towards preventing this from happening – and even if the ground does become muddy, you should be able to avoid the worst of any minor floods that take place when the spring rains arrive.

Choose your sheet piling based on how long it needs to remain in place.

Temporary sheet piling is perfect for building sites that need privacy against passers-by, but where the wall created is not a lasting part of the plans.

Permanent sheet piling, meanwhile, can quickly create a retaining wall during construction, which can then be left afterwards for architectural or safety reasons.


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