Community tolerance for noisy projects is always a challenge for contractors, and night works are especially prone to complaints, according to Ray Lee from Echo Barrier, who says managing noise up-front is essential to maintaining good will.
While night works offer many community advantages, including keeping busy roads operational during peak hours, Ray says noise management becomes a major obligation after dark.
“People are understandably more sensitive to noise at night, and the social media age has made it very easy for people to raise concerns, sometimes even before there’s an actual issue. It’s not unusual for people to head straight to Facebook with their worries about a sleepless night when they see a crew setting up for night work,” he says.
“Having noise mitigation products in place will not only help keep the volume down, it will reassure stakeholders. Getting on the front foot like this is a good way to address concerns before they turn into complaints.”
Ray says choosing a product like Echo Barrier can help contractors maximise their night working opportunities, minimise headaches for the organisations they deliver work for, and improve their capacity to win night work contracts.
“Just as an absolute commitment to safety has become a requirement for councils and developers, so too will noise management become a ‘ticket to play’ in our industries. The key for contractors will be to use noise mitigation products that keep noise to acceptable levels, are cost effective and are simple to set up.”
Echo Barrier is a portable barrier that attenuates noise and can also help with dust and debris control.
“Echo Barrier can be set up or removed in a very short period, which is important when you are opening and closing a worksite every night. It can also be quickly redeployed as the project progresses, and it’s highly visible, so your community will immediately understand that you have noise management in hand.”
Echo Barrier temporary acoustic barriers for construction sites are easily fitted to temporary fencing or scaffolding and reduce noise by 10-20 dB(A). For locations with high rise buildings, Echo Barrier has some new innovations like an acoustic tent.
“Echo Barrier works by absorbing rather than reflecting sound, and our products have been developed by leading acoustic engineers to work in the real world, not just in the lab,” Ray says. “The barrier reduces the impact noise and drone of construction equipment. By reducing these frequencies, the barriers make it easier for people to talk over the noise, use their mobile phones, or watch TV.”For more about how Echo Barrier can help with work site noise management, see echobarrier.com.au