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Omni Stop technology improves road and pedestrian safety

The Omni Stop Bollard helps both pedestrian and road safety

The Omni Stop Bollard helps both pedestrian and road safetyThe Omni Stop Bollard is an energy-absorbing bollard, crash-tested with impacts of up to 60 km/h, and it is the only one of its type in Australia.

Designed, assembled and tested in Australia, the Omni Stop Bollard is available from Saferoads. Based in West Gippsland, Victoria, Saferoads has been servicing State government departments, local councils and road construction companies with a broad range of products designed to direct, protect, inform and illuminate all road users since 1992.

The Omni Stop Bollard has been extensively crash-tested with impacts up to 60 kilometres per hour and complies with the requirements of AS/NZS3845:1999 Table 5.3.3(3). The Omni Stop Bollard permits access for workers to a construction zone or pedestrians to a shopping precinct while at the same time preventing vehicle penetration.

The carbon steel bollard of the Omni Stop is supported by a unique energy absorbing cartridge that is encased in a concrete footing. When the bollard is impacted, the cartridge deforms and absorbs the kinetic energy of the vehicle. When a 1600 kilogram car at 60 kilometres per hour hits an Omni Stop, the bollard moves no more than 300 millimetres at the top. The cartridge can deform in any direction—hence the bollard’s name—allowing it to be located where it provides the best protection. After most impacts the inner cartridge can be replaced and the bollard itself reused.

The Omni Stop bollards can also be installed to protect communication assets from costly vehicle damage which causes disruption to households and business alike.

The increase in the popularity of pavement cafes means there are larger numbers of people seated close to moving traffic. A growing number of local authorities across Australia have made it part of their outdoor dining policy that energy-absorbing bollards be installed to protect diners at all cafés, requiring applicants to install adequate coverage commensurate with the number of kerb-side diners. Similarly, tram stops, bus stops and other pedestrian areas where there are large numbers of commuters closer than normal to the edge of the road are also being protected by energy-absorbing bollards.

Construction work on busy suburban or CBD streets mean that workmen and women are at greater risk of being hit. When a site requires a loading dock or crane bay, workers unloading materials need the assurance that a barrier system that will protect them from potential impact. The Omni Stop Bollard can be sited along the roadway to delineate the safety zones, with some bollards fitted with a lifting eye to provide the flexibility of removing them and covering the hole left with a specially designed steel disc which allows road authorities the ability to open the lanes for peak hour, special events or emergency traffic flows.

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