The role of fencing in crowd management

As an organiser, you have to juggle a lot of issues:

  • you must comply with all kinds of regulations and legislation 
  • you are responsible for the safety of visitors, staff, artists, and local residents  
  • you have to minimise the nuisance and traffic congestion at and around your event terrain

Installing the right mobile fences makes juggling these issues easy and safeguards: 

  • a safe and secure environment restricts inconvenience and traffic congestion 
  • keeps out unauthorised persons 
  • a steady flow of crowds 
  • materials and equipment are stored securely 
  • appropriate accessibility for your staff, suppliers, and emergency services

In brief, fencing guides large flows of people and logistics services so that a
safe environment is created.

Terrain enclosure, directing traffic flow, and safety

Installing fencing improves safety and security for visitors, artists, and VIPs. Fences also play an important role in regulating the arrival and departure of visitors. You can direct a steady flow of people by placing fencing at strategic locations and using clearly indicated signposts. This ensures that crowd control barriers, among other items, do not overly crowd people together. In addition, this type of fencing ensures that you distribute people at strategic points and that emergency stations, such as a first aid post, are quickly accessible.


You can use (covered) entrance structures to receive the public quickly in a controlled manner. This ensures you guide people onto your terrain steadily. 


Another role played by fencing is its contribution to the experience when you add coloured tarpaulins at particular parts of your terrain. ‘An event succeeds in proportion to the experience. If your fencing is badly organised, it will negatively influence the experience, said Yves Spooren (Heras Mobile event fencing expert). Opt for fencing with coloured tarpaulins to directly improve the ambience, e.g. orange, red or blue tarpaulins. 

Escape routes

Visitors, staff, and artists or athletes must be able to safely get away in the event of a disaster. Obviously, escape route signs that are clearly visible contributes to this requirement just as much as laying out the escape routes beforehand. You want to prevent too many people trying to exit a particular route that is too narrow. Escape routes must be wide enough and also have sturdy fencing to prevent people from being injured by fencing being pushed over. 

Entrance fencing for guests and artists

Special entrances are usually available at events for VIPs and artists that lead to the backstage area. To prevent confusion, these entrances must be clearly indicated as such. Fencing directs guests along the intended route even before they enter the terrain.  

Sports events – a safe tour

Large groups of visitors congregate near the start and finish. To ensure both visitors and athletes feel safe at a sports event, you should opt for fencing that encourages safety and a steady flow of people. How do you lead them along the right routes? 

Crowd control barriers along the route

The course for sports events, such as marathons and cycling races, are often kilometres in length. This requires kilometres of fencing. Crowd control barriers are ideal because these clearly separate the public and athletes and protects strategic areas.

 Five reasons to use crowd control barriers: 

  • safety and security (you prevent dangerous situations) 
  • overview (the public travels panic-free from A to B) 
  • logistics (you direct transport along the right routes) 
  • screening (you hide undesired locations from the eye) 
  • experience (it has a positive effect on people’s peace of mind) 

Start and finish

At the start and finish, a wide variety of factors affect how safety can be compromised. For example, large groups of people, chase cars, and photographers that congregate together that all want to do the same thing… get as close as possible to the athletes. For example, the bunch sprint at cycling races just before the finish. You need to prevent athletes from colliding with the public. Fences are the solution, especially crowd control barriers and finish barriers. 

Sound reduction

In every neighbourhood, the residents want to know about the event: ‘Will we be inconvenienced, especially by noise?’ It is really nice when your event is really enjoyed both by the public and the local residents. Note that municipalities are increasingly setting noise standards. You can use noise reducing fences at your event terrain as a solution and ensure that attendees can enjoy to the celebration or festival terrain to the most and let people outside the terrain go on with their lives in an undisturbed manner. 

 Using fences fitted with high-quality noise dampening tarpaulins ensure that you will: 

  • receive a permit
  • see happy faces on enforcement officials and local residents
  • achieve optimum safety, comfort, and experience  
  • decrease the risk of hearing damage for staff  
  • create a quiet area where needed, such as at backstage or first aid posts

In this article, you will read about how you can optimise your event using noise dampening fencing: Noise dampening fencing optimises your event

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Event fencing is perfect for improving the appearance of your terrain or informing your visitors. The tarpaulins you attach to fencing can be printed.. For example, logos, ambience photos, important practical information, such as the line-up or the routes on the terrain to diverse stages, the first aid post, and other facilities. All of these can be printed in the style of the event. You can then benefit from the metres of additional exposure. 

A well-thought-out fencing plan

The terrain layout provides a complete overview of the diverse activities varying from stages to visitors and parking areas. It also shows the points of sale for food and clothing, bars, etc. You can also use it to identify the best parking areas, bottlenecks in the arrival and departure of visitors, escape routes, etc. A well-thought-out terrain layout creates a useful guideline when drawing up your fencing plan. It gives you a clear picture of the places where fencing is needed, the quantity, and the type.

Draw up your fencing plan right away. What fences are needed at your event? 

The most common event fences

There are always exceptions to the rule, but the following fences are the most commonly found at event terrains  

Event fences

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What fences do you need?

You read earlier that certain types of fences are used at all events. But, there are even more. A different type of fencing is available for every fence, signpost, or screen. It will depend entirely on the situation and your attendant needs. At Heras Mobile, you can choose from twelve different types of fencing to create your fence. If it becomes too much to handle, you should think about what your fencing will be used for. Will it be used for safety, security, enclosures, sound reduction, and so on? And, then you logically arrive at the question… do I purchase or rent? 

Purchasing or renting fencing

While you are determining what fencing you need at your site, you also decide whether you want to purchase or rent it. We are happy to provide you with some tips so you can methodically make your choice. 

Do you urgently need fencing?

An urgent situation can always occur when you are caught short at the eleventh hour with respect to fencing. And with respect to purchasing or renting at a particular time, you really want a supplier that is flexible in working with you on your choice and that also has the inventory and logistics resources to provide a solution within a few hours. In such urgent cases, you want to have your fencing delivered the next day.

Transport and logistics

If you have ordered fencing, it is important that it is loaded and unloaded in a safe manner. Safety rules have been drawn up for the loading and unloading of fences. These prevent dangerous situations occurring at or near your event terrain when loading and unloading.

For example, it is important to allow for the weight and volume of fences. The load must be well secured. Another example is forklift driving, which requires experience and knowledge. Observing the safety rules will prevent accidents occurring. 

16 life-saving rules

‘16 life-saving rules’ were drawn up to prevent (fatal) accidents. Heras Mobile also observes these rules. These include:

  • how (sub-) contractors are safeguarded
  • how machines are safeguarded
  • how traffic safety can be regulated at the building site
  • how to work safely with forklifts
  • how to use mobile phones and do hoisting work and work at heights 


An all-in service container is highly recommended when you want to easily transport a large amount of fencing. It is a universal transport system that allows you to transport more than 100 metres of fencing to your terrain. The fencing, bases, and fasteners can be distributed safely and quickly throughout the building site.

You transport this container both in the width and the length. It is safe to stack these on each other during transport and storage.