Discover our range of containment systems to improve Road Safety

Ensuring road safety is everyone's responsibility. Drivers should be aware that each journey by car can have serious consequences if they are not driven carefully, but it is also necessary that the public authorities that manage transport infrastructures guarantee safe roads to minimize the severity of accidents as much as possible. This is something that is already being done by both parties: drivers are increasingly responsible behind the wheel and the authorities are working to build safe roads. Proof of this are the results of the latest report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), which indicates that between 2001 and 2020 the accident rate on Spanish roads fell from 5,517 victims to 1,370. That is, 75.2% less. These figures position Spain as the country in Europe in which deaths in traffic accidents have fallen the most during this century. In this sense, Road Safety studies and improvement of the most conflictive points are absolutely essential to progressively improve the road network. One of the most important elements of your safety equipment is containment systems.

 

Infrastructures for Road Safety: Vehicle containment systems

What is a containment system?

Vehicle restraint systems are safety barriers located on the roads to mitigate the consequences of accidents due to exits.

Road exits make up between 35% and 40% of road accidents. Given these high percentages, it is convenient to ask ourselves what type of containment systems it is necessary to install on those roads with a high risk of accidents. Said vehicle containment systems ‘act’ in various situations such as:

  • When the vehicle leaves the road in an uncontrolled way.
  • When there is a risk of falling down steep slopes.
  • When the vehicle invades another lane.
  • When there are obstacles on the road with which the vehicle can impact.

In these types of situations, the absence of containment systems is very likely to lead to a fatal outcome, which is why their installation is so important.

 

Factors to take into account for the installation of Vehicle Containment Systems

The following factors must be considered in deciding in which situations it will be necessary to install vehicle restraint systems:

  • Type of road: If it is a conventional road, highway or highway.
  • Characteristics of the section: If it is a curve or a straight section.
  • Traffic intensity and composition: This factor refers to the number of each type of vehicle that circulates on the section in question.
  • Existing risks on the road: Obstacles, steep slopes, that there are other roads that could be invaded ...
  • Distance between road hazards.

After analyzing these factors, it will be decided whether a vehicle restraint system should be installed in the section to mitigate the consequences of accidents. If the study of these factors indicates the need for its installation, the next step is to decide what type of vehicle containment system is required, for which the following parameters are met:

  • Containment level: Refers to the capacity of the containment system to retain the vehicle in the event of a collision, redirecting it to the road in stable conditions, that is, the vehicle does not overturn or the containment system does not penetrate inside.
  • Impact severity: The risk of the occupants when the vehicle collides in front of the restraint system.
  • System deformation: The measurement of the degree of deformation of the containment system when the impact occurs, serves to define the distance at which said infrastructure has to be installed with respect to the dangerous area or obstacle.
  • Redirection capacity: Ability of the vehicle restraint system to change the trajectory of the passenger car when the crash occurs, allowing the exit to be as parallel as possible to the direction of traffic.

 

Types of Metal Vehicle Containment Systems

After carrying out the previous analysis, we will proceed to select the most suitable containment system. At Metalesa, we are experts in the design, manufacture and installation of vehicle restraint systems and we have a wide range that allows us to adapt to all existing situations in terms of Road Safety.

 

Steel Bridge Parapet META13

This type of vehicle containment system is installed on the edges of bridge decks, supporting wall crowns, passage works… It is a H2 level containment system.

Some of the main advantages of the Steel Bridge Parapet META13 are the flexibility of the containment system, its fusible anchoring system that allows a simple and quick replacement in the event of a crash, and its versatility, since it allows it to function as a vehicle containment system. and pedestrians installing a grid.

It is a device approved according to the UNE EN 1317 parts 1 and 2 standard, which together with compliance with part 5 in terms of production control, has obtained the CE marking.

Steel Bridge Parapet META16

The Steel Bridge Parapet META16 is our H3 containment system, which also has the CE marking after passing rigorous full-scale laboratory tests.

Some of the advantages of this vehicle restraint system are the following: It is light and of small dimensions, it allows the installation of vandal-proof fences and the placement of acoustic screens at a very short distance from the parapet, and due to its reduced number of components the assembly it's simple.

Impact End Terminals

Impact End Terminals are equipment that is characterized in that they are always attached to the end of a vehicle restraint system. They cannot be installed autonomously.

We have several models tested in accordance with the European standard prEN 1317-7, all of which provide the flexibility of joining with double or triple wave bionds, or with normal or double bionds (on both sides).

Crash Cushions

A Crash cushion or shock absorber is a vehicle restraint system that absorbs frontal or side impacts without the risk of intrusion of components in the vehicle compartment, being its installation more and more frequent since it allows to significantly reduce the victims in accidents.

We have a wide variety of models that can be installed on concrete slab or directly on the ground. In case of impact, the infrastructure is easy to repair or replace.

Mixed Parapet PXP

It is a mixed vehicle containment system, as it is made up of a concrete parapet and a metal railing. The latter is installed on the concrete parapet, which guarantees a better containment system against the collision of a heavy vehicle.

In addition, its aesthetics provide excellent integration on the tracks, it is easy to install and we have several models of handrails: With a through tube to a ring welded to each support, with a tube welded directly to each support, or other models according to installation conditions.

At Metalesa we are aware that our products save lives, and that is why we have a great responsibility. In this sense, it is not only important that the authorities worry about the installation of containment systems on the roads, but also to ensure that these infrastructures are of quality, there is a lot at stake. From Metalesa we can guarantee that quality in our products to ensure safe roads.

If you want to obtain a quote for the installation of our vehicle containment systems, call us at 96 088 99 44 or send us an email to metalesa@metalesa.com


This summer, Road Safety on the roads

The time most desired by most has finally arrived, the summer holidays. Heat, beach, disconnection from work and the daily routine ... Unfortunately, the other side of the coin is the usual increase in traffic accidents due to the enormous volume of vehicles moving on the roads.

In addition, this year we are facing a somewhat different summer, as we come from a time marked by mobility restrictions and the health emergency due to COVID-19. For a long time we have had to stay in our regions without the possibility of vacations or travel, so it is natural that with the arrival of good weather there is a significant increase in national travel, and with the need to be extremely careful on the roads.

Road Safety is everyone's business. If we are all aware of the importance of being responsible when driving, we will be able to minimize the risk of serious accidents.

Increased risks on the roads in summer

In addition to the characteristic increase in summer traffic, there are other typical summer factors that pose an added risk on the roads and that must be taken into account.

Caution with heat

In Spain, on the hottest days of summer, the temperature of a car exposed to the sun for a long period of time can exceed 50 degrees, which is a risk when driving. For this reason, before getting in the car and starting the trip, it is recommended to ventilate it by opening windows and doors, turning on the air conditioning and not starting the trip until the interior of the vehicle has acclimatized. If possible, the ideal is to avoid driving in the hottest hours of the day.

Take care of your hydratation and never drink alcohol

Lack of hydration can lead to serious risks while driving. The most common symptoms of dehydration are usually fatigue and drowsiness ... It is recommended not to wait to experience these signs to drink water. Always keep a bottle of water on hand in your vehicle and drink frequently, even if you don't feel particularly thirsty.

It's also a no-brainer, and hundreds of drivers are penalized every day for exceeding the permitted alcohol level behind the wheel. Do not drink and drive!

Food before and during your trip

If we are going to take long trips in summer, it is important to eat light meals. Otherwise, digestive discomfort can occur that can distract us from driving and affect Road Safety, and also cause drowsiness.

Always travel with suitable and comfortable cloting

Beyond driving in loose fitting, comfortable clothing, it is especially important to note that flip flops should not be worn. The risks of driving with this type of footwear are very serious: they can get caught between the pedals, slip ... and prevent reacting in time in the event of an accident.

That sunglasses are never missing

Lack of vision can be one of the main reasons for accident risk. Therefore, it is advisable to wear polarized sunglasses to avoid glare and prevent eye fatigue.

Check your vehicle before and during the journey

It is important to thoroughly check the vehicle before any trip, and especially if it is a long journey. Tires, brakes, check the oil level, the coolant level, check that the lighting devices are working, make sure that the air filter is clean and always wear vests and safety triangles.

 Calculate your route previously

Improvisation can be part of the unforgettable trip, but in driving it is not recommended. The ideal is to plan the route to your destination in advance, take into account the stops to rest ... In addition, this way you will avoid being constantly aware of the GPS and you will pay more attention to the road. And of course, the use of mobile phones while driving, unless it is to use it as a passive GPS, is totally prohibited.

Always control your speed

We know, controlling speeding is something very obvious when we go on a trip. But still every day traffic accidents happen precisely due to speeding. Remember, no matter how expert you are at the wheel, extreme caution on the road is a great responsibility that we must all carry out.

Travel accompanied

It is always important to ensure Road Safety, but the commitment is even greater when we transport more people in our vehicle. The co-pilot has to try not to over-entertain the driver to avoid confusion, and in the case of traveling with children, you have to find ways to entertain them using iPads, reading stories ... And of course, it is mandatory to insist that the occupants use the seat belt.

Now you know the most important points to keep in mind when taking a trip during this summer vacation. Today's article we want to serve as a guide that you can always turn to whenever you are going on a road trip. Even so, it is always advisable to visit the DGT website for any notice or news of interest.

At Metalesa, protection is our goal

Our mission is the protection of people. As experts in Road Safety, our activity consists of designing, manufacturing and installing infrastructures specially designed to guarantee the safety of people.

Products for Road Safety on highways

Parapets

Los pretiles para carreteras son sistemas de contención para puentes. En Metalesa disponemos del pretil metálico META13 y el pretil metálico META16, los cuales han sido homologados por la norma UNE EN 1317.

Highway parapets are restraint systems for bridges. At Metalesa we have the META13 metal parapet and the META16 metal parapet, which have been approved by the UNE EN 1317 standard.

Transitions to concrete barriers

Highway transitions are used to link different vehicle restraint systems, such as a parapet and a concrete barrier. Our transitions are homologated by the French standard NF 058.

Impact terminals 

They are road safety devices that are placed at the ends of the parapets or containment barriers, as a safe ending element. We have several models of impact terminals, which share a series of characteristics such as the possibility of allowing the connection with a double or triple wave bionde, and that all have been tested according to the European standard prEN 1317-7.

Shock atenuators

Also called shock absorbers, their function is to absorb the impact of the car in the event of a crash. They differ from containment system terminals in that they can be installed in isolation, without being connected to any other system. In addition, in case of impact it is easy to repair.

Having said all this, from Metalesa we want to remember that Security does not go on vacation. Our purpose is to protect society through our products for Road Safety and to educate drivers to have an unforgettable, fun and above all safe vacation. Can you help us achieve this goal?


scooters para la movilidad urbana

How has mobility in cities changed?

Mobility through cities is becoming more and more “à la carte” while ways of transport are increasingly modernizing, thus adapting to the needs of different profiles of people. We see how every day companies offer mobility solutions for cities that adapt their services to the comfort and personalization that citizens are demanding, making them more ergonomic, economical and trying to be as respectful as possible with the environment.

The importance of adapting

Currently we want to move faster, save time, and if possible, with the lowest energy consumption and the lowest economic cost. The proliferation of geolocation technology has enabled the use of applications that help us to know real time the arrival of the bus at our stop or how the traffic is in the city. Many cities, in their quest to become smart and sustainable, have established new urban solutions to improve the use of public transport, and have limited traffic in some areas, even prohibiting the circulation of private cars in downtown areas with a high concentration of users.

This trend has materialized in the deployment of solutions such as bollards or bike lanes, the adaptation of all horizontal and vertical signs, and the offer of subsidies for the purchase of personal mobility vehicles. The response of the citizens has not waited long, and thus we have seen massive purchase of bicycles and / or electric scooters, not only in large cities, but also in smaller towns. Little by little, all these measures integratede into comprehensive sustainable urban mobility plans are working together to create pollution-free urban areas.

In a society that is increasingly aware of the importance of caring for the environment, and willing to adapt itself to the new times, it has been inevitable that this type of electric personal mobility is in fashion and that it is expected to continue growing. At the same time, this has acted as a catalyst for the industry to innovate and bring new mobility solutions to market.

This set of chained consequences lead our cities into a virtuous circle that reinforces investment in safe urban mobility, either with solutions such as bollards, or with other types of parapets, guardrails or urban containment barriers. In short, minimizing the risk for pedestrians, cyclists, or those who lean towards the electric scooter.

Our urban mobility solutions 

Our commitment to society lays on our purpose of saving lives. This has led Metalesa to work for a long time to improve people’s lives. Urban solutions to bring an improved safety for citizens in their daily urban mobility, is a key area where we have been concentrating our efforts in recent years. Some of our most demanded products to improve mobility in cities are urban parapets, cyclopedestrian railings and bollards

  • The urban parapet, which Metalesa manufactures and installs, is a containment system designed to be installed on urban roads or with a limitation of up to 20, 30 or 50km/h. Manufactured for its perfect integration in the urban areas such as streets, avenues or roundabouts.

  • As for the cyclopedestrian railings, we have a wide variety of models capable of adapting to the road infrastructures of any city. It is an urban containment system in order to protect both pedestrians and cyclists who pass through the bike lane from road traffic.

  • We also have a wide variety of bollards. Its main objective is to delimit vehicle access to pedestrian, cycling, or leisure areas. To this day, it continues to be a safe bet for the improvement of mobility in cities. We have also carried out a number of installations in private areas of industries or logistics centers.

If you want to put an end to these problems and want a smart solution, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our service of technicians and advisers of the commercial department will not hesitate to offer you a proposal that adjusts to your reality so that our service is 100% effective.


Safety in urban areas and on the cycling lanes

As experts in Road Safety, one of our tasks should be to promote greater awareness about the safety of people, both in urban areas and on roads. In this sense, although our products are intended to make people’s lives safer, at Metalesa we intend to go further and we want to do our bit in this ongoing process of awareness.

In today’s post we talk about the safety of cyclists when they circulate through urban areas or roads. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most vulnerable groups that suffer too many accidents, which is a problem that must be solved.

To start with, here there are some figures. In 2014, 75 cyclists died on Spanish roads, in 2015 there were 55 and in 2016 it was reduced to 33. Having said that, although the trend of cyclist accidents seemed to be decreasing in the last five years, the truth is that in May 2017, these figures were already doubled, and in 2020, 36 cyclists lost their lives, a surprising number after long months of confinement.

At the beginning of the article we mentioned that our products are intended to ensure safety. However, people must also do their part to achieve this goal. Here there are some useful tips for both cyclists and drivers to ensure the safety of those both in urban areas and on roads.

Everything a cyclist needs to know to ensure their safety

Although there may be external factors that endanger their safety, it is important that the riders know how to protect themselves:

  • To know traffic regulations, and therefore, what you can do and what it is forbidden on the road will allow them to be more aware of the dangers.
  • If there is no bike lane on the road, it is preferable to travel on roads with a wide shoulder, much better if they are little traveled.
  • The use of conspicuous clothing is recommended to make themselves more visible. Here we also include the helmet color, which is mandatory.
  • Check wheels, brakes and lights from time to time. Something as fast as a simple check-up can save a rider’s life. Regarding the lights, it is important to note that they should be used both at the front and at the rear in low light hours. In addition, it is mandatory to turn on the lights when driving through the interior of a tunnel, whatever time it is.
  • Use of the rear-view mirror. This device is less common than it should be. Rather few cyclists decide to attach a rear-view mirror to their bicycle, but it is undoubtedly a very useful component to increase safety, and cheap indeed.

What must a vehicle driver take into account to ensure the safety of cyclist?

  • It is important to bear in mind that, when passing a cyclist, the air displaced by the vehicle can throw him off balance. Therefore, when overtaking, at least 1.5m of lateral space must be left as a safety distance.
  • If cyclists are observed, slow down and be extremely cautious.
  • The horn should not be used to warn the cyclist of the presence of the vehicle because it can scare, distract and cause them a fall.
  • It is very important to know when cyclists have priority. For example, a group of cyclists has priority when they have started a crossing or entered a roundabout.
  • Only with greater respect for the priority of passage and the safety distance could the number of cyclist victims be significantly reduced.

We are aware that these are quite obvious pieces of advice, but it is not a bad thing to remember them considering that, statistically, most accidents occur precisely because of not complying with these simple tips.

 

Road Safety Improvements for cyclists through urban planning

Not only are people becoming more and more aware, so are cities, orienting their planning towards more efficient models, both in terms of safety and sustainability. In this sense, the promotion of urban mobility through the use of bicycles entails an ambitious urban reorganization that involves the implementation of cycle lanes. In fact, we are seeing that the cities deploy every day more kilometers of bike lanes.

 

How do we guarantee the safety of cyclists from Metalesa?

Protection is our goal. That is why we design and manufacture road safety products specially designed for this.

Our M009 cyclopedestrian railing is a restraint system for cyclists that cannot be absent in urban areas or on roads to reduce the accident rate of cyclists.

It is located at the ends of bridges or crowning walls to prevent pedestrians and cyclists from falling into the void. It differs from a normal railing in its height, between 1.3 – 1.5 meters, which prevents cyclists from exceeding it, which is perfectly possible with traditional railings for pedestrians up to 1 meter high.

In addition, all the components of the railing are protected against corrosion by individual or duplex coating, at the customer’s discretion: hot galvanized, thermo-lacquered or both treatments at the same time.

The thermo-lacquering allows to facilitate the aesthetic integration of the cyclopedestrian railings with the environment, since we can paint them in any color from the RAL chart.

In a previous post we made reference to how 5G technology in cities can help ensure maximum safety. Perhaps a day will come when cyclists will cease to be a vulnerable group thanks to the development of tools based on wireless connectivity. However, at Metalesa, we obviously support technological progress and the great advances that it can bring to road safety, but we also want to take advantage of it to call for the responsibility of each one. Safety is everyone’s business!

En un post anterior hicimos referencia a cómo la tecnología 5G en las ciudades podrá ayudar a garantizar la seguridad al máximo. Quizá llegará algún día en el que los ciclistas dejen de ser un grupo vulnerable gracias al desarrollo de herramientas basadas en la conectividad inalámbrica. No obstante, desde Metalesa, evidentemente apoyamos el progreso tecnológico y los grandes avances que puede aportar a la seguridad vial, pero también queremos aprovechar para hacer un llamamiento a la responsabilidad de cada uno. ¡La seguridad es cosa de todos!


The importance of wall covering in facades and tunnels

Wall cladding in facades and tunnels is one of our most demanded services both nationally and internationally, and at the same time one of the most unknown. For this reason, in this article we want to tell you about the great advantages that wall coverings have and what is the difference between cladding on the façade and in tunnels.

Wall cladding in tunnels

In this case, it is a wall cladding made of galvanized steel sound-absorbing panels, specially designed to deal with noise pollution derived from road and rail traffic, both inside and at tunnel entrances. At the customer's choice, galvanized steel panels can be filled with rock wool, a material with a high sound absorbing capacity that facilitates the rebound of acoustic waves inside, thus trapping much of the sound.

Sometimes, poor tunnel lighting poses a greater risk to drivers. In this sense, the installation of our wall cladding on the concrete walls of the tunnel brings luminosity to the interior, facilitating vision and increasing safety. In addition, any additional signaling or lighting system can be installed on our cladding.

Characteristics and elements of the panels for sound absorbing tunnel coating.

We have several standard construction solutions, configured thanks to the experience of having carried out numerous projects that has helped us to optimize the design and its features.

Our team of engineers studies each project and of steel with the client's specifications, defines the best technical solution. Typically, the cladding has the following elements:

  • Panels: made of corrugated and galvanized steel sheet. They can be perforated in case of acoustic absorption requirements. There may be a single front panel or front and rear panels. At the customer's request, its finish can be thermo-lacquered in different colors from the RAL chart.
  • Paneles: realizados con chapa de acero grecado y galvanizado. Pueden ir perforados en caso de haber requerimientos de absorción acústica. Puede haber un solo panel delantero o paneles delantero y trasero. A petición del cliente, su acabado puede ser termolacado en diferentes colores de la carta RAL.
  • Rock wool: This material is used to absorb sound waves generated by transport systems.
  • Supporting structure: It is a wall anchoring system using adjustable rods made up of profiles that allow the panels to be adapted to walls with almost any type of irregularity. We have several bearing systems, in each project the most suitable will be chosen depending on elements such as the state of the wall or the type of coating required.

Advantages of panels for sound absorbing tunnel lining

  • Corrosion resistance: we have different solutions depending on the environmental specifications in the area, including up to C5. In addition to being made with galvanized materials, if the client wishes, we can apply primer and / or thermo-lacquering techniques, which protect the coating from the consequences of the passage of time and adverse weather conditions.
  • As we have already mentioned, this type of cladding fulfills an important acoustic function, and this is precisely its main advantage.
  • Easy installation due to its lightness. High productivity in assembly.
  • Its maintenance and repair is also easy in case of damage by accident.
  • It is a non-flammable coating.
  • It fulfills an aesthetic function as the customization of the color is possible, and it also brings light, unlike the concrete walls to which we are accustomed.

Wall cladding integrated into building facades

In order to minimize the noise pollution produced by environmental noise, such as traffic or the bustle of people, at Metalesa we manufacture and install panels that function as wall cladding on facades, and that are integrated as an acoustic screen in the building .

Below, we show you some images of one of our acoustic wall cladding integration project on the façade of the Atlético Baleares football field. In this case, the panels have been used both to isolate noise from the field, and to prevent noise from the street from breaking into the sports facility.

On the other hand, this product offers a great opportunity to improve the aesthetics of a building through an elegant and quality solution that, thanks to the customization options that we offer at Metalesa, will be able to show off the corporate colors. In this sense, a change to the façade by means of a cladding of these characteristics can make an installation become "something iconic" of an area and give it a certain prestige. Without a doubt, the Atlético de Baleares field is proof of this.

 

Characteristics and elements of panels for sound absorbing coating integrated in facades

In the same way as in the case of tunnels, we have several standard construction solutions applicable to the integration of acoustic coatings in facades. Our team of engineers will define the best technical solution according to the customer's specifications.

The elements that make up this solution are usually the same as in the case of tunnels. The main difference is usually in the bearing structure, which must be defined ad-hoc for each project, since it is not the same to anchor acoustic panels to a low-rise wall but with great vibrations due to circulating traffic, than to a wall. of a high-rise building and normally without these vibrations.

Advantages of wall cladding on facades of urban buildings

The facade is the exterior wall of the enclosure or vertical closure that surrounds. It is one of the most important elements of the construction along with the roof. Both act as a barrier against external weather factors

Providing the facades of the infrastructures in urban areas with a facade cladding is essential, as it is one of the most important elements of its construction due to its acoustic, aesthetic and climatic function.

Acoustic and mechanical properties of our panels

The acoustic properties of our panels have been evaluated according to EN 1793-1 standards, obtaining maximum acoustic absorption and insulation values. Any acoustic product manufactured by METALESA SEGURIDAD VIAL complies with the requirements established for CE MARKING in compliance with annex ZA of the EN 14388 standard.

Regarding mechanical behavior, the panels are tested according to the EN 1794-1 standard, having obtained very high loads in tests carried out in accredited laboratories.

If you are looking to use wall cladding in facades or tunnels, contact us and we will give you a solution that suits your needs. Call us at 96 088 99 44 or send us an email to metalesa@metalesa.com


Transitions and Terminals: Innovative solutions for black spots

Roads shorten distances and bring people closer together. That’s why it is so important to ensure their safety as much as possible, so that they reach their destination safely, be it their work, their family or their friends. The different national, regional and local administrations keep the main black points of our roads identified and updated, and from Metalesa, we have been participating in a number of projects that aim at providing safe solutions to these specific locations for many years. A clear commitment to remodel our roads includes equipping them with new infrastructures that fulfil the purpose of ensuring road safety. In this scenario is where we act.

 

Cullera-Favara Section: One of our latest Road Safety projects

During the last two years, work has been done in Cullera on the construction of a section that will undoubtedly represent a milestone for the improvement of the communication routes in the area.

As José Luis Ábalos, Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda points out, “this action will translate into an improvement in road safety by creating an alternative route to that of the current national highway as it passes through both towns.”

The truth is that residents have been demanding the completion of this infrastructure for a long time, and finally, they will be able to count on the Cullera and Favara bypass, a section included in the A-38 corridor, which represents the largest investment in this matter of infrastructures that the central government has never carried out in the Valencian region of Ribera Baixa.

 

Metalesa in the project: installation of transitions and terminals

At Metalesa we have been in charge of installing more than 15,000 meters of META16 metal parapet with containment level H3. We invite you to sit down to enjoy this impressive video where you can see the result of so much work.

But the objective of this article is to present the transitions and terminals, other road safety products that are very unusual in Spain, but undoubtedly essential on the roads, and which will become more widespread as soon as our leaders and public administration technicians acquire greater sensitivity for the situations they avoid.

 

Blackhead removal with transitions and terminals

The black points or accident concentration sections (TCA) are sections of the road network in which a large number of traffic accidents occur each year.

From the Cullera City Council, they affirm that this work “was of vital importance to prevent more people from losing their lives.” In addition, Oro Azorín, mayor of Favara, also believes that it will offer the town a great increase in road safety.

Municipal sources in Cullera also assure that it is good news for the entire Valencian Community because the black spots on the roads that have suffered, especially the populations of the coast, are being eliminated.

 

Transitions for roads

The installation of transitions for roads allows the union between containment systems of different nature, that is, it connects two safety barriers of different cross section or different level of containment, such as a metal parapet and a New Jersey-type concrete barrier.

At Metalesa we have an approved Transition designed in a versatile way, that is, it allows us to connect both our META13, containment level H2, and our META16, containment level H3, to a contiguous concrete barrier.

It is a device designed and manufactured entirely by Metalesa, and approved according to the French standard NF-058, which implies that the transitions that we install have been shock tested on a full scale according to said standard. We are the only Spanish company that has tested transitions between different containment systems on a full scale because we have decided to be ahead of our competition. We believe that the French standard represents the future of what the European standard will establish, which is currently being drafted by the standardizing technical committees to which Metalesa belongs.

What are the advantages of installing a highway transition?

  • System reliability: In the event of a side impact of the vehicle, it behaves like a conventional metallic barrier, thus guaranteeing the containment and adequate redirection of the vehicle.
  • Easy to repair and repair parts available from stock.
  • Anti-corrosion treatment: We offer various finishing options for road transitions, both hot-dip galvanized and thermo-lacquered, as a treatment that combines both processes.

Road Terminals

Los terminales para carreteras se colocan en los extremos de sistemas de contención como pretiles o barreras metálicas, para garantizar una mayor seguridad ante un impacto frontal con dicha finalización. Disponemos de una amplia gama de modelos con diversas características y certificados, habiendo sido todos testeados mediante ensayos en laboratorio acreditado según la norma EN 1317.

Highway terminals are placed at the ends of containment systems such as parapets or metal barriers, to ensure greater safety against a frontal impact with said completion. We have a wide range of models with different characteristics and certificates, all of which have been tested by means of tests in an accredited laboratory according to the EN 1317 standard.

We offer supply and installation of three models:

 

Model T50 – 50KM/H

This terminal is ideal for urban environments, in areas whose maximum permitted speed does not exceed 50 km / h.

Model P2 – 80KM/H

Terminal P2, unlike Model T50, is used on highways, where the permitted speed is not higher than 80Km / H. We have several designs of road terminals.

Model P4 – 110KM/H

This terminal is also designed to be installed on highways, but on high-speed roads. We have several homologated models of anchoring to the ground, both for concrete and earth ground.

Undoubtedly, projects such as the construction of the Cullera-Favara Section, which include infrastructures for road safety such as our transitions and terminals, show that there really is a commitment to make the roads safe roads that serve what we commented at the beginning of this article: bring people closer. For more information call us at 96 088 99 44 or send us an email to metalesa@metalesa.com


Types and applications of railway equipment

Since our origins at Metalesa we have always been concerned about safety. Whether in urban environments or roads we have always worked to offer the best products with which to keep pedestrians and vehicles safe. But our scope of action does not stop there, we also have extensive experience in railway equipment products, and on this we would like to focus today’s article so that you know a little more about everything we can do for your railway project.

Products and regulations on railway safety

Like any product, there is a railway safety regulation that must be complied. In railway equipment, this corresponds mainly to the infrastructure managers (ADIF in Spain or SNCF in France). At Metalesa we have been working for many years on the deployment of the high-speed rail network in Spain, collaborating with the main companies in the sector and offering products that meet the highest quality standards.

Railings and fences type ADIF

In order to guarantee safety at the crossing points in railway infrastructures operated by ADIF, at Metalesa we have a complete range of specialized security systems that comply with the quality standards set by the network administrator.

With our range of ADIF-type railings and fences we can create a complete protection system for pedestrians on bridges, viaducts or other passage areas within railway infrastructures. When a project of these characteristics is presented to us, we carry out a study of the needs of the layout and manufacture any element that may be required.

Different anticorrosive treatments can be applied to our entire range of railings and fences. Depending on the characteristics of the project and client specifications, we can apply either a hot galvanized finish, or a thermo-lacquered finish or even a mixed application for more aggressive environments.

Railings and handrails for stations

At Metalesa we manufacture railings for stations with various shapes and materials to guarantee the safety of passengers, while adapting the product to the aesthetics of the place. We can manufacture them with various materials. Steel is the usual one, and under client requirement, the product can receive anti-corrosion treatments like hot-dip galvanization or thermo-lacquering to guarantee their resistance to deterioration caused by the weather and time.

We also manufacture stainless steel railings of different quality and with a wide variety of finishes, always adapting to the needs and aesthetics of the railway station.

 

Fences and station enclosures

Train, subway or tram stations need enclosure and fences systems that are resistant to high volume of traffic while complying with current regulations.

Regarding security systems to offer protection to people in areas close to stations or railway facilities, we have a wide variety of station enclosures and fences that we can manufacture to order to be able to solve and adapt to the requirements of the project.

The enclosure systems for railway stations are products that are often subject to inclement weather. That is why at Metalesa we work to offer different anti-corrosion treatments such as hot galvanizing, thermo-lacquering or a mixed finish that offer a layer of protection against superior humidity and oxidation.

 

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Handrail and grilles for walkways

Another of the safety systems that are installed in railway tunnels are handrails and grilles for walkways. These elements are intended to provide safety for pedestrians inside a tunnel. Our extensive experience in the tunnels of the suburban and high-speed rail network allows us to offer a customized product manufactured according to the materials and criteria that best suit the project.

When facing a new project, our technical office will carry out a needs study and present you with a proposal that meets your needs.

 

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Catenary protectors

To protect the catenaries from objects launched from overpasses, we can offer catenary protectors. They can be designed and manufactured according to the specifications of each project. We have extensive experience manufacturing this type of product with different shapes and finishes.

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If you are thinking about a new project and you need a supplier of railway safety equipment, at Metalesa we are ready to give you a solution to these challenges and we will be happy to help you. For more information you can contact our technical office through the contact form, by calling 96 088 99 44 or 687 37 29 28 or by sending an email to metalesa@metalesa.com


UNE EN 1317 standard.

What is UNE EN 1317 Standard?

At Metalesa we are very clear about our mission: to ensure the safety of what matters most to us; people. For this reason, we guarantee that our products comply with the established standards and regulations. Seriousness and professionalism is what defines us. Our parapets have been subjected to real tests in accredited laboratories based on the UNE EN 1317 standard.

¿What is UNE EN 1317 standard?

This standard was established on January 1, 2011 by the European Union, and certifies the quality and safety of vehicle containment systems. It is based on subjecting these systems, such as parapets or guardrails, to a test methodology following specific criteria valid for all Europe. Among many other things, the UNE EN 1317 standard harmonizes impact tests simulating real accidents involving vehicles, mannequins as drivers and the containment system itself. In this way, both the behaviour of the system and its impact for the drivers themselves are evaluated.

The configuration of each essay varies completely depending on the level of containment being tested. The type of vehicle involved, the impact speed or the angle of incidence are defined for each essay specifically. After the impact, the damages of the containment system, as well as the deck on which it has been anchored, and the impacto on the mannequins are evaluated. From this analysis the laboratory concludes a set of technical parameters that characterize the behaviour of the system. Main ones are dynamic deflection, working width, severity index and intrusion index.

What is it exactly a containment system?

A vehicle restraint system is a barrier that made of various materials and used to lessen the consequences of an accident on the road. Metallic ones have the advantage of absorbing a large part of the kinetic energy of the crash and facilitate the redirection of the vehicle's trajectory. For this reason, the severity of the impact is lower, thus demonstrating a great contribution to road safety. However, sometimes, the circumstances of the road require a concrete system with less absorption capacity and less deformation. In general, the occupants of the vehicle tend to be more affected. Based on the danger of the sections and on a history of accidents, it is the responsibility of national, regional or municipal public administrations to study and decide where to install or substitute vehicle containment systems.

Parameters to analyze looking at UNE EN 1317 standard

During real tests in an accredited laboratory the following set of parameters are analyzed.

Containment level

It indicates the ability of a SCV to withstand the impact load of a vehicle. The selection of the level of containment that a safety barrier must have proved to be installed on the margins of a road will depend on the risk of accidents, which in turn is defined by the speed of the road and the average intensity of heavy vehicles in each sense at the time of commissioning.

Impact severity

The impact of a vehicle against a SCV carries obvious risks for its occupants. The severity of these risks inside the passenger compartment is determined by the level of impact severity. This is calculated from the combination of the deceleration (ASI) and head impact (THIV) values.

Deformation of the system

The behaviour of a SCV is characterized by the transverse displacement of the device during impact. This is defined in the tests through the parameters of dynamic deflection (D), working width (W) and intrusion index (VI).

On our website we dedicate specific spaces to clarify any questions that may exist about the UNE 1317 standard.

In addition, in our frequently asked questions section on metal parapets we anticipate the queries that we typically receive from engineering or construction companies regarding the interpretation of the standard.

UNE EN 1317 standard applied to our products

Bridge Parapet

Our bridge parapets are metal security barriers that are installed in order to serve as vehicle restraint systems. We market many different models that have success under the appropriate tests to be able to certify the UNE EN 1317 standard, and therefore accredit the CE marking.

On our website you can see the videos of the tests carried out, for example, that of the META16 metal parapet of containment level H3.

We also design, develop and commercialize transitions between containment systems with NF marking after having successfully passed laboratory tests in accordance with the French standard NF 058. It must be taken into account that UNE EN 1317 lacks specificity to evaluate and accredit with CE marking transitions between parapets between each other, or between parapets and other types of barriers.

H2 and H3 parapets, urban and mixed parapets, guardrails ... Those are some of our products in our portfolio whose main purpose is to guarantee road safety.

Handrails and Fences

The handrails and fences that we manufacture and install accomplish high quality standards in order to offer the maximum possible protection both on the road and on urban areas. In addition, they are all subjected to a corrosion protection treatment.

As in the case of bridge parapets, railings and fences are also containment systems that are designed and calculated by our R & D and Structural Calculation departments following parameters set by European regulations. We have a wide variety of these products to accomplish customer demands:

Railings: Steel, stainless steel, with cable and with perforated sheet metal.

Fences: Metallic, anti-vandal and electro-welded.

Thus, it is evident that neither vehicle containment systems can be absent on our roads, nor a norm such as UNE EN 1317, in charge of regulating and guaranteeing their correct compliance. At Metalesa we take road safety very seriously from an efficient and innovative perspective, which leads us to continue growing and betting on the best.

Would you like more information about the UNE EN 1317 Standard and our road safety products? Do not hesitate to contact us.

 


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The opening of the Pobla del Duc relief road avoids dangerous routes

METALESA has contributed to improving the safety of the new road that runs parallel to the current CV-611 through the municipal areas of Benigànim, Quatretonda and La Pobla del Duc.

The company took part in this project reconciling one of its main objectives: improving road traffic safety by installing 420m of META13 metal parapets (H2 containment level, a great option among metal parapets), on two bridges of similar characteristics on the Torrella and Forcall ravines with total lengths of 110 and 100 metres respectively. This solved the problem of accessibility and functionality and at the same time provided a greater level of comfort, avoiding dangerous bends for drivers, improving plan and elevation, and reducing travel time.Metal parapets at METALESA

Another goal was to increase the cross section of the road bed, which facilitates vehicle traffic, and improves the bearing capacity of the road, to achieve a more comfortable journey. It also sought to improve signalling and beacons, longitudinal and transverse drainage infrastructure and its integration into the landscape of the environment.

The work covered the section of 3,179 metres from the existing roundabout on the outskirts of the centre of Benigànim, at PK 4+250, to the roundabout that intersects the CV-611 of the railway station road.

The road has two lanes, one for each direction, a width of 3.5 metres, 1.5 metre hard shoulders on both sides, berms of 0.5 metres and traditional or safety ditches on the side of the clearing.

Keep an eye on our blog to keep up to date with all METALESA’s projects and breakthroughs.

 


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Road Safety Improvement on structures: transition using a versatile joint between different high-containment systems for vehicles

Project: Road Safety Improvement on structures. Transition using a versatile joint between different high-containment systems for vehicles.

File No.: IMACPA/2017/108

In September 2017, METALESA S.L. received a subsidy from the Valencian Business Competitiveness Institute (Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial - IVACE), specifically the R&D Projects Certification Programme. The aid is funded by the ERDF Operational Programme of the Valencian Community 2014-2020.

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