Total Construction - Kennards Self Storage Hawthorn

Total Construction - Kennards Self Storage Hawthorn

With annual revenues in excess of $150 million and approximately 120 staff, Total Constructions provides innovative solutions across the aged care & health, food & beverage, renewable energies, commercial & industrial, airports & infrastructure, education & childcare, and fit-out (retail & clubs) sectors.

The Problem

Tasked with converting the old Cabrini Linen Service building in Hawthorn to a Kennards Self Storage facility, Total Constructions engaged Barrier Group to evaluate the existing loading dock safety risks. It was determined that a fall arrest system needed to be implemented to eliminate exposed edges and ensure operators are safe against the risk of falling.

The Solution

De-Fence Self-closing Swing Gates were recommended with the following customisations:

  • Reverted to manual function
  • Adjusted to swing inwards toward the dock only
  • Drop bolts were appointed to secure the gate when in the closed and open positions

When closed, this gate solution eliminated the exposed edges which kept the public safe by preventing dangerous fall accidents, and when opened the dock was able to be accessible and operate efficiently.


After the gates were installed and they had been properly tested while in operation, Kennard’s advised that self-closing gates would be more suitable for their environment.

We recommended against this variation as it increased the possibility of future functionality issues. However, as they insisted this was a requirement, one of our expert tradesmen solved our initial concerns by creating a new bracket to stop the gate at closed position and prevent it from swinging beyond its 90 degree parameters. (See image ##)

It became apparent that the drop bolts used to lock the gates into the open/closed positions were unsuitable on two of the docks where a hoist is located. We revised our design and affixed a high strength magnet to the support post that allowed the gates to remain open during operation.

The Challenges

Creating a semi-permanent barrier that prevented accidental falls but also allowed access to the dock for loading/unloading goods.

The solution also needed to:

  • Be easy and safe for the general public to operate
  • Restrict children from climbing underneath
  • Must be adaptable (and customisable, if needed) across multiple Kennards sites
  • Weather-proof and simple to replace parts (when required)

Client Response

Total Construction advised that Kennards were extremely satisfied with the whole buying process, communication, skilled knowledge and technical support. From initial site visit through to the installation procedure and the end result - it is highly likely that they progress with plans to install these gates at more of their sites.


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Barrier Group

Barrier Group is a progressive and innovative Australian company that designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of safety products like bollards, pedestrian barriers, speed humps, industrial gates and queue control posts for private, institutional and occupational environments. We supply to all major Australian cities Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Hobart and Darwin and can ship to most overseas locations (conditions apply).

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