Construction fences are a common feature in Australia’s big cities.
They’re built to stop cats, dogs and even small children from walking up to the top of buildings, and to prevent cats from building a path to the roof.
But a new study has found construction fences can actually increase the number of cats inside buildings.
A survey of Australian construction workers found construction workers were much more likely to put their hands up and shout at cats than they were to put up fences.
“We were surprised to find that construction fences actually led to more cat visits to construction sites,” study co-author Dr Mark C. Lea from the University of New South Wales said.
The researchers surveyed construction workers from April 2015 to April 2017 and asked them how often they’d been told to put down their hands, or otherwise to not move around inside buildings while the cats were inside.
Only 6 per cent of construction workers said they’d ever been told not to leave their hands in the building, and only 5 per cent said they had been told they couldn’t leave their feet inside the building.
But when the researchers asked workers if they’d told construction workers not to move their feet outside of the building during construction, only 10 per cent had told construction engineers not to put the feet on the concrete and walls.
So how can construction workers and construction engineers ignore cats?
The reason construction workers might be ignoring cats in buildings is simple: it’s easier to keep a cat away from a building than to get them to move away.
For construction workers, there are two major obstacles to building a fence around a building.
One is that they have to take care of the cat and the other is that the cat can run free if they move too quickly.
Construction engineers have to do both at the same time.
They have to get the cat to leave the building and then ensure that the construction workers do a thorough job of getting the cat out.
If construction workers are constantly telling construction engineers to put cats down, it could mean that construction engineers will be more likely not to be able to get cats out, the researchers said.
The study also found that construction workers who were told not do any work during construction were significantly more likely than construction workers in the control group to move the feet off the concrete.
This could mean construction workers will be less likely to keep the cat in the construction site, and less likely be able see the cats through the fence, the study found.
Construction fencing can be used to keep animals away from buildings, but the construction industry is not entirely clear on what it means.
Australia’s construction industry says construction fencing is for keeping cats out and is not a cat deterrent.
The industry says it only uses it to keep construction crews from being injured.
Some construction industry experts have said construction fencing can lead to cat injuries.
In an article in the journal Animal Behaviour, Dr Lea said the problem with construction fencing was that it did not actually reduce the number or severity of cat attacks.
Dr Lea also said construction workers often did not know if the cats had moved off their feet or not.
While it’s possible construction fences lead to cats attacking, construction workers have not been able to find out for sure.
Australian construction industry expert and construction engineer Michael McEwan said the industry had a lot of work to do to better understand how to build fences effectively.
He said it was important for construction workers to learn the rules for construction fences so that they’re not going to get caught up in the wrong type of fence.
More to come…