Innovative UK company Oxford Plastic Systems is picking up the plaudits for its safe, flexible and user-friendly alternative to using steel road plates to cover trenches on roads. Its modular road plate system is made from composite materials that can be simply linked together by two people in just a few minutes, eliminating the need for expensive specialist lifting equipment.
Seen as the ideal substitute to the steel plate, the pioneering product was recognised for its innovative qualities at Preventica 2015, a health and safety industry exhibition held in Toulouse in June, where it received the Innovation Award in the site safety category.
Oxford Plastics’ road plates ensure the safety of contractors, pedestrians and vehicles during utility, cabling and maintenance projects, with 3,000 units deployed initially as part of the Mayor of London’s Keep London Moving initiative.
In fact, there’s a host of reasons why contractors who use Oxford Plastics road plates will never use a steel plate again:
· Noise pollution eliminated: the composite material and soft leading edge make the road plate ideal for urban areas where noise is a concern
· Productivity and efficiency increased: road plates are easy and quick to handle while two-man deployment means no heavy lifting equipment is required and downtime is minimised
· Safety increased: lightweight road plates are safer for contractors to manoeuvre into place, while the modular panels fit neatly together to provide a safer working environment
· Reinstatement costs reduced: as there is no requirement to recess road plates, road reinstatement is less expensive
· Transportation costs reduced: the cost of deploying and collecting steel plates from site is expensive, while road plates will load into a works truck
· Site security improved: road plates have no scrap value so aren’t seen as a target for theft
Despite being easier and safer to manoeuvre than heavy steel plates, Oxford Plastics road plates are strong enough to withstand the weight of a 44,000kg truck.
Popular with utility firms, this innovative product is particularly successful in allowing the temporary re-opening of carriageways during busy times to reduce traffic delays. As a modular system which can be locked together to create a range of sizes, the plates also offer flexibility to suit each specific situation.
Fully compliant with Safe Working Practice, each section weighs just 42kg for safe and easy installation, while the plates’ anti-slip surface provides secure pedestrian access and complies with BS7976-2 Slip Test Certificate.
The benefits of these plates were also recognised at the 2012 Salon des Maires exhibition in Paris – a large utility show attended by major local authorities in France – where it won the Innovation Award in the public and roadworks section.
Oxford Plastics manufactures products that reduce risk in the workplace at roadworks, building sites and events around the world, working closely with customers and end users to meet their needs and solve key challenges in areas of safety and compliance.
For more information about Oxford Plastics’ range of safety products – including barriers, trench covers, signs, cones, ground protection and heavy bases as well as modular road plates – visit the website at www.oxfordplastics.com or email email@example.com.
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