Fibrelite Upgrades Previously Installed Concrete Covers to Bespoke Lightweight Alternative

Project Overview

Fibrelite was approached by RJ Utilities Ltd to provide a safe, long-term replacement for old, failing concrete trench covers which covered essential underground utilities. For this project, ease of access, customisability and safety were of the highest importance.

Problem

Previously, heavy concrete trench covers had been fitted over below ground utilities and equipment. Due to their weight, the covers were extremely difficult to remove and replace safely, causing manual handling risks for operators. The equipment beneath the trench covers also posed a hazard to the public as the covers did not have a secure locking system. Inadequate security in the form of wooden fencing surrounding the perimeter further highlighted the need for modernization. modernisation.

In addition, the concrete covers had begun to break apart, potentially leading to a substantial risk to the underground valve and piping system. The obtrusive framework (pictured below) led to further difficulties and health and safety risks for engineers accessing equipment in the trench.

RJ Utilities required trench covers that would improve the efficiency and safety of the site
RJ Utilities required trench covers that would improve the efficiency and safety of the site
The previously installed obstructive framework made access difficult and led to health and safety risks
The previously installed obstructive framework made access difficult and led to health and safety risks

Solution

Fibrelite designed and manufactured bespoke super lightweight (A15 load rated) composite trench covers to offer easy access to the entire trench, improving efficiency and safety.

The new covers and frame allows for quick and easy access for people working onsite as the trench is no longer divided into separate sections. Fibrelite covers are corrosion-free, lightweight and durable, and can be safely removed and replaced by two people using the ergonomically designed FL7 lifting handle, preventing manual handling injuries by lifting from the waist. The provided trench covers were lockable for added security, preventing unauthorized unauthorised access.

These bespoke trench covers were custom designed to offer easy access to the entire trench
These bespoke trench covers were custom designed to offer easy access to the entire trench
Fibrelite super lightweight covers grant immediate, authorized authorised and safe manual access with no specialist equipment required
Fibrelite super lightweight covers grant immediate, authorized authorised and safe manual access with no specialist equipment required

Results

The site now has a securable, aesthetically pleasing and maintenance-free access solution. Previous manual handling and safety concerns have been eliminated as onsite staff no longer put themselves in harm’s way by lifting heavy concrete covers and navigating around the hazardous framework which had previously been installed.

Fibrelite provided a long-term composite access solution tailored to the exact requirements of the customer
Fibrelite provided a long-term composite access solution tailored to the exact requirements of the customer

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