road plates and trench covers

Ultimate guide to trench covers and road plates

Why choose trench covers and road plates from Oxford Plastics?

Here at Oxford Plastics, we’re proud of our wide range of plastic trench covers and road plates – offering a sustainable, efficient solution for a range of sectors, such as construction sites and streetworks. That’s why we’ve put together this handy animation to show you exactly why you should choose Oxford Plastics as your trench cover and road plate partner:

Our patented engineered solutions have been perfected by our dedicated team of engineers, creating a range of road plates and trench covers that are all HAUC compliant. This puts them at the very forefront of road safety engineering.

Our LowPro ranges of trench covers and road plates are the most comprehensive in the market – meaning we have a one-stop site safety solution for every possible scenario.

Specifically designed to replace dangerous, noisy, unreliable and composite steel plates, all LowPro road plates and trench covers are easily manoeuvred into position by the individual, or team of two, using our easy lift handles.

Once in place, our road plates are secured with our patented drop pins – and with ramped LowPro edges featured across the whole range of road plates and trench covers. They make pedestrian and wheelchair use safe and practical.

Flexibility is a key feature in the design of our trench covers. Expansion is managed easily and quickly, locking into position to form a super strong cover. And with the whole range having all the information you need moulded into the slip-proof surface of the product, you’ll always know that your installation is sound.

Supporting a guaranteed maximum load weight of up to 44 tonnes on a 1200mm trench, all of our road plates and trench covers are routinely tested to ensure a 2-1 safety factor – making them the most reliable, flexible and safe system for today’s demanding world. At Oxford Plastics, we’ve got it covered.

Types of trench covers available

A trench cover is generally used to cover bores, apertures and trenches – typically for the construction industry, or for maintenance and repair works. Trench covers can be used for both pedestrian and residential use, as well as for driveways and the construction industry. We’re proud to offer a wide range of trench covers, which include:

  • LowPro 15/10 – this anti-slide driveway board is typically used over a 900mm trench, which comes with an infill strip.
  • LowPro 12/8 – alternatively, this is an anti-slide pedestrian board which is used over a 700mm trench which comes with an infill strip.
  • LowPro 11/11 Pedestrian Board – this anti-slide pedestrian board is typically used over 700mm trench.
  • 16/12 Safe Cover – this driveway board is generally used over a 900m trench.
  • 12/8 Sage Cover – this is an anti-slide pedestrian board which is used over a 700mm trench.

Find out more about what safety trench cover you need from our detailed guide to trench covers.

Types of road plates available

Road plates are most commonly used to cover up a temporary excavation, bore hole or trench – providing a temporary solution for ground excavations where traffic, machinery or pedestrians would need access. Here at Oxford Plastics, we offer a selection of road plates, including:

  • LowPro 23/05 – this modular road plate is typically used over a 1200mm trench.
  • LowPro 15/05 – this modular road plate is typically used over a 700mm trench.

Learn more about what road plates are used for and more from our detailed guide to road plates.

Which is the best product for me?

Although we supply a wide range of both road plates and trench covers, we understand different products will suit different needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 road plates and trench covers – which is based on our top performing products and our customer’s favourites – giving you the guidance you need to choose the best product for you.

Still need some advice on trench covers or road plates? Get in touch with our team of friendly experts here at Oxford Plastics today.

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