construction site

Preparing your Construction Site for the Change in Season

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, many of us around the UK will be making adjustments to accommodate the changing weather. From wrapping up warmer, to protecting ourselves from wet, or icy conditions – the change in season can require a change in habits, particularly on a construction site where safety is of high importance.

Plan ahead this Autumn

It’s the perfect time of year to revisit your risk assessments and review any potential hazards on your site, taking into account a change of conditions. In wet, icy weather walkways can become slippery, sites waterlogged and equipment can become hazardous and brittle as it fights against the colder weather.

Planning ahead by ensuring quality, durable materials are used on site, workers are using the correct safety gear and that walkways and main areas of your site are sufficiently covered can significantly reduce the risk of accidents. Not only will this tick that vital site safety box, but will also ensure your projects stay on track, avoiding unexpected delays due to equipment failure.

Quality materials for keeping workers, and pedestrians, safe

We often talk about using quality materials on site – the right products can be the difference between a productive project and one rife with problems and risks! And this is truer than ever as the weather changes. For example, the use of ground protection on site can reduce slippery surfaces, prevent damage to the ground and make access easier – however, these benefits are reduced if your ground protection isn’t suitable for heavy duty use, or isn’t equipped with anti-slip.

The materials you use can help a project run smoothly, without any unexpected slips, hazard or damage – so ensure you use materials suitable for your site.

Stay up-to-date

The one thing you can’t control on your site is the weather. With floods, snow and ice all presenting risks – knowing what to expect each week, or day, can help you plan accordingly. Checking for weather updates in advance means you can keep your workforce updated, take action if you need to reschedule or ensure you have the correct materials onsite to deal with any adverse weather when work can be continued.

Oxford Plastics offer a range of ground protection material that help ensure your site is safe and protected. Learn more about our track mats and ground protection mats, including the EnduraGrid and EnduraMat here.

CSJV Minimum Standards | StrongWall Barrier

As a major project in the construction industry, HS2 requires world-leading standards and quality. Striving to ensure HS2 uses the very best safety equipment available and leading the industry into a new era of construction.

Oxford Plastics StrongWall

The minimum requirement for Footway or Footpath closures, pedestrians or staff segregation and dedicated walkways.

All barriers MUST be of the same style and be in no other colour than red or white. All bases will preferably be yellow.

All barriers MUST use the displayed StrongWall style base and be connected through the entire barriered area.

 

Where extra security is required Heras style fencing can be used in conjunction with the standard StrongWall style barrier.

When fencing is added to the barriers all safety features including fence clamps MUST be used.

Graphics or promotional displays may be attached to the fencing provided no public site lines are affected.

HS2 is a Costain & Skanska Joint Venture Project: CSJV.

For more information regarding our temporary barrier, temporary fence and plastic barrier products click here

Cheap Trench Cover

When Cheap Ain’t Cheerful: A Health & Safety Nightmare

 

In recent years the trench cover market has seen a rise in cheap composite trench covers. In many ways they look like a typical composite trench cover; they are plastic, yellow and have anti-skid on the surface. However it doesn’t take long for a cheap composite trench cover to look like a health & safety nightmare!

 

Cheap Trench Cover

Oxford Plastics Trench Covers

 

This picture shows a Chinese trench cover that has cracked to reveal a gaping hole in the resident’s driveway. Lucky for this resident, someone quickly came along to replace the defective trench cover with a LowPro 15/10 Driveway Board

 

 

 

 

 

A cheap imitation is just that: an unsuitable mock-up of the original. Oxford composite covers are designed for purpose, like the LowPro 15/10 Driveway Board, or the 12/8 Safe Cover. We test our trench covers over and above the safety requirements to leave our customers feeling full of confidence, instead of full of dread!

 

Feel confident in your work site; be safe and be compliant with Oxford Plastic’s trench covers.