Oxford Plastics with… UK Business Development Manager (Josh)

Here at Oxford Plastics, we think it’s important our clients and suppliers know about the excellent people who make Oxford Plastics the reassuring expert it is. That’s why we’ve started an ‘Oxford Plastics with…’ series – focussing on different members of the Oxford team. This aims to gain an understanding of their individual expertise and knowledge, as well as a little about who they are as people, too.

Q&A: Josh Willis

Our first Q&A session kicks off with Josh Willis – UK Business Development Manager here at Oxford Plastics. He explains how his role allows him to work with distributors and end users, pushing the products Oxford Plastics already supply as well as designing new ones together – making this definitely not your average BDM sales role! “I massively enjoy it – it’s a role that means I’m not just sat trying to sell stuff, but I focus on the technical aspects too – making it a breath of fresh air.”

Insider Knowledge

During this Q&A session, Josh touches on the value of the LowPro® range, the different uses for trench covers and more insider knowledge about our products.

Josh introduces the LowPro® range as the solution which has had the most impact in the past few years within the UK market. “It enables the user to not need to pin the board in most cases, and a lot of companies use this product as it costs too much to drill holes and reinstate tarmac – so the LowPro® range acts as a solution to that. It prevents sliding and moving, and that’s why most people come to us for the product as it’s so impactful.”

So, what sets our trench covers and road plates apart from the alternatives?

Josh’s favourite product is the LowPro® range – which, due to its high-quality features, is easy to talk about because it’s so good at its job. “It far exceeds what it’s meant to do – people trust it so much because it’s so strong.”

Another feature that Josh mentioned that sets Oxford Plastics apart from their competitors is that they always perform rigorous testing of each batch they manufacture, keeping the end user in mind at all times.

Josh exclaimed about our LowPro® technology. “All boards are customisable – meaning companies can add their company name or branding colour. With our black edging on the boards, and being one of the first businesses to bring this in, this massively sets us apart – and is definitely why people come to us.

“Our boards can be customised to feature any types of symbols, too, such as arrows, making it user friendly.” Another feature that Josh mentioned that sets Oxford Plastics apart from their competitors is that they always perform rigorous testing of each batch they manufacture, keeping the end user in mind at all times.

What are the uses for trench covers, and are they reusable?

There are many different uses for trench covers, including trenching, routine utility works in the footway and driveway, excavation and on construction projects where there is a temporary excavation and vehicle or pedestrian access is required. However, Josh explains there are often cases where trench covers are used incorrectly:

“This can happen on a daily basis. Footway boards are used over driveways, as people aren’t aware of the regulations surrounding what they can and cannot do with each board. Sometimes, trench covers can be cut out to fit a unique situation, such as a lamppost – but as soon as these boards are cut in any way, it affects the structure, and should no longer be used. However, if they are still structurally intact, there is no limit to the number of times a trench cover can be used – as long as they’re being used in their correct environments, they can last for many years.” Learn more about HAUC now.

Josh also explained how that these boards can be reused for energy at end of life: “Trench covers are reusable, as they are made up of a Sheet Mould Compound (SMC) – which is moulded around a steel reinforced grip, giving it its overalls strength – it’s hard to recycle this material.

“Instead, we send boards at the end of life to a partner company to reuse the boards to create energy. This allows for an environmentally friendly way of reusing the boards.”

A little bit about Josh

Josh has worked at Oxford Plastics for 4.5 years, coming in at a customer care service level. He began his journey here learning about the products and working more in a customer support role, with this allowing him to understand the products in more detail. One year later, he moved to Business Development Executive – and eventually morphed into the Business Development Manager as the company grew, and the departments were outlined more.

When asked what his favourite part of working for Oxford Plastics is, he said: “The fact it’s a small family-feel company. I like that I’m able to pick up the phone and get hold of anyone at any time – it just allows us to all have that personal touch.

“You feel part of the company – as, if you were working for a larger, commercial and corporate business, you wouldn’t have that ability to keep the family-feel.

“That’s why everyone wants to be here. You haven’t got any ‘9-5ers’ who are simply there to pick up a pay cheque and leave – everyone is willing to go the extra mile, and everyone is invested in the company.

“The growth here is fantastic – as we are expanding across international markets, having operated in the UK for 36 years, and we also have great presence within Europe and USA. It’s really good to see a product made in Enstone Oxfordshire being used across the globe – you could never imagine this 35 years ago.”

Outside of work, Josh enjoys anything with an engine – he is a car fanatic, and most of his hobbies revolve around anything from Formula One to classic cars. During lockdown, Josh has enhanced his fitness levels – managing to lose a mighty 20kg from running, HIIT workouts and weight training!

Keep an eye out for our next ‘Oxford Plastics with…’ series – where we’ll interview another member of our friendly, expert team. For more information, get in touch with us today – or browse our range of LowPro® solutions and trench covers.

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Guide to temporary walkways

Looking for temporary walkways for over mud, or perhaps your construction site? Whatever the purpose, it’s important to understand exactly what a temporary walkway is, what the benefits are, and how this would comply with UK health and safety regulations. Learn everything you need to know about temporary pedestrian walkways from our detailed guide.

What are temporary pedestrian walkways?

A temporary walkway is designed to provide safe access for pedestrians. This could be across a construction site, during a streetworks operation, for facilities management or can be used at events. Here at Oxford Plastics, our temporary walkway mats can be used as zebra crossings – as well as permanent walkways for pedestrians if required.

Our range of temporary walkways is designed and manufactured in the UK, making them a local solution for multiple requirements. With a sturdy structure yet extremely easy and fast to install –  with no need for bolts – it’s easy to see why these temporary pedestrian walkways are a popular choice among our customers.

Benefits of temporary walkways

We are proud to supply our ClearPath® Mat – which is a temporary zebra crossing mat for pedestrians. So, why is this temporary walkway such a popular choice? Some of the main benefits include:

  • Environmentally friendly – our temporary walkways are 100% recyclable, and are also made from recycled plastic.
  • Quick installation – as this temporary walkway solution does not require bolting down, it’s very easy and fast to install.
  • Versatile – you can select whether you’d prefer our ClearPath® Mat for temporary use, or for more permanent pedestrian access.

How do temporary walkway mats adhere to health and safety regulations?

When considering installing a temporary pedestrian walkway, it’s natural you’d want to ensure this meets all health and safety regulations required. Here at Oxford Plastics, we are proud of our rigorous health and safety compliancy – and this can be seen through these features of our ClearPath® Mat:

  • Compliant with HSE – this is a facilities management and construction product which is fully compliant with HSE.
  • Anti-trip barrier –use in conjunction with the 2m Avalon Barrier with ClearPath® Extra Feet to create a secure walkway and prevent pedestrians from straying from the path.
  • Social distancing – our ClearPath® Mat can also help with social distancing, as it can divert the public away from a certain area in a calm manner by clear demarcating walkways, for example, in schools.
  • Rigorous testing – all of our products undergo testing in extreme environments to ensure the durability of the product, and guarantee its longevity as a permanent solution. We slip test our ClearPath® mats – meaning they are highly non-slip in both wet and dry conditions.

Here at Oxford Plastics, we’re proud to supply the most comprehensive range of intelligently designed and engineered site safety products available anywhere. For more information about our range of ground protection mats and temporary walkways, get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.

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Case Study: Low Pro 23/05 Germany

Here at Oxford Plastics, we know how important it is to have full trust in your supplier. That’s why we’ve put together a detailed case study guide – highlighting reputable legitimate clients in Germany who have not only seen huge benefits from using our LowPro 23/05 road plate, but have also provided excellent feedback. So, if you’re thinking of purchasing these road plates for highways, streetworks, utilities sites or any construction work, these 3 case studies prepare you for what to expect from our product.

But firstly, it’s useful to understand exactly what the LowPro 23/05 is, and how it differs from other road plates.

What is the LowPro 23/05 road plate?

The LowPro® 23/05 is a modular system of singular linking units and is suitable for 44 tonnes vehicles over a 1200mm trench. With the capability of being installed manually, some of its many benefits include its anti-slide technology, hi-vis yellow colour scheme, and its ability to successfully reduce noise pollution. Learn more about the LowPro 23/05 road plate now.

Examples of satisfied clients using LowPro 23/05 road plates

1. Markstahler Rohrleitungsbau GmbH

COMPOSITE ROAD PLATE AN EASY SOLUTION FOR GAS CONTRACTOR

Markstahler Rohrleitungsbau GmbH used the LowPro 23/05 Road Plate as a composite excavation cover in the installation of gas and water pipes in Germany.

Who they are:

  • Markstahler Rohrleitungsbau GmbH are a Germany based company and are part of the gas supplying company Erdgas Schwaben and part of the Thüga AG group.
  • They have a €4 million annual turnover with 50 employees.
  • Their business safely cover utility cables and pipe excavations for routine works in streetworks and traffic management.
  • They also install gas and water pipes, and energy and glass fibre cables.

What they wanted to achieve:

  • To safely cover trenches for cable lines and gas and water pipes.
  • To provide a better solution than the historically used steel plates.
  • To allow rapid access to the excavation during works, where the excavation is temporarily filled up with gravel before re-instating the road surface.
  • To negate the need for heavy-lifting equipment on work sites.

End result:

Markstahler Rohrleitungsbau have “only positive” feedback since adopting the LowPro® 23/05 Road Plate across the company in 2019. The road plate has been favoured for its “flexibility, being an easier way to build a temporary access over a trench, for providing higher traffic security and having a good external impact”.

The composite road plate, which is manually installed, means that there is no need for Markstahler Rohrleitungsbau to use lorries, excavators and cranes for transport. They find it an “easy solution to use during road works”.

2. Omexom AG

COMPOSITE ROAD PLATE IS A WINNER FOR CITY UTILITIES

Omexom AG used the LowPro 23/05 Road Plate as a composite excavation cover in the installation of gas and water pipes in Germany.

Who they are:

  • Omexom AG is part of the Vinci Energies Group.
  • Their work includes installing gas and water pipes, and energy and glass fibre cables.
  • They have a €4 billion annual turnover, 23,000 employees and are based in Germany.

What they wanted to achieve:

  • To safely cover trenches for gas and water pipes and glass fibre trenches.
  • To provide a better solution than the historically used steel plates.
  • To allow rapid access to the excavation during works, where the excavation is temporarily filled up with gravel before re-instating the road surface.
  • To provide a manually handled solution to cover excavations quickly and safely.

End result:

Since 2019, Omexom AG have migrated from using traditional steel plates to the composite LowPro 23/05 Road Plate. The solution is a 2-man lift, making it easy to use and “saving time” over the course of the streetworks.

It has put Omexom in good stead with city utilities too; with “no complaints from local residents, because of noisy steel plates”, the solution has received “extremely positive feedback from employees and city utilities”.

The problem-solving road plate removes the “laborious work of laying steel plates with excavators/lifting equipment and increases working security of employees”.

3. Josef Schnell GmbH

COMPOSITE ROAD PLATE KEEPS CONSTRUCTION SITES NEAT & TIDY

Josef Schnell GmbH used the LowPro 23/05 Road Plate as a composite excavation cover in the installation of gas and water pipes in Germany.

Who they are:

  • Josef Schnell is a family-owned construction company with 4 locations in the South West of Germany.
  • They work with trenchless technologies in streetworks for installing gas and water pipes, and energy and glass fibre cables.
  • They have a €20 million annual turnover.

What they wanted to achieve:

  • To safely cover trenches for gas and water pipes and glass fibre trenches.
  • To provide a better solution than the historically used steel plates.
  • To allow rapid access to the excavation during works, where the excavation is temporarily filled up with gravel before re-instating the road surface.
  • To provide a manually handled solution to cover excavations quickly and safely.
  • To use on a variety of job lengths, from days to weeks.

End result:

Since 2018, Josef Schnell Gmbh have been using the composite LowPro 23/05 Road Plate alongside traditional steel plates. The company was drawn to the LowPro range from Oxford Plastics because it presented an “interesting innovation”.

With a wide variety of works, the company are pleased that they can use the LowPro Road Plates effectively on jobs spanning 2 days to many weeks.

Along with the benefits of being installed by hand, Josef Schnell have found that the hi-visibility product makes their “construction sites look very good”.

Ready to purchase your own LowPro 23/05 road plate? Get in touch with our expert team now. Alternatively, get to grips with what road plates are used for, steel road plates vs plastic road plates and the different types of road plates available – all from our ultimate guide to road plates article.

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Ultimate Guide to Temporary Fencing

What is temporary fencing?

Temporary fencing is a crucial element in site safety. They are freestanding fence panels and barriers connected via couplers and stand on counterweighted feet – making them sturdy and resistant to a certain degree of force, while also having the capabilities of being portable and flexible. Temporary fences are often used in construction sites, to restrict access to dangerous areas, to deter security threats or for crowd control. As well as this, they can also be used for events management, excavation, utilities, street works and more.

Types of plastic temporary fencing

There are many different types of temporary fencing available. Here at Oxford Plastics, our selection of temporary construction fences vary in weight, style and functionality. Most temporary fencing is durable, chapter 8 compliant and easy to transport.

  • Avalon Barrier – The Avalon® barrier is our most versatile fencing option. Available in 2m, 1m and 0.5m wide, it can be used for construction, excavation, street works, events and utilities sites. The Avalon Barrier is the most popular temporary fencing style, read more in our guide on Avalon Barriers.
  • SafeGate – Designed for use around manholes, the SafeGate barrier is commonly used in the communications industry. As a set of 3 or 4 hi-vis, hinged gates, this fencing can fit in the back of a van and comes with SafeBase feet to optimise wind resistance. It is also easily movable between construction sites.
  • EnduraFence – The EnduraFence barrier is durable and heavy duty, available in 2m wide. As a tall, anti-climb fence, it can be used for construction, deep excavation and street works sites.
  • Watchman Barriers (including Watchman Barrier MKII) – are available at 1.5m and 2m. As a modular system comprising of bases, posts and planks, the Watchman Barrier MKII offers unlimited layout combinations making it perfect for traffic or crowd control.
  • Fencing Pins – Our fencing pins are non-conductive, and suitable for sites with electric cable hazards. Pin them into the ground, at your chosen distance, and attach with rope to create a desired fence.
  • Vantage Barrier – The Vantage Barrier links most of our link-and-pin barrier systems, making it one of the most versatile temporary fences. A Vantage Barrier can be used for construction, excavation, street works, events and utilities sites.
  • Lantis Barrier – A recycled plastic barrier fence, the Lantis Barrier is a versatile replacement to steel pedestrian barriers. It can be used in parades, sporting events, ticketing lines and many more.

Benefits of temporary fencing

Temporary fencing is used in a variety of different ways such as events, street works and construction sites. Therefore, it is important that they all fit the below criteria:

  • Portable – construction sites or events are not normally a permanent feature, which is why the portable nature of temporary fencing is so important. All temporary fencing can be moved easily and transported in the back of a van. Equally, it can be adapted to fit any site it needs to.
  • Lightweight – all temporary fencing is light weight, which makes it easily movable between construction sites. However, this does not stop it being sturdy and resistant to force and wind.
  • Durable – despite not being a permanent fixture, temporary construction fencing is long lasting and durable. It’s designed to be left outdoors for prolonged periods of time.
  • Modular – our temporary fence panels are built with the flexibility to allow you to build them how you wish. This also allows you to structure your site in the most efficient way possible.

Where to buy temporary fencing

Looking for plastic temporary fencing? Whether it’s for your construction site or an event, Oxford Plastics have you covered. For more information on buying temporary fencing, get in touch with a member of expert team here at Oxford Plastics.

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Safety barrier ancillary equipment

Wondering what ancillary equipment is? Or simply need more guidance on choosing the best ancillary equipment for your construction site? Our guide has you covered.

What is ancillary equipment?

Ancillary equipment in construction refers to the general builders’ add-ons and items required to make your safety barriers or temporary fences as effective as possible. Oxford Plastics offer ancillary equipment as spares to repair your barrier of fence fleet when necessary. This is likely to be in the form of ensuring your barriers are as stable as they can be – for example, with products such as stability bars or ballast trays to provide extra strength during winds; or ensuring your barrier is as visible as possible with hi-vis barrier feet and anti-trip features.

Ancillary equipment used in a construction capacity is the essential add-ons you need to ensure your construction equipment is compliant, safe and performing optimally. You’ll likely need to invest in this type of ancillary equipment for construction sites in general, for events, excavation sites, utilities and street works.

Types of ancillary equipment for construction

Here at Oxford Plastics, we provide a wide range of ancillary equipment which would be used in the construction industry:

  • Ballast Trays – this is an anchor system for your safety barrier or temporary fence which provides extra stability in strong winds.
  • ClearPath Extra Foot – these hi-vis barrier feet are double sided anti trip on one side, making them the perfect ancillary equipment for road surfaces – and a differentiating product, which is the only barrier foot if it’s kind.
  • Lamp Brackets – these lamp brackets are designed to hold lamps supplied by Nissan, by clipping onto a safety barrier.
  • Stability Bars – stability bars are designed to lock together two barriers, which can be fitted either at an angle of horizontally. These simply clip onto the barriers.
  • Spigots –spigots work by connecting the barrier feet to the main part of the barrier. Please see our chapter 8 barrier repair guide for tips on repairing the spigot and barrier foot.

Found the ancillary equipment for you? Browse our safety barriers and temporary fences online to find the perfect construction solution – and get in touch with a member of our friendly team for more advice and support on our ancillary selection.

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Benefits of fence feet and bases

Unsure on how to choose between a traditional concrete block, modern fence feet or bases for your fences? Our guide has you covered. Firstly, we’ll explain what exactly fence feet and fence bases are, and how they can be used on your sites.

What are fence feet and fence bases?

Fence feet, or fence bases, are either lightweight or heavy-duty bases that can be used for fences, specifically in construction sites and events. These act as an alternative solution to the traditional concrete blocks which have been used to hold fences down in the past, and come with many benefits, too.

What are the benefits of Fence Feet?

Some of the main benefits of recycled PVC fence feet and fence bases include:

  • Safety – fence feet provide an extra level of safety with high visibility ends built in. The fence holes at either end mean that the bulk of the base does not protrude into the pedestrian walkway.
  • Wind resistance – they come in a range of weights for different applications, with heavier bases for long-lasting work sites.
  • Environmentally friendly – our fence feet and bases are manufactured from recycled material and are 100% recyclable.
  • More aesthetically appealing – instead of using unsightly sandbags or concrete blocks, fence feet provide a much better aesthetic to sites.
  • Less disruption to the general public – as they don’t protrude into the walkway, and cause hazards for pedestrians.
  • re easier to carry and easier on the eyes, fence feet offer less disruption on sites.
  • Easy to carry – our fence feet and bases come with easy to carry handles, meaning they are manually installed to quickly set up your work site perimeter.
  • Shock resistant – recycled PVC is a shock-resistant material, meaning that they are more hard-wearing and perfect for sites where they could be dropped or driven over.
  • Longer life – some of our bases also provide a longer lifespan than the typical concrete block.

Types of fence feet and bases available

Here at Oxford Plastics, we supply a wide selection of fence feet and bases:

  • Square base – this is a durable heavy duty post base, which is available in three different sizes.
  • Oxblock HiVis – a heavy base for fences, the OxBlock HiVis is extremely durable – and will not crack if dropped, making it a great alternative to concrete blocks. These are also available in a range of weights and sizes.
  • Octagonal base – this is a 26kg heavy duty base with 3 hole sizes, suitable for both signs and fencing.
  • Euro base – this base is also suitable for both signs and fencing, coming with 3 hole sizes and is a cost effective alternative to concrete bases.

Explore our full selection of fence feet and plastic weighted fence bases from Oxford Plastics now. For more information, get in touch with a member of our expert team today.

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Guide to StrongWall Barriers

Looking to purchase a set of StrongWall barriers for your construction site, road works or pedestrian access points? Read up on our ultimate guide to StrongWall barriers now to find out how safe they are, where they can be used and what the benefits are, too.

What are StrongWall barriers used for?

Predominantly, StrongWall barriers – as well as other safety barriers – are designed for the safety of pedestrians and vehicles. They are a heavy, robust and strong barrier which is not easily tampered with, and provides safe access to pedestrians through highways, and construction works – as well as maintaining the safety of vehicle traffic.

Where are StrongWall barriers used?

  • Building works
  • Construction sites
  • Events
  • Pedestrian access
  • Highways or motorways
  • Road works

How safe are StrongWall barriers?

Our range of plastic StrongWall barriers are fully compliant with Chapter 8 StreetWorks – having shown to withstand crash testing. This proves they’re a suitable solution for both traffic control, and human traffic, offering increased safety as well as risk minimisation.

These types of barriers are also non-conductive, which means they pose no threat to being around electrical materials or are likely to bring any forms of electric shocks to people who encounter them – making them a safe solution for pedestrians and workers at live sites.

What are the benefits of StrongWall barriers?

Portable and secure

The StrongWall safety barrier is lightweight and easy to move and straightforward to transport. When on site it can be water or sand filled to create a robust and durable perimeter in high winds. With its water-filling feature on the top section of the barrier, alongside a tamper-proof pin and bucket locking system, this makes the StrongWall barrier difficult to manipulate once set into place – allowing public safety to remain as the priority.

Environmentally friendly

With the StrongWall safety barrier being designed and manufactured in the UK, and 100% recyclable, this means that it provides an environmentally friendly solution.

Long lasting

The barriers are non-corrosive – meaning they are difficult to damage or wear. With a tight-knit pin and bucket locking system, these barriers are likely to stay in place – and be a reliable and durable solution to controlling crowds and vehicle traffic.

The wind resistance element is also important to consider when learning about StrongWall barriers, as they are proven to withstand high winds – meaning they are unlikely to topple over or be moved after installation. This is also helped by the barriers’ water-filling feature, meaning the additional water weight will prove useful to particularly windy conditions.

Now you’re clued up, hire one of our StrongWall barriers now. Alternatively, for more information, get in touch with a member of our experts.

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Benefits of ground protection mats

Looking to create a temporary car park? Or perhaps a construction site needs ground protection for its upcoming project? Ground protection mats are an extremely handy solution to preserve and protect the ground in various scenarios. So, what are the benefits of ground protection mats, and why might you need them for your events or street works projects?

What is a ground protection mat?

Ground protection mats, also known as temporary road surfaces or temporary walkways, are employed when an area of grass or other sensitive ground needs to be protected from heavy equipment, or even foot traffic. This makes ground protection mats suitable for temporary car parks, construction sites, temporary pedestrian crossings for street works and events – as well as for use in many other scenarios, such as winter use. During the winter, sites can become boggy and muddy – which is where our ground protection mats are the perfect solution.

Temporary walkways can also be used as zebra crossings for pedestrians or as permanent walkways for street works and utilities, making them equally as useful for managing foot traffic as they are for managing traffic from vehicles.

Benefits of ground protection mats

So, why do you need ground protection mats? As well as being able to protect the ground from foot traffic or vehicles, there are many other benefits of having ground protection mats:

  • Adaptable – ground protection mats are adaptable to various weather conditions, meaning that they are safe to use in wintery and wet conditions, without having to worry about damage to the ground beneath.
  • Easy to clean – plastic ground protection mats are easy to clean from any dirt or gravel.
  • Slip resistant – ground protection mats have a non-slip nature, meaning that they also provide a good grip for vehicles and pedestrians in rainy weather.
  • Durable – made up of high density and durable plastic materials, ground protection mats have an unbreakable nature – meaning trucks and other heavy vehicles can carry heavy loads over them.

Ground protection mats from Oxford Plastics

Here at Oxford Plastics, we provide a wide range of solutions for temporary road surfaces. From our temporary pedestrian walkways, such as the ClearPath Mat, to our ground protection mats including the Enduragrid and Enduramat, browse our full range online today. Alternatively, get in touch with a member of our friendly team for more information about the benefits of ground protection mats.

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Composite trench covers vs traditional steel products

Using either steel or composite trench covers to cover bores, trenches or apertures is an effective way of maintaining accessibility to an area. So, why have more countries begun to move over to composite based products as opposed to the traditional steel trench covers? Our detailed guide highlights the benefits of plastic trench covers compared to steel.

What is a trench cover?

The purpose of a trench cover is typically to cover trenches, bores and apertures. This type of cover is generally used during construction, maintenance and repair works. Trench covers are suitable for a number of uses, including domestic, residential, pedestrian, footpath and driveway applications.
A trench cover is an essential component for maintaining accessibility, covering all ranges of holes including wide-trench utility works or for public access. Find out more information about what trench covers are from our ultimate guide to trench covers.

What are the benefits of composite vs traditional steel products?

Composite trench covers were initially designed in order to steer people away from using steel products. However, there are some countries across the globe, such as Germany, who over the past few years have been making the transition to composite trench covers. There are some distinct advantages of composite trench covers – in particular, our range of Low Pro Trench covers – that should be considered when choosing between composite or steel trench covers:

  • Speed of set up – plastic trench covers can be positioned within seconds, with their LowPro edges gripping the asphalt to ensure a solid, stable solution. Steel trench covers, however, are much heavier – so require more manpower to fix these into place, needing either multiple people or machinery to move them.
  • More secure – each of our composite trench covers come with bolt holes to firmly secure the cover to the asphalt.
  •  FlexiEdge technology – our LowPro range comes with Flexi-Edge technology, meaning the products do not need to be bolted unless specified in a SSRA. Some of our covers come with LowPro edges, which grip the asphalt, meaning that bolts are not required in most applications.
  • Stability – a steel trench cover, due to its rigidity, can be a lot less stable than a plastic trench cover – as this can create an uneven surface for vehicles or pedestrians to travel over.
  • Less noise – plastic trench covers are also typically quieter than steel, as steel can create a lot more noise pollution.
  • Visibility – plastic composite products can be easily painted and coloured, so with their high visibility appearance, this ensures they will be seen easily by both pedestrians and drivers.
  • Durability – steel trench covers are likely to bend and degrade after a period of time, whereas, plastic trench covers are much more durable – meaning they will retain their shape and structure for longer.
  • Perfect for emergencies – fitting comfortably into a van, LowPro Trench Covers are perfect for rapid or emergency jobs where a walkway or driveway needs to be made safe.
  • LowPro infills – additionally, our LowPros are a system which can be joined by using the LowPro infills – both long and short ways.

Why choose OPS for trench covers

Here at Oxford Plastics, we pride ourselves on having the history, the expertise and the full, comprehensive range of products that makes us the industry-leading brand that we are. Our range of temporary LowPro Trench Covers are a patented modular solution for the immediate safe covering of trenches up to 900mm wide, with vehicle load bearing up to 3.5 tonnes.

With instructions for use moulded directly into the surface of our HAUC compliant LowPro range, the products lead the way in design, practicality, and safety. Browse our full selection of trench covers online now, choosing from our Low Pro 15/10 trench cover, our Low Pro 11/11 Pedestrian Board or our 12/8 Safe Cover.
For more information on our trench covers, get in touch with a member of our team now.

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Ultimate guide to speed bumps

Looking to purchase speed bumps? Or simply want to brush up on your knowledge using our helpful FAQs? Our detailed guide to speed bumps has you covered.

What is a speed bump?

Speed bumps are a traffic calming measure used to slow down the speed of vehicles. These are often used in residential or busy pedestrian areas, such as around schools. They can also be for worksites, or wherever traffic calming measures are required.

Speed bumps FAQs

Why do we have speed bumps?

Speed bumps, as well as other traffic calming measures such as speed cameras and speed control signs, are designed to slow down traffic – improving safety for drivers, pedestrians, passengers and other vehicles on the road.

How tall are speed bumps?

The average height of a speed bump is around 6.5 to 7.5cm, which is recommended by the government. However, in 1999, the Department for Transport set that speed bumps must be a minimum height of 2.5cm and maximum height of 10cm. This then means that drivers must slow down to a speed of around 5mph to navigate a speed bump without damage.

Who invented speed bumps?

Physicist, Arthur Holly Compton, invented ‘traffic control bumps’ in 1953, which are now known as speed bumps. He initially invented these to stop cars speeding when they drove past his university. However, traffic calming first appeared around 1906 in New Jersey, USA – when the average speed of an automobile reached 30mph.

How far apart should speed bumps be placed?

It’s recommended that speed bumps should be placed between 20 metres and 150 metres apart, however, the average spacing is normally around 70 metres apart. It should be noted that the spacing between speed bumps will influence the average speeds of the roads.

What’s the difference between speed bumps and speed humps?

Speed bumps are usually made of plastic or rubber, and are clearly marked with paint so drivers can spot them easily. They are usually as high as 10cm, and are typically used in parking lots, residential areas and private roads – as the height of the speed bump requires a significant reduction in speed.

Speed humps, on the other hand, are the large bumps which span the entire width of the road. Typically covered in tarmac, they appear to be more of a feature of the road. Although their maximum height is the same as speed bumps, typically, they’re not this tall – meaning speed reduction wouldn’t be quite as much as speed bumps.

Applying for speed bumps

Often, people wonder how to get speed bumps installed on their street in the UK. Applying for speed bumps is a process which will involve:

  • Organising your campaign
  • Determining whether speed humps are appropriate for your street
  • Communicating with your local council with your case of why your street should have speed humps
  • Getting your local council to act

For more information, visit your local council’s government website.

Where can I buy speed bumps?

Looking for speed bumps for private road, parking lots or worksite? Wherever traffic calming is required, Oxford Plastic’s EnduraRamp Speed Bumps are the perfect solution. Highly visible in black and yellow coloured material, the EnduraRamp is suitable for up to 44 tonne vehicles – designed to be installed on good condition concrete or asphalt.

For more information on buying speed bumps, get in touch with a member of expert team here at Oxford Plastics. Alternatively, browse our selection of signs, cones and speed bumps.

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