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.
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.
With many factors contributing to the success or failure of a construction project, including weather, workforce, client demands and materials used on site, taking control of what you can is crucial. While you may not be able to regulate the weather with ease, you can invest in quality materials for your site to ensure a smoother job.
Keeping your construction site running smoothly
Investing in premium products for your construction site brings a range of benefits – including reducing the risk of failure. On a site where product failure can halt a project and cause injury to the workforce or public, ensuring good quality materials are used is crucial.
For example, trench covers ensure a site remains safe and accessible in pedestrian, domestic, residential, footpath and driveway applications. However, skimp on the trench cover and this fact no longer remains true. With cheaper, lower quality products reaching ultimate failure at as low as 483kg (compared to a minimum 800kg ultimate failure on the LowPro(R) 12/8 trench cover), there is no guarantee that the product will withstand heavy pressure on site – resulting in broken, unusable materials and a potential halt to work or injury to workforce.
Saving money with quality construction materials
While premium products often come at a premium price, evidence shows they are more likely to save your business money in the long run. With quality materials proven to pass more safety regulations, last longer and not need replacing as often, they are often an investment worth making.
Not only does the quality of the product save you money, but it’s performance on site can also ensure you’re not paying out for unexpected costs. Trench covers reaching ultimate failure and breaking mid-job can result in time and money spent on repair or legalities, while having to halt a job can mean that completion is delayed and additional payments must be made to your workforce or on materials that are required for a longer time period.
Working in urban and residential environments
Construction often takes place in already populated environments, meaning the safety, wellbeing and convenience of residents and pedestrians must be taken into account. Many products designed to make a construction site safe and accessible aren’t made for consideration of the public. For example, steel plates used to cover uneven surfaces are often noisy, can be easily knocked out of place and are inconvenient for residents nearby.
By using quality plastic road plates and trench covers instead, unnecessary noise is reduced, materials are more likely to stay in place and the site is less likely to receive complaints – and fines.
Investing in quality materials brings a range of benefits to your site. If you’re not sure of the right product for you and want to ensure value for money, Oxford Plastics can help you find the ideal fit here. Alternatively, get in touch to discuss your site requirements and how we can help provide quality construction site materials.
The benefits of premium construction materials was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Oxford Plastics
Robust plastic fencing & site monitoring system are 2 of the solutions in the new TfL lead Open Innovation programme: London RoadLab. The London RoadLab programme has been developed to enable the public sector to encourage innovation from companies of all sizes, including start-ups & SMEs. This year saw a number of up and coming companies develop solutions that enable safer, smarter and more inclusive ways of doing roadworks.
Oxford Plastics were selected to take part in the London RoadLab programme to create a fully integrated Street Works safety solution that works for the Utility companies, contractors & public.
As a result of the programme, Oxford Plastics have developed a new product to scale into the market, which highway agencies and utilities can purchase.
Steve Spencer, Thames Water’s chief operating officer, said: ‘This RoadLab challenge has been fantastic in introducing new ideas and we look forward to see them put into practice to benefit Londoners.’
Together, Oxford Plastics, Utility Partners and London Councils are taking large steps to eradicate deaths and serious injuries around Street Works & road works sites. The proposed solution from Oxford Plastics is the StrongFence & Oxford Asset Monitoring System, which aims to make public-facing worksites safer for both contractors & the public.
Michael Hurwitz, TfL’s Director of Transport Innovation, said: “London RoadLab is a completely new way of procuring for TfL and we’re delighted to see many new innovative solutions being produced from this programme, including the intelligent road barriers developed by Oxford Plastics designed to make roadworks safer.
“We’re working closely with partners across London to make the capital one of the world’s smartest cities and these projects all have the potential to make a real difference to the safety and efficiency of roadworks in London.”
The StrongFence barrier (anti-climb and non-conductive), Asset Monitoring system & EnduraSign constitute the integrated Street Works solution for temporary work sites in the capital.
Frequently work site failures are due to barrier related issues; such as fallen barriers and perimeter fencing being moved. In response to this, Oxford’s solution consists of 3 parts: StrongFence & StrongGate which are an advanced Chapter 8 fencing solution. This fencing solution is engineered to stay upright and in-position, in order to minimise broken perimeters.
Fallen or insufficient signage has been shown to be a significant issue around UK Street Works, which can lead to harm to the public. To solve this issue, Oxford Plastics presented the EnduraSign Xtra: it is made of a sophisticated plastic material created by award-winning designers, and is lauded as the most durable road works sign available to the Street Works market.
The Oxford Asset Monitoring System consists of a worksite camera system, asset monitoring sensors & an interactive portal where contractors can monitor their sites from afar.
Designed to give peace of mind to contractors, the Oxford Asset Monitoring System allows workers to keep an eye on their site and to receive SMS alerts when a site becomes insecure. Sensors, attached to gates & perimeter fencing, send an SMS alert to the Project Manager if someone walks into the site or a barrier falls over. This new technology means that site issues can be responded to quickly to remove & fix sudden hazards.
Compliance on a construction site not only ticks crucial health and safety boxes but can save lives and ensure the safety of your teams. Health and safety law is a key element of construction management, with non-compliance leading to potential delays, injury and work stoppage. With this in mind, how can you ensure the compliance of your construction site with a stress-free, efficient approach?
Getting Familiar with Regulations
If you’re unsure on the exact regulations that apply to your business, location and site specifications, getting acquainted with these is the most important first step. Common regulations across the industry include contractual agreements, building codes, insurance and bonding requirements, credit and background checks and safety regulations.
The best way to be prepared is by taking a detailed look at your work site, the potential risks, outcomes and how to minimise these. A risk assessment informs you and your workforce of all possible hazards and allows you to put solutions in place before an accident occurs.
To conduct a risk assessment on your site, take the recommended five-step approach:
Step One: Identify the hazards
Step Two: Decide who might be harmed and how
Step Three: Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step Four: Record your significant findings
Step Five: Review and update your assessment where necessary
Getting Your Workforce on Board
Construction workers have a key role to play in the health and safety of your site. According to HSE, “research shows companies with highly engaged employees achieve a financial performance four times greater than companies with poor engagement”. This increased financial performance includes growth in turnover and a reduction of accidents on site due to worker engagement.
Make use of online resources such as the HSE leadership and worker involvement key principles and ensure you’re communicating potential risks and tactics to minimise risks with your workforce.
Putting Safe and Sustainable Solutions in Place
Utilising recognised products to increase safety on site, such as high visibility safety barriers to mark off areas on site, and non-conductive anti-climb fencing to keep the general public out, will help keep both the public and your workforce safe.
At Oxford Plastics, we take our commitment to keeping construction sights safe very seriously. Trench covers are essential for maintaining accessibility while you work – so it’s important to get it right, and ensure you source the appropriate products for your company’s needs. Here are the factors you should consider before placing your order:
What Size Trench Are You Covering?
An obvious one, perhaps – but it’s important to make sure the trench covers you buy are large enough to safely cover the hole. Our LowPro® range of trench covers include options suitable from 200mm to 900mm trenches depending on your needs.
Consider the Appropriate Weight Allowance
Does your trench cover need to support a heavy vehicle, or just passing pedestrians? We offer options for both. Read the specifications of each of our trench covers to select one that can support 3.5 tonne vehicles, 2 tonne vehicles, motors and scooters up to 350kg, or just pedestrians.
Composite Beats Steel Every Time
All the trench covers from our LowPro® range are composite – which means they’re lightweight, making them easy to move and place. Our trench covers were manufactured with construction workers in mind, so they all weigh between 13 and 42kg – without compromising on strength. They can therefore be positioned quickly by just two people, and without the need for specialist lifting equipment – making setting up or clearing a construction site easier for your team.
Anti-slide technology also ensures the boards remain firmly in place. We take pride in the fact that all our trench covers are designed and manufactured in the UK, so we can safely oversee the entire production process.
To help summarise the above, we’ve created a handy infographic to help you quickly identify which of our trench covers if best for you. Head to our trench cover guide to identify the correct option, and then place the order to keep your company’s worksite safe, whatever industry you work in.
Which Trench Cover Do I Need? was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Urban Element
Dear Customers (and) Suppliers (and fellow industry bodies),
Oxford Plastic(s) (Systems Ltd) is an internationally trading enterprise with facilities in the UK, USA, Australia and The Netherlands. As Brexit approaches, we wish to reassure you that we will continue to monitor trading developments closely ensuring we operate, manufacture and supply with minimal disruption after March 29th 2019.
Over the past 12 months we have been preparing either way for a No-Deal-Brexit, Soft-Brexit and Hard-Brexit. This includes:
Opened Oxford Plastic Systems BV, Hart van Brabantlaan 12-14, 5038 JL Tilburg, Netherlands
EU based stock to ensure prompt order fulfilment
Substantial increase in UK buffer stock for EU
Substantial increase of raw material from EU to ensure seamless manufacture at Oxford Plastics UK site
Working together we can ensure a smooth transition from EU Member State to European Partner. We would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you in 2019.
Chris Whiteley Director
Oxford Plastic Systems International Ltd Oxford Plastic Systems Ltd, UK Oxford Plastic Systems LLC, USA Oxford Plastic Systems BV, Holland Oxford Plastic Systems Pty Ltd, Australia
A Letter to Our Customers and Suppliers Regarding Brexit was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by admin
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!
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!
November 15th, the Utility Industry assembled at Westminster for the Street Works UK Awards 2017 (formerly NJUG). The awards celebrate innovation and diligence across the gas, water and electricity sectors. And we are thrilled to have won the Street Works Future Award for the LowPro 15/10: replacement for steel plates in driveways.
The Oxford Plastics LowPro 15/10 overcomes the many issues caused by cumbersome steel plates to create safe and easy access for residents to their homes during routine utility works.
Handling methods of steel plates require either HIAB lifting equipment or in some cases mini diggers. Neither was deemed acceptable in the residential environment, with steel plates also being over-engineered for this application. And so, collaborating with tRIIO & the Oxford Plastics Research & Development Team, we set to work designing a safe and simple solution that would enable residents to access to their homes during utility work excavations.
The rapid adoption of this innovative solution across the Utilities and construction industry is testimony to its creation. The LowPro 15/10 solves an industry problem that has been around for years, and ties in directly with the Street Works UK Key Goals: safety, high quality, minimise disruption & innovation.
Feedback from Users
“At Wales & West Utilities our essential work to respond to gas emergencies, connect new homes and businesses and upgrade the gas network can mean that we have to dig in footpaths and driveways. The Oxford Plastics products we use meet all our needs and removes safety concerns around the use of traditional steel plates. The Oxford LowPro 15/10 is quick and easy to install. It is a time and money saver; helping us to deliver value for money to our customers while keeping disruption to customers, road users and other members of the community to a minimum.”
Street Works Manager
Wales & West Utilities Limited
“Balfour Beatty provide the essential infrastructure assets societies need to function, develop and thrive. Our teams operate across the full infrastructure lifecycle and address long-term challenges. We harness innovation to improve safety and minimise this essential work has on local communities and the investment in the Low Pro 15/10 product has helped us to deliver this goal. The product has also been part of the development of the HAUC advice note on the specification and Operational requirements for footway boards, Driveway Boards, Footway Ramps and Road Plates.”
General Manager Streetworks
Balfour Beatty Services
Winner of the Street Works Future Award: LowPro 15/10 was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Oxford Plastics