Our top 5 road plates and trench covers

Road plates and trench covers are widely used solutions in the construction industry, but which are the best products to use? We’ve put together a guide showing our customer’s favourite products – listed as our top 5 road plate and trench covers performers.

Road plates and trench covers

A road plate is used to cover up temporary excavations or broken areas in the road or pavement, assisting with both vehicle and human traffic flow. Road plates are suitable for use on both regular roads but also carriageways – as they can take the weight of a 44-tonne vehicle.

A trench cover is designed for covering trenches, bores and apertures – usually during maintenance, construction or repair works. Trench covers can be used across many environments, such as pedestrian, residential, domestic, footpath and driveway applications.

Our top 5 performers

1. LowPro 15/10 Trench Cover System

This award-winning trench cover gets number one spot in our top 5 performers. Due to its patented Flexi-Edge technology and its suitability to be a driveway board for 3.5-tonne vehicles over a 900mm trench, it’s easy to see why this product is so popular. This trench cover is tried and tested with lots of major utility companies and contractors including Triio, Wales & West, Cadent, Balfour Beatty and Morrison (to name a few!). And it features anti-slide technology – meaning it’s a reliable cover for many environments. Learn more about the LowPro 15/10 Trench Cover System now.

2. LowPro 15/05 Road Plate

This road plate is a modular system of singular linking units – suitable for 44-tonne vehicles over a 700mm trench. Weighing 44kgs, this is much lighter and easier to handle than a steel plate – making it a popular choice among the construction industry. Again, this product is built with anti-slide technology – made from a soft, flexible, rubber material which reduces unwanted movement. Learn more about the LowPro 15/05 Road Plate now.

3. LowPro 23/05 Road Plate

Another modular system of singular linking units, the LowPro 23/05 is again suitable for 44-tonne vehicles – but this time, over a 1200mm trench. This road plate can be installed manually, and again, features superior anti-slide technology, provide secure access to the surface. Learn more about the LowPro 23/05 Road Plate now.

4. LowPro 11/11 Trench Cover

This type of trench cover says goodbye to bolts, providing a safe, simple and secure solution. With an innovative Flexi-Edge system, this trench does not need to be bolted down – which greatly reduces trip hazards. The key benefit of the 11/11 trench cover is that it’s our lightest cover, making it ideal for quick one-person jobs. Learn more about the LowPro 11/11 Trench Cover now.

5. LowPro 12/8 Safe Cover

A versatile, lightweight solution, this trench cover is suitable for 2-tonne vehicles over a 700mm trench. A great option for pedestrians, this is a safe, simple and strong glass reinforced composite cover. One of the key advantages of this trench cover is that it’s both anti-slip and anti-trip, with chamfered edges to prevent trip hazard. Learn more about the LowPro 12/8 Safe Cover now.

Now you know our top 5 performers, view our range of road plates and trench covers online from Oxford Plastics. For more information, contact a member of our helpful team now.

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Ultimate guide to traffic cones

Looking to purchase road cones? Or simply want to brush up on your knowledge on them using our helpful FAQs? Our detailed guide to traffic cones has you covered.

What is a traffic cone?

Traffic cones, also known as road cones, highway cones and safety cones, are cone-shaped markers which are placed on the roads or temporary footpaths in order to redirect traffic in a safe manner. Typical uses of road cones include merging lanes during road construction projects, creating separation between vehicles or to manage vehicle accidents.

What colour are traffic cones?

  • Orange – the most common colour for a road cone, this is the standard highwayman cone – ideal for use in heavy traffic and parking control at events.
  • Yellow & white – indicates that no stopping is allowed – see our No Waiting Cone.
  • Blue & white – indicates that there are overhead structures to be aware of (e.g. bridges and power lines)
  • Green & white – indicates an opening to access lanes (often found on motorways amid roadworks)

Road cones FAQs

How big is a traffic cone?

2-part road cones are usually available in a range of sizes, including 1000mm, 750mm and 500mm.

How tall is a traffic cone?

The height of a traffic cone depends on the mph of the road they are being used on. Road cones must be 450mm or above for road speeds of 30mph – 50mph, but if the road speed is above 50mph, the cone height must be 750mm or above.

What material are traffic cones made of?

Traffic cones were originally made from concrete, while road cones are now more typically made from plastic or rubber. Here at Oxford Plastics, we supply a wide range of plastic road cones – made using 100% recycled plastic.

Can you put traffic cones on the road?

Often, people assume you can use road cones to reserve parking spaces, especially outside their homes. However, this is actually breaking road rules – as blocking the road with traffic cones is dangerous. Traffic cones are used on the roads by a professional company in order to control traffic in a certain way, or alert drivers to hazards up ahead.

Where to buy road cones

Oxford Plastics supply a wide range of road cones to buy – from the No Waiting Cone to the Highwayman Cone.

For more information about our road and traffic cones, get in touch with a member of our expert team. Alternatively, learn how to use signs and road cones for social distancing from our detailed guide.

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Guide to Avalon® Barriers

Used most often in streetworks, the Avalon traffic barrier provides both stability and security with an innovative lockable connector – facilitating crowds and road traffic effectively. The perfect solution to crowd control, learn more about our Avalon safety barriers from our ultimate guide today.

What is an Avalon® barrier?

An Avalon safety barrier is our most popular safety barrier. Its popularity comes primarily through its versatility – being suitable for both indoor and outdoor pedestrian applications. Typically, this barrier is used in construction, street works, excavation, utility sites and events, while being extremely easy to use and transport.

Features of Avalon® safety barriers

  • Chapter 8 compliant – this product is compliant with Chapter 8 legislation.
  • Varying widths – Avalon plastic barriers are available in 2m, 1m and 0.5m wide.
  • Locking system – the Avalon traffic barrier has a unique and patented linking system design, which secures joints on uneven ground.
  • 100% recyclable – designed and manufactured in the UK, this product is also recyclable – making it the perfect green solution.

Avalon® safety barrier accessories

  • Ballast – for extra stability, you can also add ballast options for high winds. Try our Ballast Trays, Stability Bar or 1 of our StrongWall bases.
  • Spigot – connect the feet to the barriers, and these are available as spare parts to repair your feet.
  • Barrier feet–our barrier feet – ClearPath Feet or ClearPath Extra Feet – are specially designed to overcome trip hazards for pedestrians.

For more information on our Avalon safety barrier, read through our plastic safety barrier compliance document – which details how to use Ballast Trays, the branding options available for your Avalon Barrier and features more extras and replacement parts.

Interested in learning more about our Oxford Plastic safety barriers? Learn more about our top 5 barriers from this detailed guide. Alternatively, get in touch with a member of our expert team now to enquire about your own Oxford Plastics Avalon barriers.

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Ultimate guide to road plates

Need road plates to cover up a temporary excavation, bore hole or trench? Oxford Plastics have you covered. But before you purchase, you might want to understand more about road plates. That’s why we put together this guide on road plates – including how much weight they can hold, whether you should choose steel road plates or plastic road plates, and the different types of road plates you can use.

What are road plates used for?

Road plates are designed to provide a temporary solution for ground excavations or broken road areas where pedestrians, traffic or machinery would need access. They are used in a variety of situations, such as pavement areas as well as carriageways – as heavy-duty road plates also have the ability to take on the weight of a 44-tonne vehicle. Road plates are available to purchase treated with a skid-resistant surface, as well as untreated – depending on the situation that they are required for.

Road plate weight

Our composite road plates from Oxford Plastics can take the weight of a 44-tonne vehicle. However, regarding the weight of the plate itself, typically, this depends on the nominal size thickness of the plate required to cover the excavation whilst maintaining a safe load bearing capacity. However, it’s worth noting that composite road plates are considerably lighter than steel road plates – meaning that they can be manually installed unlike steel plates which require a HIAB or heavy-lifting machinery.

Steel road plates vs plastic road plates

Often when deciding which road plates to use, the question arises whether steel road plates or composite road plates are better. Typically, composite road plates offer many benefits that steel road plates cannot offer – such as stability and even surfaces, less noise pollution than steel road plates and they’re much easier to move due to plastic road plates light weight. Steel plates also tend to bend and warp over time – whereas plastic road plates offer a solution which is much more durable.

For more information, view our guide on steel road plates vs plastic road plates.

Different types of road plates

Here at Oxford Plastics, we offer a variety of road plates to cover temporary excavations. Choose from either our LowPro 15/05 Road plate – a modular road plate for a 700mm trench – or our LowPro 23/05 Road Plate – the same modular road plate but built for a 1200mm trench instead.

For more information on buying road plates and trench covers, get in touch with a member of our expert team.

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How Oxford Plastics can Ensure Social Distancing on Campus

All places of education are due to reopen in September and we’re sure at the front of every headteacher, chancellor and local authority’s mind is how to keep students and staff safe and socially distanced on their return.

Although most news coverage has focused on primary and secondary schools, nurseries right through to universities are having to carefully consider the safety of all its learners as well as teaching and support staff.

Universities may well have the hardest job on their hands with substantial student numbers, large lecture groups and a substantial campus area to cover.

UK universities have huge numbers of students; with the top 10 universities all hosting more than 30,000 students each. Trying to communicate effectively with that sheer number of students is a mammoth task, and that’s where Oxford Plastics’ equipment and safety signage proves itself invaluable.

Campus safety

Implementing safety equipment such as our OxfordWall, Lantis Barriers and ClearPath mats can transform a campus overnight and – coupled with our strong signage products – can clearly demonstrate and communicate the proposed route of travel, one-way systems and any areas temporarily cordoned off to ensure student safety and social distancing.

Our product range can be easily installed and configured to minimise the risk of contact, by clearly demarcating safe thoroughfares, reducing congestion in confined areas and blocking unwanted access. These products help to control movement and encourage safe practice.

Communal areas

It’s not only travel around campus that needs to be considered. Communal areas such as union buildings, libraries and halls of residence need clear delineation of travel as well as ensuring minimum distancing is taken into account wherever necessary.

The Lantis Barrier is made of 85% recycled materials and has a soft welcoming aesthetic. Ordinarily used in parades, sporting events and ticketing lines, it’s a versatile solution and replacement to steel pedestrian barriers. During the pandemic, it has found another home by creating safe areas in universities, as well as maintaining social distancing through segmentation of staff and pupils.

Much lighter than steel barricades, the Lantis Barrier weighs just 14 kgs. The easy-carry handles mean installers can carry up to four at a time; ideal for quick roll-out across campus.

Cycling

Students often use bicycles as a fast, affordable and easy way of travelling around campus as well as further afield. However, encouraging greater use of bicycles coupled with reduced thoroughfares could lead to collisions between pedestrians and student cyclists.

Our OxfordWall product can create strong and safe cycle lanes; perfect for campus travel and keeping cyclists separate to students on foot. The barrier can be either sand- or water-filled and is highly visible to road users as well as fast and easy to deploy.

Changes to main thoroughfares

September will see the influx of thousands of new students on campus who – without prior knowledge of routes around the campus – will undoubtedly resort to university maps and original signage. With new measures across the entire site, all students – both old and new – will need to understand where to go in order to get to their lectures, tutor groups and access library resources. Our ClearPath® temporary walkways can clearly guide all students and staff to the new routes proposed across campus to ensure social distancing.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

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Why Select Oxford Plastics for your High Street Requirements?

Selecting a supplier for anything can be a challenging process, more so during the COVID-19 pandemic when councils and local authorities have had to quickly select a provider of safety equipment to assist and ensure social distancing measures.

Here we outline the numerous benefits of using Oxford Plastics, with its 35-year experience and UK-manufactured equipment, to implement your COVID-19 social distancing measures:

Expertise

We’ve been doing this for 35 years and have unparalleled knowledge when it comes to equipment, product sets and implementation. We can guide and advise our client base on the most appropriate solution for their needs and be on-hand to provide assistance in the design of the safety solution required.

Easy Installation

Our products are delivered ready to be installed, and many can be transported and installed as and when needed, like our portable one-person SafeGate Barrier. Our equipment is not just designed for its safety qualities, but is often stackable and lightweight to make transportation and installation easier.

Highly Visible

Our product sets are not only designed with safety in mind, they’re also designed to be highly visible in order to make it easier for members of the public to understand and adhere to them, such as the ClearPath® Mat.

In addition, our safety signage can be implemented alongside the equipment to further ensure visibility and comprehension.

Immediately Available

Working in the area of safety equipment and signage, it is crucial that we have our equipment available immediately to clients that have a requirement. Having a long lead time on safety barriers to cordon off a public hazard is unacceptable and as such, we have some of the shortest lead times in the UK, ensuring our clients get exactly what they need when they need it.

Semi-Permanent

The flexibility of our solutions is a significant feature as it can be easily adapted or reconfigured to meet the particular current need.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, this flexibility is proving invaluable as guidance is changing constantly, and town planners and councils need to be able to alter the current layouts easily to adjust the social distancing measures in order to comply with the most recent Government guidance.

UK Manufactured

Oxford Plastics manufactures its products in the UK, which means we have equipment that is immediately available at the point of need. Whilst there were substantial delays across multiple supply chains during the lockdown periods in China and across the world, by having our products manufactured on home soil mean logistical difficulties were minimised.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

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Oxford Plastics Top 5 Barriers

We’ve been manufacturing safety equipment and signage for more than three decades and have developed particular expertise when it comes to one of our core product sets; barriers.

Ranging from redirecting pedestrians on busy streets, to open-air gigs right through to today’s social distancing requirements, our barriers have helped thousands of projects and kept millions of people safe. Here is a summary of our top 5 barriers:

  1. OxfordWall

The OxfordWall is designed to be water-filled or sand-filled on-site for strength and durability. When empty, OxfordWall is a light, blow-moulded barrier; it stacks efficiently for easy transport and assembly.

OxfordWalls are made of UV stabilised polythene and are normally supplied in red or white. Designed for traffic delineation through and around work sites, the OxfordWall can create strong and safe cycle lanes and pedestrian access; crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic and the stringent social distancing guidelines. It is highly visible to road traffic users and is fast and easy to deploy.

  1. StrongWall® Barrier

The StrongWall® barrier is heavy-duty, robust and strong, providing safe access for pedestrians through highways and construction works. The 18kg base, made from recycled plastics, weights the barrier for strong stability. The walls interlock using a pin and bucket locking system to prevent being dismantled or tampered with.

The barrier is non-corrosive and non-conductive with compact stacking for easy transport and handling. Colours and customisation are available to ensure the StrongWall represents our clients’ brand.

This heavy-duty, wind-resistant barrier can help keep cyclists, pedestrians and road traffic separated and safe. This system provides safe access and protection for semi-permanent or long-term use, throughout the year.

  1. StrongFence Barrier

The StrongFence barrier is an extension of the patented StrongWall® Barrier.

Enhanced Barrier, 2m tall for use at deep excavations. 100% plastic, non-conductive, used in Street Works & Construction jobs, in sub-stations,

  1. Avalon® Chapter 8 Plastic Safety Barrier

The Avalon® is our most popular barrier and suitable for pedestrian and cycle lane delineation. It is Chapter 8 compliant and perfect for semi-permanent, temporary and short-term requirements.

The barrier is available in 2m, 1m and 0.5m wide and can be used on uneven ground; ideal for temporary road surfaces or on non-paved surfaces.

The barriers are available with the standard Avalon® linking system or the tube end linking system. Different feet can be selected dependent on customer requirements, and this safety barrier is customisable to ensure corporate colours and branding if needed.

  1. SafeGate Portable Gate Barrier

The SafeGate barrier is designed for use around temporary excavations and commonly used in the communications industry and guarding manholes. Perfect for creating safe access and controlled entry to specific areas, it is ideal for temporary or semi-permanent solutions in environments such as schools, airports and high streets.

Made from high-density polyethylene and small enough to fit in the back of a van, the SafeGate Barrier is ideal for single person worksites. It is very lightweight and can be erected in seconds.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

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Ways to Roll Out Social Distancing on the High Street

With the streets likely to start busying up over the coming weeks, as government announcements continue to resurrect the economy, hospitality industry and shops, social distancing will need to be the primary consideration for the public. So, what can we do to protect the public on the high streets? That’s where Oxford Plastics steps in. With our range of highly visible UK-manufactured equipment, we can provide contact prevention solutions – allowing the high street to adhere to social distancing measures. Learn more about our range of effective versatile construction safety equipment now from our detailed guide.

How to socially distance on the high street

One of the most effective ways to ensure social distancing measures are implemented on the high street is by using streetworks signage and safety equipment. At Oxford Plastics, we supply a range of contact prevention solutions which can protect and help the public adhere to social distancing measures.

Safety barriers and temporary fences

  • Safety barriers
    We have a range of weighted safety barriers which are perfect for directing vehicle or human traffic. Choose from our extensive collection of temporary fences, including our Avalon® Barrier – a customisable, Chapter 8 compliant pedestrian safety barrier; our SafeGate – a portable light telecoms barrier; our Oxford Wall MKII – a red and white traffic delineator barrier; or our StrongWall 1000 – a heavy-duty, wind-resistance barrier.
  • Temporary fences
    Choose from our extensive collection of temporary fences, our StrongFence – 100% plastic heavy duty barrier, or our EnduraFence – a durable and heavy-duty temporary fence.

Find out more from our safety barriers and fences page. For more information on which safety barrier to choose, read our detailed guide on the top 5 barriers.

Signs, cones and speed bumps

Signs and cones are also a great, easy way of controlling foot traffic. Perfect for implementing social distancing measures on the high street, our range of traffic signs includes our EnduraSign – a long-life temporary plastic traffic sign – and our EnduraSign Ballast – a sign ballast for plastic and metal signs. Road cones are available in either our No Waiting Cone option, or our Highwayman Cone.

Learn more about our traffic signs and road cones now, or read our detailed guide on how to use road signs and cones for social distancing.

Here at Oxford Plastics, we manufacture intelligently designed, flexible contact prevention solutions in order to make public spaces and high streets safer and more efficient. With government guidelines regularly updating, our versatile equipment can accommodate to announcements easily – with safe, secure and compliant products. Learn more about our contact prevention products and equipment, or get in touch with a member of our expert team now.

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How to Create Social Distancing Walkways for Customers in Department Stores

Non-essential retailers were closed for three months during the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK and, even now that they’re permitted to reopen, things have inevitably had to change.

Protective measures need to be in place throughout the retail experience, from the car parks to the queuing systems at the entrance to department stores, right through to how shoppers move once inside.

The total value of UK retail sales last year amounted to nearly £400 billion, with a third of consumer spending going through retailers. With the UK economy in a perilous position post-lockdown, it is absolutely critical that retail attracts consumers back into its department stores and shops, particularly with nearly 3 million people in the UK employed in the sector.

With lots of people having relied heavily on online shopping during lockdown, and many fearing a second peak of COVID-19, many shoppers are nervous to return to shops so it’s important for retailers to be visible in embracing and implementing social distancing measures whilst encouraging its customers to return to the retail environment.

However, with more than 300,000 outlets across the UK in which to implement social distancing guidelines, where do retailers begin?

We understand that retail managers are being given a mammoth task when it comes to safely implementing equipment to enable social distancing and training staff in how best to utilise these resources.

Oxford Plastics specialises in safety equipment and signage; from cones to barriers, signs to walkways, we are best positioned to advise retailers on the most appropriate solutions to implement and maintain social distancing guidelines, and provide easy-to-install, semi-permanent products manufactured in the UK and readily available.

In addition to the reopening of department stores and shops, ‘click and collect’ has risen in popularity during lockdown, with many retailers introducing the service to be able to continue trading, but with popularity comes a rise in customers and even these services need to be carefully managed to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained. Barriers and cone systems to indicate to customers where to wait and the distances to maintain are products that Oxford Plastics can provide to its clients to help ensure consumer safety in the retail environment.

Our lightweight, SafeGate portable safety barrier works well both in helping the flow of people in queues waiting to enter retailers, as well as to help direct shoppers once inside, or even cordon off areas that now need to be kept isolated.

In larger department stores, our ClearPath® Mat is the ideal highly visible and durable pedestrian mat. Fast and easy to install, the black & white temporary mat is ideal to direct shoppers both in and out of the shop as well as giving clear direction once inside.

We offer a comprehensive range of equipment and signage that can help retailers make their shops safe for customers and to provide consumer peace of mind. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

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Construction site hazards

How to stay safe on a construction site

The construction industry provides a workplace environment that presents high risks and hazards to workers; often requiring the use of heavy tools, large machinery and plant, as well as coming into contact with hazardous materials. It is important to be able to identify hazards on a construction site – and understand how to avoid them. Learn more about how to stay safe on a construction site from our detailed guide.

Top building site hazards to be aware of

  • Working at height
    Working at height is one of the most common construction site hazards. In 2015/16, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that over a quarter of fatalities at work were from falling from height. Working at height must be properly supervised, planned and should be avoided, where possible. Equipment with extra safety measures, such as double guard rails for scaffolding, should be used to reduce risk of fatalities, and safety nets can be used to minimise the consequences of a fall.
  • Noise
    You don’t need to work on a construction site to be familiar with the high noise levels that come from this sort of work. However, noise is a common construction hazard – as loud and repetitive noises can cause long-term hearing problems. Therefore, the right ear protective equipment must be used. Loud noises from building work can also create distractions, which can lead to accidents. Employers are required to carry out a comprehensive noise risk assessment, which will lead to issuing the correct PPE for the job.
  • Moving objects
    As building sites are ever-changing environments, they can quickly become hectic workplaces when objects are continually moving. This could include overhead lifting equipment, diggers and supply vehicles. Workers should avoid working closely to these objects if possible, while being constantly vigilant of their surroundings and wearing PPE where necessary – for example, a high visibility jacket to ensure they are seen more easily.
  • Instability
    Slips, trips and falls are common construction site hazards. This is due to the instability of the environment construction workers are subjected to – for example, uneven terrain and incomplete buildings. Stairwells and footpaths should be used in order to avoid falls as well as providing designated walkways, such as temporary zebra crossings, for construction workers to travel around the site safely. Obstacles, such as excess material and cables, should be removed to avoid instability – and wet or slippery surfaces should be treated with grit and properly sign posted.
  • HAVS
    Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), also known as ‘blue finger’, is a disease which debilitates the blood vessels, joints and nerves. This is usually caused by the prolonged and consistent use of hand power tools, which provide a vibration through the hand and arm. HAVS can be prevented by wearing the appropriate protection equipment when using vibrating tools, and the equipment itself being regularly assessed and maintained.
  • Electricity
    Naturally with a construction site, there will likely be electricity running through various circuits, especially through electrical live parts, which is something workers need to be aware of. This can be a hazard if you touch the live parts directly or come into contact with overhead or underground power cables, which can cause electric shocks. This can then lead to falls from ladders, scaffolds or other work platforms, which can in turn lead to fatalities.
  • Asbestos
    Asbestos is a natural fibrous rock that can often be found hidden in public buildings that construction workers will have to come into contact with. This harmful material initially acts as an insulator, keeping heat in or the cold out, but is one of the biggest occupational disease risks to construction workers. It can lead to mesothelioma – a cancer of the lung lining – and asbestos-related lung cancer; both of which are almost always fatal. Employers must undertake a risk assessment of the site to ensure there is no asbestos, or, if there is, that this is identified and recorded, and anyone carrying out work in the area is notified.
  • Respiratory diseases
    With building sites comes the risk of airborne fibres and materials, which can cause damage to your lungs, and cause respiratory problems. As the dust on construction sites is often not easy to spot with the naked eye, it’s hard to know that it contains a toxic mixture of hazardous materials, which can lead to diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, silicosis or asthma. Employers not only need to issue PPE, but they must ensure that this PPE is used by their workers.
  • Unintended collapse
    Excavations and trenches can collapse unintentionally on construction sites at any time, which can lead to workers being buried or seriously injured. This is especially common with building demolitions or buildings under construction. Precautions must be taken before construction work starts on these buildings, including considering what support is best suited for the trench ensuring the trench is secure; and regular inspections of any excavations to be completed before and after the work shift.

Now we’ve covered the top building site hazards to be aware of, and how to stay safe on a construction site, familiarise yourself with our construction site safety solutions to ensure you are as safe as you can be on site. From Avalon safety barriers to highwayman cones, Oxford Plastics’ wide selection has you covered. Get in touch with a member of our expert team for more information on avoiding construction hazards.

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