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Why size matters when it comes to site products

With so much to consider when planning street works, thinking about the size of products you’re using on site may not be at the top of your agenda. However, using compact, stackable products can be a gamechanger in street works. Keeping all elements of your site as efficient as possible – from materials to workforce to transport – can carry huge benefits financially and environmentally.

Travel less with compact, stackable products

An immediate positive of using compact, stackable materials such as the Oxford Plastics Chapter 8 Street Works range, is reduced travel. Products including EnduraSign, LowPro trench covers and SafeGate barriers are all designed with your site in mind, ensuring you can load more in a van and carry more to site while taking compliance and industry guidance into account.

All of our products are made to the highest of standards, ensuring durability and quality while remaining compact, easy to transport and importantly, easy to install. Stackable products allow you to get everything you need to site in less trips – saving you time and money.

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Increase efficiency onsite

Portable, one-person lift products increase efficiency on sites with a limited workforce. Lightweight, easy to install or erect products save time in installation, reduce the risk off onsite injury and ensure the safety of the general public – it’s a win-win!

Running an efficient site shouldn’t be complicated and using products that reduce both work for onsite staff and travel to and from the site, while increasing safety and meeting compliance standards can be a huge step in the right direction.

Chapter 8 Street Works compliant  

Chapter 8 Street Works compliant refers to codes of practice created by the Department of Transport to ensure regulation of signage, lighting and guarding of street works and road works on all highways and roads. The regulations are designed to ensure the safety of site staff and operatives, as well as the public and are directed at site operatives, supervisors, managers, planners and designers.

Using any of the Oxford Plastics Chapter 8 Street Works range ensures your site equipment is compliant, safe and durable.

To find out how to increase safety and efficiency on your site with our compliant, compact, stackable solutions, contact us today.

Introducing The Integrated Street Works Safety System

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.

StrongFence on a Cadent worksite trial

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.

Oxford Asset Monitoring App

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.

For more information on Oxford Plastic’s London RoadLab solution visit: www.oxfordplastics.com/safety-barriers/strongfence-1000

For more information on London RoadLab visit: https://www.plexal.com/london-roadlab/