Composite replaces metal for manhole covers

North Yorkshire based company, Fibrelite, is experiencing significant increases in demand for its range of lightweight composite access covers following a surge in metal theft.

It has recently been specified for a large scale UK rail project for supply to large station platforms. Fibrelite is in the process of supplying the first 20 900 x 450mm medium duty glass reinforced plastic (GRP) composite covers.

Fibrelite's lightweight covers enable easy and safe manual handling during install, particularly alleviating issues with steep train line embankments, tracks or stairs to the platform. They also allow for easy access to electrical junction boxes and cable drawpits containing signalling equipment on the station platform.

David Holmes, Fibrelite's technical director, says: "Fibrelite's composite trench access covers are proven to be ergonomically safe for men and women to remove and replace. The design incorporates two lifting points for the specially designed FL7 lifting aids. These allow the operator to remove the cover without trapping fingers or bending over thus maximising the safety of the lifting technique.

Author
Justin Cunnnigham

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