offering a lightweight composite alternative to conventional heavy metal access
covers. Fibrelite’s lightweight composite access covers are attracting the
attention of various industries that seek to replace the traditionally used
metal and concrete access covers with the composite model.
Director Ian Thompson reports that they have been receiving several new
enquiries from industries including rail, ports and airports, water, gas and
electricity companies, power stations, retail and commercial developments,
telecoms, sports arenas and stadiums about their composite access covers.
There is increased
preference for the new composite access covers among industries in response to changing
regulations, strict health and safety policies and whole life cost. Ian adds
that their manhole and service trench covers are being specified by architects.
Designed for safe lifting and replacement
(Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations)
statistics attributing over half of the injuries resulting in absence from work
to manual handling, it is important for workplaces to prioritise reducing hazards
in this area.
Fibrelite access covers
feature up to two lifting points for specially designed lifting handles,
allowing the worker to remove the cover without trapping fingers or having to
bend over, maximising the safety of the lifting technique.
Metal products used
in infrastructure such as bridges, highways, rail network, water lines and
sewer systems face progressive deterioration from corrosion. GRP products are also
now being widely used for applications where corrosion can destroy underground
Customised, coloured covers for identification
composite access covers are available with company branding in various colours
in response to customer demand. Logos or any other marking can be permanently
moulded into the upper surface of the cover in single or multiple colours. For
additional brand or product identification, or to blend in with the colour or
layout of a facility, Fibrelite can mould its composite covers in nearly any
colour or combination of colours.
Bespoke designs available
Fibrelite can also
provide bespoke and custom trench covering solutions against request, allowing
trench cover dimensions, internal stiffeners and fibre architecture to be
altered to optimise the performance of each panel based on project specific