When needing to cover a long excavation trench you can create a robust platform with pedestrian and vehicular access by using Oxford LowPro Trench Covers, Infill strips and Ramps, all of which are available from First Fence.
Infill strips sit between the Trench Covers and create a very strong and smooth platform over a dug out hole, by connecting the covers you will prevent them from drifting apart and exposing the excavation underneath. To facilitate wheelchair and pushchair access over these covers LowPro Ramps can be added to create a gradual 1:12 slope.
The LowPro Ramps are available in a Short Side, Long Side and Corner style, by using all three you can create a slope around the entire edge of the cover plate, but also just the long or short side can be ramped, it will depend on the type of access you need and where the covers are placed.
The Oxford LowPro 15/10 Trench Cover Ramp (Long Side) is manufactured from a Thermoplastic Elastomer. It measures 1490mm x 645mm and can be attached to the short sides of the LowPro Trench Cover, it comes supplied with the appropriate fixings (Connector Plate and Bolts).
It is quite straightforward to install these ramps, ensure first that you have carried out a site risk assessment to ensure the suitability of the product. Do not place the ramps over the trench itself. When the LowPro Trench Covers are attached to each other with Infill Strips, place the ramps onto the studs on the covers and fix with the bolts. For ramps on all sides of the Trench Cover use the 4-way connector at the corners. In this case the Long Ramp corner will need to be cut with a knife to fit up against the Short Ramp (a mark is on the ramp to show where to cut, see Installation Guide in Downloads section for full details).
First Fence has a range of products for civils and construction projects. If you need any assistance with the products listed please get in touch and a member of the sales team will be happy to help you. We can be contacted by calling 01283 512111 or by using the onscreen chat system.