Steel road plates allow you to bridge trenches on active sites, an important way to remove what can otherwise be an inconvenient and potentially dangerous obstacle to all people and vehicles passing over the relevant patch of ground.
While it may seem as though even a fairly wide trench could just be stepped over, in practice it is not that simple, and not everyone passing over it might have the option of stepping, striding or jumping at all.
For instance, on pedestrian routes, it’s important to maintain accessibility for the elderly, infirm and those with mobility impairments.
The narrowest of channels can be problematic for wheelchair users, as some chairs have fairly small-diameter tyres that can easily slip into channels and get stuck.
Steel road plates are a sturdy temporary solution, providing a ramp over which all kinds of mobility vehicles and other mobility aids can pass more easily – and are much less likely to get dislodged from their position than lightweight alternatives.
Steel road plates also tend to provide a flatter, lower-profile ramp overall, as lightweight pedestrian ramp plates are often much thicker to contain reinforcement, effectively creating a speed bump type effect for wheelchair users to try and make it over.
There are benefits for other wheeled equipment too – for example wheelbarrows on active construction sites – which again can navigate the trench without the risk of falling in.
And for those passing over on foot, steel plates provide a stable surface and a barrier against falling into the trench itself, helping you to demonstrate an awareness of the health and safety risks on your site.
Together, this protects your employees and members of the public, makes the trench navigable for machinery and vehicles – including wheelchairs – and protects against claims of poor accessibility or poor safety, making a compelling all-around argument for the simple act of laying steel plates over any exposed trenches and channels on your site.