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Lockable Dura Grating Pit Covers Ensure Livestock Safety for Yorkshire Farming Community & Trackside Engineers

By Stuart Burns July 23, 2015

lockable covers1Dura Grating Lockable Pit Covers from Dura Composites are now in use in Yorkshire to help ensure the safety of farmworkers, railway trackside engineers, sheep and other animals.

According to data from the UK Health and Safety Executive, incidents on farms account for around 19% of the reported fatal injuries each year. The four most common types of accident on farms involve vehicles and machinery, falls from heights, lifting and handling and hazardous substances.

The farming workplace can also provide a number of confined spaces such as fuel storage tanks, grain silos and irrigation or drainage trenches that pose a considerable safety risk for workers and livestock. When it comes to assessing risks and threats from falls into these trenches for example, there are several elements that must be taken into account to ensure the most suitable material is chosen to help prevent accidents.

lockable covers2The first consideration is choosing a walking surface that is appropriate for both humans and livestock. Guidance from the HSE promotes that any flooring products which animals may come into contact with should be kept in a good state of repair and should not have any sharp edges or projections. Dura Grating Lockable Pit Covers are constructed from polyester resins and pure glassfibre, as an ideal and cost effective alternative to traditional materials such as wood, galvanised steel or stainless steel. Dura Grating has one of the highest degrees of slip resistance ever measured for a walking surface and offers excellent traction in wet and icy conditions. As part of the manufacturing process, Angular Quartz is integrally bonded to the grating, which produces an extremely long-lasting hard-wearing surface that is resistant to chemicals and corrosion resistant.

When used as Pit Covers, the advantages of Dura Grating are clear to see. The resulting Pit Covers are lightweight, high strength, anti-slip and are easily removed for maintenance access. The Pit Covers can be locked for additional security and can easily be lifted by one worker or two man teams.

In the application shown above, the covers are used to protect railway drainage pits located in an area which backs onto agricultural land. Lockable covers were supplied by Dura Composites to prevent escaping sheep or other animals from falling into the pits and becoming stuck and to protect workers walking the route at night time or during periods of poor visibility. Following the successful installation the customer stated that they were confident that the Dura Grating Lockable Pit Covers would help prevent loss and injury to livestock as well as enabling them to easily maintain the trenches in the future.