Dave Balkan, CEO, Balkan Plumbing prefers to use modular composite road plates like the LowPro 23/05 Road Plate instead of outdated steel plates. Are steel road plates safe? When your work crews experience injuries, we’d say not! The composite Oxford Plastics road plate is much lighter than a steel plate and does not need any heavy equipment like knuckle boom trucks or backhoes. View the full story in the video below:
In Depth on what Makes the 23\05 First in Safety
EasiLift install with 2 crew members
Each section weighs 145lbs, far lighter than a steel plate, and is easier to manoeuvre with the EasiLift handles. Using a team of 2 workers, rather than expensive heavy lifting equipment, the Road Plate can be carried and installed in minutes.
Anti-slide: Lateral Locks
Underneath the LowPro are 2 sets of lateral locks: these locks drop into place when the Road Plate is installed on the trench. The locks sit within the trench on either side to prevent lateral movement.
The anti-slide technology, on the underside and edges of the Road Plate, is made from a soft, flexible, rubber material which grips the surface to reduce unwanted movement.
No noise pollution: Flexi-Edges
The Road Plate is currently used in residential areas, on roadways and utility sites partially because of its noise dampening edges. The patented Flexi-Edge reduces noise by absorbing sound; the rubber-edges are far softer than steel thus eliminating that harsh, loud clang when traffic drives over the top.
No Cold Patch
Reduce install time again when using the road plate: with its pinholes, drop pins, and FlexiEdges there is no longer a need for a cold patch.
The 23/05 has a bespoke stillage to make handling, transportation and storage simpler.
Suitable for 44 tons vehicles over a 36” trench
Suitable for pedestrians over a 48” trench (not a roadway)
Quieter, long-lasting, lighter alternative to steel trench plates
Reduces noise pollution and noise complaints
Lateral Locks reduce lateral movement
Heavy duty linking connectors lock the road plates together securely
End sections equipped with anchor holes to accommodate securing to the roadway
Replacement parts are available
Designed and manufactured in the UK
The 23/05 LowPro must be bolted down with end sections for roadway use