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Children in danger following manhole cover thefts – are composite covers the answer?

Posted: Monday 14th November 2011

Recent BBC reports tell of a large spate of manhole cover theft in Northern Ireland – leaving parents with the task of keeping their children away from local community grounds for their own safety.

This is but one example of an ever-increasing problem. Utility companies and local councils are being left reeling from the losses associated with the theft of traditional ductile ironwork.

Ultracrete’s recently launched coverTEC range of pedestrian and road composite manhole covers and frames, are part of their contribution to the ongoing campaign to aid the improvement of road safety. They provide cost-effective, easy to use materials to prevent highly debated issues such as ductile ironwork theft, increased labour costs and the need for improved anti-skid measures.

Ductile ironwork theft continues to increase. According to the same report, the current high price of scrap metal is the cause of the theft of these covers having emerged over the past few years in Northern Ireland alone.

Ultracrete have provided an answer to the problem with their coverTEC products – a range of BS EN 124 approved covers and frames. Being made from an advanced composite structure of glass fibre and resin, means they are very lightweight, durable and a safe alternative to ductile ironwork – and most importantly, gives them no scrap value.

coverTEC manhole covers and frames are the ideal accompaniment to Ultracrete’s range of highway Maintenance products and can be installed using the Ultracrete BBA/HAPAS Approved reinstatement system which provides a 5 year service life guarantee, no split liability and the road open to traffic within the hour!

The new coverTEC range has already been used and trialed across the UK in Sunderland, Oxford, Dover….to name but a few, as it fast becomes evident that composite covers can be the answer to ironwork theft, and the prevention of ongoing replacement costs in the long term.




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