Implementing Alternative Methods for Manhole Systems

Alternative methods should be adopted to minimise the risk to operatives.

New working practices to reduce the safety risk to operatives, should be continuously sought and implemented.

Below is an example of how a site introduced an alternative safety method:

  • A ‘perfect manhole system’ was used, that provided for a safe, quality installation that saved time;
  • This comprised a monolithic precast concrete base, a sealed chamber ring, rubber joint and a sealed cover slab supplied with the required access.

This improved the safety of operatives as no one was required to enter the manhole to carry out benching, reduced need to rectify workmanship/latent defects and associated unsafe entry at a later date.

This system further proved to be environmentally friendly as controlled offsite concrete batching ensures less wastage onsite, less time spent with open trenches onsite, which also requires de-watering, thereby saving fuel and water course risks.

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Monitor Report, VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd, Surrey, November 2015

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