A must-have for excavation safety and suitable for both vehicle and pedestrian use, SafeSite Facilities Steel Road Plates (AKA trench covers) offer convenience, safety and durability as well as full compliance with The Safety at Street Works and Road Works Act.

Key features

  • Durability and stability for extreme loads
  • Anti-skid finish available
  • Robust steel construction
  • Corner holes for easy lifting and anchorage
  • Trench crossing safety for vehicles and pedestrians
  • Available for hire and purchase

Road Plates

Used to seal off excavations and allow safe traffic and pedestrian flow through work areas, steel road plate units are available in standard size of 2.4 m x 1.2 m, with a choice of ½” or ¾” depth. Additional sizes, fully customisable subject to requirements, are also available. Weights start from approx 300kg

SafeSite Facilities Road Plates can also be delivered with standard finish or with an anti-skid finish for maximising safety – ideal for wet or muddy conditions.

Each plate unit has a hole in each corner which makes it easier to lift as well as anchorage points for securing as required across a range of trench types, including:

  • Rectangular openings
  • Linear trenches
  • Transverse trenches

Safety and compliance

Manufactured to safely withstand even extreme loads (including plant vehicles), SafeSite Facilities Steel Road Plates are fully compliant with the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Act. Used correctly, these trench covers can effectively seal off dangerous excavations to keep sites, personnel and vehicles safe.

Loading capacity will vary depending on site conditions, if exact load bearing calculations are required we recommend contacting your structural engineer who can advise based on the specific site conditions.

For Department of Transport guidance working with and installing road plates please click here.

Delivery and transportation options

With SafeSite Facilities it’s possible to hire as well as buy road plates, with delivery anywhere across the UK. We appreciate it may be difficult to know exactly which specification is ideal for which type of trench, or whether customised plates will offer the best solution. Our expert team are always available to advise, with no obligation to purchase, just contact us to find out more.

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