Premier Pits, specialists in pre-fabricated steel inspection and maintenance pits, has added a new cover to its pit safety range. The Premier Hinged Cover is an air-operated fall restraint made up of individual banks of 2.5m steel mesh panels. Each panel is operated by pneumatic cylinders connected to a central control box for an one-person operation. The stairs of the pit are covered by individual sections which are manually lifted, and have the additional benefit of acting as a hand rail for entry and exit.
Pit covers are becoming increasingly common in workshops across the UK, following health and safety guidelines, and in some countries, it is a legal requirement. Premier Pits offers says that retrofitting safety systems such as retractable covers can require extensive groundworks to form storage areas for the cover, or can result in the pit length being reduced, meaning a loss of working space. The company said it has developed its hinged cover to enable clients to protect their staff with minimal disruption whilst keeping the maximum working space. “The Premier Hinged Cover is a versatile fall restraint that can be fitted to any new Premier Pit, or to existing pits, whether they are steel, concrete or brick,” commented Premier Pits Managing Director, Mel Burrell. “There is no requirement for a storage cassette, meaning that a pit of any length can be covered with minimal working space lost. This solution offers a quick and easy solution to protect your staff from accidents in the workshop.”