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Modular platform cuts risk at low height

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A CONSTRUCTION safety consultant has developed a modular plastic work platform that he said is ideal for low-level work at height.

Barking-based Laurie Cleland, who has worked as a safety consultant on sites including Heathrow T5 and Wembley Stadium, said he got his idea from seeing plasterers standing on up-turned milk crates.

He said: 'Tradesmen will use anything that elevates their reach. After seeing many unsuitable methods, I came up with an idea for a Legolike system which is easy to put together, supports a load of 150 kg and complies with BS2037 for temporary work platforms.'

The Interlocking Safety Platform comprises four basic components: the step, a bridging unit and two 'step ups'.

The parts are made of polyethylene rotational mouldings, so the system is strong, lightweight and por table.

The basic unit measures 2.4 m long, 500 mm wide and 500 mm high and has optional purpose-made galvanised steel handrails.

Mr Cleland said: 'Because its modular, you can assemble it to any size or shape. If you were plastering a wall 300 m long you could simply erect a 300 m long walkway.'

Mr Cleland developed the system with the help of a grant and invested £25,000 of his own money in the project.

The system, which has been patented, is being launched later this month.