FRP Open Mesh Grating vs Steel & Aluminium Open Mesh Grating

In an era where the environmental impact of a product holds almost as much importance as its price tag it has become essential to be able to demonstrate the ‘Green’ side of your business in order to secure the confidence of a growing number of potential clients. The comparison between Steel and it’s relatively young rival in the form of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) has been drawn with regards to it physical properties but how does it compare in terms of it’s environmental impact? Here are a few facts for you:

In the production of 100 square foot of material, GRP:

  • Produces 54% less CO2 greenhouse gas than steel
  • Produces 44% less hydron acidification molecules than steel
  • Produces 60% less smog generating nitrogen oxide than steel
  • Uses 56% less energy in production than steel
  • weighs between 40% and 70% less than the equivalent in steel
GRP Open Mesh Grating
GRP Open Mesh Grating

There have, in the past, been doubts over the ability to recycle GRP but it can be ground into small pieces and used in the surface dressings of areas such as car parks. It can also be returned to a powder state and mixed with virgin resin in the production of new GRP products so yes – it can be recycled.

In a nutshell – in a lifecycle comparison GRP once again has the beating of its main rival.

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FRP Open Mesh Grating vs Steel & Aluminium Mesh Grating


Wymondham Abbey – Platform Extension using GRP

Decksafe Solutions supply new GRP Platform for Wymondham Abbey – Platform Extension

Since Christmas, our Wymondham Abbey volunteers have been busy with further work on the platform. Using the remaining new grp surface panels

Wymondham Abbey – Platform Extension
Wymondham Abbey – Platform Extension

Wymondham Abbey – Platform Extension

Get in touch, if you want to meet up next month @ IWEX

The new exhibition dedicated to the UK’s water, electricity and gas utilities

Utility Week Live incorporating IWEX is a new exhibition and conference providing those working in the water, gas and electricity utilities with all the learning, information and contacts needed to meet the challenges of running a modern utilities company.

This combination of free CPD technical seminars, exhibition and networking opportunities have been specifically designed for operational and technical managers, their staff and contractors to find answers to the practical, ‘how to’ questions to the day-to-day issues they face. And best of all it’s free of charge for all attendees.

DeckSafe Solutions Appoints New Senior Technical Advisor

DeckSafe Solutions Strengthens Position within Fast Growing Composite Industry

Essex based DeckSafe Solutions Limited Company announced today that Richard W Maddy has joined the firm to further develop their growing portfolio of National and European accounts. Richard Maddy comes with a wealth of experience within the Industry, having spent the last 10 years at Fibergrate where Richard was instrumental in his role as MD in successfully growing the multimillion pound business and acquiring numerous large corporate accounts. Joining in advance of the official launch of the Groups new brands; SafeClamp™, QuartzGrip™ and RECODeck, Richard can continue his success.

Richard joins the team as Senior Technical Advisor to continue DeckSafe’s recent success providing Composite Safety Access Solutions to many of the top companies in UK and Europe. Richard comments “I am excited to start a new challenge within DeckSafe Solutions and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive product and service range. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on delivering world class Composite Access Safety Solutions to so many industries.”

Noel Tilbrook, Commercial Director said “Richard’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the DeckSafe family. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry. Our new brands and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for key additions to our team who will fit in with our ethos of delivering World Class Safety Access Solutions and exceptional service, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Richard’s caliber to fulfill this role and add to our rapidly expanding bank of specialists. I’m confident that Richard will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”

About Decksafe Solutions

DeckSafe Solutions is part of a multi-million pound group specialising in the fabrication and installation of Safety Access Structures. The group was established in 2007 by the current owners and was one of a few, to enjoy remarkable growth during the recession. Today, the group is a major local employer, contributing in access of £1.5 million to the local economy. Staff numbers are set to rise significantly within the next 24 months, as the company rolls out phase two of its expansion plans, with new products & services.

The service suite is designed around the needs of the customer, offering; supply only to complete turnkey solutions – from concept to completion. DeckSafe’s understanding and experience in the Industry is unparalleled. More information on the company’s notable achievements, services provided, key leadership, or history can be provided here as well. Contact: Sue Rudland, Group Sales and Marketing Manager 01206 322899

Don’t Slip Up On Flooring Issues

Despite health and safety awareness being at an all time high, slips and trips are still one of the biggest causes of accidents and injuries in the workplace. An astounding 95% of major slips result in broken bones and, with injury claims having risen sharply in value in the last few years – now in excess of £16,500 per claim – can you really afford not to take action?

Employers are losing £512m/year through lost production and other costs due to such incidents, so laying the right type of flooring is more important than ever. Saving your organisation money and creating a safe working environment is easier than you might think. Here are five hints designed to help you avoid slips, trips and falls in the workplace:


•   Ensure you have the correct type of flooring

Different working environments require different levels of slip resistance. Indoor flooring, though less likely to get wet, should still provide a good level of slip resistance to ensure a safe surface. However, flooring within industrial plants and outdoor flooring, such as used on public walkways and therefore at the mercy of the weather, are prone to becoming wet and slippery. In such cases, a higher level of anti-slip flooring is likely to be required to provide the highest safety for users.

•   How safe are your stairs?

Making sure that you have sturdy and secure handrails, stair tread covers and high visibility stair noses can be the difference between preventing an accident and causing one. Good quality stair tread covers provide an inexpensive solution to the hazards associated with worn or slippery steps and can be installed onto existing concrete, timber or steel steps. Accidents often occur in darker environments. Making sure your stairs are outlined by stair noses in bright or luminous colours, ensures the leading edge and most vulnerable area of the step is highlighted and clearly visible to users.

•   Keep it clean

Keeping your floors clear of tripping hazards and spillages is one of the best ways to prevent accidents. If you notice that there is something amiss, make others aware of the hazard by telling them and using appropriate safety signage until it can be rectified. Often a hazard which has been noticed but unreported is the cause of an accident.


•   Regular inspections

Good quality anti-slip flooring should last for many years. However, cheaper alternatives may begin to lift and pucker as time progresses, meaning that the very thing meant to keep you safe actually becomes the hazard. With HSE standards and legislation changing frequently, it is a good idea to stay informed and check your flooring regularly. Failure to do so will not only increase the risk of accidents such as slips, trips and falls caused by bad flooring, but could result in expensive injury claims.

•   A safe workplace is a productive one.

It stands to reason that if your employees are working in an environment in which they feel safe, they are likely to achieve greater output. The most effective workplace safety precautions (such as fire alarms and sprinkler systems) go unnoticed until such time as they may be needed. Anti-slip flooring should be no exception to this rule. With 20% of injuries caused through slips and trips resulting in over three days off work, effective safety flooring will continue to do its job, without becoming an obstruction or hindrance to those using it.

The correct type of flooring is of real importance when it comes to health and safety, but is one that is easily resolved through the recommendations and installation of quality products from companies such as DeckSafe Solutions.

National Press Boost for Convex Decking Strips

DeckSafe Solutions have received a huge boost by having their Anti-Slip Convex Decking Strips nominated as ‘Product of the Week’ by the Daily Mirror’s DIY expert Donny Sheridan.

Although there was a small error with the product name by the print shop, the recommendation boosted web site visits by 300% over the weekend and generated several orders!

The opportunity was taken to give readers a great promotional rate on the decking strips and plenty of interest was generated.


Decking Strips are by far the best way to reduce the slip risk on a number of surfaces and this is the time of year to get them laid before the frosts and the ice make an appearance.

More information can be found on this innovate product by clicking on this link where you be able to get information on measuring up and fitting them.

GRP Grating Panels – Versatility Personified!

It’s not often that you come across a product that can be used for such a wide range of applications and with such a degree of flexibility. It is fair to say that most construction materials do what they say on the tin but to apply the same rule to GRP grating you would need, to say the least, an enormous tin!

What makes it so versatile against comparable alternatives?

Firstly it can be cut quickly and easily, without the need for any hot work permits and without changing the properties of the material which means it can be adjusted on site with the minimum of fuss. All you need to cut it is an angle grinder, skill saw or even a jigsaw with the correct blade – most construction teams will have 1, of not all, of those as part of their standard tool kit.
With a density 4 times less than steel it is very lightweight in comparison making it easier to handle on site (as well as reducing shipping costs) whilst maintaining extremely high strength and impressive load capacity.
It is resistant to chemical corrosion so it can be utilised in almost any environment without failure concerns – it can used effectively in areas where alternatives such as steel, concrete or timber would not stand up to the job such as salt water and chemically exposed environments.

It is UV stable so the colour will not fade, it is non conductive so can be used safely around electricity, it is manufactured with fire-retardant additives as standard, it is impact resistant so will withstand a level of abuse and, in this day and age, one of its big pluses is that it has no scrap value so is off the radar of potential thieves.
It can withstand temperatures in a range of -150 to +150 degrees Fahrenheit without deterioration and, if deflected by load, will return to its original form one the load is removed.


As standard, the GRP grating panels come with an anti slip surface that is BS7976 approved offering “exceptional grip in wet, oily and icy conditions” making ideal for industrial areas and anywhere that requires a sure footing.

The science bit – how is it made?

GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) is made by laying glass strands into open moulds which is then wetted out with resin. The mould is then heated to cure the product into its final form. The most common form of resin used is Isopthalic which in itself gives the properties you have just learned about. However, using different resins can give additional benefits for extreme requirements:
Orthopthalic: increased resistance to salt water corrosion – used in our mini & micromesh products
Vinyl Ester: increased chemical resistance
Phenolic: low smoke and enhanced fire resistance


Sizes, thickness and colours

There are standard specifications that are stocked (see below) but as a rule the panels can be manufactured in any colour you can find on a RAL colour chart. Although thicknesses are fairly generic, due to the fact they are created in moulds, the actual dimensions of the panel can be to your own specification for larger requirements or cut prior to delivery for smaller orders saving installation time.


Fixing options

Due to its very nature it opens itself to be used with a wide range of fixings. ‘M’ clips are specifically designed to slot into the open hole and then screwed or bolted into the substrate. If a clamp is preferred (when fixing to galvanised bearers for example) then a ‘J’ Clamp can be used. These are the most common options however; dome washers and recessed square clips are also an option. Clamping 2 panels together can be achieved with a ‘G’ Clamp and you can also have the panels freestanding or on adjustable feet or Buzon’s if you require them to be raised slightly.


So, whatever your application there may be a very good argument to using GRP rather than one of the more traditional materials. Typical applications:

Industrial plant flooring – Riser flooring – Tank bunds – Walkways – Balconies – Drainage gully covers – Marina decking – Pontoon decking – Working boat decking – Working / inspection platforms – Stair treads – Ramps……. The list goes on!

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