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Worksite injuries driving demand for composite manhole covers

Lifting handles are used to remove composite materials which are much lighter
than metal or concrete covers and are designed for safe lifting.

Composite materials are in demand as industries are experiencing hazards and injuries when using traditional steel and other metal products. Reports of crushed and amputated fingers and toes along with burns, back injuries and other ailments have given industries ranging from data centres to water treatment plants a reason to seek safer alternatives. In the United States in 2014-15 there were 3,675 incidences of reported injuries within the manufacturing industry alone. Thirty-two percent of these incidences were reported as back injuries which led to a total of 125,880 missed working days. Composites are an ideal solution to these problems due to their lightweight yet durable properties. By using lighter materials, operational injuries are prevented, worksites are made safer, and ease of installation and maintenance is made available to utility workers and contractors.

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