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New Specification for steel and aluminium access covers

BS 9124:2008 Specification for steel and aluminium access cover and manhole covers with over 1m clear opening. With the increasing number of underground workplaces requiring access for people and equipment, an opening of at least 1 metre or more is needed. Growing attention to safety at work (especially in the construction industry) means it is important to have a rationalized approach to the design, testing and user safety of large manhole covers which are lifted by machinery. 

BS 9124 specifies requirements for steel and aluminium access cover systems manufactured from steel or aluminium and with a clear opening greater than 1 m for installations within areas subject to pedestrian and/or slow moving vehicular traffic, for use as covers over chambers and ducts. BS 9124 provides as basis for consistent quality, user safety, customer satisfaction and manufacturer discipline, in a highly fragmented market. Who should use BS 9124? BS 9124 is useful for everyone involved in producing, purchasing or specifying manhole covers and aluminium access cover systems including:

  • Manufacturers
  • Architects 
  • Consulting engineers 
  • Building consultants
  • Contractors
  • Water companies
  • Local authorities
  • Petroleum and gas industry professionals
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Steelway Brickhouse is a leading manufacturer of access cover systems and security products for use in all industry sectors.

To promote, explain and to allow you to understand how BS9124 will work for you, we are now offering free technical seminars at your place of work.

To take advantage of this offer and arrange a suitable date and time, please contact our Technical Manager on the following: Lee Henley: 07711 156640 (

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