Designed for Safety
Safety is our top priority
At EJ, we extend our safety culture into the products we make. From optimized features on standard manhole frames and covers, to ergonomic enhancements with our innovative access solutions, to grates that protect against fall through protection – you can rely on EJ to design a solution that keeps your workers safe.
INNOVATIVE ACCESS SOLUTIONS
With a focus on safety, functionality, and ergonomics, the design teams at EJ present our Innovative Access Solutions.
Hinged design allows the cover to open to 120°, where it rests in a safe and secure position.
Easily removable cover when fully open at 120° for the ERGO, and at 90° for the ERGO XL. It can also be left in place so that maintenance workers do not have to lift or carry the heavy cover.
Safety stop at the 90° position prevents accidental closure.
MPIC® multi tool pick bar slot located across from the hinge allows a pick or pry bar to open the cover.
Cam Lock security option gives the cover a tight, sturdy locking option, without removable fasteners that can be lost or misplaced.
Stainless-steel mechanical strut reduces the lifting force of the cover and is optional for the ERGO XL.
Lift assist allows a cover that can weigh as much as 550 lb to be lifted with less than 35 lb of lifting force. It is a corrosion-resistant stainless-steel mechanical spring strut. The rugged design is clean and maintenance free and the strut takes up less space in the clear opening than a traditional spring assist.
Self-engaging safety bar provides added protection by ensuring cover will not accidentally close while the underground infrastructure is accessed.
A patented, optional level of security and safety for ductile hatches. When in place, the safety grates—coated with bright orange epoxy—create a visual and physical barrier so that workers and equipment cannot fall into chambers when the cover is opened. Also available for fabricated hatches (see below).
Rotating cover pivots away from the hole opening, eliminating the need for manually raising or lowering the cover. It rotates in either direction on a cast-in stainless steel rod that ensures it remains attached to the frame. No special tools are required to open and close. Learn more
Keep your covers where they belong.
Locking arm and hinge restraint allows the cover to lift up to 16°, enabling water from a storm surge or backflow event to flow out and relieve the pressure. The cover then properly re-seats itself after the pressure returns to normal, keeping the manhole covered at all times. Learn more
Aluminum and steel hatches have several safety options to keep operators and pedestrians safe.
The pneumatic lift assist helps easily open steel and aluminum access hatches with reliable operation year after year. The quality, precision built stainless steel pneumatic spring piston and rod design is custom loaded with job specific internal gas pressure to ensure smooth, easy operation of any size aluminum or steel hatch.
The safety bar is a highly visible and strong stainless-steel bar that automatically engages when the cover fully opens—keeping the cover from accidentally closing.
A patented, optional level of security and safety for aluminum and steel access hatches. When in place, the safety grates—coated with bright orange epoxy—create a visual and physical barrier so that workers and equipment cannot fall into chambers when the cover is opened.
Sure Grip is a non-slip texture added to the surface of access hatches to prevent pedestrians from slipping.
Optimized Manhole Covers and Frames
Standard manhole frames and covers are available with a variety of features that can be incorporated into the design. We call the enhancements “optimized” features.
Many legacy designs were overbuilt to handle the inconsistencies of molding and iron quality. Now, with more controlled manufacturing processes and a better understanding of design practices, these antiquated designs have been updated.
By revising the frame design to allow for nesting together during shipping, this improves safety during handling by preventing stacks from tipping over and making them safer to un-band. The nesting also conserves space during storage, in transit, and when handling.
EPIC® Pick Bar
EPIC pick bar solution improves stability and increases leverage when opening a cover with a J-hook in this patented, closed-hole design.