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The Concrete Pipeline Systems Association has been shortlisted as a finalist in two awards categories at this year’s Ground Engineering Awards:

The Concrete Pipe Lifter has been shortlisted in the Health and Safety category. This innovation was introduced by CPSA members to improve site safety and speed up installation by removing the need for operatives to be on the back of vehicles while offloading deliveries and within the trench during installation.

The Circular Precast Concrete Manhole Base System has been shortlisted in the Sustainability category. The precast concrete monolithic base unit is supplied complete with channel and benching and predetermined combinations of inlet(s) and outlet. The environmental advantage of this solution is that it uses less concrete, particularly the need for a concrete surround is eliminated plus the design of a high performance watertight joint reduces the risk of leakage. An annual embodied carbon saving of over 22,000 tonnes of CO2e is estimated in the UK due to the elimination of the concrete surround if all manholes manufactured by members of CPSA changed to the new precast base system. Even more carbon can be saved through the reduction in pumping energy arising from the elimination of water infiltrating into the drainage system from leaking manholes.

This year saw a record number of companies entering the Ground Engineering Awards and editor Claire Smith commented:

“The range of projects, initiatives and innovations within this year’s entries clearly demonstrate that the UK geotechnics industry is very active and growing, which is great to see. The volume of entries this year means that making it onto the shortlist for the 2016 event was no mean feat.”

The winners will be announced on 30 June 2016 at a lunchtime ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane, London, where over 800 of the industry elite will join together.

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New Type 2 concrete pipe lifter

CPSA is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Type 2 concrete pipe lifter, suitable for offloading and installing larger pipes DN1350 to DN2000. The Type 2 lifter is available from, Klepp Mek AS, a manufacturer working in collaboration with CPSA and Basal, a Norwegian supplier of concrete water and drainage products.

Klepp Mek’s contact details can be found on the main concrete pipe lifter web page

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Klepp Mek Type 2 concrete pipe lifter (DN1350 – DN2000)

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Pipe Lifter Chosen for CPIA 2012 Edition

CPSA has been recognised again for its innovative concrete pipe lifter solution, in the Construction Products Association 2012 edition of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA).

The pipe lifter is one of only 18 products nationwide selected for this year’s publication and is one of only nine products to make the Health, Safety and Security category.

Commenting on the achievement, Simon Storer, Communications and External Affairs Director, for the Construction Products Association said: “We are delighted that the construction products industry has once again demonstrated an enormous desire to introduce a variety of new and exciting solutions. Despite the construction industry suffering more than most sectors during the current downturn, one only needs to look at the products and processes showcased in CPIA to highlight the huge impact the industry is making towards change”.

2012 saw a sharp increase in demand for the new innovation which has revolutionized the process of handling and installation of concrete pipes, making it safer, quicker and cheaper at the same time. The concrete pipe lifter is already the H&S category winner of this year’s Water Industry Achievement Award (WIAA). It was also shortlisted for the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards.

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CPSA wins WIAA 2012 H&S Award

CPSA has won the 2012 Water Industry Achievements Awards (WIAA) for the best industry Health & Safety Initiative for its recent efforts to introduce the new innovative concrete pipe lifter to the UK market. The new lifter is designed to improve site safety and speed up installation: It removes the need for operatives to be placed on the back of vehicles, eliminating working at height during offloading of deliveries, and can cut pipe installation times by 50%. More information on the pipe lifter can be found here.

Image from right to left: Ken Titterton, UK HSE Manager at CH2M sponsors; Francis McCann, Director F P McCann and Chairman CPSA; Stuart Crisp, Business Development Director CPSA; event host comedian Seann Walsh

Disclaimer: The products identified in this publication are included for information only and do not constitute endorsement by BPDA or its members. The user is responsible for ensuring the lifting equipment selected for any task is fit for purpose, that no modifications or alterations have been made and that it is used and maintained in accordance with statutory requirements and the manufacturers’/ suppliers' instructions.