G-Deck Develops New Safety Hatch in Partnership with Miller Homes

At G-Deck, developing innovative products that improve on the standard solutions available on the UK market is in our DNA. And now we’ve done it again, with our new G-Deck Safety Hatch, designed in partnership with leading housebuilder, Miller Homes.

Offering optimum safety and practicality at an attractive, value for money cost, the new G-Deck Safety Hatch combines separate access apertures for a ladder, materials and a person in a single unit. Providing the durability and robust construction found across the G-Deck range, the new Class 4 BSEN 12811-1 certified G-Deck Access Hatch has been designed to prioritise safety and has a standard 250mm x 750mm footprint, which can be tailored for specific requirements.

The unit fits quickly and securely between 600mm floor joists and accommodates any decking system. Providing a 300kg loading, it features integral ladder tie points, making it a practical and versatile solution for any busy construction or housebuilding site.

The G-Deck Access Hatch has a range of features to ensure safety for site personnel. The materials hatch eliminates drop-ins and there is no risk of the person hatch being left open inadvertently because it has been engineered as a self-closing unit, further avoiding the risk of drop-ins. The product also features a chequer plate anti-slip top to prevent slips and trips.

Featuring an identification batch plate and site-specific coded combination locks to eliminate wasted time looking for keys, the G-Deck Access Hatch is a practical solution that can be colour matched to the user’s brand and can be refurbished following wear and tear to extend the service life of the asset.

Miller Homes’ regional SHE advisor, Dave Bowden, said: “I was very impressed with how quickly G-Deck turned round a prototype and how willing they were to collaborate and take feedback on board to refine the design. Most of all, I’m delighted with the product: it’s not only got all the safety features we need, but it is also well-fabricated, with high quality components to give us a robust safety product that will withstand demanding site conditions and give us an extended service life.”

Following the initial trial with Miller Homes, the G-Deck Safety Hatch is now in full production at G-Deck’s in-house factories and available from stock.