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The LCRIG Festival 2024: "Innovation does not have to be expensive"

The LCRIG Festival 2024: "Innovation does not have to be expensive"

The LCRIG (Local Council Roads Innovation Group) Festival has always been a beacon of innovation, collaboration, and practical solutions for the challenges faced by local councils in road maintenance and infrastructure development. This year's festival was no exception, bringing together industry leaders, local council representatives, and innovators to share knowledge, showcase new technologies, and discuss the future of road infrastructure.

One of the standout features of this year's festival was the iTip Safety Handles presentation on trials with Cornwall Council and their Show Stand. The innovative safety tool has garnered significant attention and accolades for its potential to enhance worker safety and efficiency. Let's delve into the key messages from the festival and explore the impressive feedback received from Cornwall Council's trial of ezTip and 2Tip Safety Handles.

iTip Safety Handles: Revolutionizing Road Work Safety

iTip Safety Handles were a focal point at the LCRIG Festival, drawing crowds to their show stand. These handles are designed to improve the ergonomics and safety of manual handling tasks, particularly in road maintenance and construction. Safety Handles are a simple yet ingenious solution that can be attached to manual handling equipment such as wheelbarrows and cement mixers, providing a better grip and reducing the strain on workers' bodies.

Key benefits highlighted during the presentation included:

Ergonomics. Safety Handles are designed to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSK) by promoting a more natural posture and reducing the need for bending and twisting.
Enhanced Safety. By improving grip and control, iTip Safety Handles help prevent accidents and injuries, contributing to a safer working environment.
Increased Efficiency. Workers can perform tasks more efficiently and with less fatigue, leading to higher productivity and better job satisfaction. 

Cornwall Council's (Cormac) Impressive 96% Positive Feedback

A highlight of iTip Safety Handles presentation was the feedback from Cornwall Council following their trial of the product. Cornwall Council conducted a comprehensive trial, involving road maintenance, coastal clearance, burial and environment park teams in various tasks and situations. The results were overwhelmingly positive, with 96% of participants reporting a significant improvement in their work experience and health.

Key Findings from the Cornwall Council Trial

Reduced Physical Strain. Workers reported a noticeable reduction in physical strain, particularly in the back and shoulders. 
Increased Productivity. The enhanced grip and control allowed workers to complete tasks more quickly and with greater precision.
Positive Worker Feedback. The trial received enthusiastic feedback from the road maintenance teams, with many workers expressing a preference for using iTip Safety Handles on manual handling equipment.


“After 30 years of barrowing I've noticed a lot less strain on wrists so I think it's a good idea” Cormac Cornwall Council 

The Future of Road Maintenance: Embracing Innovation

The LCRIG Festival showcased a wide array of innovative solutions aimed at improving road maintenance and infrastructure. The iTip Safety Handles are a prime example of how simple yet effective innovations can make a significant impact on worker safety, efficiency, and overall job satisfaction.


“They were more comfortable on the body as you didn’t have to push the barrow and catch it again before tipping out the tar” Cormac Cornwall Council 

As local councils continue to face budget constraints and increasing demands for improved infrastructure, embracing such innovations will be crucial. Showing innovation does not have to be expensive. The positive feedback from Cornwall Council highlights the potential for widespread adoption of iTip Safety Handles across the UK and beyond. 

“Bottom handles are better for lifting” Cormac Cornwall Council 


The LCRIG Festival serves as a reminder of the importance of collaboration, innovation, and practical solutions in addressing the challenges of road maintenance and infrastructure development. iTip Safety Handles, with their impressive trial results and positive feedback from Cornwall Council, exemplify the kind of forward-thinking approach that will drive the industry forward.

By continuing to explore and implement such innovations, local councils can enhance worker safety, improve efficiency, and ultimately deliver better services to the public. The future of road maintenance is bright, and events like the LCRIG Festival play a vital role in shaping that future.

For more details on Safety Handles contact Hello@SafetyHandles.co.uk or ring 0333 800 5000.


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