Pilot Rock Excavation

June 3, 2009
To Whom It May Concern:

This is an unqualified endorsement from Pilot Rock Excavation of Central Point, Oregon for the Plate Locks trench plate securing system. We have been using Plate Locks for about a year on several projects in Southern Oregon. Our previous practice for securing trench plates was to surround them with cold-mix asphalt. That old method has literally kept us awake at night with worry about plate walk in heavily traveled areas. Plate Locks has ended our worries about the trench plates moving and causing a serious accident.

Plate Locks is easier to use than asphalt. It is cleaner and more professional, in addition to being safer. An added safety benefit is the increased visibility of Plate Locks as motorists approach a plated area. That bright orange strip in or across the traffic lane causes most motorists to slow down when they otherwise might not. Plate Locks is durable and can be used over and over.   The savings over the cost of cold-mix asphalt and the labor to place it multiply every time we use Plate Locks.

We especially like the fact that Plate Locks can be left in place while work is performed in the trench. At the end of the day the plates can simply be placed back over the trench and the Plate Locks will hold it in place until access to the trench is needed again.

The comments we receive on our trench plates are complimentary now that we are using Plate Locks instead of asphalt. We also like the idea that Plate Locks is a recyclable, non-polluting product. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for cold-mix asphalt.

Plate Locks has made our jobsites safer, less worrisome and less expensive. We encourage anyone engaged in utility construction or repair work in traffic situations to try Plate Locks.

Rand LeBaron, President
Rilot Rock Excavation