Innovative Road Safety Solutions | Cover Me signal bags boosting safety
After over 20 years within the street furniture/road safety market Peter Hoban decided to set up his own company after discovering a gap in the market.
Whilst talking to the traffic signals market he found that working at height was a big issue within the industry and the client/contractors wanted to reduce accidents and sadly even deaths when working at height on traffic signals.
Peter set about designing, testing and then patenting a new traffic signal bag that could be installed from ground level without the aid of Ladders. It took months of testing various designs and ideas before the right solution was right. Then Liverpool council and Andy Ashton their traffic signal manager agreed to do a full trail at a location that was windy all year round down by the river Mersey.
Liverpool were very happy after a few months of storms and bad weather to buy the new cover me signal bags and instruct Siemens they could only use these bags in future. Andy was adamant that no worker would not be able to go home to see their family and children every day after working on Liverpool’s traffic signals.
Peter then Approached NAL and asked if he could solve the working at height issue would they be interested in becoming the exclusive distributor for Cover Me signal bags. NAL worked with Peter and Liverpool to offer there advise and help to make improvements to the covers after testing them at their on site testing area. NAL and Peter decided to sign an exclusive world wide agreement for NAL to become the Cover Me distributor.
Since the launch they have had numerous interest from signal companies to local authorities, network rail and even an enquiry from Australia to use the Cover Me bags on road signs. They are also being asked for other products to add to the range so the future is looking bright orange or whatever colour you want your Cove Me product. The main benefit of the Cover Me brand is flexibility. They listen to their customers and manufacture specifically to their specifications, as it’s not an off the shelf product, so they can be flexible and add logos, different length cords etc for taller signals like on motorway slip roads.
Peter explained how the Cover Me name was created:
“The name Cover Me I’ve been asked how did I come up with this name. So I can reveal I’m a massive Bruce springsteeen fan and when looking at names covers and bags were the first port of call. One of my favourite Springsteen songs is the live version of cover me and I liked the idea of using a Springsteen song. Cover Me means it can cover anything so it’s not a rigid name. The reason I also liked the idea of a Springsteen song was what Springsteen stands for and sings a lot about – the working class man and he talks a lot about the highways.
I was still unsure about using this name when something happened and convinced me Springsteen himself (spiritually) wanted me to use the Cover Me name. I was trying to finalise the name and decided to put a record on my record player so I decided on a album as that would last for 30 mins apposed to a single.
I went through my record collection in the living room and picked possibly my favourite Springsteen album darkness on the edge of town. I then took what I thought was the album out of the cover to find it wasn’t darkness on the edge of town but the 12 inch version of Cover Me…… so the decision was made final by a spooky coincidence.”
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