Construction equipment protection specialist, Digger Guard, has developed a lightweight polymer handrail system that solves problems and costs inherently associated with steel alternatives.

The new polymer ‘boxing ring’ system is up to 75% lighter with equivalent strength to steel counterparts, and doesn’t corrode or require painting. The weight, durability and extended life in service enhances machine utility and maximises return-on-investment.

Digger Guard’s patent pending system doesn’t interfere with 3D guidance systems, while the design dampens vibration fatigue to limit failure points, helping operators to manage risk as well as reduce repair and insurance bills.

“Our design team collaborated with Hitachi Construction Machinery, its customers and end-users to understand what could be done better, and how to add value,” explains Andy Leaver, head of product development for Digger Guard.

“The outcome is an advanced product that’s cognisant of the needs of manufacturers, distributors and operators. We’re helping to meet everyone’s goals across downtime, running costs, safety, and sustainability – there’s no room for complacency in the yellow goods industry and we’re here to deliver both confidence and competitive advantage.”

Digger Guard's new handrails follow the company’s success with its patented vandal guards – a secure and durable cab protection system utilising a watertight and noise-reducing roof storage box. Both products were tested with customer Hitachi Construction Machinery.

Separate independent testing by Lloyds British Testing Ltd certified Digger Guard's handrails as exceeding construction machinery industry standards.