Cable Covers or ‘Big Macs’

These cable covers from Melba Swintex are a tried and tested range designed to cover any exposed electrical cables. Most commonly this is when an illuminated traffic bollard has been hit, leaving the electricals uncovered. These are sometimes also called ‘Big Macs’, ‘chunky covers’ and ‘temporary cover cones’.

A Melba Swintex cable cover in use
The Melba Swintex cable cover – used to cover up a damaged or missing

Made from high visibility yellow HDPE, these stand out from afar and allow any internal illumination that may be present underneath to pass through. With a height of 1.02 metres tall and with a 735x735mm hexagonal base, these are hard to miss. Internally, the diameter starts at approximately 60cm and tapers narrower, which means these are stackable. The base is sand weighted, bringing the total weight to between 12.5 and 17.5kg.

Front and back view of the Melba Swintex cable cover
The front and back view of the Melba cable cover with a ‘keep left’ symbol and ‘LIVE WIRE BELOW’ combination.

The most common type of cable cover is with the ‘LIVE WIRE BELOW’ band at the bottom and a keep left symbol, suited to the UK traffic flow.

Closeup of the cable cover base
The ~30kg sand weighted base makes this incredibly stable.

The Melba cable cover can be manufactured in almost any colour to meet your requirements and in addition, custom stickers can be made to suit your application. Common variations include ‘DANGER LIVE CABLE’ and ‘DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE’.

Almost any colour can be manufactured (minimum quantities apply) and custom stickers can be manufactured to suit your application.

If you would like to order this product or would like to enquire about custom versions, please call us on 01905 794 875. It is also available to buy online.

The Enduramat Coupler and Enduramats

The Enduramat ground protection mat is designed to meet most temporary ground protection requirements. When laying many of these together an Enduramat coupler is used between each mat to prevent the mats separating over time.

There are two main types of coupler available.

basic enduramat coupler
The most common coupler
The new 4 way Enduramat coupler
The heavy duty Enduramat coupler

The first and by far the most common type of Enduramat coupler is the standard two hole solution. This offers a secure fixing that can be fitted or removed quickly and easily. They can be fitted in both directions, depending on the direction you intend to use the mats.

Standard Enduramat coupler
The standard Enduramat coupler in use

For more demanding applications, there is the four way interlocking plate. This uses four nuts to secure the corners of the mats down so that they cannot be removed without unscrewing each nut.

The heavy duty enduramat coupler with the top removed
The new heavy duty Enduramat coupler with the top removed showing its construction

The heavy duty Enduramat coupler are ideal for use when you need more stability and don’t want the mats to lift or separate. With heavier use or slightly more uneven ground the new coupler will not pop out where potentially the two hole type can lift out.

The heavy duty enduramat coupler with top locked down
The heavy duty Enduramat coupler in use and locked

Once the nuts are done up the mats will not move around.

heavy duty endurmat coupler with mats
The heavy duty enduramat coupler in place with mats

These are constructed from thick galvanised steel which makes them very strong and straight forward to use. The mats can be used for numerous applications and are very popular when using vehicles, plant or other equipment and want to prevent the ground becoming muddy or churned up.

To see more details or place an order for Enduramat click here.

STOP WORKS Sign Roundup

The STOP WORKS sign ( lollipop sign ) is specified in the ‘Red Book’ for use when stopping traffic for a maximum of 2 minutes per 15 minutes.  Two of these signs are required for maneuvering plant or works vehicles.

This post is intended to give you a quick overview of the type of STOP WORKS lollipop signs available and why we stock the type we do.

From left to right: 600mm non-reflective Zintec plate in frame; 450mm reflective with fixed handle; Our 450mm reflective sign with foldable handle and edge protector

There are three main types of STOP WORKS sign on the market – Start Traffic can supply any of these however we only stock one particular type as we believe this is the best of the bunch.


STOP WORKS sign from the front
The STOP WORKS sign stocked at Start Traffic

One of the key features of this lollipop sign is that it is collapsible. Where as rigid designs need a lot of space on the van, this folds up neatly into a bag that can tuck away almost anywhere.

Collapsible handle on STOP WORKS sign

The profile of the lollipop handle
A strong, reinforced aluminium handle with a virtually indestructible elastic cord throughout.
Folded up STOP WORKS sign
It can collapse down easily ready to be put into a bag
Our sign comes in a easy to carry case

The carry case for the stop works sign

The handle has been made from aluminium which gives it a rigid, strong and non-wobbly construction.

Stem of our STOP WORKS sign

The stem of the sign is made from a single plastic molding with a hand grip feature – as it’s plastic it won’t feel cold on frosty mornings either!

Lollipop sign construction

The core of the sign is made from solid aluminium, meaning it is both reasonably lightweight and rigid. The edges which are normally particularly vulnerable to damage are fully protected by being covered with an impact resistant trim all the way around the edge.

rubber end on pole

Finally the pole is finished with a rubber boot on the end – To prevent any damage and help it stay put when resting.

All of the above features make this product what we believe to be the best on the market. Any of these signs are also available in STOP – Children Crossing format, ideal for Lollipop ladies or men.

These are in stock and available for next day delivery from Start Traffic. To order please call 0800 978 8920 or order directly online.

Other STOP WORKS signs (the rest)



  • The 600mm STOP WORKS sign above is the largest of the sign types available. The handle is not removable, is made from steel and is particularly heavy. It’s size and basic construction make it awkward to transport and the welding may fracture over time.

STOP WORKS sign with fixed pole

  • The non-foldable 450mm sign is a more manageable size, with a solid aluminium face and steel handle, secured with two fasteners. There is no protection for the sign face edge and the handle is not quickly removable. The design is also slightly more economical.

To order our STOP WORKS sign, please call 0800 978 8920 or order directly online.