Total Bitumen has more than 40 years’ experience in the supply of materials for road construction & industrial applications. Total Bitumen have 3 main research centres in Europe: CReS (Lyon, France), Preston (UK) and Brunsbüttel (Germany). Each of these centres has extensive international design experience & state of the art testing facilities to meet the evolving needs of the bitumen markets in the UK & Europe. Following a review at the Preston site, it was found that a number of the folding stairs were becoming too heavy to lift; some operators were having difficulties lifting & lowering some of the units. Over the years IFC have been responsible for supplying the majority of folding stair units to the Preston site so it was natural for them to call on us to provide a solution to their on-site manual handling issue.