Eliminating Problems While Increasing Safety with Walk-Overs & Steps

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May 16, 2013

It is all too common for production facilities and shipping environments to be cluttered and dangerous to maneuver around.  Many modern machines and conveyors take up a lot of space and floor area is often limited.

How do you overcome this dilemma?

Stainless Steel Walk-Over with Handrails

Stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Unfortunately, some plants overcome this by having employees climb around or crawl under machines.

This is clearly a liability waiting to happen. Maneuvering like this increases the likelihood of repetitive stress and direct injury from getting an arm / leg stuck or falling.  A good solution to floor movement issues is a walkover.

A walkover is a platform that acts as a raised bridge that allows employees to move from one area in a plant to another in a direct fashion away from the dangers of running machines.

Certain plants also use walkovers as observation platforms where managers can oversee floor operations. Steps can also be installed to allow access to raised machines or controls without having to climb up on something else. They can be built with platforms to provide work space as well.

Short stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Short stainless steel walk-over with hand rails and grit-top fiberglass grated steps.

Safety and efficiency are the sole reasons for using walkovers, platforms, and steps, so a safe design is very important when making them.

We make them out of stainless steel to make sure that the structure can hold up. This might raise the question of how safe it is to be walking on a metal surface that might be slippery.

This problem is easily addressed by using some sort of textured surface that sits inside the steel walkover frame. There are several types of material that can be used for this. Textured composite grating and perforated steel can both make good choices. They provide traction even when the surfaces get wet, which is likely to happen with wash down procedures and materials being tracked in on boots.

If employees are scrambling and climbing around to get where they need to go in your plant, you shouldn’t wait to increase your safety.

Take the first step by talking to us about stainless steel walkovers, platforms, steps, and other applications.

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