Bespoke access platforms, stairs and ladders
Access platforms have to be custom-designed to suit each application. We have extensive experience in the design, manufacture and installation of bespoke access platforms in factories and other business premises across the UK. Sizes of access platforms vary enormously and we are happy to manufacture anything from small steps to very large and complex platform systems.
Bespoke access platforms can easily prove more cost-effective than using scaffolding and they can help employers meet their obligations under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR). Our access platforms, guard rails, stairs, stepladders and fixed ladders are designed, manufactured and installed to comply with the relevant parts of BS EN ISO 14122. Typical requirements Access platforms usually provide for some or all of the following:
- Safe viewing of machinery or processes
- access for loading raw materials
- access for routine inspection or maintenance
- a safe route between or over machines
In most cases we supply the corresponding guard-rails and stairs, stepladders or fixed ladders to complement the access platform.
Access platform design features
Access platforms and elevated walkways are designed to meet the height, span and loading requirements, with suitable railings where necessary. Correct material choice is essential to ensure the platforms are fit for purpose. For example:
- stainless steel for platforms in the food, drink and pharmaceutical industries
- mild steel or galvanised steel for other industries
It is especially important to choose the optimum material for flooring and steps, as this affects slip-resistance, hygiene and durability. Materials we use include:
- open tread flooring
- Durbar flooring (checker plate)
- fibreglass flooring