Whether a contemporary fashion statement or serving a practical purpose in history, Platform shoes raise individuals above the ground or floor level.

In Ancient Greece, platform shoes elevated the stature of public speakers and actors in the theatre. Five centuries ago, they became all the rage in Venice because they helped wearers avoid wet feet. Platform shoes lifted pedestrians above the muck of unpaved streets throughout the ages. On the downside, they add weight to the shoe and can be unstable, causing weariness that may result in slips and falls.

Work access platforms are just the opposite. They provide stability and fall protection, enabling workers to perform critical tasks at hazardous heights.

Easy to install, work-at-height platforms are constructed of aluminum or galvanized steel for strength, durability, and corrosion resistance. They feature anti-slip steps and platform space. Modular in design, they can be expanded or modified on-site. Compliant guardrails complete a work platform with fall protection measures, the way shoes complete a wardrobe.

Types of work access platforms:

  • Static Access Platforms: Often designed as a permanent work platform, static access platforms are ideal for frequent tasks in a particular area or for a specific machine or transportation equipment.
  • Mobile Access Platforms: Have all the features and utility of a static work platform but are fitted with heavy-duty casters to move from station to station. They offer superior safety and worker flexibility compared to ladders. Total-lock brakes on the casters provide stability.
  • Crossover or Stepover Platforms: Feature steps on two sides to access a workspace from either direction. Crossover platforms are ideal for rooftops to reach a change in roof level or step over obstacles such as ductwork, piping, and cables.
  • Bespoke Work Platforms: These are static, mobile/portable, or crossover platforms customized with services such as shop air and electricity and added safety features such as bumpers to protect equipment and self-closing gates.

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Applications for machinery and equipment at height:

Work access platforms are used extensively in factories, processing plants, and other facilities with large or difficult-to-access machinery and equipment that require maintenance, inspection, cleaning, and repairs.

They accommodate workers for assembly line operations, material handling, welding, painting and coating, packaging and shipping, equipment installation and replacement, and inventory management. Work platforms can also provide emergency access to elevated areas in case of equipment failures or other incidents.

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Applications for fleet and vehicle maintenance:

Work platforms can be used for routine maintenance, inspection, diagnosis, and repair on trucks and other large vehicles and fleet operations. This includes oil changes, tire rotation and replacement, and service on brake, electrical, exhaust, suspension, and other systems. Work platforms are also ideal for bodywork, including cleaning, detailing, repairs, and painting.

Applications for aviation and aircraft maintenance.

Work access platforms are essential in the aviation and aircraft industry. Workers must perform frequent inspections, maintenance tasks, troubleshooting, and repairs on virtually every plane component: engines, avionics, fuel systems, wings and tails, emergency exits, cabins, and the exterior body.

Work access platforms also make aircraft de-icing, weight and balance checks, emergency repairs, and upgrades (e.g., sensors, Wi-Fi, and satellite communications systems) safer and more efficient.

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Applications for railway maintenance.

As in road and air transportation, rail transportation requires regular inspections, maintenance, cleaning, and repairs. Work access platforms facilitate these tasks on wheels, brakes, gears, bearings, electrical systems, interior refurbishment, and emergency repairs.

Platforms provide safe access to rail car roofs to attend to roof-mounted services equipment and for painting, coating, and other exterior bodywork. Access platforms are also used to facilitate the loading and unloading of cargo for freight trains, refueling, and fuel system maintenance.

Applications for warehouse and storage functions.

Work access platforms are ideal for inventory management tasks, including loading and unloading goods, picking and packing, and organizing, checking, and labeling goods on shelves and storage racks. They can be used in staging and fulfillment areas for distribution centers and the installation, maintenance, and reconfiguration of pallet racks, cantilever racks, and conveyors.

Platforms also allow workers to perform service tasks on material handling systems, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment, lighting, and other building services equipment. They facilitate cleaning services, fire inspections, and safety compliance checks.

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Platforms rise to the occasion.

Work access platforms may not be a fashion statement like platform shoes, but they are just as elegant. They give workers easy, safe access to machinery, inventory, and transportation equipment for frequent and essential tasks. They improve efficiency, productivity, and worker morale in several industries for a wide range of applications.