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Common Industrial Metal Stair Configurations

Discover ErectaStep's innovative industrial stair solutions. Our modular design offers customizable and OSHA-compliant stair configurations for any application. Explore photos and learn how our stairs streamline installation and improve access across industries.

Common Metal Stair Configurations
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By Brian Cox
Aug 19, 2020
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Our stair experts have designed and configured thousands of industrial stair solutions globally.  With so many installations, we’ve assembled a list of common industrial stair configurations with installation photos. Here’s what you need to know about our most common safe access configurations:

  • Modular Design Flexibility: ErectaStep’s patented modular stair system allows for customization with only five components, ensuring rapid availability and easy assembly for any industrial application.
  • OSHA and IBC Compliance: All ErectaStep stair solutions are OSHA compliant, with options for IBC compliance, guaranteeing safety and regulatory adherence in diverse environments.
  • Versatile Application Uses: Suitable for various industrial needs such as HVAC access, crossover stairs, ship ladders, and loading dock access, ErectaStep provides practical and efficient access solutions.
  • Innovative Features: ErectaStep stairs are designed for easy installation without special tools or custom fabrication, featuring options for portable and fixed installations to enhance workplace safety and accessibility.

ErectaStep’s patented modular design can be configured for any solution with only 5 different modular components. Because of this, components are always in stock and can be shipped next. What makes ErectaStep so successful is that it doesn’t require custom fabrication, special tools, or equipment and can be typically assembled and installed by just two people. All of our stairs are OSHA compliant out of the box with IBC compliant solutions available. [OSHA and IBC overview]

Stair Configurations


HVAC Equipment Stairs

HVAC units are often situated on a rooftop or ground level near a facility and need to be accessed for routine maintenance and repairs. The stairs going to the HVAC unit need to be OSHA compliant, weather-resistant, durable, and provide enough room for workers and contractors to access and work on the unit. With thousands of installations, ErectaStep can meet the size requirements and, with its modular design, be customized for any HVAC unit. Here’s a couple of ErectaStep HVAC access stair installations.

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Crossover Stairs

Crossover Stairs

Your production floor or site can never have enough crossover stairs. Install versatile ErectaStep crossovers to get workers safely over production lines, horizontal pipes, and other industrial obstacles that are at floor level. Ducking under production lines is a bad habit and a source of workplace injuries. ErectaStep crossover solutions are easy to install, are OSHA compliant, and ready to be shipped today.


Ship Ladder

Ship Ladder

For industrial maintenance access, commercial storage or to access rooftops and roof hatches. Ship ladders are stairs with a steep incline and used in areas where standard stair length runs are not feasible. Not suitable for standard public access, office, or residential use applications. OSHA compliant ship ladders have a slope of 50°-70°, open risers, 6.5 to 12 inches (17 to 30cm) between tread surfaces, and minimum tread depth of 4 inches (10 cm) and minimum width of 18 inches (46 cm)


Access Platforms

Access Platform

Access platforms or elevated work platforms raise your workers to where a task or an entryway is. When you use the OSHA compliant components of the ErectaStep system, your company can design and install a work platform that is strong, reliable, and safe for your workers. The stairs meet all the new OSHA regulations and the handrails, guardrails, and platforms are modular, which means that you can mix and match them to design a platform of any size that fits your needs. ErectaStep Work platforms are the best alternative to renting scaffolding. Save money and get started with an ErectaStep platform today.


Mezzanine Access Stairs

Mezzanine Access Stairs

So many companies today are taking advantage of the unused space that is above the floor. Utilizing your companies inside airspace to expand work and storage capacity is smart, cost-effective, and easy to do with an ErectaStep System. Mezzanine systems are designed using the same industrial metal stairs, ladders, and metal platforms that are at the heart of any ErectaStep system. The modular system allows you to design and create an extra level in your workspace that can be used for anything.


Line System

Assembly Line Platform

ErectaStep stair and platform systems built alongside assembly areas or vehicle loading areas keep your workers at the right level to work comfortably and safely. A worker can reach any point of an assembly point or work area easily. If your company has needs for customized work platforms, ErectaStep can be molded around any work situation and to any level. Whether your company installs complex avionics or other components, an ErectaStep staired platform can handle the job. Call ErectaStep today.


Roof Access

Roof Access

Access to roof hatches is becoming a necessity for most industrial buildings. The many reasons for a worker needing to get to the roof include access to HVAC suites, solar panel arrays, and elevator housings. These stairs need to be heavy-duty to allow workers to access rooftop work areas while carrying heavy tools and switch out equipment. ErectaStep stair systems can meet the demand and keep your workers safe.


Straight Stairs

General Straight Metal StairThere are industrial metal stairs then there is the ErectaStep Industrial metal stair system. Industrial stairs have to be strong, rigid, and able to handle the weight of workers who are carrying tools and other equipment up and down them all day long. The ErectaStep Stair system’s strength starts at the tower supports. The tower supports are heavy gauge industrial-strength metal that is the result of superior engineering and a state of the art manufacturing process. The steps meet all OSHA requirements for length, width, and weight-bearing ability. The bright yellow handrails have a powder-coated finish that maintains the ANSII yellow color and offers a better level of scratch resistance than a normal paint job. Stairs can be customized to fit larger widths, and ErectaStep systems can reach any height.


Stairs With Intermediate Landing

Stairs With Intermediate Landing

OSHA requires stairs to have a landing at every 12 feet of height. At the twelve-foot level or less, an intermediate landing can be placed and used to add another set of stairs heading up and in any direction. The stable metal platforms of the ErectaStep system are designed to allow the course of the next set of stairs to start on any side. Call ErectaStep today to let us help you design a complex or easy stair system.


Catwalks

CatwalksThe ErectaStep modular system is at your service again if your company needs a catwalk. Workers can safely navigate above all the action on the floor, staying high above moving vehicles, hectic production lines, package processing lines, and complex flow control pipe systems. An ErectaStep catwalk can get your workers easily where they need to be while everything is buzzing below. The dynamic modular system can be used to design staired catwalks that reach any level and go to any length. ErectaStep systems use state of the art solid metal components that bolt together and create instant OSHA compliance. Call ErectaStep to get going on a catwalk installation today


Entryway Stairs

Entryway Stairs

Access platforms or elevated work platforms raise your workers to where a task or an entryway is. When you use the OSHA compliant components of the ErectaStep system, your company can design and install a work platform that is strong, reliable, and safe for your workers. The stairs meet all the new OSHA regulations and the handrails, guardrails, and platforms are modular, which means that you can mix and match them to design a platform of any size that fits your needs. ErectaStep Work platforms are the best alternative to renting scaffolding. Save money and get started with an ErectaStep platform today.


Portable Access Trailer Stairs

Portable Access Stairs

You know how it is. The trailer is dropped on site, the truck drives away, and you encounter a door on the trailer that must have a portable stair. ErectaStep has portable stair systems to meet the access needs of any trailer or offsite building. Even trailer stairs are required to meet OSHA requirements, and our stair systems are OSHA compliant right away. Any height, any width, we can help you install a stair system today. Call ErectaStep. No matter what kind of stair system you need ErectaStep can offer you a solution that will be strong, and OSHA compliant, and will look good for years. Experience the results of superior engineering, high-quality manufacturing, and a company that stands behind their product and you the customer. Call ErectaStep today for instant solutions.


Loading Dock Access Stairs

Loading Dock Access Stairs

Loading Docks without loading dock access stairs are dangerous beehives of activity. According to OSHA, a large percentage of annual industrial accidents happen on or around loading docks. A quick drive through any industrial park will reveal that most companies with standard elevated loading docks use a fixed ladder at the end of the pier. A set of loading dock access stairs can allow workers and truck drivers that need to be on the pier a safer, more visible means of getting on the loading platform.


ErectaStep makes stair systems that are strong, durable against the weather, and above all visible! Giving workers the safety edge that an OSHA compliant staircase gives them is the way to go. Elevated docks, sparse warning rails, moving forklifts and trucks all add up to a potential for trouble. Good Safety Managers will always try to stack the deck in their favor, and putting in a set of Loading Dock Access stairs is the right call.

ErectaStep uses quality components that are engineered and manufactured in the USA. The modern manufacturing methods that we employ creates a durable, OSHA compliant product that will keep workers safe and your business productive for years to come.

Brian Cox joined ErectaStep in 2021, specializing in the provision of OSHA-compliant prefabricated safety solutions including Universal Platforms, Platform Handrails, Safety Stairs, Ladder Units, and Tower Supports. As part of the world’s largest safety stair manufacturer, he offers faster, more accessible alternatives to custom fabrication. Brian's portfolio includes the YellowGate, the industry’s most adjustable swing gate for fall protection, and RollaStep mobile work platforms and stairs, enhancing access across diverse operational environments.