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ErectaStep Industrial Work Platform System Nevada Power Plant Installation

This industrial work platform system project in Nevada highlights the adaptability and effectiveness of ErectaStep modular access solutions.

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By Jamie Nute
Nov 01, 2022
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Custom Industrial Work Platforms for Power Plant Safety

This industrial work platform system project in Nevada highlights the adaptability and effectiveness of ErectaStep modular access solutions. Faced with the challenge of getting the job done in tight spaces and amongst numerous obstacles, traditional scaffolding solutions proved impractical and inefficient. ErectaStep’s engineering team designed a series of fixed industrial work platforms installed throughout the plant to address significant worker safety issues. Previously space was so limited that platforms were limited to just 16” wide. Workers can now safely and efficiently move throughout the plant, while the plant has eliminated the costs associated with renting, installing, and inspecting scaffolding. Our innovative solutions enable workers to navigate the plant safely and efficiently, eliminating the logistical and financial burdens of scaffolding.

Advantages of ErectaStep Modular Solutions

  • Customizable and Flexible: ErectaStep’s platforms can be tailored to meet any power plant’s unique spatial and safety requirements, ensuring optimal efficiency and worker safety. 
  • Quick and Easy Installation: The prefabricated nature of ErectaStep’s components allows for rapid deployment, minimizing downtime and facilitating immediate safety and operational efficiency improvements.
  • Cost-Effective: By eliminating the need for rental, installation, and inspection of traditional scaffolding, ErectaStep’s solutions offer significant cost savings.
  • Enhanced Safety: With OSHA compliance and features like safety swing gates, ErectaStep’s platforms significantly reduce the risk of falls and other work-related injuries.

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Many are attributable to the use of scaffolding. As Dr. Robert Peltier, Consulting Editor for Power Mag, notes, the risk of falls is “particularly high when installing, working on, or disassembling scaffolding. Working in tight proximity around boilers, piping, electrical cables, and other power plant equipment is also an occupational hazard.” 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most significant hazards associated with the electric power industry are: 

  • Electrocution 
  • Falls 
  • Confined spaces 
  • Fires and explosions 
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures 
  • Environmental stress 

ErectaStep is an industry-leading provider of industrial work platforms for power plants. The prefabricated modular stairs parts and industrial work platforms are made of lightweight metal components that are easy and quick to install, requiring no welding or special tools. ErectaStep’s OSHA-compliant industrial work platforms are a cost-effective and safe alternative to power plant scaffolding. Limitless configurations are available, allowing power plants to provide workers with safe and efficient access to equipment and to easily maneuver around pipes and other obstacles. Platforms can also be equipped with safety swing gates for an added layer of safety. 

Electric power generation facilities, encompassing a diverse array from coal-burning to nuclear power plants, each present unique safety and operational challenges. These range from navigating intricate layouts that limit platform configurations to ensuring continuous maintenance without compromising safety or productivity. ErectaStep’s custom industrial work platform solutions provide a breakthrough in overcoming these hurdles.

Navigating Power Plant Safety Challenges

  • Unique Spatial Constraints: Power plants often feature complex layouts that impose significant restrictions on the installation of traditional access solutions.
  • Continuous Maintenance Needs: The ongoing maintenance of power plant equipment necessitates flexible and reliable access solutions to ensure operational efficiency and worker safety.
  • Rapid Installation Requirements: To minimize downtime, power plant operations demand access solutions that can be installed swiftly and seamlessly.
  • Industry-Specific Hazards: Power plant workers face unique risks, including electrocution, falls, confined spaces, fires, explosions, and environmental stress, necessitating specialized safety measures.
Industrial Work Platform for Power Plant
Custom industrial stair system installation for Duke Power. Safety railing and swing gates provide workers with fall protection and piece of mind.

Not surprisingly, inadequate fall protection and the improper use of scaffolding consistently top OSHA’s 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations list yearly. Electric power generation plants and even generator maintenance access solutions can overcome these challenges with the right OSHA-compliant industrial work platform system. 

A Paradigm Shift in Power Plant Safety

ErectaStep’s industrial work platform systems represent a paradigm shift in addressing the unique safety and efficiency challenges of power plants. By providing customizable, quick-install solutions that adhere to stringent safety standards, ErectaStep not only mitigates significant industry hazards but also facilitates significant cost savings and operational improvements.

Jamie joined ErectaStep in 2020, focusing on the development of aluminum stairs, work platforms, and crossover systems. His work involves leveraging advanced technology to improve response times, reduce lead times, and lower costs without sacrificing quality. Jamie's role includes enhancing safety and productivity for clients, continuously refining processes and products to strengthen long-term customer partnerships.