Picture this: a large pipe is blocking your way to reach a control panel. Obstacles like large pipes, pieces of machinery, or any equipment can impede workers from moving from point A to point B. The blockage is mostly nothing more than a trip hazard, but it is an obstacle when it is too huge to cross over — this why you need crossovers to traverse the blockage conveniently and promptly.
When picking a crossover stair model, the clearance will influence the selection. The clearance height and the length of clearance both need to be analyzed. When taking the clearance height calculation, consider the vehicle’s highest point and the maximum height the crossover needs to clear. In order to measure the clearance length, measure the widest region possible. Since crossovers are still stairs, an OSHA compliant design is a priority.
Additionally, the under clearance measurements must be taken into account, as well as the floor area required for the crossover. Make sure that there is space for ingress and egress in the crossover when installing it in your space. If space is small, it is better to buy a space-saving crossover with steeper ladders at both ends. The industrial step ladders are ample enough to fit into a facility, all without sacrificing space. In fact, we recently provided a safe access crossover solution to a bottling facility in Florida.
If your manufacturing plant cannot adapt favorably with a standard unit or a unit with minimal dimensions, then you may consider a U-shaped S-shaped or a Z-shaped unit. Better yet, a customized solution to your crossover needs is a good route to take.
Crossovers are available in stainless steel, aluminum, and painted steel models. Steel is the least expensive choice. When installing it outdoors, the anti-corrosion properties of aluminum are its advantage. Stainless steel for food service areas is important.
Measurements of the tread surface should also be taken into consideration. More sturdy tread material is recommended if the crossover will be subject to wet or slippery surfaces in its location. If the crossover is over a conveyor system, treadless conveyors are suggested.