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Ladders, Platforms & Handrails for SFI Tanks & Vessels

Ladders, platforms & handrails offer safe access to tanks

Many of the tanks and vessels built by Stainless Fabrication are outfitted with accessories that allow safe access to various parts of the tanks, like ladders, platforms, and handrails. We follow OSHA guidelines when designing this type of equipment for use with tanks.  A variety of equipment combinations and materials are available.

Tank accessory options

  • Materials of construction: Stainless steel, primered carbon steel, primed and painted carbon steel, galvanized carbon steel.
  • In keeping with OSHA guidelines, fixed ladders are a purchased component.  It is the customer’s responsibility to provide and install appropriate fall arrest systems.
  • Fixed steel ladders (without a cage; up to 20’ in climbing length)
  • Fixed steel caged ladders (up to 30’ in climbing length)
  • Handrail and toe board (around perimeter of tank top head)
  • Safety gates (for caged ladder and handrail combinations)
  • Rest platforms (provide a rest-stop every 30’ to the top of tank)
  • Crossover platforms & catwalks (for access from the top of one tank to an adjacent tank)
  • Winding staircase (wraps around tank perimeter; minimum tank diameter is 5-feet)
  • Stand-alone spiral stairs (only available in limited cases per OSHA guidelines)
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Materials of construction for tank accessories

  • Stainless steel
  • Carbon steel, prime painted
  • Carbon steel, primed and painted
  • Carbon steel, galvanized
  • Stainless or carbon steel serrated grating for platforms
  • Stainless or carbon steel traction tread plate for steps
  • Stainless or carbon steel toe plate

Due to shipping size restrictions, platforms and handrails are typically shipped separate from tanks for installation in the field. Depending on size, handrails may be shipped already installed on the tank. In either case, SFI test-installs these accessories prior to shipment to ensure a proper fit in the field.

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