The importance of work platforms and walkways

According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips and trips in the workplace cost employers in excess of £500 million per year.

The bill to the health service is over £130 million.

And with research indicating that 1 in 3 fatalities happen as a direct result of a slip or trip, the price for too many people is their life.

Vital then, to make sure that walkways are kept clean and clear, and that any obstacles or potential trip hazards can be negotiated safely.

The best way to do this? With high-performance walkways and platforms.

Let’s take a look at why…

How can platforms and walkways enhance safety?

You can avoid the expense of costly building work and renovations by using walkways to avoid ‘danger zones’ and trip hazards.

Designed to fit perfectly within your workspace, work platforms and walkways can expertly navigate users around hazardous areas, making space more workable, far more user-friendly, and – crucially – much safer!

By opting for bespoke walkways, you can rest assured they will be entirely fit for purpose, with enhanced grip and suitable handrail provision. Helping not only to maximise safety but also to efficiently manage the space available.

What types of platforms are there?

There are a variety of walkways and platforms on the market, including:

Stepover – acting as a bridge, a step-over is designed to navigate a safe path over an obstacle without the need to take a lengthy detour.

Fixed – fitted permanently into position. Ideal for high traffic areas.

Movable – as the name suggests, this type of platform is attached to castors to allow freedom of movement and increase flexibility.

Fully bespoke – designed to fit exactly where it’s needed and 100% built for the intended purpose and location. As such, you’re guaranteed maximum safety.

Which material is best for work platforms and walkways?

Traditionally, platforms and walkways have been built from a variety of materials, including wood, steel, and aluminium.

The specific environment where a platform will be located plays a large part in determining the most appropriate material. These days, though, the decision has become much simpler – GRP.

GRP (glass reinforced plastic) has become the modern go-to material for industrial walkways and platforms, outstripping the alternatives at every turn as a highly cost-effective and long-lasting option.

GRP walkways and platforms offer:

Safety – with built in anti-slip qualities and a non-conductive, fire-retardant surface, GRP maximises safety.

Flexibility – GRP won’t degrade under harsh UV rays, nor will it become a slip hazard if it gets wet, meaning it’s ideal for any location – indoor or out.

Durability – few materials can offer the strength and durability of GRP. As a non-corrosive surface, resistant to a wide pH range, it’s suitable for almost any environment.

Lightweight – ideal if you’re looking for the flexibility of movable walkways. GRP is famed for its strength-to-weight ratio, which not only makes it incredibly strong, but also quick and easy to install, too.

Affordability – all of these great qualities, yet GRP remains a cost-effective option. Factor in the reduced ongoing maintenance bill and its longevity, and it’s clear you’re on to a winner.

Order your bespoke GRP platforms today

Ready to enhance the safety of your work environment? Then it’s time to invest in bespoke walkways and platforms from the GRP experts at HR Kilns.

We can offer mobile platforms, up and overs, ramp platforms, inspection platforms, and more, tailoring our service to meet your exact requirements. Find out more by visiting our platforms and walkways page, or get in touch to discuss your needs in more detail with a member of the team.

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