Wednesday, June 27

Five common applications for industrial grating

Industrial grating has helped keep workers safe in a diverse range of environments for years now, working as both an anti-slip surface for staff and a method of protecting the ground beneath their feet.

While popular options such as GRP grating can be used in any situation that they are needed, some of the most common instances have been listed below - along with an explanation of why their installation can be crucial.

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Slopes/stairs - Many factories and industrial settings will spread machinery over more than one floor, often due to the size of the equipment involved, or simply because of the number of different activities that need to take place in the property.

Slopes/stairs - Many factories and industrial settings will spread machinery over more than one floor, often due to the size of the equipment involved, or simply because of the number of different activities that need to take place in the property.

By adding grating to stairs and slopes, workers are afforded a better grip while they are not at their most stable and any spillages will not impact their balance as much because of the way liquids drip through the grid squares.

Machinery - Even though the space around main pieces of machinery may be more stable for workers to stand around than a sloped walkway, staff will often have to carry out important operations; for example, controlling dangerous equipment.

As a result, the need to keep the floor clean and clear of spillages, as well as protected from chemicals, corrosion or physical impact, becomes arguably more acute.

Platforms - Despite how some walkways in a factory may not be on an ascent or nearby to vital machinery, the need to use grating on them is still there, as they will often be raised, which means that all precautions should be carried out to help workers keep their balance.

It is not only indoors that this factor becomes important; any platforms that are found near to the sea will also be essential spaces to add non-slip surfaces, as water can make surfaces very slippery.

Rooftops - Among the safety precautions that firms should take if they have a flat roof is to potentially add industrial grating. It can get very windy on rooftops and there is always the possibility of rain or other elements making the space more dangerous to negotiate. Any company with a heli-pad should certainly consider adding grating.

Bridges - Bridges in many ways combine much of what has been covered in this article into one super-hazard, as they will often be open to the elements outdoors, cross water spaces, raised platforms and often feature stairs or a slight curve to them.

Because of this, installing grating and other support such as handrails becomes crucial if you want to make sure your workforce is not in danger every time they walk across a bridge. Always bring in a health and safety specialist if you are unsure about what you need.