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Versatile Operations Need Versatile Industrial Work Platforms–ErectaStep Can Help! 

Versatile Operations Need Versatile Industrial Work Platforms–ErectaStep Can Help! 

Recently, Northern Platforms assisted a tank farm in designing custom industrial work platforms and a secondary containment system to keep their employees safe and secure when accessing the tanks. This is just one example of how ErectaStep modular work platforms’ versatility can ensure the safety and accessibility of an operations’ daily tasks. However, ErectaStep platforms can be used beyond tank farms and spill containment access.

Next, we will tell you more about these industrial work platforms and their versatility. Keep reading to find out more! 

Industrial Work Platforms: Making Access and Safety #1

When it comes to design and innovation in industrial work platforms, ErectaStep is truly the leader. Their pre-engineered, pre-manufactured industrial work platforms offer superior quality, durability, and safety, making them an excellent option for petrochemical, manufacturing, and commercial industries where access and safety cannot be compromised. Manufactured using advanced laser-cutting technology, patent-pending designs, and lightweight aluminum, ErectaStep industrial work platforms outperform alternative options in all categories. 

At Northern Platforms, we are a trusted distributor of ErectaStep products. Whether you need OHSA/OH&S-compliant industrial work platforms or IBC-compliant stairs, we have you covered! 

The Easiest Installation Process

One of the many reasons ErectaStep’s industrial work platforms are so popular is that they feature modular, lightweight aluminum components that are easy to install, reconfigure and disassemble. 

Installation for these industrial work platforms only takes a few hours and requires little more than a wrench. That means you don’t need to shut down your production line, obtain hot permits, or utilize special tools or welding. Instead, these industrial work platforms easily bolt together.

However, if you require assistance installing your ErectaStep industrial work platforms because you cannot sacrifice the manpower or want to ensure a perfect installation process, Northern Platforms is here to help! With our turnkey installation services, our team can guarantee that your work platform is installed safely and in a timely manner.

Reach out to Northern Platforms today to learn more about our turnkey services! 

Customizable for Various Industries! 

Because ErectaStep industrial work platforms are versatile and easily reconfigurable, they have dominated the market. Using five key components (aluminum steps, work platforms, industrial handrails, tower support, and aluminum ladders), ErectaStep modular work platforms can be custom-configured for nearly any worksite, warehouse, tank farm, manufacturing facility, and beyond. 

Plus, Northern Platforms’ highly experienced team can help with your customization needs from start to finish. If you need an industrial work platform, our team will visit your site to identify your access needs, challenges, and goals. From there, we use a state-of-the-art custom configurator tool to create your industrial work platform digitally right before your eyes. That way, not only can you see exactly what your work platform will look like once it’s installed, but you’ll also be able to view an accurate quote and detailed drawings.

This entire process takes mere minutes, so instead of waiting for a custom fabrication company to build your industrial work platform from scratch, choose Northern Platforms and ErectaStep! 

Ready to Get Started?

As a family-owned and operated distributor, Northern Platforms takes pride in offering our customers personalized safe access solutions, loading racks, fall protection and more. Explore our comprehensive inventory today or contact our team! Together, we can help you create a custom industrial work platform system that fits your facility’s unique needs. 

Need Stairs for Your Job Site Trailer? Northern Platforms has You Covered! 

Need Stairs for Your Job Site Trailer? Northern Platforms has You Covered! 

For your construction site, facility, or worksite to be OSHA-compliant, you need the right access equipment. Fortunately, this is where Northern Platforms can help! With our years of experience and knowledgeable team, Northern Platforms can help you find the proper safe access solutions for your site. One such piece of equipment often overlooked is portable stairs for temporary job site trailers. Next, we will tell you more about our portable stairs offering. Keep reading to find out more! 

Meet the ErectaStep Portable Steel Stairs

Since 2002, Northern Platforms has been your source for access solutions from trusted manufacturers like ErectaStep. Amongst ErectaStep’s product offerings is its line of OSHA- and IBC-compliant portable stairs. These rugged, powder-coated stairs are manufactured from galvanized steel and feature adjustable legs, making them perfect for interior and exterior applications.

For instance, if your job site trailer, temporary waste bin, or office trailer requires sturdy and reliable stairs for easy access, the ErectaStep portable stairs are a great option. With permanent and custom configurations available, these portable stairs are an excellent choice for construction sites, industrial facilities, waste management sites, and more! 

Features Worth Investing In

Like all ErectaStep products, their portable stairs come standard with safety-enhancing features such as large, slip-resistant platforms and field-adjustable telescopic legs. These platforms are available in 4’x6′ or 4’x4′ sizes and can have steps attached to any side. If you require a portable stair with steps on the front or two sides, the ErectaStep portable stairs have you covered!

Available in sizes ranging from 28″ (71cm) to 63″ (160cm) high, these portable stair units can be adapted for nearly any terrain, making them a great option for worksites across Canada. At Northern Platforms, we carry a comprehensive inventory of the ErectaStep portable stairs in stock and ready to ship. So, when you need one of these units, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team and make accessing your job site trailer one step safer. 

Below is a quick spec overview of the two models of the ErectaStep portable stairs available at Northern Platforms: 

IBC & OSHA Compliant Models

  • For commercial and residential applications
  • 4’x6′ Platform
  • Heavy Duty Platform with 100 psf (pounds per square foot) load requirements
  • Balusters with 4″ (102mm) spacing

OSHA Compliant Models

  • For industrial use applications only
  • 4’x4′ Platform
  • Medium Duty Platform with 50 psf (pounds per square foot) load requirements
  • Handrails with standard balusters 

Caring for Our Community

In addition to serving our fellow businesses with turnkey services, safe access and loading solutions, Northern Platforms also gives back to our community. Over the years, we have proudly partnered with and sponsored numerous community organizations and initiatives to show support and care for the community in which we live and work. Some of our most recent sponsorships and initiatives include:

  • Platinum Sponsor for Harry Ainlay Titans High School Senior Football Program
  • Sponsorship for Tee it Up for Mental Health Golf Tournament
  • Gold Sponsor for the Cameron Daye Memorial Golf Invitational
  • Donations to the Stollery Hospital
  • Donations to the Alberta Cancer Foundation
  • And more!

At Northern Platforms, we believe we are only as strong as the communities we work in, so we are committed to giving back. 

Get a Quote Today!

With over two decades of experience under our belts and a commitment to our communities, Northern Platforms is your source for quality access solutions, turnkey services, and more. If your worksite would benefit from a set of ErectaStep portable stairs, contact us today to get a quote or to learn more about how the Northern Platforms team can support your business. 

Does Your Facility Need Crossover Stairs? Here’s How to Find Out! 

Does Your Facility Need Crossover Stairs? Here’s How to Find Out! 

When it comes to safety in industrial settings, there is no compromise. At Northern Platforms, we understand the challenges Safety Managers and Plant Managers face when it comes to ensuring the safety and compliance of their worksites. Fortunately, as your safe access solution experts, the Northern Platforms team is here to help!

Next, we will explain ways to spot potential trouble areas in your facility and how a set of crossover stairs can fix this potential hazard. Keep reading to find out more. 

Understanding the Need for Safe Crossover Points

If you are a Safety Manager or Facility Plant Manager, you likely already know the importance of crossover stairs. Workers taking shortcuts over or under production lines is an age-old problem and one that can result in serious bodily harm, accidental death, and fines from governing bodies like OSHA and OH&S. Additionally, slips, accidental falls, and injuries commonly happen around ground-level obstacles and equipment that should have a designated crossover point. Fortunately, crossover stairs from Northern Platforms are the perfect solution. 

Identifying Trouble Spots

When considering crossover stairs for your worksite or facility, it is essential to think like an inspector. Keep a keen eye out on how your employees move around your facility, then act immediately. Not only will this mentality keep your staff safe, but it will also give you peace of mind when your next safety inspection happens. 

When observing your employees, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is there an obstacle (such as a horizontal pipe, production line, or electrical conduit) that crosses an area of your facility’s deck?
  2. Are workers always stepping over said obstacle instead of going around or to a designated crossover point?
  3. Are your workers ducking underneath the obstacle to reach their stations or take a break?
  4. Are your workers taking potentially dangerous shortcuts to cross your facility efficiently?

If you answer “Yes” to any of the above questions, then it’s likely that a crossover stair from Northern Platforms could solve these navigational issues and make your facility safer. 

Remember, an injury to one of your workers due to them unsafely crossing over or under an obstacle in your facility can stop your operations. By providing your workers with secure access around obstacles and barriers with Northern Platforms crossover stairs, you’re ensuring their safety on the job, your facility’s compliance with safety regulations, and continuous production. 

The ErectaStep Solution

If your worksite, facility or plant is facing safety and navigational issues, Northern Platforms is here to help! Our OSHA-compliant ErectaStep crossover stairs offer an easy-to-assemble solution. This five-piece modular system allows you to customize your crossover stairs to address any length or height your trouble areas require. 

Each ErectaStep crossover stair system component is constructed from industrial-grade aluminum (also available in 304 stainless steel) and requires minimal tools and no welding for installation. When you bolt this modular access solution together, the result is a stable crossover stair that will not only last for years but can also be disassembled and reconfigured as your plant or facility grows.

When you need a cost-effective, easy-to-install, and OHSA / OH&S complaint crossover solution, Northern Platforms has you covered with our ErectaStep systems. Let our team help you design the custom access solutions you need with an on-site visit today! 

Ready to Make Your Facility Safer?

With help from Northern Platforms’ highly trained and experienced team, we can ensure your facility or plant is safe and compliant. Contact us for a quote on your crossover stairs or to schedule an on-site visit and evaluation today! Remember, Northern Platforms is here to protect you and your workers from workplace injuries and to make loading, accessing, and unloading at your worksite a breeze.

Custom Access Solutions: Northern Platforms’ Modular Work Platforms

Custom Access Solutions: Northern Platforms’ Modular Work Platforms

At Northern Platforms, we understand that finding the right work platform for your facility or worksite can be challenging, as finding the right one-size-fits-all solution isn’t always easy or doable. Fortunately, we have a solution for tricky facilities or locations: our ErectaStep modular work platforms. Next, we will tell you more about this versatile platform and how our team can ensure you get the correct configuration for your operational needs. Keep reading to find out more! 

Meet ErectaStep’s Innovative Modular Work Platforms

For over 20 years, Northern Platforms has been an industry leader in critical safe access solutions and loading equipment. One of our most versatile and popular products is Erectastep’s modular work platforms. These lightweight, aluminum work platforms can be adapted for nearly any application and facility. With its modular design, reusability, and simple installation process, our offering of ErectaStep modular work platforms can take your operations to the next level. 

Let’s dig into this modular work platform further: 

Versatile Modular Design and Components

Using only five components: prefabricated metal stairs, industrial handrails, metal work platforms, aluminum ladders and tower support, Northern Platforms’ ErectaStep modular work platform is a versatile yet sturdy access solution. This work platform is OSHA-compliant, precision manufactured, and fully engineered with quality materials. It also does not require any fabrication and can be configured into metal stairs, crossover stairs and many other designs to aid in movement over dike walls, pipes, equipment and more. So whether your facility needs a single 3’x3′ platform, a 3’x12′ walkway, a 9’x9′ work zone, or some other configuration, Northern Platforms’ inventory of ErectaStep modular work platforms has you covered! 

Next are some features of our ErectaStep modular work platforms: 

  • Universal design on all four sides of the platform for application adaptability
  • Aggressive self-draining tread
  • No welding, special tools or crane is required for assembly
  • OHSA-compliant
  • The lightweight yet durable design makes installation easy
  • Available in aluminum, galvanized, 304 stainless, and steel
  • Compatible with YellowGate safety swing gates

Effortless Assembly Made Even Easier

If you’re considering installing an ErectaStep modular work platform into your facility, the Northern Platforms team is here to help! Our highly experienced and trained team will visit your site to identify goals and potential challenges with your facility; that way, we can ensure the job gets done right. We utilize a state-of-the-art custom configuration tool to virtually build your modular work platform, view accurate quotes, and see detailed design drawings in minutes. This lets you see exactly what your new modular work platform will look like once installed. 

Northern Platforms’ team can even help you with the installation process! With our turnkey installation services, our team will take charge of the assembly process, ensuring that your equipment is installed safely and on time. This means you can focus on other aspects of your operations while Northern Platforms gets our hands dirty for you. Whether you need support installing your new ErectaStep modular work platform, OPW loading arms, or a railcar loading platform, our team is here to help! 

Your End-To-End Partner

Since 2002, Northern Platforms has been your trusted source for SafeRack, OPW, ErectaStep, and many other quality access solutions from leading manufacturers. When you need a custom access solution for your facility or worksite, Northern Platforms in Leduc has you covered!

Contact us today to learn more about our ErectaStep modular work platforms or to find out more about our turnkey installation services! 

The Applications and Advantages of Crossover Stairs 

The Applications and Advantages of Crossover Stairs 

At Northern Platforms, we understand the importance of providing reliable solutions that enable seamless operations in diverse work environments. Our ErectaStep modular crossover stairs are a versatile and customizable answer to many common challenges in industrial settings. Next, we will cover some typical applications for crossover stairs and the advantages of choosing ErectaStep. Continue reading to find out more about these innovative, safe access solutions!

Common Applications for Crossover Stairs

Crossover stairs, sometimes called catwalks, serve a wide range of applications across various industries. Often, they crisscross busy industrial facilities, providing access to essential machinery and workstations. Northern Platforms’ inventory of ErectaStep crossover stairs offers a secure pathway, allowing your workers to move safely and efficiently, even at elevated heights. Whether you’re looking to ensure safety, navigate obstacles, or improve workflow, ErectaStep has you covered! Below are three of the most common applications where these innovative safe access solutions shine:

  1. Rooftops and HVAC Access: For maintenance personnel, gaining access to rooftops and HVAC systems is a frequent task. ErectaStep offers a solution to surmount heating, cooling, and ducting systems, ensuring the safety of workers working at heights.
  2. Cable Trays and Instrumentation Lines: The industrial landscape is often a maze of cables and instrumentation lines. Northern Platforms’ crossover stairs make it easy to navigate over these obstacles, streamlining daily operations and reducing the risk of accidents.
  3. Containment Berms: Safely crossing containment berms in industrial settings is essential for maintaining environmental and operational integrity. ErectaStep’s customizable designs adapt to the specific requirements of your facility, ensuring safety and navigability. 

ErectaStep: Versatility and Customization in One

One of the standout features of the ErectaStep crossover stairs is their versatility. These modular crossover stairs are designed to adapt to your facility’s unique needs and applications, offering several significant advantages:

  • Easy Assembly: ErectaStep’s lightweight aluminum components and modular design enable straightforward assembly without welding or special tools. With just a wrench, you can configure and install these stairs with ease (see more on this below).
  • Affordability: The modular design minimizes engineering costs, making ErectaStep a cost-effective solution for your facility’s access needs.
  • Compliance: ErectaStep crossover stairs are built to meet OSHA and OH&S safety standards, ensuring a secure working environment for your team, no matter how you configure them.
  • Durability: ErectaStep’s heavy-duty aluminum design minimizes weld points, enhancing the overall system’s strength and longevity.

At Northern Platforms, we understand that every industrial facility has unique needs. While ErectaStep’s versatile five-component design can accommodate numerous configurations, there are times when customization becomes essential. Whether you require tailor-made openings or contoured platforms to fit your precise requirements, our team is here to help.

To experience the seamless installation process of these crossover stairs and explore how they can enhance safety and accessibility in your facility, we encourage you to watch the short informative video below!

Simple Solutions for Big Problems

Northern Platforms‘ ErectaStep crossover stairs have redefined access solutions in industrial settings. With their adaptability, ease of assembly, compliance with safety standards, and customized options, they’re the perfect choice for enhancing safety and efficiency across various applications. Whether you need to navigate catwalks, access rooftops, or cross-cable trays, ErectaStep ensures your team can do so safely and efficiently.

Trust Northern Platforms to provide the ultimate solution for your facility’s access needs. Contact our team today to see for yourself how ErectaStep can enhance your worksite! 

Improve Your Operations with ErectaStep Industrial Platforms and Walkways from Northern Platforms

Improve Your Operations with ErectaStep Industrial Platforms and Walkways from Northern Platforms

Optimizing your operations while prioritizing safety is vital to remain competitive in the ever-evolving industrial sector. Fortunately, with the help of Northern Platforms’ industrial platforms and walkways, your operations can stay ahead of the curve. These elevated pathways not only facilitate movement within your busy facilities but also redefine the way your business can navigate safety challenges. Next, we will discuss some features and benefits of Northern Platforms’ ErectaStep industrial platforms and walkways. Continue reading to find out more about these innovative access solutions. 

A New Perspective on Industrial Platforms and Walkways

Industrial platforms and walkways offer numerous advantages in the world of operational efficiency. These elevated pathways offer personnel a safe and efficient means of traversing within facilities, overcoming obstacles, and improving overall workflow. Yet, their benefits go beyond accessibility– they also serve as elevated platforms for enhanced visibility, loading, and management of operations.

Exploring Your Options: ErectaStep Industrial Platforms and Walkways

At Northern Platforms, our commitment to providing high-quality access solutions is reflected in our various partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers such as ErectaStep. Northern Platforms offers various industrial platforms and walkways to suit every application and facility. In particular, our ErectaStep offering embodies a dedication to innovation, quality and safety. Below are three ways ErectaStep’s industrial platforms and walkways can benefit your operations.

1) Safety Taken to New Heights

The cornerstone of every successful operation is a commitment to safety. ErectaStep’s commitment to safety is evident in every component of its industrial platforms and walkways. These modular systems adhere to stringent safety standards. They are constructed with quality, lightweight, and over-engineered aluminum (also available in galvanized and 304 stainless steel) to ensure longevity and reliability. While the slip-resistant surfaces, sturdy handrails, and OSHA and OH&S compliance ensure you provide your employees with secure pathways that foster a safer work environment. 

2) Efficiency in Every Detail

Across the industrial sector, time is money! Fortunately, ErectaStep’s industrial platforms and walkways not only enhance your operations but also expedite installation. These modular platforms are in stock and ready to ship at Northern Platforms, meaning you don’t have to wait weeks or months to get them in. While their modular design allows for rapid assembly (without any welding, special tools or cranes), minimizing losses due to downtime and ensuring uninterrupted operations. Moreover, this efficiency extends to maintenance as the modular components can easily be replaced, reconfigured, or added to as needed. 

3) Greater Versatility

Finally, the versatility of ErectaStep’s industrial platforms and walkways cannot be overlooked. From providing safe equipment access in manufacturing facilities to enabling oversight on elevated platforms within warehouses, these systems seamlessly integrate into various industrial environments. This same adaptability and flexibility make ErectaStep indispensable in oil and gas facilities, ensuring secure maintenance and inspections at elevated heights. 

Choose Northern Platforms for All of Your Safe Access Solution Needs

As Western Canada’s premier access and loading solutions distributor, Northern Platforms is dedicated to delivering high-quality products and turnkey services that enhance safety and efficiency. With ErectaStep’s industrial platforms and walkways in your facility, you can overcome access challenges, optimize your operations and nurture a culture of safety. So when you need industrial platforms and walkways, Northern Platforms is here to help.

Contact us today to explore more benefits of ErectaStep industrial platforms and walkways!