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Why Quality Counts: Safe and Efficient Truck Access Platforms

Why Quality Counts: Safe and Efficient Truck Access Platforms

When it comes to ensuring the accessibility of elevated work areas around trucks, specialized equipment is essential. At Northern Platforms, we understand the unique challenges that companies face. That’s why we offer top-quality solutions and turnkey services to exceed your expectations. Our focus this time is on truck access platforms and how our approach, products, and expertise can make a difference in your operations. Keep reading to find out more! 

Why Invest in Quality Products

When it comes to investing in safe access solutions, opting for the cheaper solution can not only lead to risks but also may end up costing more in the long run. While these alternatives may seem attractive due to their lower upfront costs, the quality of these products speaks for themselves. A lower price tag often means compromises on the materials used in production, construction, and overall quality. All of which may cost you more when that access solution breaks down. 

At Northern Platforms, we proudly stock quality products from trusted manufacturers like SafeRack, typically built to withstand the rigour of numerous industrial applications. So, when investing in quality safe access solutions, plan for the future and invest in high-quality equipment that will give you a worthwhile long-term return on your investment (ROI). The enhanced safety and efficiency of your operations will ultimately lead to a healthier bottom line.

Truck Access Platforms for Diverse Needs

One of Northern Platforms’ top products is SafeRack’s SAS truck access platforms. The Self-Adjusting Stairs (SAS) access platform is engineered to provide employees with safe and efficient access to elevated work areas around trucks. They are built to articulate and self-level, accommodating varying heights of vehicles. So, regardless of whether you’re loading tanker trucks hauling biofuel or unloading manufacturing chemicals, the SAS truck access platform can ensure your team has secure access. 

Moreover, their one-piece stair design reduces welds, virtually eliminating failures. Despite their rugged construction, these platforms are easy to use, thanks to the spring counterbalance that requires minimal effort. Key features of the SAS truck access platform include:

  • Spring balanced lift and lower system for improved ergonomics
  • Positive locking system that protects drivers and operators
  • Plug-and-play setup for fast and easy installation
  • And more!

At Northern Platforms, we take a consultative approach, offering on-site visits to develop the right system for your needs. With expedited delivery, precision-built components, and custom solutions available, SafeRack’s truck access platforms provide a comprehensive solution for your truck loading and unloading needs.

Our Customer-First Approach

At Northern Platforms, our approach to building long-term relationships with our customers is based on the principles of understanding, personalization, and on-site engagement. While many companies rely solely on email or phone communication, we go the extra mile by visiting your site to gain a deeper understanding of your application. Our local, responsive staff can often be on-site the same day you reach out to us, ensuring a swift and personalized response. We’ve been in the business since 2002, and our experience speaks for itself.

By coming to your site, we not only garner a more in-depth understanding of your specific needs but also provide on-site education. This approach ensures that you not only get the right equipment but also know how to use it effectively. Combined with our installation and maintenance services, Northern Platforms ensures your site is safe, efficient, and easy to access, no matter the application. 

Your Source for Truck Access Platforms!

Ensuring safe and efficient access to elevated work areas around trucks is essential for the success of industrial and transportation operations. Northern Platforms’ inventory of SafeRack products offers a range of truck access platforms designed to provide reliable solutions to meet your specific needs.

Our approach to building strong client relationships and our commitment to quality, safe access solutions ensure your operations are safe and efficient. Trust Northern Platforms for your truck access platform needs, and experience the difference yourself.

Contact our team for a quote today!

How the MaxRack Elevating Safety Cage Makes Tanker Truck Access Safer

How the MaxRack Elevating Safety Cage Makes Tanker Truck Access Safer

Tanker truck access platforms are a critical component of transportation industries, especially those dealing with potentially hazardous materials. These platforms ensure the safe and efficient loading and unloading of chemicals, fuels, and bulk products that require specialized handling. Northern Platforms, a leader in safety equipment, offers a groundbreaking solution to bolster safety and operational efficiency in this field: the SafeRack MaxRack Elevating Safety Cage System. Keep reading to learn more about this innovative, safe access solution!

The Foundation of Effective Safety Systems

At Northern Platforms, we believe in proactive safety measures; that’s why we provide onsite truck loading fall protection safety assessments. These assessments serve as the foundation for effective safety systems. Our team of experts can meticulously evaluate every component of your tanker truck loading platform system. This includes an overview of your safety cages, gangways, loading arms, and other equipment to ensure everything functions correctly and complies with local and national safety standards. By taking a proactive approach, Northern Platforms not only guarantees compliance but also contributes to the smooth continuity of your operations while maximizing the return on investment in your truck loading fall protection system. 

Introducing MaxRack: An Elevating Safety Cage System

In a sector where safety cannot be compromised, the MaxRack Elevating Safety Cage System from Northern Platforms stands out as an innovative, safe access solution. It distinguishes itself from the competition by being the sole elevating safety cage system that can be manually operated during power or air pressure loss. The system’s unique counterbalanced cage design and exclusive dual input gearbox ensure smooth operation and provide operators with the capability to raise and lower the cage when needed manually. Primarily used for accessing the tops of vehicles in bulk loading applications and accessing top hatches, the MaxRack ensures your workers have a safe environment when accessing these vehicles. 

Below is a short video of the MaxRack Elevating Safety Cage System in action during a railcar loading application.

Customization for Diverse Applications

One of the most advantageous features of the MaxRack system is its adaptability. At Northern Platforms, we offer a selection of standard safety cage configurations to cater to a wide range of applications. These numerous configurations make the MaxRack versatile for both tanker truck and railcar applications, as it can accommodate the distinct needs of various industries and vehicles. Additionally, the counterweighted design of the MaxRack minimizes the need for larger, more expensive drive components, ultimately reducing maintenance and repair costs

Power Options to Suit Your Requirements

At Northern Platforms, we offer two power options for the SafeRack MaxRack Elevating Safety Cage: pneumatic and electric drive, available in both single and three-phase options. This flexibility lets you choose the power source that best aligns with your specific operational demands. Whether you prefer the reliability of electric power or the versatility of pneumatic drives, the MaxRack has you covered!

Ensuring Safety and Durability

Safety, durability, and efficiency are non-negotiable when handling potentially hazardous materials in tanker truck applications. The MaxRack meets these requirements by being built with a robust foundation. It features galvanized steel column supports and lifting arms, ensuring it can withstand the rigours of numerous industries. Moreover, welding specifications meet or exceed industry standards for both carbon steel and aluminum, and the galvanizing process complies with recognized industrial standards. That means, with the MaxRack from Northern Platforms, loading and unloading tanker trucks is a safe and secure operation for the long term. 

Prioritize Safety and Efficiency with Northern Platforms

Tanker truck access platforms are vital for industries handling hazardous materials in bulk. Northern Platforms goes the extra mile by providing various power options and safety assessments to optimize your truck loading fall protection system for safety and efficiency.

Let Northern Platforms be your trusted source for comprehensive truck loading fall protection equipment. Contact our team today to find the right equipment for your facility and ensure a safe and accessible site.

Enhance Your Site with a Comprehensive Truck Fall Protection System

Enhance Your Site with a Comprehensive Truck Fall Protection System

One critical area where safety cannot be compromised is in the loading and unloading of trucks. This is where truck fall protection systems come into play, and Northern Platforms offers a comprehensive solution for these crucial needs. Below, we’ll explore the importance of truck fall protection systems and the range of products that contribute to this vital safety aspect. Continue reading to find out more.

Comprehensive Truck Fall Protection Systems

Truck fall protection systems include a wide range of products and safety measures aimed at safeguarding workers during the loading and unloading of trucks. These systems not only protect employees but also ensure the efficient flow of operations, allowing trucks to transfer their loads quickly and safely. 

At Northern Platforms, we’ve been a trusted partner in the design and installation of safe access solutions for truck loading and fall protection since 2002. Our solutions include custom steel loading platforms, available in both stationary and portable configurations. These platforms can be equipped with state-of-the-art loading arms, safety gates, fall protection systems, and operator gangways. We also offer the option to install operator buildings, safety showers, and shelters to provide employees with additional protection during loading and unloading processes.

The Importance of Comprehensive Solutions

High-quality safe access solutions are a hallmark of Northern Platforms‘ commitment to providing comprehensive truck fall protection systems. Our expertise extends to designing and building complete truck loading and tank trailer fall protection systems. These systems may encompass various components, including:

  1. Custom Loading Platforms: Our loading platforms are engineered to accommodate single truck loading stations to multiple truck loading stations. We understand that trucks and trailers come in various shapes and sizes, so our solutions are flexible and can adapt to different configurations.
  2. Loading Arms: These essential components efficiently load trailers and cargo vessels while ensuring the safety of workers.
  3. Safety Gates: Fall protection is crucial, and our safety gates are designed to prevent accidents and injuries during loading and unloading processes.
  4. Operator Gangways: Operator gangways offer a safe and convenient means for employees to access the truck or trailer during loading and unloading.

Our decades of experience providing truck fall protection systems have given us invaluable insights into what works best. We supply equipment that not only meets safety standards but also ensures the efficiency and consistency of your loading and unloading operations.

SafeRack SAS Gangways: A Versatile Component

As part of our commitment to safety and quality, Northern Platforms proudly stocks industry-leading products like SafeRack’s SAS gangways. These gangways are designed to articulate and self-level, accommodating varying heights of tanker trucks and trailers. They are built to last, thanks to their one-piece stair design that reduces welds, virtually eliminating failures. Despite their rugged construction, these SAS gangways are easy to use, with a spring counterbalance that requires minimal effort.

At Northern Platforms, our team takes a consultative approach to determine the best truck fall protection systems for your worksite. We offer on-site visits to develop the right system for your specific needs. With expedited delivery, precision-built components, and custom solutions available, SafeRack’s SAS gangways provide a comprehensive solution for your truck fall protection requirements.

Start Designing Your Truck Fall Protection System Today!

Truck fall protection systems are non-negotiable when it comes to ensuring the efficiency and safety of loading and unloading processes. At Northern Platforms, we offer solutions designed to provide reliable and comprehensive fall protection for workers in numerous industries. Additionally, we also offer installation and routine maintenance services to ensure your new fall protection system is correctly set up and ready to go. 

Contact us today to learn more about setting up your truck fall protection system with Northern Platforms.

When You Need Truck Loading Platforms, Trust Northern Platforms’ Topnotch Solutions!

When You Need Truck Loading Platforms, Trust Northern Platforms’ Topnotch Solutions!

As the trucking loading industry continues to grow in Western Canada, more and more operations and facilities require secure and durable truck loading platforms. If your operations lack a safe truck loading system or your current one is damaged or facing difficulties maintaining performance and efficiency, now is the time to invest in a new truck loading platform.

At Northern Platforms, we are proud to be the premier SafeRack safe access solutions distributor. Our inventory of truck access platforms provides our customers with various advantages along with improvements in safety and efficiency. Next, we’ll discuss why you should choose a truck loading platform from SafeRack and how Northern Platforms can support your operations with our decades of expertise. Keep reading to learn more!

Quality Truck Loading Platforms

At Northern Platforms, we are proud to be your top Canadian distributor of SafeRack truck loading platforms. Whether your trucks have top hatches, bottom hatches, or both, Northern Platforms has the loading platforms you need to ensure your workers are safe. As an industry leader in safe access solutions, Northern Platforms has a comprehensive inventory of truck loading platform solutions to meet your facility’s needs, including one-of-a-kind applications.

Moreover, Northern Platforms’ inventory of SafeRack loading platforms is designed to withstand the wear and tear of industrial environments. Each of their platforms is engineered with heavy-gauge galvanized steel or aluminum, so you can rest assured that the truck loading platforms you invest in today will last well into the future! When you need quality truck loading platforms, trust the safe access solution experts at Northern Platforms to have the solutions you need in stock and ready to ship!

Expert Support from Industry Leaders

One of the many advantages of working with Northern Platforms for your access solution needs is that our comprehensive inventory is backed by expert customer service. For instance, say you’re unsure of what truck loading platform from SafeRack would be best suited for your facility. In that case, Northern Platforms’ team of safe access solution experts can assist you with determining the best loading platform for your operations. Our team can even visit your site, and custom configure a design drawing of our recommended access solutions. That way, you can see precisely how your truck loading platform will fit into your facility before you purchase. In addition, Northern Platforms also provides a wide range of supportive services such as preventative maintenance, installation, and more! So regardless of your safe access solution requirements, Northern Platforms has the inventory and expertise you need to ensure your facility is safe and compliant.

Your Trusted Specialists in Safe Access Solutions

As Western Canada’s premier distributor of SafeRack access solutions, Northern Platforms is proud to provide exceptional quality products and services. Since 2002, Northern Platforms has worked with industry-leading manufacturers to ensure operations have the truck loading systems they need to keep their worksites safe and efficient. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service in addition to our comprehensive inventory of safe access solutions. Contact us today to learn more about SafeRack truck loading platforms from Northern Platforms!

What Equipment Does Your Flatbed Truck Loading Fall Protection System Need?

What Equipment Does Your Flatbed Truck Loading Fall Protection System Need?

The best time to invest in a fall protection system for your truck-loading operations is before an accident occurs. Whether your facility has experienced an accident previously or you’re taking a proactive approach to fall protection, Northern Platforms is here to help. For over 20 years, Northern Platforms has been a leader in distributing safe access solutions, fall protection systems, loading arms, and more. Next, we’ll cover two pieces of equipment that can significantly improve your flatbed truck loading fall protection system. Continue reading to find out more!

Overhead Tarping Systems

One of the most common ways employees get injured is when they’re working around flatbed trucks and attempting to cover a load with a tarp. Without the proper truck loading fall protection in place, workers will often try to climb onto flatbed trailers to complete their duties. This puts them at serious risk of fall injuries. To best prevent falls in the first place, it’s critical to remove access barriers that prevent your workers from safely doing their jobs.

While an overhead tarping system may not seem like your typical truck-loading fall protection system, it’s a critical component of fall protection. An overhead tarping system from Northern Platforms provides your operations with a safer way to cover a flatbed trailer, as it eliminates the risk of climbing onto or walking on the flatbed itself. Instead, the operator would simply connect a tarp to a spreader bar suspended from an overhead track. Then by using a powered winch system and hand-held control, the operator can easily spread the tarp across the entire trailer without leaving the ground. So when considering truck loading fall protection equipment for your operations, remember to check out Northern Platforms’ overhead tarping systems.

Access Equipment

Numerous safe access solutions can provide a safer working area and efficient access for your flatbed trucks. For instance, Northern Platform’s SafeRack rolling platforms are a great option as they provide a safe walking surface beside your flatbed trailers while loading. To use these rolling platforms, your driver will back their flatbed between two platforms, which are then effortlessly moved into place against the side of the trailer. Your workers can then use the platform to reach the trailer level rather than having to climb onto the flatbed, which could be unsafe. At Northern Platforms rolling platforms and many other types of truck-loading fall protection systems are available in a wide range of sizes to meet your fall protection needs! Let our team help you determine the best access equipment and flatbed fall protection system for your operations.

Your Source for Flatbed Truck Loading Fall Protection

No matter the type of truck loading fall protection systems you choose, your drivers, operators, and other staff need to know how to use that equipment properly. So make sure that you invest in the proper training. To establish the best safe access solutions and fall protection system for your worksite, don’t hesitate to partner with the industry experts at Northern Platforms. Our team can evaluate your site and needs and determine the best-flatbed truck loading fall protection system for your operations.

Ready to learn more about implementing a truck-loading fall protection system? Contact Northern Platforms today!

3 Safety Benefits of Truck Access Platforms for the Chemical Industry

3 Safety Benefits of Truck Access Platforms for the Chemical Industry

Your chemical plant or processing facility is full of potential safety risks to your employees and your business’s bottom line. The nature of the chemical industry is that your staff interacts with many potentially hazardous chemicals daily. That means you need the proper safe access solutions to ensure your employees’ safety and your company’s efficiency. At Northern Platforms, we offer a range of truck access platforms that can be custom-fitted to your chemical plant’s needs. Below we’ll cover three benefits of investing in truck access platforms from your Canadian source for safe access solutions, Northern Platforms. Keep reading to find out more!

1) Protect Your Staff From Unnecessary Risks

Many chemical processing facilities move chemicals in and out of their facilities via tank trucks. While these tanker trucks are the most common and efficient way to transport chemicals, some significant risks are associated with loading and unloading. On these tanker trucks, their loading and unloading hatches are often located on the top of the tank. Without proper fall protection systems, your drivers and staff could easily fall from the tanker. Even with the use of a side access ladder, your employees are still at risk of slipping, falling, or potentially spilling hazardous chemical samples. Truck access platforms from Northern Platforms are the best way to ensure that accessing the tops of tanker trucks is safe and easy. Our team can help you find the right truck access platform for your facility’s unique needs and applications.

2) Protect Your Chemicals from Contamination

Truck access platforms not only protect your employees, but they protect your products as well! When you have a tank filled with valuable and hazardous chemicals, you must shield those chemicals from potential contamination. For instance, some chemicals need to be covered from something as simple as rainwater as it could contaminate or negatively react together. However, with the help of Northern Platforms, our team of safe access solution experts can craft a truck access platform solution that ensures your products stay contaminant free. With decades of experience under our belts, Northern Platforms is your trusted source for safe access solutions.

3) Better and Safer Workflow

Unsurprisingly, workplace injuries and contamination can dramatically decrease your business’s throughput. Suppose your facility lacks the proper truck access platforms and fall protection. In that case, your employees may be risking their safety every time they access the top of your tanker trucks. This could result in drivers and staff cutting corners and risking their overall well-being to get the job done faster. Implementing the right truck access platforms for your facility can improve staff safety and reduce the risk of production-halting injuries or product cross-contamination.

Invest in Safe Access Solutions at Northern Platforms

Investing in a truck access platform can be a significant upfront monetary expense; however, it confirms your commitment to safety and quality production. The long-term benefits of a truck access platform from Northern Platforms include the following:

  • Maintaining regulatory compliance.
  • Reducing the total number of accidents.
  • Creating a safer and more efficient workflow.
  • And More!

By investing in a truck access platform, you’re investing in your business’s bottom line.

Ready to learn more about Northern Platforms’ offering of truck access platforms? Contact us today!