Safety is critical, and slips and falls from ramps, ladders and stairs, as well as from platforms that access industrial generators and other large equipment, are responsible for most job site accidents.

When you need safe, secure access solutions for workers who repair and manage generators, big pieces of equipment and wellhead components on remote job sites in the Permian Basin, Fayetteville Shale, Marcellus Shale, and other oil and shale extraction areas, aluminum platforms and stairs can improve accessibility, reduce open hole time, and cut down on the size of your rig crew.

If you’re looking for premium aluminum platforms and ramps, one key difference will be the manufacturer’s choice of alloys. Many alloys become stronger from thermal treatment and aging. An excellent alloy is 6061-T6 which gains structural strength and toughness from heat treatment. It conducts and dissipates heat, responds well to anodizing, and can be extruded into nearly any shape. These are a few of the characteristics that make it ideal for the fabrication of stairs, ramps, bridges and similar access systems.

At PrefabMetalStairs.com, we evaluate the access products on the market to help you find manufacturers who offer high-quality products, affordable pricing and excellent customer service. We highly recommend REDD Team in Delhi, LA, for their American-made generator access platforms and other aluminum access products that are built with 6061-T6 alloy.

Access Platforms for Industrial Generators

While there is no material that is ideal in every situation, aluminum offers many advantages for access systems compared to wood, steel and other materials: 

Why Choose Aluminum Instead of Steel

  • Aluminum is three times lighter than steel by volume, making it easier to transport and handle.
  • Although steel has the same weight-to-strength ratio of aluminum, aluminum can be stronger than mild steel if the correct alloy is used.
  • Aluminum has a thin natural layer of oxide that protects it from corrosion. Steel requires paint or treatment to protect it from rust and corrosion, especially if your application is in a moist, damp or abrasive environment.
  • Steel must be repainted every few years.
  • Aluminum is not magnetic like steel.
  • Aluminum is easy to machine, cast, draw and extrude, unlike steel which is not as malleable or elastic.

Why Choose Aluminum Instead of Wood

  • Wood has the same weight-to-strength ratio as aluminum but is heavier, making it more difficult to move and relocate platforms.
  • Wood platforms have to be repainted every few years. Once powder coated, aluminum does not require any maintenance at all during its entire life cycle.
  • Aluminum will not splinter or rot. When wood is exposed to harsh weather, it rots and splinters if not stored properly. Joints become loose or wobbly and create safety hazards.
  • Wood warps when it gets wet and then dries out. Aluminum will not warp.
  • Aluminum access systems will maintain their shape and dimension in spite of extreme cold and heat. Wood shrinks and expands.
  • Cutting trees without replenishing the forests is depleting the planet of valuable wood. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and can be reused over and over again without altering its characteristics.

If you are looking for high-quality platforms for safe access to industrial generators, aluminum platforms are the optimal solution. They are cost-effective, can be configured to meet your building code regulations, are simple and quick to install, and will provide your workers with safe walking/working surfaces.