Some aluminum alloys rival medium-grade steel in strength, but aluminum is also lighter in weight and less expensive. In fact, it’s the high strength-to-weight ratio of aluminum that makes it indispensable for portable stairs, walkways, wheelchair ramps and other access products.

Metal stairs, ramps and platforms are convenient for temporary use at job sites and for providing safe access to all types of industrial and commercial buildings, schools, park facilities, marine facilities and modular buildings.

Slips, trips and falls are far too common in the workplace, which makes properly designed stairs with excellent structural strength critical for avoiding injuries. Slips often occur when floors and working surfaces become slippery from mud, water, oil and grease, and leaking fluids. Falls may be caused by step-risers on stairs that are not uniform in height and by stairways and ladders that are not maintained properly. Aluminum may be the answer.

Aluminum Stairs

Popularity of Aluminum

Companies across the nation, such as REDD Team, a manufacturer of American-made premium aluminum access solutions,  design and build stairways, walkways, wheelchair ramps, platforms and pedestrian bridges from the metal due to its beneficial characteristics:

  • Durability.
    Unlike wood, aluminum won’t rot, warp or split because of moisture or sun exposure.  Aluminum stairways require virtually no maintenance and never need to be scraped, sanded, painted or stained to keep them in good working condition.
  • Versatility.
    Aluminum’s natural metallic surface is attractive and needs no further finishing. However, it can be anodized or powder-coated in standard and custom colors to enhance its resistance to rust and corrosion.
  • Cost-effectiveness.
    Aside from being strong, durable and lightweight, aluminum is long-lasting without any extra care.  You won’t have to worry about the chips, cracks or deterioration that can occur with masonry steps. Aluminum steps are also made from extruded components, so there are few parts and assembly is easy.
  • Safety.
    Aluminum has unique electric and thermal conductivity. In cold-weather applications it becomes stronger; however, it will stay cool to the touch in high temperatures because it conducts heat well. Aluminum is also resistant to any distortion that may be caused by structure movement or weather.
  • Recyclability.
    Aluminum is amazingly eco-friendly. It can be recycled and reused over and over again without losing any of its superior characteristics.

Workplace Tips for Avoiding Slips, Trips and Falls

Here are three safety precautions that will help you dramatically decrease the amount of slips, trips and falls in your workplace:

  1. Reduce Moisture on Floors and Working Surfaces
    Keep areas as dry as possible. If something spills, clean it up immediately before an accident happens or, at a minimum, alert workers to the hazard.
  2. Remove Obstacles from Hallways and Walkways
    Many workers are distracted and not paying 100% attention to where they are walking, so tripping on objects or obstacles in walkways are common. Reduce the likelihood of falls by keeping halls and walkways clear, and never store anything on stairways.
  3. Provide Proper Lighting in Work Areas
    Dimly lit work areas are another very common reason for slips, trips and falls. Your team will be less likely to injure themselves if you provide bright lighting for them to clearly see where they are walking and whether there are hazardous obstacles in their way.

Reduce your overall costs and create a safer job-site with aluminum stairs. As described above, they offer a variety of benefits and are engineered for safety, portability, simplicity of use and overall value.