OSHA Industrial Stairs

Strengthen the safety and security of your workplace while complying with OSHA standards by installing aluminum industrial stairs and other access products.

Statistics tell us that serious workplace injuries are far too common. In fact, every year in the U.S., 3.3 million people suffer a preventable workplace injury from which they may never recover. These types of job site accidents can be reduced or prevented with proper equipment, training and employee diligence.

REDD Team is one manufacturer of an extensive line of American-made OSHA-compliant stairs and other aluminum access systems that will make your workplace safer.

OSHA Industrial Stairs

Top 5 Causes of Workplace Injury

According to OSHA and workers’ compensation insurance companies, the top 5 most common causes of workplace injuries are:

  1. Overexertion Injuries
    Consistently at #1 on the list, this category includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities. Overexertion is the most common cause of strains, sprains and twisted ankles.
  2. Falling on the Same Level
    The #2 cause of workplace injuries relates to slipping, tripping or falling on debris-laden, slippery or uneven surfaces. In most cases, this type of accident results from a worker striking the ground, the floor or an unspecified working surface. This may also include sidewalks, ramps, streets, platforms, roofs and steps.
  3. Falling to a Lower Level
    Many workers are injured when they fall from elevated areas, such as from ladders, stairways, platforms and roofs, and impact an object or a surface on a lower level than the one where they were working. These can be caused by slipping and falling as well as by faulty stairs and other walking surfaces.
  4. Bodily Reaction Injuries
    These are accidents that involve things like reaching, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling, bending, standing and climbing. The end result is often muscle injuries and other trauma to the body.
  5. Falling Object Injuries
    Very serious injuries can occur when objects fall from above or are dropped by another person. Head injuries are a common result of this type of accident.

OSHA Stairs

REDD Team’s stairs meet or exceed the requirements of OSHA 1910.24 for interior and exterior stairs that will be used around machinery, tanks, and other equipment, and for stairs that lead to or from floors. Those standards include:

  1. Strength.
    Industrial stairs are required to be designed for a load of five times the normal anticipated live load but not less than a moving concentrated load of 1,000 pounds.
  2. Width.
    Fixed stairways are required to be no less than 22 inches wide.
  3. Angle of rise.
    Rise and tread combinations have to be between 30° and 50° at an angle to the horizontal.
  4. Treads.
    Treads are required to be slip-resistant with nonslip nosings.  Rise height and tread width must be uniform throughout the flight of stairs.
  5. Platforms.
    Stairway platforms have to be at least the width of the stairway and a minimum of 30 inches in length, measured in the direction of travel.
  6. Railings and handrails.
    Standard railings must be installed on the open sides of all open stairways and platforms. Closed stairways must have handrails on a least one side, preferably the right side descending.
  7. Vertical clearance.There has to be a minimum vertical clearance of 7 feet between the tread and any overhead obstruction.

It’s important to bring your workplace into compliance and provide safe walking/working surfaces for your workers by adhering to the OSHA standards for industrial stairs. Aluminum safety products are an excellent solution due to their strength, durability, light weight, low maintenance, and cost-effectiveness.