Access & Egress Buyer’s Guide

Proper Access and Egress equipment complement scaffold by extending job site access to workers. Ladders, stairs, planks, easily graspable handrails, and sturdy guardrails not only improve safety but allow workers to climb to needed heights and get into tight spaces, such as boilers or complex refinery installations where pipes or obstructions prevent usage of large pieces of scaffolding.

The most appropriate access and egress scaffolding tools for a job site depend on a variety of factors, including site conditions, health and safety requirements, and geographic location. For example, stair towers are recommended to create seamless access and egress when erecting scaffolds above 30 feet. Likewise, ladders are a good choice for small scaffolds, tower scaffolds, and job sites where access is limited.

Ladders can be vertical or inclined depending on the region and are a good choice if your job site requires erecting one to five lifts of scaffolds. However, a stair tower is recommended for anything above. If a stair tower is not erected, then the ladder must be regularly repositioned to meet safety regulations. In the US, the maximum vertical climb permitted is 30 ft. before a rest area is required. In most other parts of the world, a ladder should be repositioned every lift.

Another factor to consider when choosing the appropriate access and egress scaffolding accessories for a job site is what equipment is actually available. As an example, here are the standard types and sizes of AT-PAC access and egress equipment in various parts of the world:

North America:

  • Regular Ringlock 10 Leg Steel Stair (6’-6” (2.0m) Lift Height)
    • Aluminum Platform Stairs
  • Boiler Founding Stair (3’-3” (1.0m) & 6’-6” (2.0m) Stair Lift Height)
  • Vertical Steel Ladder

South America:

  • Regular Ringlock 10 Leg Steel Stair (6’-6” (2.0m) Lift Height)
  • Aluminum Platform Stairs
  • Aluminum Plywood Ladder Hatch Deck
  • Steel & Aluminum Ladders

Australia:

  • Regular Ringlock 10 Leg Steel Stair (6’-6” (2.0m) Lift Height)
  • Aluminum Ladders

Europe:

  • Regular Ringlock 10 Leg Steel Stair (6’-6” (2.0m) Lift Height)
  • Aluminum Platform Stairs
  • Aluminum Plywood Ladder Hatch Deck
  • Steel & Aluminum Ladders

Let us help you determine the best access and egress equipment. Contact us to discuss your scaffold needs, examine the details of your job site, and recommend a solution.

Why Choose Access and Egress Scaffold Tools from AT-PAC?

AT-PAC provides a full complement of Access and Egress products for AT-PAC Ringlock scaffolding and other applications. These products are designed and manufactured in accordance with all applicable standards and provide a level of safety that is unparalleled in the industry.    Landings are constructed from AT-PAC Steel Planks, which provide a convenient and anti-slip platform. AT-PAC’s Adjustable Swing Gate not only creates safe gaps in guardrails and

Landings are constructed from AT-PAC Steel Planks, which provide a convenient and anti-slip platform. AT-PAC’s Adjustable Swing Gate not only creates safe gaps in guardrails and platforms, but is coated in orange to highlight it as a safety component.  All access and egress products are built to exacting quality standards and individually checked for compliance and function, including:

  • Vertical ladders
  • Aluminum ladders
  • Self-closing swing gates
  • Guardrails
  • Handrails
  • Aluminum platform stair units
  • Ringlock steel stairs

Our scaffolding catalog is full of access and egress components that are designed to safely and securely provide access to your scaffolding. To learn more about access and egress and other scaffolding tools on this page, please contact AT-PAC online or call the nearest branch office.

 

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