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Fixed Folding Step Units

Ajax Fixed Folding Step Units have been designed to provide a safe working environment for workers who need to gain access to areas at various heights.

The Folding Step Units are supplied with handrails that run from the top fixed step to the last moving step.

Each Unit also has the option of a full safety cage, which is attached to the Step Unit and provides an enclosed working area for maximum safety at height.

Construction

The Fixed Folding Step Units have a robust construction, which is manufactured from mild steel and coated in a hot dipped galvanised. This method completely protects the Unit from any harsh environmental elements, making it suitable for both corrosive and chemical conditions.

For high risk petrochemical environments, the Step Units can be supplied with comprehensive documentation to give evidence that all components and materials of each Unit fully complies with the latest ATEX Directives (94/9/EC).

The safety cage is also manufactured from mild steel and coated in a hot dipped galvanised method. However, to reduce weight on the larger Step Units, an aluminium safety cage is installed.

Each Fixed Unit has the option of having 2 – 7 steps or treads. The larger the gap, the more steps you will require. In addition, there are various step or tread widths to suit your requirements;

  • 800mm
  • 1000mm
  • 1200mm
  • 1500mm

Operation

Once installed, the Folding Step Unit sits in a raised position providing maximum space underneath. In operation, the Step Unit can be horizontally lowered onto the surface below at a controlled speed.

For uneven or sloping surfaces, the Step Unit can be tilted and positioned to match the gradient of the surface below.

There are two methods of operation available for the Step Units; a manual design and a pneumatic operating design.

Video: Demonstration of the Fixed Folding Step Units in action; one with a safety cage and one without.

Manual Fixed Folding Step Unit

The Manual Step Unit is moved up and down by lifting the side handrails by hand. Once the Unit is in position it can be locked off with the foot lock, which comes as standard.

As an optional extra, the Manual Step Unit can have a Cam Locking System or a Hydraulic Locking System, which replaces the standard foot lock:

  • The Cam Locking System can hold the Manual Step Unit in 15° increments anywhere on an arc from 75° above to 45° below the horizontal position.
  • The Hydraulic Locking System can hold the Manual Step Unit in any position above and below the horizontal position. A hydraulic ram is attached to the compression spring of the Step Unit, which locks the unit in place when the operator actuates the hydraulic cylinder.

For a full breakdown of the Manual Step Unit’s dimensions and availability, please download its technical data sheet below:

Download PDF: Manual Fixed Folding Step Unit Technical Data Sheet

Pneumatic Fixed Folding Step Unit

The Pneumatic Step Unit had a pneumatic cylinder mounted to each of the two spring boxes for easy operation with one hand. This operation is ideal for larger Step Units and is recommended for Step Units that are fitted with a full safety cage.

For a full breakdown of the Pneumatic Step Unit’s dimensions and availability, please download its technical data sheet below:

Download PDF: Pneumatic Fixed Folding Step Unit Technical Data Sheet

Applications

The Folding Step Unit is primarily used for assisting with the loading and maintenance of top loading road tankers.

They are put to use by a wide range of companies including;

  • Petrochemical
  • Cement
  • Ash Reclamation (including power stations)
  • Milk Marketing Board

Installation & Instruction

With every Fixed Folding Step Unit, Ajax has the following services on offer;

  • Full installation and commissioning
  • Staff training and instructions
  • Annual inspection and maintenance

Bespoke Fixed Folding Step Unit Designs

All of the standard Ajax Folding Step Units are complemented by our ability to customise them to suit your non-standard operations and requirements.

Many of our customers have received a bespoke Step Unit to cater for their industry demands.

For example, Ajax fabricated and installed one of their Step Units with a custom safety cage that was significantly larger than standard. The bespoke cage increased the working surface area on top of a road tanker, allowing the operator to move along its entire length without the risk of falling from height.

Project: Extra Large Step Unit Safety Cage

Expert Advice on Folding Step Units

If you are unsure which Fixed Folding Step Unit is the right one for you, or if you have dimensions outside of the standard parameters displayed in the technical data sheets, contact the Ajax Technical Sales Team today.

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Make An Enquiry

To discuss your next safe access system and receive expert advice, please contact the Ajax Technical Team; you’ll be glad you did!

Call: +44 (0) 115 986 6321, Email or use the form