Buying Guidelines – Free Standing Step Units

Buying Guidelines – Free Standing Step Units

06th May 2014

If your employees are expected to work at or access areas that need platforms or step units, then it’s your responsibility to ensure that the equipment you provide is the best solution available in terms of health and safety.   Health and safety at work is the responsibility of the employer and ensuring that the relevant safety equipment is used makes good business sense.  Not only does this serve to protect your employees from accidents and injuries in the workplace, it will protect you, as an employer, from costly legal action in the event that an employee does suffer an injury in the workplace.
 
If your employees are expected to access areas that are not easily accessible, then bending and stretching in order to do so may cause all manner of health problems, including RSI (repetitive strain injury).  Working at height does not always mean working on roofs of buildings or tall structures – working on a platform just a few feet above ground is also considered as working at height.  When these sorts of tasks need to be undertaken, a step unit is a vital piece of safety equipment that will make sure your employees work in safety and comfort.

You’ll need to look at the wide range of step units available for carrying out this type of work so that you can purchase the most suitable unit for the task at hand.  Whether it’s working on gutters, parapet walls, cable trays, ducting or pipe work the health and safety of your staff should be the primary consideration.  This means providing them with a step unit that ensures they can carry out tasks safely and comfortably from the correct height and a free standing step unit provides a great solution.

Depending on your business premises, you may need to look for a safety equipment fabricator who offers bespoke step unit solutions so that you can provide your employees with a step unit that is tailored to their needs.  An established provider who has years of experience in this will have the specific knowledge required to help you to choose the appropriate solution that is manufactured from materials that comply with British legislation.  The provider will have a good working knowledge of what would work best for your situation – the unit will need to comply with Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) and an experienced fabrication company will advise you on what would work best for your employees.
 
The fabricator’s design team will be able to work with you closely to make sure that the step unit you choose is the correct solution for your business.  They will help you with the research needed to ensure that the unit will provide your staff with a secure and safe platform from which to undertake any maintenance or regular tasks that needs doing in your premises in those difficult to access areas.  The fabrication team will discuss your needs in an initial consultation. They should provide you with a choice of designs, coatings and materials so that accidents and injuries in the workplace are kept to the absolute minimum.
 
A flat pack free standing step unit can be an ideal solution for small business premises.  You’ll need to spend some time evaluating the tasks that the unit will be used for, taking into account any tools or equipment that will be needed for the tasks.  This information should be enough to help you make the right choice for your business.