Access solutions can be designed for new and existing infrastructures, and they need to meet a number of requirements to comply to building codes and the occupational health and safety act. Access solutions must be constructed from certified materials and meet all safety regulations so the workers using them can perform their jobs safely. They also need to be safe for pedestrians to walk over without tripping or falling, and not interrupt walkways or road systems.
It’s especially important to consider working with a certified and experienced supplier, such as MSU Mississauga Ltd, when looking for access solutions for existing infrastructure. Existing structures can provide more challenges, such as older structural materials that may have deteriorated. While it can be more challenging to design access solutions for existing structures, it’s worth the time and expense to update the structure to make it safer. It’s an opportunity to upgrade the infrastructure to meet newer, higher standards of structural design and safety products.
A certified supplier can help you choose the right access solution for your project, and along with drawings and specifications that can be incorporated into the project during the design stage. The right supplier for your project will also be able to provide high quality, easy-to-install products so that contractors can complete the project without wasting valuable time.
Which Access Solution is Right for Your Project?
- Access Hatches: Provide openings to access underground structures and above-ground openings. They’re designed for permanent installation and can be designed in a variety of shapes and sizes. They’re typically used in maintenance holes, reservoirs, pumping stations, water and wastewater plants, storm water management facilities, underground chambers and vaults.
- Access Handles: Provide easy access to underground infrastructures, such as maintenance holes, reservoirs, pumping stations, mines, underground chambers and vaults. They’re ideal for permanent installation to frequently accessed areas.
- Safety Platforms: Provide a level surface to support workers and their equipment. They’re required for structures deeper than five metres, and can be permanently installed in maintenance holes, reservoirs, pumping stations, mines, underground chambers and vaults.
- Ladders and Safety Cages: Provide access to above and below-ground structures, such as buildings, chimneys, maintenance holes, vaults, chambers, and reservoirs. They’re designed for permanent installation and come in a variety of standard designs. Safety cages can be installed around ladders longer than five metres in areas such as water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, maintenance holes, towers, buildings, pumping stations, and underground vaults.
- Climbing Rungs: Provide access to underground infrastructures. They’re an alternative to ladders, and are designed for permanent installation in maintenance holes, reservoirs, pumping stations, mines, underground chambers, and vaults.
- Stairways: Bridge large distances and allow easy access to above and below-ground structures, such as buildings and underground structures such as pumping chambers, shafts, vaults, chambers, and reservoirs. They can be customized to suit various specifications and design requirements.
Contact the experts at MSU Mississauga Ltd. to help you choose the right access solution for your project. MSU specializes in the custom design of access solutions to meet all their clients’ specifications. They work with corrosive-resistant aluminum and stainless-steel materials, and are certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau. MSU has also earned the QualityMark seal of approval from the Canadian Welding Bureau, which demonstrates their commitment to supplying their clients with quality materials that meet all safety regulations and will stand the test of time.