The Importance of a Service Catwalk

A Service Catwalk is an important modular structure that can be custom designed to help maintenance workers safely and easily access equipment. Whether the equipment be large HVAC units on rooftops or machinery inside a warehouse or factory, the catwalk is designed to help workers perform their tasks without accidents or injuries. Typically designed with hand rails/guard rails to keep workers contained and an anti-slip grating flooring to prevent accidents, these platforms can be used for a wide variety of applications. From catwalks that completely encircle an entire piece of equipment to small access platforms that are only needed to allow a worker to safely travel 2 feet, all service catwalks are designed with safety in mind.


gap without service catwalkWhat was the customer looking for / what unique problem did they have?

Our team of designers and engineers were recently contacted by a water contamination treatment facility in Ohio that had 3 large treatment tanks used for ground water remediation. The top of the tanks had access ports that needed to be opened for periodical cleaning. The problem the customer was facing was the fact that the ports were 2 feet from the platform railing. When maintenance and cleaning needed to be performed, the worker had to climb over the railing and sit on top of the tank to complete his tasks. That’s not an ideal situation to say the least.

How did we fulfill their requirements / solve their problem?gap with service catwalk

Strut Systems Installation built and installed a custom service catwalk that cantilevered off from the main platform and went right to the top of the tank opening. The platform featured custom made hot-dip galvanized structural steel cantilevers and custom railings which were field fabricated to match the existing railings in the plant. Instead of having to climb over the railing to perform maintenance on the tanks, workers could now simply walk right to the port, open it up and perform the cleaning. The install crew was able to complete the project on time and on budget.

Always Keep Safety in Mind

Strut Systems Installation prides itself on safety and stands behind the support systems we design and install. While taking customer needs and specifications into mind, we also make sure everything is OSHA compliant, allowing us to provide you with maximum safety and a guarantee that your workers stay accident and injury free. Whether it’s a ceiling grid system, service catwalk or medical support, SSI is ready to help you with your next strut installation product. Click the button below to learn more about what we do and download a copy of our free brochure.

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