1. Safety Grating: A Safer Alternative for Work Platforms

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    Many industrial businesses struggle with tight workspaces and confined shop floors. But well-designed industrial work platforms — such as steel mezzanines — can significantly increase your available space, simply by making use of the vertical space you already have. These structures create loft-style areas within warehouses without requiring expensive construction or renovations. Whether you’re working to expand office spaces, assembly areas, or manufacturing floors, industrial work platforms can help increase productivity by separating operations and allowing for more efficient manufacturing. And, as your business needs shifts over time, you can easily add industrial work platforms to free up additional space.

    Metalex Space-Saving Solutions

    Committed to promoting and enhancing safety in the workplace, Metalex offers several types of safety grating, all of which serve as ideal building materials for industrial work platforms. A safer alternative to traditional platforms, expanded metal grating helps prevent slips and falls in the workplace, keeping both employees and equipment protected. With its lightweight structure and various pattern options, safety grating also provides a safer alternative to bar grating. Our grating solutions are particularly well-suited to multiple-platform applications, including work platforms, maintenance platforms, trailer ladders and platforms, tower platforms, and equipment steps and platforms.

    The team at Metalex can customize your platform to meet specific design and functionality requirements; offering a wide range of options, we can tailor expanded metal grating to exact heights and clearances, apply various finishes, include locking mechanisms and handrails, and work with many different types of assembly. Customers can also choose from several different materials, including aluminum, steel, stainless steel, and nonmetallic options. In addition, we offer various tread types; perforated and expanded metal treads are two of our most popular choices. While perforated treads provide moderate slip resistance and are ideal for indoor applications, expanded metal treads are flat and nonskid, and are typically best-suited for outdoor applications.

    Metalex sells three main types of safety grating:

    Open-Grip® Safety Grating
    Deck Span® Safety Grating­­­
    Tread-Grip® Flooring

    Open-Grip® Safety Grating

    Our Open-Grip® Safety Grating features original round-hole debossed grating. This particular grating is used in a wide a range of industrial applications, in any area requiring safe, comfortable, and slip-resistant footing on open flooring.

    Our Open-Grip® Safety Grating standard channel is available in the following sizes and materials:

    —Pre-galvanized or HRP&O steel
    —13- and 11-gauge steel
    —.125-inch 5052-H32 aluminum
    —10-foot or 12-foot lengths

    In addition to standard channels, the Open-Grip® Safety Grating is also available for walkways.

    At Metalex, we have the ability to “program” the grating pattern, as well as provide end margins, wiped ends, and leading edge holes, giving us unlimited design flexibility in customizing your safety grating.

    Deck Span® Safety Grating

    Our Deck Span® Safety Grating, meanwhile, features a unique, one-piece construction that is self-framing and lightweight. Offering high load-bearing capacity, Deck Span® is safe for various plant applications, including open flooring, catwalks, platforms, balconies, stair treads, and walkways. We offer Deck Span® Safety Grating in standard channels, walkways, and stair treads.

    Our Deck Span® Safety Grating standard channels are available in the following sizes and materials:

    —Pre-galvanized or HRP&O steel
    —14- and 12-gauge steel
    —.080-inch and .100-inch 5052-H32 aluminum
    —16-gauge stainless steel 304-2B
    —10-foot or 12-foot lengths

    Our Deck Span® Safety Grating stair treads are available in stock lengths of 24 inches, 30 inches, 36 inches, and 48 inches. They’re offered in pre-galvanized or 14- and 12-gauge HRP&O steel as well as .100-inch 5052-H32 aluminum.

    Tread-Grip® Flooring

    Our Tread-Grip® Flooring features closely spaced perforated buttons, produced by cold forming. These buttons are unique in that they create a circular tread pattern, allowing for high-adhesive friction. Thanks to its production process and design, Tread-Grip® Flooring can retain its slip resistance for much longer periods of time than other grating options — which, in turn, allows for significant cost savings. While other types of treads depend on outside corners to create friction, Tread-Grip®’s high-adhesive friction allows for a long life span. In fact, this type of flooring is frequently used over existing flooring for many different indoor applications. We offer Tread-Grip® in standard channels, stair treads, sheets, and ladder rungs.

    Our Tread-Grip® Safety Grating standard channels are available in the following standard sizes, with the following features and options:

    —Pre-galvanized or HRP&O steel
    —13- and 11-gauge steel
    —.125-inch 5052-H32 aluminum
    —10-foot or 12-foot lengths
    —Margins on all sides
    —Safe load tables upon request
    —Integral end caps with mounting holes and slots
    —Custom sizes available
    —Low open area, preventing debris and tools from falling through
    —Custom sizes upon request
    —Button-Hole® patterns

    Our Tread-Grip® Sheets, meanwhile, are available in the following materials and sizes, with the following options:

    —11-, 12-, 13-, 14- and 16-gauge HRP&O steel
    —125-inch 5052-H32 aluminum
    —36 inches wide x 120 inches long
    —Other finishes and sizes available by special order
    —304-2B stainless steel in 16 gauge (chevron or 1¼-inch square patterns only)
    —Safe-Deck™, chevron, and 1¼-inch square patterns

    Finally, our Tread-Grip® Ladder Rungs come in following materials and sizes, with the following options and features:

    —Stock sizes: 16-inch, 18-inch, 48 ¾-inch, and 60-inch lengths
    —13- and 11-gauge pre-galvanized or HRP&O steel
    —125-inch aluminum
    —304-2B stainless steel in 16 gauge
    —Safe allowable design loads concentrated at center of span on simple beam

    Learn More

    Looking to expand your workspace and boost productivity while also ensuring optimal safety for your staff? Expanded metal grating or safety grating may be the right choice for your new work platform. To learn more about which safety grating will work best for your facility, download our free comprehensive eBook, “The Benefits of Safety Grating.”

  2. Specialty Industries Highlight: Material Handling

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    Platforms, Walkways, and More

    As countless facilities’ managers can attest, slips, trips, and falls top the list of culprits for workplace injuries. Since 1962, the team at Metalex has worked to refine our specialty metal products to offer increased safety — and fewer slips — for every shape, size, and style of work.

    Safety Grating in Action

    The speed, efficiency, and overall effectiveness of a bulk handling infrastructure rely on optimized layouts and design solutions that incorporate thoughtful, high performance elements throughout the system. Integrating safety grating in walkways, platforms, and potentially hazardous areas is a concrete way to both protect workers and ensure top functionality and longevity for a material handling — or any heavy industrial — workspace.

    Safety grating can be helpful to material handling applications of all kinds, including:

    Grain Drying and Storage; where personnel often travel walkways and catwalks that are exposed to the elements. Safety grating and materials like Metalex’s Deck Span can provide peace of mind and safety in wet, icy, and otherwise slippery conditions.

    Bulk Material Handling; where harsh materials and debris are a constant threat. Safety grating such as Metalex’s Open-Grip creates strong, corrosion-resistant surfaces while allowing debris to pass through cold-formed holes to keep walkways clear. Aggressive, slip-resistant stair treads are also key in these environments.

    Heavy Trucking; where load carrying and exposure go hand-in-hand. Steps, safety platforms, docks, and loading/unloading areas are all faced with heavy loads, dirt, ice, rain, and extreme temperatures on a regular basis. Safety grating with slip resistant treads such as Deck Span or Tread-Grip is critical to provide reliable load-carrying and protection from falls under these conditions.

    Types and Styles of Safety Grating for Unique Applications

    The Metalex catalog of industrial safety grating solutions is easily customizable for your particular application, with unique materials to suit any need. Some of our most popular products for material handling facilities include:

    Open-Grip® Safety Grating, our original round hole debossed grating, is specifically developed to provide safe, comfortable, slip-resistant footing on open flooring. Its broad use allows it to improve safety across a variety of industrial applications.

    Deck Span® Safety Grating, is designed with a unique one-piece construction that offers lightweight performance and easy self-framing. This material offers outstanding load-carrying alongside in-plant safety, making a great fit for catwalks, platforms, stairs, balconies, and walkways.

    Tread-Grip® Flooring, produced through cold forming to achieve a surface of closely-spaced perforated buttons, increases grip over existing flooring and indoor spaces. The distinct surface pattern offers long service life and high-adhesive friction for virtually countless applications.

    Star Deck Safety Grating, which features star-shaped holes within the metal grating, is designed for high slip-resistance with a low profile. This material, a safer alternative to bar grating, is ideal for heavy equipment platforms and steps, as well as maintenance platforms, ramps, and much more. Thanks to Metalex’s unique manufacturing process, Star Deck Safety Grating can be produced with nearly countless pattern options.

    Custom Metal for Material Handling Safety at Metalex

    For over five decades, the Metalex Team has worked to offer a wide range of metal solutions to make work more efficient, more effective, and safer for everyone. Our full catalog includes patterns, products, and material options to suit walkways, stairs, tower platforms, and every possible high-risk surface. We work with architects, fabricators, and manufacturers with a single goal: to keep your walkways secure and your employees safe.

    Our inventory is stocked with everything from titanium to plastics to cold rolled steel, ready to get the job done. Learn more about implementing our industrial safety products with our free eBook, “The Benefits of Safety Grating,” or reach out to an expert on our team today.

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