• Safety Appliances to Enhance Truck Safety

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    Since 1903, Metalex has provided high-quality metal safety grating for customers in a wide variety of industries––from construction, to agricultural, to mining, and many others in between. One such industry that we serve is the heavy truck manufacturing industry, which relies on custom metal components and safety grating for a number of fixtures––including safety platforms and truck steps. With our extensive selection of safety grating, Metalex offers custom metal solutions that ensure safety, convenience, and comfort for heavy truck operators.

    Since truck operators work year-round and in all kinds of weather conditions––like sleet, snow, and rain—it’s critical for trucks to be outfitted with fixtures that are both dependable and safe. Our metal safety grating can be a great solution for protecting workers from slips and falls due to our grating’s lightweight design and structure. As a result, many leaders in the heavy truck industry use our safety grating in areas that have a high risk for falls, like truck steps and safety platforms. In these areas, our safety grating provides superior slip resistance and load-bearing capability to give workers enhanced protection and functionality––particularly in icy, dirty, or wet conditions.

    In addition to steps and platforms, we manufacture other custom metal solutions for the trucking industry, as well. We have a solution for applications that include:

    Grills – We manufacture metal grills with enhanced strength capabilities that offer superior protection against dust, debris, and weather. Metalex’s truck grills are available in both perforated and expanded metals––while our perforated metal grills are more resilient to the elements, our expanded metal grills provide less waste and are more structurally sound for heavy truck grills.

    Filtration – We provide metal filtration solutions capable of managing both liquid and air. Our filters are ideal for high-pressure handling and enable the flow of materials, like hydraulic fluids, fuel, and outside air, to easily move through systems. Featuring controlled pore sizes to deliver optimal performance, Metalex filters are available in both perforated and expanded metal. Our perforated metal filters are ideal for liquid filtration in trucks’ hydraulic, fuel, and oil systems, while our expanded metal filters are ideal for air filtration, relying on closely managed pore sizes for high performance. We can construct our expanded metal filters from a wide selection of mesh sizes and patterns.

    Exhaust Guards – We build our exhaust guards using specially engineered metal patterns that allow airflow to cool trucks’ interior systems. Made from perforated metal, the pattern design in our exhaust guards prevents trucks from overheating and eliminates associated safety issues.

    Work Platforms – In addition to truck steps and safety platforms, we also manufacture portable work platforms for flatbed trucks. These platforms protect truck operators from falls and give workers greater security when loading, unloading, and maneuvering cargo.

    In our ongoing commitment to safety and quality, Metalex currently offers several safety grating solutions for customers in the trucking industry––and beyond. Our Open-Grip® Safety Grating is the original, round-hole debossed grating that allows for the easy flow of air, heat, and light in the truck industry. It can be used in applications wherever safe, comfortable, slip-resistant footing is needed. Our Deck Span® Safety Grating features a unique diamond design that provides 360° slip resistance. In addition, this grating is self-framing and lightweight, and offers outstanding load-carrying capabilities. Lastly, our Tread-Grip® Flooring features a circular tread for high-adhesive friction that’s ideal for numerous indoor applications and offers a long lifespan.

    Since 1903, Metalex has provided customers with reliable safety grating products that deliver exceptional quality, value, and performance. We are especially proud to offer a large selection of custom metal accessories and solutions for the trucking industry. To learn more about which factors to consider when choosing the right type of safety grating for your unique application, download our eBook, The Benefits of Safety Grating over Similar Options. And to find out more about our specialized safety grating solutions, visit our Markets Applications page.

  • Specialty Industries Highlight: Grain Drying and Storage

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    Safety Grating in Grain Drying and Storage Applications

    A wide range of industries and applications make use of safety grating to enhance personnel safety and ensure smooth, efficient operations. In the agricultural sector, for instance, grain drying and storage operations make frequent use of safety grating, as workers must be adequately protected on any walkways exposed to the elements. In these scenarios, grating must be able to perform even in wet or icy conditions. In addition to protecting worker safety, use of proper metal grating can help ensure optimal drying — keeping grain safe from moisture while reducing the risk of extra expenditures and downtime.

    At Metalex, we’re proud to offer our proprietary Deck Span® safety grating, providing peace of mind for workers in potentially dangerous grain drying and storage scenarios. Extremely versatile, this grating can be manufactured for use on catwalks, platforms, balconies, stair treads, and walkways.

    Safety Grating in Action

    In addition to grain drying, various other operations require safety grating to ensure adequate worker safety, preventing company liability and providing all employees with the confidence they need to get the job done. Below are three areas that can benefit from Metalex’s safety grating products.

    —Grain drying and storage — As mentioned earlier, personnel must often traverse exposed walkways and catwalks during grain drying and storage operations. Our Deck Span® grating provides reliable protection against dangerous conditions, ensuring workers remain safe even when dealing with icy, wet, or slippery walkways. And for grain bin storage, Metalex’s Tread-Grip® flooring provides reliable moisture resistance as the metal allows continuous airflow through the grain — preventing bacterial growth by carrying away moisture. This is especially effective for bin-batch drying methods, which require fully perforated floors for optimal drying.

    —Bulk material handling — For these applications, our Open-Grip® safety grating provides a strong, corrosion-resistant surface that allows debris to pass through cold-formed holes, keeping walkways clear. This product is also ideal for creating slip-resistant stair treads.

    —Heavy trucking — Steps, safety platforms, docks, and loading/unloading areas are all vulnerable to the dangers associated with dirt, ice, rain, heavy loads, and extreme temperatures, in turn posing serious risks for workers. Metalex’s Deck Span® grating and Tread-Grip® flooring provide protection against slips and falls and allow for reliable load carrying.

    Deck Span® Safety Grating Options

    Our Deck Span® safety grating is particularly well-suited to grain drying and storage applications, and is designed with a unique one-piece construction that offers lightweight performance, easy self-framing, and excellent load-carrying capabilities. Below are the various options available for our Deck Span® safety grating.

    Deck Span® Safety Grating Standard Channels

    —Pre-galvanized or HRP&O steel

    —14- and 12-gauge steel

    —0.080-inch and 0.100-inch 5052-H32 aluminum

    —16-gauge stainless steel 304-2B

    —10-foot or 12-foot lengths

    Deck Span® Safety Grating Walkways

    Deck Span® Safety Grating Stair Treads

    —Stock sizes: 24-inch, 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch lengths

    —Pre-galvanized or HRP&O steel

    —14- and 12-gauge steel

    —0.100-inch 5052-H32 aluminum

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    To learn more about our perforated and expanded metal solutions for grain dryers, check out our interactive infographic. And to explore how safety grating can benefit your specific application, download our free eBook, “The Benefits of Safety Grating Over Similar Options.”

  • Safety Every Step of the Way: Safety Grating for Communication Towers

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    For many industrial companies, work platforms serve as a convenient, efficient way to maximize space. While many businesses use traditional work platforms such as steel mezzanines when building industrial structures, safety grating can be an ideal alternative, offering better protection and further enhancing safety. At Metalex, our safety grating features expanded metal to help prevent slips and falls in the workplace, reliably protecting employees, equipment, and facilities at large across a wide range of industries.

    Safety Grating in Communications Industry

    With the ongoing surge in electronic communications, more and more telecom companies are turning to safety grating for use in the construction of communication towers.

    For example, safety grating might be used on the ice bridges of communication towers to protect cables. A tower’s ice bridge sits where the tower’s cables bend horizontally to go down into the equipment platform. Due to its precarious location and the heavy foot traffic involved, ice bridges can benefit greatly from safety grating — especially when used for stair treads and non-slip ladder rungs and catwalks.

    Though safety grating is ideal for all types of industrial towers, it’s especially well-suited to communication towers, since it can hold up the extreme temperatures and harsh environments involved. At Metalex, we offer safety grating constructed from top-quality metals that can withstand extreme cold and other outdoor conditions; aluminum, stainless steel, and cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel are popular options. (While hot-rolled steel and cold-rolled steel often need additional pulse treatments or pulse galvanization, aluminum does not.) These metals’ resistance to extreme temperatures makes safety grating ideal for stair treads, in particular.

    Lightweight and allowing for easy installation, safety grating is also well-suited to non-slip ladder rungs and catwalks between towers. Featuring enhanced safety features, safety grating reduces the risk of slips and falls, ensuring workers’ safety once they’re in the air moving between towers. In fact, builders can often incorporate safety grating from the ground up in their tower construction. And, allowing for great versatility, safety grating be installed as non-slip stair tread and extend all the way up to the tower’s equipment platform, providing workers with a safe space to work while elevated.

    Though individual communication towers do not require a great deal of safety grating, there’s a lot of opportunity in the market as communication towers continue to grow in number.

    Types of Communication Towers

    Currently, the industry classifies communication towers based on three criteria: 1) structural action, or how the tower is built, 2) the cross section or shape of the tower’s beams (e.g., hexagonal, square, triangular, or polygonal), and 3) the tower’s materials, particularly those used for the tower’s angular or tubular bracings, as well as the surface the tower stands on. In addition, there are four main types of communication towers — monopoles, self-supporting structures, stealth towers, and lattice towers — each offering unique structural characteristics and benefits.

    Monopoles are 100–200 feet in height and feature a single-pole design. These towers generally provide cellular and personal communications services. As freestanding structures, they are often built as cylinders or with multiple sides, and they are sometimes even placed on rooftops. Their construction is unique in that the largest diameter is at the bottom, with the rungs consecutively decreasing in size as they go up.

    Self-supporting towers are really large guide towers anywhere from 200 to 2,000 feet in height. These towers keep communication cables separate from the structure, so the tower can withstand high winds and extremely high elevations. The strongest of all towers, they are also the most expensive to build due to their large size and material needs. Self-supporting towers are most often used for television, radio, paging services, and cellular services.

    Stealth towers have their components stored within a building, so the tower itself is not visible. For example, from the outside, you may just see a large clock, but inside the clock is an unseen antenna collecting data.

    Lattice towers are also standalone, freestanding structures. These towers feature a tapered triangle shape, starting at the base and narrowing toward the top. Safety grating is ideal for lattice towers, as they have an identifiable work surface and workers are able to climb up either the inside or outside of the tower. In addition, lattice towers contain individual sections that each contain a maintenance area. On the bottom of these maintenance areas, Metalex’s expanded metal, or mesh, can be extremely useful in providing workers a secure, safe place to stand on while performing their duties.

    Metalex offers a wide selection of products to fit any tower’s specific needs. We focus on providing optimal product versatility, and are proud to offer an extensive selection of pattern variations and designs, as well as a range of ferrous and non-ferrous material options. Click the links below to learn more about our safety grating offerings.


    Deck Span®

    Tread-Grip® Flooring

    Star Deck

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    Our skilled team has more than five decades of collective experience working with expanded metal grating, and can lend their expertise to help you determine which expended metal product best suits your project’s particular needs. To learn more, download our free eBook, “The Benefits of Safety Grating,” or contact us today to speak with one of our product experts.

  • 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

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    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.”

  • 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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  • 3 Major Industries Utilizing Safety Grating

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    Worker and customer safety is the primary focus of any employer, preventing slips and falls is the core of conducting a safe operation.

    Safety grating plays a critical role in many applications across various industries, protecting workers while ensuring optimal product functionality and longevity. Below, we’ll take a look at three industries that rely heavily on safety grating.

    Grain Drying and Storage

    In grain drying, storage, and handling applications, personnel must be adequately protected on walkways that are exposed to the elements; safety grating must perform in wet or icy condition.

    With excellent slip resistance and load-carrying capabilities, Metalex’s Deck Span® safety grating provides peace of mind in outdoor work environments; Deck Span® can be manufactured for use on catwalks, stair treads, and walkways.

    Bulk Material Handling

    Bulk material handling applications require strong, corrosion-resistant safety grating that can easily
    withstand harsh environments. Walkways in the mining industry need to stay clear of debris, perform in inclement weather as well as withstand the wear and tear of falling material and foot traffic alike.

    Our Open-Grip® safety grating features cold-formed raise buttons and debossed holes, allowing debris to pass through and keep walkways clear. Deck Span® safety grating provides an aggressive slip-resistant surface ideal for stair treads.

    Heavy Truck

    Heavy truck operators must be able to access their equipment safely regardless of weather conditions. Truck steps and safety platforms must be outfitted to provide slip resistance and load-carrying capability, safety grating reliably protects workers from accidental falls when icy, dirty, or wet.

    Metalex’s Deck Span®’s unique diamond design provides 360° slip resistance, while the debossed holes on Open-Grip® grating permit easy flow of air, heat, and light. Our Tread-Grip® flooring features a circular tread for high-adhesive friction and minimal open area.

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    Metalex is proud to offer industry-leading metal solutions to a wide range of applications and industries. Providing a lightweight, versatile alternative to bar grating, our safety grating products can be used in all types of plants and OEM equipment.

    To learn more about Metalex’s safety grating solutions, visit our Market Applications page today.

  • Bar Grating vs. Safety Grating: What’s the Difference?

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    Workplace safety should be every employer’s top priority — but it’s most critical in industrial facilities where the risk of on-the-job injuries is at its peak.

    To protect workers against the regular hazards of working in the plant, facility managers must implement safety measures to mitigate these risks.


    Among the most common workplace injuries are slips and falls — responsible for 15% of all accidental workplace deaths.

    To ensure walkways, service rooms, and other passages are clean, dry, and safe to walk on, a number of walkway grating solutions have emerged over the years.

    Let’s look at two walkway safety products — bar grating and safety grating — to examine their effectiveness.


    Safety Grating

    Bar Grating


      Customizable patterns

      No-slip surface

      Easy to roll pallets/carts

      Welded steel composition

      Corrosion resistance


    Bar Grating

    bar-gratingCommonly used on platforms and catwalks, bar grating features a welded steel composition that provides a strong no-slip surface. It is comprised of wide holes that allow the passage of light through the grating to the floor below. Bar grating is not without its faults, however.

    The material thickness of steel bar grating can lead to increased weight and manufacturing costs. The holes, though helpful in enhancing visibility, can put workers below the platform at risk of being hit by objects falling through them. The wheels of rolling pallets and carts can get caught in large slots as well, making it difficult to efficiently transport objects from one part of the plant to another.

    Safety Grating

    Safety gratingsafety grating is the versatile, lightweight solution for slip resistance on equipment, walkways or manufacturing floors. Metalex’s diamond patterned Deck Span® and round holed Open-Grip® provide 360-degree slip resistance and ensure that light and small debris pass through while preventing the passage of large debris.

    Our Safety Grating is offered in a broad range of materials and our programmable die technology allows for a customizable design for any application.

    Protect Your Employees with Safety Grating

    The manufacturing industry accounts for 16% of fall-related injuries. Don’t let your organization add to the statistic; learn about how to select a safety grating option that works for you. Download our eBook “The Benefits of Safety Grating Over Other Options” for more information.

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  • Safety Measures and Creating a Safer Industrial Workplace

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    The term “workplace safety” carries more weight in industrial facilities than in traditional office workplaces.

    As OSHA outlines in its Walking-Working Surfaces Standard, workplaces — encompassing all passageways, storerooms, and service rooms — should be “kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.” Floors should be clean and dry, and drainage should be present wherever “wet processes are used.”

    A trusted manufacturer since 1903, Metalex provides metal anti-slip and fall-prevention products to ensure optimal plant safety across a wide range of industries. For use on walkways, stairs, tower platforms, and more surfaces with heightened safety risk, our industrial safety solutions will keep your walkways secure and your employees safe.

    Some of our most popular products include:

    Open-Grip® Safety Grating for Rail and Industrial Applications

    open-gripCommonly used for rail applications, this anti-slip safety grating features round debossed holes through which debris can fall, keeping walkways clear. The design allows for heat, air, and light flow, while raised buttons increase slip resistance.

    Special features can also be incorporated, including wiped ends, which allow channels to be butted against one another and bolted in order to limit the uneven area, also known as the “lip,” between channels at a joint. Open-Grip® is available in standard channels and walkways; custom product development is available, along with engineering collaboration to ensure your project specific needs are met to a T .

    Deck Span® Safety Grating for Plants, Facility, and Construction

    deckspanFrequently used for applications that require maximum grip, this one-piece, lightweight grating offers the rigidity to handle  heavy loads. The self-cleaning diamond surface pattern — formed by cross-hatching and reticulated metal studs — features a serrated edge to provide optimal 360° slip-resistance.

    Because this grating’s slip resistance works in all directions, it is ideal for indoor applications such as open flooring, balconies, and catwalks. Deck Span® is offered in various sizes and shapes.

    Tread-Grip® Safety Grating for Existing Floors and Indoor Applications

    treadgripApplied across many industries Tread-Grip® can be found everywhere from tow truck beds to mezzanines and crossovers in manufacturing plans, this grating features closely spaced perforated buttons. Fitted with a circular pattern that increases slip resistance, Tread-Grip® is ideal for high-adhesive friction.

    The grating is available in ladder rungs, standard channels, stair tread, and sheets; it can also be customized to meet the needs of your specific industrial workplace.

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    To learn more about Metalex’s industrial safety products and how they can be implemented in your facility, visit our website to download our free eBook, “The Benefits of Safety Grating.”

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  • The Benefits of Tread-Grip® Safety Grating

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    tread-gripSafety in plants and facilities

    Safety is one of the most important issues in any plant or facility. The Federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration cited falls, especially from ladders and scaffoldings, as among the top 10 most frequent incidents in fiscal year 2013. According to the Center for Disease Control and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing sector alone accounted for 16% of injuries from falls.

    As a safety measure, gratings are widely present in both public and industrial settings. These metal surface coverings provide additional traction in a variety of industrial environments and many conditions, especially in wet and slippery environments. Installing safety gratings in any potential foot traffic areas allows manufacturers and plant managers to increase worker safety conditions and reduce accidents.

    Tread-Grip® safety grating in industry

    Tread-Grip® safety grating is most commonly used over existing flooring and for indoor applications. It is fabricated through a cold-forming process, consisting of closely-spaced perforated buttons on its surface. It has a circular tread pattern that provides high-adhesive friction, as well as a perforated button design that allows significant longevity in non-slip characteristics, which makes it suitable for a wide range of applications.

    A number of standard forms exist for Tread-Grip® flooring. These include standard channels, stair treads,  sheets, and ladder rungs. Standard channels prevent objects such as tools and debris from falling through due to a low open area. They are available in a variety of materials including Pre-Galvanized or HRP & O steel, 13 and 11 gauge steel, and .125” 5052-H32 Aluminum. Available standard widths are 7”, 10”, and 12”, lengths of 10’ and 12’, as well as any custom size.

    Metalex also provides safe load tables and Button-Hole patterns upon request.

    Tread-Grip® stair treads can be produced with integral end caps and with slots and mounting holes They are available in 13 and 11 gauge HRPO or Pre-Galvanized steel, as well as .125” 5052-H32 Aluminum.  Tread-Grip sheets are available in 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16 gauge HRPO steel, as well as .125” 5052-H32 aluminum.  304-2B stainless steel sheets are also available in 16-gauge in the Cevron or 1-1/4” square patterns.  Standard sheets measure 36” wide by 120” long.  Other finishes and sizes are available by special order.

    To find out more about Tread-Grip® safety grating, visit Metalex today.

  • The Applications of Deck Span® Safety Grating

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    One of the most crucial considerations for a plant or facility is safety. Slips and falls are among the leading causes of workplace accidents. Ladders, scaffoldings, and equipment steps and platforms, especially in wet and slippery environments, can pose significant threats to worker safety.


    Safety grating is an essential element at any plant or facility. These metal surface coverings provide increased traction when walking on any surface exposed to hazardous conditions, reducing the risk of injury or falls. By installing safety grating in all high-traffic areas, manufacturers and managers can greatly increase safety conditions and lower chances of injuries from falls and slips.

    Safety grating is available in a number of varieties for almost any situation or environment in order to ensure the safest, accident-free situations across industries. The three most common types of Metalex safety grating are Open-Grip®, Tread-Grip®, and Deck Span®.

    Deck Span® safety grating

    Deck Span® safety grating is widely used in construction sites, plants, and facilities. It is a one-piece construction that is lightweight, self-framing, and able to withstand heavy loads. It consists of a diamond configuration surface pattern with a relief hole at the point of the diamond, created by cross-hatching reticulated and formed metal struts. This results in a self-cleaning pattern that allows for the passage of light and waste materials.

    The design of Deck Span® safety grating makes it perfect for environments where maximum grip is needed to ensure safety. This includes features for use inside facilities such as catwalks, open flooring, balconies, stair treads, platforms, and walkways.

    Deck Span® safety grating is available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Standard channels are featured in sizes ranging from 4-3/4”  wide( 2 diamonds )e to 24” wide ( 10 diamond )- and standard lengths are 121-1/2” and 144” long. They are also available in Pre-Galvanized, or Hot Rolled Pickled and Oiled, in 14 or 12 gauge thickness. Other materials include .080” and .100” 5052-H32 aluminum and 16-gauge stainless steel 304-2B.