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Safe Access Folding Stairs

Our safe access folding stairs are designed to keep operatives safe while working at height on top of road and rail tankers.

Our safe access folding stairs, part of the FlowStep range, are available in a variety of sizes and specifications, as well as various reach and width options. Because the stairs are self-levelling, this ensures are always in the horizontal position for the safest operation.

Safe Access Folding Stairs
Features and benefits

FlowSteps are constructed from a galvanised steel, therefore offering long term corrosion protection, helping to reduce the risk of an economic legacy of repeated maintenance costs. In addition, all our FlowStep range comes with anti-slip steps to provide safe footing even in harsher weather conditions. Furthermore, our FlowStep stairs can also be supplied with a fall prevention safety cage to suit your safety requirements. Here are some more features and benefits:

  • Fully spring balance for easy operation
  • Anti-slip steps for added safety
  • Galvanised steel construction for durability and longevity
  • Variable level of steps allows access to a range of tanker heights
  • Easy to install and operate

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Safe Access Folding Stairs

The technical details

Below you will find all the key technical data, as well as the specification for our Flow Step Folding Stairs. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, then please just get in touch. Because we are always happy to help and answer any queries you may have.


  • Type: Self-levelling
  • No of steps: 3, 4, or 5 as standard
  • Max reach in horizontal: 1250mm to 2050mm
  • Width of steps: 800mm or 2600mm
  • Balance: Adjustable heavy duty compression springs
  • Parking vertical: spring loaded foot pedal
  • Adjustable chain parking: Included


  • Material/finish: Mild steel, fully galvanised
  • Main bearing: Sealed water-tight with grease point
  • Pivot points: Teflon bushed
  • Tanker protection: Bottom step fitted with rubber bumper bar


scliStandard Step Sizes

  • 800mm wide, 3 steps with 1250mm horizontal reach
  • 800mm wide, 4 steps with 1650mm horizontal reach
  • 800mm wide, 5 steps with 2050mm horizontal reach
  • Also available in 2600mm wide, 3 steps

Standard Safety Cages Sizes

  • 800 mm wide steps: 1400 x 1400, 1400 x 2800, 1400 x 4000 (aluminium)
  • 2600mm wide steps: (all feature aluminium construction cages) 1400 x 4500, 1400 x 6000
  • In addition, for larger cage sizes see IFC Total Tank Safety cage Sytems

Optional Extras

  • Pneumatic control system, which allows for greater operator safety and control
  • Made to order special size cages in stainless steel, as well as aluminium
  • Safety in-fill grating wings cover the gap between the edge of the last step and the sides of the safety cage
  • Positional sensors to track height of tanker, so ensuring the stairs keep in contact with tanker top
  • Loading arm cut-outs, therefore making it easier to lift an arm over the cage
  • Internal compartment safety swing gates to adjust the working cage area to suit the tanker
  • Drive off protection key interlock system used in conjunction with traffic barriers or other types of vehicle immobilisers
  • Different stair parking angles
  • 4th swivel bottom rail especially suitable for round barrel type tankers not fitted with top walkway

Relevant industries

Suitable for the following sectors


Cement, Powders
& Aggregates

Bulk Tank

& Beverage

& Inorganics

& Distilleries

Case Study
The Safe Access Folding Stairs in action

Find out about how we helped an Irish Chemical Manufacturer and Distributor in Shannon, Republic of Ireland. The customer was installing a new chemical tanker loading bay and therefore wanted our help to make sure it was as safe as possible for workers accessing the tops of tankers to carry out loading operations.