With over 500,000 American employees in a variety of extraction and numerous support rolls, the petrochemical industry is one of the largest in the nation. It’s also commonly known as one of the most dangerous and, as a result, one of the most highly regulated fields to work in.
The most responsible and tightly run facilities tend to focus chemical spills, fires, and the safe handling of all manner of caustic, corrosive, and volatile materials. However, fall safety needs to be top of mind. OSHA reports that petrochemical workers have the highest rate of fall-related accidents of any industry.
Increasingly, organizations are turning towards custom solutions that integrate enhanced features that are capable of delivering improved efficiency while maintaining crucial safety protocols. FlexDeck Platform and Workstand solutions for example are classified as OSHA/ANSI compliant fall protection systems, yet the not only address regulatory requirements, but also address operational requirements. Currently these customized systems are utilized in all aspects of production and maintenance to make work safer, simpler, and, when properly designed, take stress off workers supporting the operational requirements of busy enterprises.
Top Hazards in the Petrochemical Industry
With heights often of over 100 feet ladder-related injuries are the most common. Next in line are walkways with unprotected sides and uneven working surfaces. Unsafe walking / working surfaces lead to about 82 percent of the slip, trips, and falls accidents in oil and gas operations (according the HS&E Today). Finally, depending on the task, workers are also exposed to the risk of being struck by objects and fatigue are very common occupational hazards within the petrochemical industry. Properly designed and implemented platforms address each of these concerns.
Today’s petrochemical leaders are prioritizing worker safety and investing in advanced safety systems to protect lives and livelihoods, not only to ensure the well-being of all those involved but to prevent disruption to operations. Accidents can lead to costly disruptions in productivity and employee morale, as well as potential legal implications. FlexDecks access platforms and maintenance workstands enable safe and regular equipment maintenance, simplify safety procedures, and reduce worker training requirements.
FlexDecks: A Solution to Safety and Efficiency
FlexDecks provides access solutions that address safety and efficiency concerns through their extensive modular and expandable platform systems portfolio. The library of systems allows for the efficient design and production of complex platform systems while allowing for adjustments and expansions to address specific work at height requirements.
Product lines feature both powder coated steel and lightweight, high-strength, aluminum for longevity. Engineered to be durable even under the most caustic environmental conditions. FlexDecks access and maintenance platforms are not only long-lasting and durable but they are stable and feature patented safety tread that is self-draining, anti-slip, anti-bounce, and omnidirectional to enhance safety measures.
Our maintenance stands can also be outfitted for multiple environments, applications, or terrains, making them versatile and adaptable to any industry. Ultimately, FlexDecks exemplifies a professional and innovative approach, providing top-quality solutions to enhance workplace safety and efficiency.
FlexDecks strives to engineer custom platform solutions for the petrochemical industry that are both safe and efficient. By taking all the necessary steps and implementing custom configurations, we are able to provide our clients with platform systems that meet their specific site needs and applications.
We have worked with teams worldwide to provide safe and efficient solutions for petrochemical operations of all sizes, from the largest refineries to smaller independent analysis companies. If you’re interested in learning more about how FlexDeck’s one-of-a-kind services can benefit the safety and efficiency of your facility, contact us today to get started.
Our engineers and fabricators have decades of experience working within the petrochemical industry, which puts them at a distinct advantage when it comes to meeting the unique needs of each individual customer. Investing in a reliable platform system is an essential part of keeping your workplace safe – let FlexDecks help you find your perfect solution! Contact us today.