Folding Stairs & Gangways


Folding stairways are used to bridge the distance from loading racks to tank cars or rail tankers, although they can also be used in other similar applications. Our folding stairways fulfil high safety standards.

Recognising the inherent danger of personnel falling from tankers at bulk loading and off-loading facilities, Soliflo has developed a wide range of tanker access, fall prevention and safety systems to prevent potential operator injuries and fatalities.

As safe tanker access systems come under ever-increasing scrutiny from safety bodies, companies transferring bulk liquids need to evaluate their operations with long-term vision rather than with short-term fixes.


  • Loading gantries and access platforms
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Folding stairways and gangways
  • Safety cage enclosures
  • Hydraulic elevating platforms
  • Mobile tanker access units
  • Marine tanker and barge access systems and towers

Increased vigilance by HSE/OSHA inspectors in recent years has highlighted the need for improved tanker top access facilities. The majority of tanker access is required for loading or unloading; however in many cases operators need to have access to tanker tops to check security of man-lids or sample product.

The most common form of tanker access and enclosure is the folding stair. These can be configured with a range of steps and step widths together with safety baskets. In case of a high variance of tankers and large working areas, a complex protecting grating system may be the better solution.


Soliflo is proud to represent Safe Rack Loading Rack Technologies and all of its safety products including truck loading racks, railcar loading platforms, gangways, and other fall protection equipment. Safe Rack has set up a website specifically geared for the Southern African market. Please vist http://www.saferack.co.za for further information.

Folding stairs & safety cages
Extra-wide folding stairway
Mobile tanker access
Modular tanker access installation

E0264 - 3000 Folding Stairway

E0264 - 3000 Folding Stairway

The extra-large E0264-3000 folding stairway meets the highest safety requirements.

It’s designed for safe and unrestricted access to the top of road and rail tankers, creating a safe and obstacle free path for the entire length of the tank vehicle.


E0264 Bulk Folding Stairway

E0264 Bulk Folding Stairway

For the specific application of bulk loading, the E0264 folding stairways are equipped with additional lateral platforms that include side railings and knee guides for safe access to the dome area.

E0264 Bulk Folding Stairway schematic

E0264 Standard Folding Stairway

E0264 Standard Folding Stairway

Folding stairways have to fulfil high safety standards and the E0264 meets the highest safety requirements.

The ‘German Health and Safety Executive Technical Committee’ has approved the E0264 and awarded it with the Test Certificate 00056 for folding stairways (3 - 5 steps) without safety basket.

The above authority requires proper installation, operation and maintenance of the folding stairway.

Local regulations should apply and it is the buyer‘s responsibility to ensure that the structure is suitable for the E0264 folding stairway.


E300 Standard Filling Platform

E300 Standard Filling Platform

Our E300 Standard Filling Platform can be employed in many different environments and provides the highest level of working safety.

The E0300 encompasses the following features:

  • Safety hand rail
  • Hot-dip galvanized anti-skid gratings
  • Welded top and base plate
  • Hot-dip galvanized anti-skid steps
  • Platform, stairways and stand post are bolted together
  • 1600 mm platform made of welded sectional steel
  • Stable design according to DIN 31003, with static approval
  • Hot-dip galvanizing of complete loading rack is possible

Protective Grating System

Protective Grating System

Our protective grating system consists of gratings, back rests and folding stairway.

The system is an important safety feature for accessing the top of tank trucks and is also designed to keep the operator safe while working on the top of tankers.

By using the pneumatic or hydraulic control gratings, stairways and back rests move down automatically to the tanker's top. In this position the system efficiently prevents the operator from falling between the safety rail and tank top.

The Protective System can be equipped with an optional automatic switch-off, stopping it before the grating and back rest reach the top of the tanker. The advantage of this is that the gantry and tanker never come into contact with each other.


Safety Baskets

Safety Baskets

Safety baskets are used to safeguard the operator from falling off the vehicle during operation.

We differentiate between baskets fixed onto the handrail of the folding stairways and separate movable safety baskets which are operated independently from the folding stairways.

The standard variant is manufactured from high grade aluminium. Carbon steel or stainless steel variants are available upon request.

The use of demountable safety baskets allows ease of transportation to the customer’s site.

Separate movable safety baskets have their own balancing mechanism which uses a spring cylinder. For ease of operation it is recommended to have either a pneumatic, hydraulic or manual operation with a cable winch.

Customized solutions are available upon request.

Aereon
Alma
Brodie
Emco-Wheaton
Equiptank
Faudi
Flare
Flotech
Gaytri
Hi-G-Tek
Jordan
Klaw
Perolo
PSG
Saferack
TCS
Termomeccanica
Tim-Elektronik
Todo
Toptech
M&F
Posiwell
Continental Hoses
Dunlop Oil & Marine
Faure Herman
LoadTec
Trelleborg

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