Ladder hook or ladder support are often used when you use a lladder to access the tops of stainless steel tanks and for maintenance work. The use of lifting lugs and ladder support to a stainless steel wine tank is fairly common but they are easily negligible parts because they are not frequently used. Hazards resulting in injury can occur if you are not serious to them. Why does this happen? As a buyer, how can we distinguish these small but important fittings? Come and join our discussion now.
Ladder holder, namely, is a place where a ladder can be held. Tanks not higher than 5 meters can be equipped with a ladder hook for easy operation. Tanks higher than 5 meters will be equipped with stairs, which is not the case discussed in this article.
Regularly used ladder holder:
The left type does not have special demands of the ladder. You only have to place the top of the ladder on the curve. To use the right type, the ladder must be with hooks. The hooks will then embrace the tube of the ladder support.
It is recommended for the ladder support to use the same material of the tank. But you can use carbon steel if the budget is short. One thing you must keep in mind that a stainless steel pad must be placed when welding the side plates to the tank body. NO CARBON STEEL CAN BE IN THE SAME WORKING AREA AS STAINLESS STEEL. The iron rich articles can be introduced to stainless steel if you do not isolate them. When little care is taken, the stainless steel will rust on exposure to carbon steel. To help you understand well, please see this picture.
Please look at below pictures.
Picture on the left: the tube is welded directly to the plate surface.
Picture on the left: You pouch a hole at the plate. The brace plugs in the two holes and are welded to the plate. The weld seams are smoothed.
The injury happened because using the left structure of Ladder support. Most factories do not punch holes on the plates. But if the tube is not welded firmly, the tube will fall off so the operator will fall down. The same story already happened. As to us, we’d rather put on cost to assure safety of the operator. Using our manner of ladder support, even if the welding part is not firm, the tube is still pined so the operator safety is much guaranteed.
Many factories take a simple welded ladder support just to save cost. But it is not suggested because it is at the cost of human safety. We can’t judge a factory only by its scale, but also by his care to details.
Are all sharp edges removed?
Are the corners transited smoothly?
Are the welds well finished?
These small things do matter. Nobody expects to get hurt when operating.