Are you looking to bring your business into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Do your employees load and unload materials from ground level with a forklift and no loading dock? Portable aluminum ramps from REDD Team can serve a wide variety of applications.
REDD Team is a leading national manufacturer of high quality aluminum access products, such as aluminum stairs (OSHA and general code), walkways, ADA wheelchair ramps, aluminum pedestrian bridges, universal stair systems, aluminum stair towers and more. No matter what type of access solution you need, we can meet your most rigorous requirements.
It has become commonplace today for companies to hire young military veterans who have come home with varying degrees of mobility problems after bravely serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Accommodate them in your workplaces and promote their independence by installing ADA wheelchair ramps and other ramps on your jobsite.
Another phenomenon is the growing number of aging baby boomers, many of whom have conditions that leave them with restricted mobility. In addition to installing wheelchair ramps in their homes, they need to be able to access your business safely – both as customers and as employees. Our portable ramps, threshold ramps, concrete deck ramps and wheelchair lifts are designed to meet this need.
Oil and gas mining is another growing industry which involves hauling around heavy equipment and boulders at excavation sites. The large trucks that are used for this in Houston and Midland, TX and the Permian Basin, for example, often weigh more than 350,000 pounds. Heavy-duty crossover ramps are essential for protecting fracking hoses and preventing punctures that could cause environmental contamination.
And, as discussed above, businesses frequently need access to a portable ramp, even temporarily, to help workers safely unload trailer loads and containers of materials and supplies, especially in strip malls where developer often eliminate loading docks to save space.
Advantages of Aluminum
High quality aluminum access systems from REDD Team are manufactured from 6000 series aluminum alloy with 6061-T6 for structural strength. In particular, the 6061 alloy, which incorporates magnesium and silicon, is an excellent substitute for significantly heavier mild steel systems.
In the applications discussed above, the three main advantages that aluminum offers are:
Portability – Aluminum has a high strength-to-weight ratio. When mixed with other elements to form alloys, it is as strong as steel but only 30% to 50% as heavy. Aluminum access products are easier to assemble and quickly move from location to location.
Durability – Unlike wood, aluminum will never split, rot, or warp due to rain, snow, UV rays and other environmental conditions. Aluminum ramps do not need to be refinished or replaced, and require no scraping, sanding, painting or staining to maintain them. They are strong, non-corrosive and rust-free.
Strength – Aluminum has a mass and weight that is roughly 35% that of iron and 30 % that of copper. It is more malleable and elastic than steel. Steel is tough and resilient, but cannot usually be pushed to the same extreme dimensional limits as aluminum.
Portable aluminum ramps are part of a vast number of access products that are used heavily on jobsites to improve worker safety. REDD Team’s ramps and other access products can be built to any size you need. Contact us at (800) 648-3696 to find out more.