What Is a Catwalk in Construction?

February 14, 2024

If you work in an industrial setting, it’s likely that there are catwalks crisscrossing the facility. They help to streamline operations by allowing employees to easily walk from point A to point B without disrupting other areas of the plant. They are also used to give workers easy access to areas such as tanks, hoppers, silos, sortation systems and more.

Panel Built manufactures a variety of industrial catwalk systems in order to meet the needs of our customers. These systems are incredibly versatile and can be customized to suit your specific application. In addition, they are compliant with OSHA standards and regulations for worker safety. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the various functions of industrial catwalks and what you should know about OSHA requirements for these elongated work platforms.

The OSHA regulations for catwalks are very strict in terms of what’s required for worker safety. For instance, all platforms that are above four feet must be provided with some form of fall protection such as covers, guardrails or travel restraint systems. Additionally, all exposed edges of these types of platforms need to be covered with a toe board in order to prevent equipment or tools from falling and potentially harming other employees.

OSHA also requires that any changes in elevation that are made between walking-working surfaces be serviced by a stairway. This is a requirement that applies to all catwalks and elevated platforms. In addition, these structures must be equipped with a handrail and be constructed of materials that are non-slip to help minimize the risk of accidents in the workplace.

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