Foldable work platform now available in Europe

Monday, 30 November, 2015 - 11:30
The QuikDeck system may also become a solution for offshore wind applications. (Photo: QuikDeck)
The QuikDeck system may also become a solution for offshore wind applications. (Photo: QuikDeck)

Sky-Access has introduced a versatile modular suspended work platform on the European market. The QuikDeck system was launched in the United States ten years ago and the innovative heavy-duty foldable work platform may now also become applicable at European offshore wind sites.

The most complex activity of a QuikDeck is the construction of the starter platform, from which the system may be further expanded. In case of an offshore platform, the starter platform constructed on-site is subsequently lowered by a crane with the assistance of Sky Access personnel. Once in place, the starter platform may subsequently be expanded as desired.

According to Sky-Access, the deck has a substantially lower weight, 35 kg/m2 compared to 75 kg/m2 for a conventional suspended scaffold. Since a part of the QuikDeck can be temporarily lifted, the installation of such a work platform does not have to interfere with shipping traffic. Depending on its size, the movable part of the construction platform may be lifted completely manually, or by means of winches powered by a frequency-controlled or servo-powered electric motor.

“Regrettably, frequent accidents do occur during major scaffolding projects in civil engineering, offshore, construction and industrial projects. The main cause of collapsing conventional or suspended scaffolding structures is an overload or faulty load condition. The American system is a safer alternative and has a higher permissible loading capacity of 366 kg/m2”, says Dutch entrepreneur Ronny van Baal, who is Europe’s sole distributor for Sky-Access. “The system can be built in the air and assembled from just a few basic components. It features a flat, stable work surface, is easy to use and very cost and time effective. Cleaning in between project activities is no longer necessary. Blasting activities may continue for 8 hours at a stretch. Grit removal may be postponed until the end of a shift, saving a lot of time.”

Finally, Van Baal assures that the deck platform hanging for example under the approx. 100 metres long bridge between the burn-off installation and the oil rig itself is stable. “The human factor is important to us. Sea sickness is a big issue for offshore maintenance workers, therefore Sky-Access has signed a contract with Dutch research organisation TNO to measure their health continuously for the next four years by placing sensors on their skin.”

Jacques Geluk

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