SafeRack G4 Unit Gangways – Part 1 of 2

Truck and railcar gangways and bridges have been engineered for durability and ease of use. These access gangways are built to stand up to abuse with rugged, oversized parts and feature counterbalanced and adjustable springs which help raise and lower the units with minimal effort. Whether you choose galvanized, stainless steel or aluminum gangway, the design and construction of the G4Series will keep your operation running smoothly.

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SafeRack’s G4 safety gangways are specially designed keeping in view the concerns and suggestions of the customers. Some of the main issues that the end users of a gangways have to face are raising and lowering of the gangways, longevity and ergonomics, not to mention safety. SafeRack’s G4 safety gangway is lighter, safer and is easy to raise and lower.

The idea of a gangway goes back over 50 years as customers came aware that there are safety issues as it related to going up the sides of the tank trucks and rail cars when they were loading or unloading chemicals or dry product. The gangway itself was just a means to get from a fixed platform to the rail car or the truck and safety cages and fall protection followed several decades later.

The G4 design addresses many problems that our customers have come to us with, to solve. Problems such as safety, ergonomics, maintenance, longevity of the gangway and engineering design of the gangway.

The SafeRack’s gangway is definitely a result of us looking at the population of gangways in the field saying these are all the problems that our customers face and here’s what the solutions as we see them.

Actually it’s supposed to be able to raise this unit by driving a hole here and you can see that a weight with it hung out there is just too much.

Problem 1:
Hard to lift and lower: The biggest issues we have with this gangway is the raising and lowering of the gangway. It’s very difficult to raise, very difficult to lower, doesn’t have a nice counterbalance system to it. If you get it in motion and let it go, it’ll fall and cause the whole rack to rattle and everything.

There’s really no handles to grab, so when they’re letting the unit down, it will drop it down to the top of the truck and it’s just a lot harder to move down as well as move back up. So as you can see, you push this down, it’ll come back up but then we’ve lost the spring. So at that point I’m trying to battle lifting this up.

SafeRack Manufacturing: Difference in the safe rack and a lesser gangway that one of our competitors may offer. I mean the main function is the ease of operation and the safety that we put in place. You’re not going to find any other product out there that is going to operate this easily and it’s not going to matter if you have women on the job site, older gentleman on the job site.

Women: It’s really easy. Pushdown, walk out and pull back up.

Problem #2 – Shaky Gangway Design
Not putting bushings in a gangway and not machining pivot points, the consequences of that include wobbly handrails, shaky gangways and undependable operation of the gangway over all.

Man 1: These are your uprights, these are your handles you’re holding on to, it has got a lot of play in it. I’m very hesitant to actually walk out on this.

Man 2: It works a lot easier than the yellow ones, I’ve been on. A lot lighter and easier to control. It doesn’t twist as much as some of the others. I feel good and safe on this rack.

You can see how it gets loose. Normally when you’re just bolting a galvanized bolts through a galvanized pipe or tube, it’s going to Waller itself out. We put a lot of time in engineering the bushings and spacers that go into our stuff, what we’ve done is we’ve created a situation here that completely released this step of friction against what we call the U-body which is this piece. So it’s also aided in the smoothness of the gangway.

Overall I think that we’re making a product that will last longer, that the cost of ownership will be lower for a customer over for years to come. So it might cost a few dollars more to begin with but when they don’t have to maintain it, when the operators feel safer, when it’s easier to lift and lower down the road, they’re going to be able to focus on what it is that they do for a living which is make chemicals or make whatever product it is that they make. They’re not going to have to worry about does this gangway work or not.

SafeRack’s gangways are designed keeping in view the needs of the customer. The most important aspect of a gangway is safety. Bent, molded and welded gangways could never provide you the security and peace of mind you need to work efficiently. SafeRack’s gangway is not only safe and secure, the design ensures there’s little to no welding. Moreover, SafeRack’s experienced team visits the place where the gangway is to be installed and then installs the gangway that fits the place. There is no match to the service, quality and safety provided by SafeRack to its clients.

There’s a story behind every part and piece of our gangway that means something. That’s a result typically of a customer who had a problem with something on the gangway and we found a way to address that problem. 

We don’t use this and you can even see it’s slightly bent but this is what was used. 

Problem 3:

Weld and Part Failures: When we listen to our customers and we see the population of gangways that are in the field, there’s cracked welds everywhere. Over time these gangways slam up and down over the tops of trucks and some of our customers’ locations, they’re cycled up to 175 times a day. The patent-pending design for the G4 gangway completely eliminated the welding out of many parts of the components that go into the gangway. We have many parts that used to have 8, 11, 12 pieces welded together. We went from doing that to stamping and folding metal similar to automobiles, similar to lawn mowers, similar to other more high production type products. 

Problem 4:

Engineering and Design: [Man: That’s why we put the Rope on there] 

As you can see, even though this one also has a little foot pedal, we had to use a bungee cord just to make sure it’s held in the spot. It’s a kind of loose. 

What we’ve done is we’ve looked at it from every possible aspect of how we can make our product as safe as possible. We’ve come in and added a spacer, it’s taken our mid rail out. 

We just looked at the gangway all around. Everywhere operators hands may go, feet may go and we’ve done everything we can to make the gangway as safe as we possibly can. 

Problem 5:

Field Service: You have a customer who picked up the phone and he bought a gangway without anybody looking at the spot and help making sure that, that product was going to fit his exact location. We have reps that have over 20 years’ experience that measure the spots, engage with our customers, make sure that the product that they’re requesting is something we need to [unclear – 03:33]

Our gang waves are not one-size-fits-all. We can adjust to overhead obstruction, obstruction beside us, obstruction all around us. So we have a bunch of different styles that we can offer you. 

We do have our standard product. It’s the standard equipment that we offer to a customer but everything we do can be customized. We’ve got awesome engineers. We got some of the best fabricators you can find around here and we can pretty much do anything the customer needs us to do. We don’t sell standard equipment, we sell equipment that the customer needs. 

We have sales people that come in, they measure the spots, they make sure that the game way that we’re going to provide will fit and I think there’s value in that.