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"Tracking" Gangways - When are they used?

The Carbis Team | Fall Prevention & Protection, Safety Equipment Purchasing & Replacement, Rail Spotting | Jun 17, 2024 10:31:47 AM

Perfect for loading a variety of truck and rail car hatch configurations, tracking gangways are heavy-duty and maintenance-free, making them an ideal part of your company's fall prevention plan.


Gangways are an important part of a company’s fall prevention plan. They provide safety and efficiency when accessing trucks and rail cars. Gangways allow workers to walk safely from a loading platform across to the top of a tank truck or rail car.

But what exactly is a tracking gangway, and why would you need one?

First of all, there are several types of gangways – flat ramp, telescoping and self-leveling staircase. There are also different gangway installation options including fold down, pivoting and tracking. Any of the above gangway models can be mounted on a track that will allow the gangway to roll from one horizontal location to another along the track.

Tracking gangways are ideal for applications that take place along a horizontal range and require a variety of truck and hatch configurations. Each gangway tracking carriage is designed to be maintenance-free with heavy-duty load rollers for smooth tracking along the platform. Tracking can be added to one side of the platform or both with fixed handrails as an optional addition. 


In addition to tracking gangways, tracking handrails are also an option.  They prevent falls similarly to swing gates but the opening of the handrail moves along with the gangway to prevent operators from being exposed to a fall from height risk.

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