Branach Manufacturing

Branach has supplied a batch of 13 of its popular Industrial duty step platforms to the RAAF for servicing Caribou DCH-4 aircraft. The RAAF appointed AMCE (Aerospace and Mechanical Consulting Engineers) to identify and provide solutions for work at heights associated with the service and maintenance of a range of its aircraft.

Risks were identified and products from different companies were trailed in the field over an extended period. In consultation with the users in the field AMCE selected the Branach platform as a safe and stable product. The larger platform area, overall stability and the rear safety rail were key elements in the decision making process.

Branach has released a corrosion resistant version of its popular range of fiberglass step platforms. The platforms come in a range of heights from 0.6m to 3.6m and are used for working at heights where safety is a high priority. The platforms are foldable for portability and storage and the large platform area (460 by 575 mm) provides a solid stable base for users to work from.


Branach Manufacturing’s step platform ladders are recognized as a safe way to work at heights.

For safety and stability the Branach step platforms must always be used with the platform level. Until now using them on uneven or sloping ground has been difficult. To enhance the safety of the units for outdoor use Branach have now introduced a levelling system which allows the user to adjust each leg individually to level the platform.

Light weight quick connect couplings are permanently attached to each leg of the unit allowing the user to attach the leveller legs as needed. The system minimizes weight and the levellers can be attached and removed in a matter of seconds. The levellers have an extension range of 240 mm allowing the platforms to be used over curbs and on reasonable slopes. They have been found particularly useful for the maintenance of traffic lights where there is usually a curb and often sloping ground.

Chubb Fire Safety has chosen the Branach step platform to reduce risks associated with working at heights. Chubb’s National EHS/Training Manager Gary Grant played a role in the decision making process.

According to Gary, the quality and robust nature of the Branach platform, the compliance to the Australian Standard, an industrial load rating of 150 kg and the availability of a rear safety rail which fully encloses the platform as the reason for selecting Branach step platform.

Chubb carry out a wide range of services associated with the maintenance of buildings and their technicians need to be able to access equipment at various heights. The nation wide roll out has seen step platforms supplied over the entire range of sizes from the smallest 0.6 m through to 3.6m platform height allowing access to work over and above 5.5m.