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Steps, Handles and Deck Plates

Industry research has found that grated steps provide the highest slip resistance and are the best at shedding contaminants. A truck’s steps should have non-skid surfaces. If not, retrofit for safety’s sake. Using contaminant-resistant step designs and self-cleaning material will reduce the work required to maintain the steps.

Research also finds that lighting to improve a driver’s visibility to the vehicle’s steps when it is dark can help improve safe entry and egress. It is best to have the lighting set up so that, in addition to lighting the steps themselves, the ground adjacent to the steps is also illuminated, so that drivers can inspect the area before entering and exiting the {continued...}