Fitting ladders to sectional tanks


Fitting ladders to sectional tanks provide the operator with stable and safe access to the water tank to carry out inspection, maintenance and adjustment of tank controls. Having a fixed access system in place prevents the use of other non – permitted methods for access, aids in the prevention of falls or other workplace accidents and complies with working at heights regulations. The provision of fitted external and internal ladders promotes quick access to the tank, where you need a responsive action. This article is about Sectional Tank Ladders.

064 665 5007

If you have any questions, feel free to call us or use our quote form

talk tanks, today.

To speak to one of our agents online, click here

Fitting ladders to sectional tanks

Sectional tank ladders based on height:

We recommend, where Sectional Tank Ladders height is 1m or greater, to specify internal and external ladders. If the tank is on a raised platform then ladders may be required on tanks of a lower height. When deciding to fit an internal ladder, consideration should be given to factors preventing retrofitting ladders after tank is built. In particular, where height restrictions apply, it will not be possible to retrofit an internal ladder by the most economical means, i.e. through access manway.

Where the tank is 2m or more from the top of the tank to the finished floor level external ladders should be fitted with safety cages and comply to BS 4211:2005+A1:2008. In sites/locations that are deemed high risk, additional safety guards may be fitted to the external ladder to provide further protection.

Ladders can be retrofitted to existing tanks on most site. Our sales advisors are available to provide guidance in retrofitting ladders.


In compliance with working at height regulations a guardrail (also referred to guiderail) should be fitted enclosing all access points to the tank roof, where a fall height is 2m or more.  Guardrails must be positioned to prevent a person from falling over, under or between the rails.

image of a sectional tank

Self-Closing Gates

The Self-closing gates may also be fitted to guardrails at an access point to and from the external ladder.  1100 mm in height, the self-closing gate is spring loaded and will automatically close after access.

View product specification for detailed dimensions.

Image of a ladder onto a sectional tank

Toe boards

You also may need the toe boards on guardrails whenever there is a possible risk of objects to falling from the edge, causing injury. Toe boards are manufactured from GRP at 150mm in height to meet with regulations.

Guard rail


Try our free water tank calculator now by clicking the link below


Arrange a callback or email enquiry

Request the complete safety package, which includes ladders, guardrails, self-closing gates and toe boards.

To safeguard operating and maintenance personnel. We endeavor to facilitate and discuss any extra or alternative safety features you may want to incorporate into the water tank.

External Ladder Specification:

External Ladder Specifications
Available Heights
Included where ladders are greater than 2m in height
Fixing Brackets
Additional Component
Top Platform

internal Ladder Specification:

Interal Ladder Specifications
Available Heights
Fixing Brackets


Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
The work at height regulation (Northern Ireland)2005
The work at height regulation 2005
ENISO 14122

key features

cutom one piece tank art


Prevent a person from falling, fitted at a height of 2m or higher.

water blue art symbol


Fitted to guardrails. Spring loaded gates will automatically close after access

base levelling steel blue water art

toe boards

Regulations require 150mm in height. Installed to reduce the risk of objects falling from the edge

Recent Projects

Extensive industry experience, manufacturing since 1973.

Tricel manufacture deliver & install cold water storage tanks across a wide range of industry sectors throughout Ireland & the UK. The company also provide import/export services for our international clients. Tricel has been Manufacturing water tanks since 1973, and are made from Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP). This top quality material offers outstanding capabilities including long life, durability and is a cost-effective solution for water storage even in the harshest environments. Cold water storage is available for both potable and non-potable applications.


GRP Water Storage Tank Installations


Data Centres


Government Buildings


Airports & Hotels




A highly successful multinational corporation with over 50 years’ valuable industry experience


Tanks available for all capacities, 43 litres to 4,651,290 litres. Larger tanks available on request


On-time delivery is a core requirement of our successful business operations