About Us

Safety, integrity and expert support are at the heart of our service. The single objective of KITEStep is to create safe, permanent embankment access with the least amount of impact on it's surroundings.

To fulfill this objective the team at KITEStep will arrange a topographical survey, site-specific design and engineering appraisal documents to client approval. This will include compliance to loadings, corrosion resistance, slip resistance and other stipulations as required.

KITEStep is designed for demanding infrastructure environments, where there is a responsible attitude to keeping operatives safe, whilst working on the maintenance of vital infrastructure network. KITEStep is the right solution for railway, highway, aviation, defence, power-generation, oil & gas and marine & coastal sites – anywhere that calls for a resilient adaptable access system in a demanding environment.

 

The genius of KITEStep becomes more apparent at the point of installation, where it will have been engineered to minimise excavation and site preparation.

 

This has a number of significant benefits:

  • Reduced environmental impact on habitats.

  • Enhanced safety practices at point of installation.

  • Site time minimised, reducing installation cost.

  • Long term safe access for future users.

Feature of the KITEStep team - Honesty

Honesty

Feature of the KITEStep team - Safety

Safety

Feature of the KITEStep team - Knowledge Of Regulatory Compliance

Compliance

Feature of the KITEStep team - Experience In Engineering

Experience

KITEStep in numbers

95%

reduction in 'muck-away'

40%

labour time-saving compared to masonry/concrete equivalent

2 men lift

max weight of a single component

25 years+

service life thanks to galvanising*

80%

of the materials used are recyclable

* Dependent on geographical location

Advantages of KITEStep

For The Users

  • The open-mesh flooring minimises debris and water build up, which is very slippery and leads to the growth of moss. 

  • The stairs are often 1800mm wide, which enables two people to carry equipment and materials to their place of work. This also facilitates social distancing.

  • The engineering compliance in the handrail, walking surfaces and stair configuration keeps workers safe.

  • The structure can be used to support proprietary lighting solutions, which makes night work easier and safer.

Unsafe, Slippery Steps
KITEStep Stair Treads

Traditional Steps

KITEStep

For The Installers

  • Less time on site meaning that the time spent working on a dangerous embankment are reduced. This is always risky; both for workers and when using machinery, particularly when there is a live rail, a road or water at the bottom of an embankment.

  • Off-site manufacture minimises site time which reduces the installation cost and other associated costs i.e the hire of equipment. As a result operatives spend less time together on site, which also helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Covid-19.

  • The KITEStep components are designed for a maximum two-man lift, reducing the risk of manual handling injuries.

  • A KITEStep can be installed in a range of weather conditions.

Danger - working by a road
Danger - working by a railway
Two-man lift

For The Environment

  • Minimal habitat disturbance by design, whereas bank grading is very destructive. 

  • A significant proportion of the KITEStep is constructed from steel, which is typically 70% recycled.

  • Minimal excavation results in very little material being taken to landfill, as KITEStep is often installed on top of existing concrete steps. This also prevents further, unnecessary habitat disruption.

  • There is minimal use of finite quarried resources in concrete mass, and a great deal less when compared with what is required to construct traditional concrete steps.

Construction material going to landfill
Graded Embankment