Loading Dock Steps


Prefabricated Compliant Dock Stairs

Prefabricated Aluminum
IBC, ADA, or OSHA Loading Dock Steps

The DOCK Step is the perfect lightweight, heavy-duty solution for your loading dock. Because DOCK Step is prefabricated and modular, it bolts together in about an hour.

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Fast Installation

Bolts together on-site in about 1 hour.

Prefabricated

No welding, special tools, or heavy equipment. Ships ready to install.

Leveling Legs

9″ of vertical adjustability for uneven surfaces and ongoing maintenance.

Code Compliant

ADA, IBC, and OSHA-compliant options. Meets all local building codes.

Non-Slip

Open diamond serrated surfaces provide aggressive traction.

Durable, Long Lifecycle

100% industrial-grade aluminum that won’t rust, warp, or rot.

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APEX stair ramp system components

The APEX system is a line of integrated access products that can be configured to meet the most challenging applications.

Product Resources

  • Product Info & Tech Specs
  • BIM/CAD Files
  • Specifications (CSI Spec)
  • Elevation/Plan Views
  • Environmental/LEED/HPD
APEX System PDF
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Dock step Features

We manufacture industrial loading dock stairs for warehouses and distribution centers that will never rust, warp, or rot. Our products are always compliant, allowing employees to safely enter and exit the loading dock area.

Easy Installation

Easy Installation

Our Dock Steps are prefabricated, modular, and bolt together without special equipment or welding. They typically bolt together in about an hour.

code compliant

Code Compliant

Loading dock stairs are designed following IBC, ADA, and OSHA standards. While most loading docks only require OSHA compliance, we have IBC/ADA options available.

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Leveling Legs

Platform legs have 8” of adjustability for uneven ground or ongoing adjustments.

100% Aluminum – Long Lasting

100% Aluminum – Long Lasting

Our dock steps will never rust, warp, or rot. All components are low maintenance and will last much longer than wood or steel.

traction grip strut

Slip-Resistant Decking

The dock steps are standard with an aggressive, heavy-duty 3” channel grip strut grating that provides maximum, multi-directional slip resistance. Other decking options are also available.

HPD/LEED/ESG

Because our products are modular, repurposable, and contain 32.5% to 75% recycled content, including 50% to 65% pre-consumer and up to 20% post-consumer recycled scrap, they can help contribute to several LEED v4.1 credits and other green building rating systems.

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Reconfigurable

Reconfigurable

Modular dock steps, landings, legs, and handrails bolt together without any on-site welding. This makes it easy for dock steps to be adjusted, reconfigured, and even relocated.

Specifications

HeightReach variety of heights by using either 6″, 6.5″, or 7″ step rises
Width
(Baluster Handrails)
56-3/4″ between handrails, 68″ out-to-out
Width
(2-Line Rails)
56-3/4″ between guardrails, 68″ out-to-out
Tread Depth12″ nosing
Platform Sizes60″ x 60″
Platform Guardrail42″ high
Step Guardrail42″ high (only applicable to baluster handrails)
Handrail36″ high
BalustersLess than 4″ apart (only applicable to baluster handrails)
Weight Capacity100 lbs/sqft Live Load, 300 lbs over a sqft area
Powder Coating (Optional)Ask a solutions advisor for available color options
*The specifications above are standard dimensions, but our team has the capability to design a solution that will fit your application.

Decking Options

extruded stair decking
Extruded
fiber grate stair decking
Fiber Grate
bar grating option for decking
Bar Grating
grip strut stair decking
Grip Strut

Riser Options

Stair Riser Options

Handrail Options

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Entry Options

Stair entry options
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Why ADA Stairs?
While loading docks are generally closed to the public, they are often considered an “area of refuge” or area of rescue. An area of refuge is a location in a building designed to safely hold individuals during a disaster or emergency. These areas are created for situations when normal evacuation is unsafe or impossible (typically for handicapped people with limited mobility). As an example, during a fire, non-mobile individuals may be unable to use a stairwell and must be able to wait in an area of refuge until first responders or other rescue personnel are available.

Add a Canopy

Upside’s APEX canopy is engineered to integrate seamlessly with our stair and ramp solutions. Once integrated, the system provides an efficient and cost-effective solution for modular buildings and loading docks.

Doorway canopy and dock step render showing integration

The steps are well built.

The steps are well built and sturdy enough to handle our needs safely but yet light enough for two men to move without the use of equipment.

Matthew P.

Upside Innovations was a pleasure to work with from design to delivery.

Nick Bishop was responsive and quick to get a quote started, and Tish Carroll did an excellent job shepherding the job through the engineering design, fabrication, and shipping stages, expediting the process when the deadlines got tighter on my end. The product arrived early and was a pleasure to install – all of the hardware clearly marked and bagged, and the pallet strapped and wrapped securely. These stairs are being used for robotics research/testing and are working flawlessly. I would recommend Upside to anyone looking for professional crossover stairs for their project or building.

Bryan H.

Upside innovations was a pleasure.

Upside Innovations was a pleasure to work with from design to delivery. Nick Bishop was responsive and quick to get a quote started, and Tish Carroll did an excellent job shepherding the job through the engineering design, fabrication, and shipping stages, expediting the process when the deadlines got tighter on my end. The product arrived early and was a pleasure to install – all of the hardware clearly marked and bagged, and the pallet strapped and wrapped securely. These stairs are being used for robotics research/testing and are working flawlessly. I would recommend Upside to anyone looking for professional crossover stairs for their project or building.

Bryan H.

So easy to work with!

Upside was so easy to work with! From estimating, to product selection, and all the way to delivery, they were very responsive and easy to work with. When we need another set of stairs, we will be buying them from Upside Innovations.

Matt S.

The stairs worked out great.

The stairs worked out great, and they love them!

Paul R.

Love the quality.

What a great product to work with. Love the quality and ease of assembly!

Denny R.

Worked out great.

Everything worked out great. Thanks to your team for taking care of the details.

Leo D.

Thank you for the quality work.

Thank you for the quality work. The stairs definitely enhance the look at Lakeside [Garden Apartments]. We appreciate your service to us, and we look forward to working with you again in the future.

Tanya P.

Couldn’t be happier with the whole experience.

The quality was fantastic, and they showed up quickly. From the time they were pulled off the delivery truck, the stairs were assembled, stood up, and lag bolted into the floor in under 1 hour. We really couldn’t be happier with the whole experience we have had with Upside Innovations. Plus, the stairs are much sturdier than I had even hoped for. Below is a picture of the steps installed on the side of our gun range. Thanks again for the great job.

Derek P.

Fit perfect and was easily assembled.

The platform and stairs are now up and installed and are fantastic. It fit perfect and was easily assembled just as you said it would. Thank you for a wonderful product.

Ken W.

I am very impressed.

It went together well, I am very impressed that your fit and finish was as tight as it is. Thanks again to everyone involved in the project.

Vince B.

Our Services

Our team designs, manufactures, ships, and installs ADA & IBC-compliant stairs, ramps, and canopies to fit YOUR custom project. Our experts will work with you throughout the project to ensure your installation is correct to your specifications and code-compliant.

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