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Critical industrial facility safety focus: Tank Storage Terminals

Tank Storage stats - number of terminals

Did you know that there are 6,640 tank terminals worldwide, boasting a staggering total storage capacity of approximately 1.5 million CBM?

These numbers are more than just statistics; they represent the backbone of various industries, from oil and petrochemicals to agriculture to manufacturing.

These facilities play a vital role in storing and distributing essential liquids and chemicals.  But amid the bustling activities of tank storage terminals, one often overlooked aspect requires our attention: Ladder safety.

Tank Storage stats - fatal work injuries due to ladders

The latest report from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2020, serves as a stark reminder of the persistent challenge posed by the lack of ladder safety. Non-fatal ladder injuries resulting in at least one day away from work remains alarmingly consistent. Shockingly, there were 22,710 injuries attributed to ladders as the primary source of harm in 2020, and figures are noticeably similar to the 22,330 incidents reported in 2019. These statistics highlight the urgent need for improved safety measures in these facilities.

Ladder accidents occur in industrial facilities like tank storage terminals due to reasons such as slips and trips, lack of maintenance etc. To prevent these types of accidents happening, it´s crucial to implement strict safety protocols and ensure that workers are aware of the potential hazards associated with ladder use. This is where our innovative safety solutions can make a significant difference.

Real Safety’s FRP/GRP ladder solutions are ideal for Tank Storage environments due to several factors:

  • Anti-slip surface;
  • Corrosion resistant;
  • Do not heat up like steel – even in warm climates;
  • Easy to and install without closing off areas and the use of hot works;
  • Not electrically conductive (spark safe);
  • No maintenance;

Take a look at our case study for BPGIC at Fujairah Oil Industry Zone II. Based on that case, we won Gold at the Global Tank Storage Awards held in Rotterdam earlier this year, in the Safety Technology category.

We are committed to safety, and our solutions make a significant difference in improving safety standards within tank storage terminals, ultimately safeguarding the well-being of workers and critical facilities.


Torben Farup Henriksen

Founder and Business Development