How to use your ladder Safely

Many people worry about using a ladder. This can be for a number of reasons, for example, height can be a barrier or just the worry that not having two feet firmly on the ground will cause them to less balanced. The truth is using a quality ladder which is being used safely and for the right purpose, is the perfect tool for working at height.

In fact, accidents on ladders often occur because risks were taken in the first place – over reaching or placing the ladder in an inappropriate position are the most common causes of accident.

Take care when assembling your ladder

Never rush setting your ladders up. Make sure the locking mechanisms are engaged. Rushing to assemble your ladder could mean that the ladder collapses whilst in use. Rushing from a leafy area into a dry space could mean the ladder slips due to leaves still attached to the ladder feet. A simple check over before ascending your ladder could avoid this terrifying scenario.

When to carry out checks on your ladder

A good quality ladder will last you for many years to come, however it is still vitally important that you, as the user of the ladder carry out a pre-use check on your ladder:

  • at the start of every working day.
  • if something changes such as moving the ladder from a dirty area to a clean area, or if the ladder is dropped etc.

Never take someone elses word that the ladder is safe, always be certain yourself that your ladder is safe before using it.

Never assume that the ladder is safe. Damage can occur during storage or transit that you may be unaware of.

Never consider using a ladder when you feel it may be unsafe. If the ladder is your own, then the outlet from which you replaced it should be able to assist with the replacement of parts which have failed. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we offer a free lifetime guarantee on all of our ladders.

If you do not have a guarantee on your ladder, then the safest option is to replace it.

Never use a ladder which you feel is unsafe.

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Work Safer On Scaffold Towers

tie tower to a rigid structure

It may come as no surprise to learn that yet again falls from height continue to result in life changing or fatal injuries in the workplace.

In June 2018 The Health and Safety Executive report that Jhanade Ryan slipped on a roof, sliding down to the edge protection. The toe board of the edge protection snapped and he fell through the scaffold, landing on a sub-station flat roof. He sustained a fracture to his spine, a broken coccyx and nerve damage. Mr Ryan was in hospital for almost three months and is now unable to work due to ongoing mobility issues.

The investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the scaffolding company had not erected the scaffold to a known industry standard or design.

Unfortunately such accidents are showing no signs of abating despite the numerous warning issued by the health and safety executive. Scaffolding and scaffold towers are highly dangerous if they are not erected correctly. In addition, even a correctly assembled scaffold tower will be dangerous if it is not used in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and not designed for the work intended.

The tragedy is, many accidents could be so easily avoided. Working from height always carries a risk and without careful thought and consideration given on how best to carry out the required job is inevitably going to lead to serious accidents.

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When was the ladder invented?

home-Extension-LadderDid you know that ladders were invented Mesolithic period, about 10,000 years ago? Cave paintings found in Valencia, Spain depict two people carrying baskets or bags. They’re using a long ladder to access a wild honeybee nest and raid it for its precious content of honey. The ladder as we know it in modern times was developed by the ancient Egyptians and ancient Hebrews.

The most common type of ladder is the ridged ladder. These come in many forms including extension ladders, step ladders, combination ladders and more. To find out more about all the different types of ladders, we wrote a blog post on this back in 2012 covering them in more detail HERE.

In the blog post we cover the forms and types of ladders, safety considerations and how to select the right ladder for the job.

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Truck it – lets use a ladder this way!

ladder in truck Another week and another opportunity for the eagle eyed amongst us to spot another flout of Health and Safety guidelines. This week sees us in a UK town where the back of a pick up truck is being used to place a ladder in order to gain additional height.

What is wrong here – we hope we didn’t hear you say!

Of course, ladders should always be placed on a reliable surface before using them. This is for obvious reasons such as slipping or the ground itself not suitable to place a ladder such as a small area such as a porch roof.

Clearly the back of a pick up truck is a bad idea as the ladder could slip causing a serious accident or the vehicle could move or be hit whilst the ladder is in use. Securing a ladder safely is one of the most important considerations when using a ladder as failure to do so could cost you your life.

Making sure the ladder itself is long enough for the job is also important. It goes without saying really! If you do different tasks around the home or work with ladders, it will be worth your while purchasing an extension ladder which will ensure you will be able to reach most reasonable heights without compromising your safety.

It is easy for a ladder accident to occur – never take the risk

It is never a good idea to knowingly take a risk with a ladder. Ladder accidents can and do occur accidentally. Never put yourself in a position where you risk serious injury or even death. The good news is, ladder accidents are preventable – here are some tips:

  • Inspect the ladder before use
  • Whether you use your ladder occasionally or every day, check for damage before using it. Whether it’s a loft ladder or a multi purpose ladder, check it first. In December 2014, a woman was fatally injured whilst retrieving Christmas decorations from the loft. She stood on a ladder rung that had a single crack in it and it broke while she was standing on it.

    Always inspect your ladder for damage and make sure all the locks are in position before using it. Never use a damaged ladder.

  • Check the weight capacity
  • Ladders do have limitations – one of the main ones being the amount of weight they are designed to carry. It is important that the weight capacity is not exceeded. It is not just your own weight though that you need to consider – tools and materials can add to this weight significantly. If you use or carry weighty tools on your ladder such as paint pots, be sure do not exceed weight capacity as this can lead to frame failure, broken rungs and strain on the locks.

    Check the weight capacity of your ladder and ensure it is not exceeded.

  • Use a ladder correctly
  • Only use a ladder in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. Never be tempted to alter or lengthen it yourself. Simple mistakes often contribute to ladder accidents – be sure to keep 3 points of contact on the ladder at all times to avoid over balancing and never over reach. If you need to reach an object that is out of reach, you will have to get off the ladder, move it, then climb up again.

  • Bad positioning
  • Always ensure your ladder is placed on a reliable surface that is free of debris such as wet leaves, gravel, sand and other building materials. Wet areas such as grass and decking can also be serious slipping hazards unless you use a gripper.

    Consider where you are placing your ladder – placing it near doors is a no no even if they are locked and beware of working near to corners. Always warn people that there is a ladder nearby to avoid a nasty accident occurring.

Accidents can be prevented

The most common injury sustained by incorrect ladder use is fractures at 32%. According to the OSHA, 100% of ladder accidents could be prevented if proper attention to equipment and user training was provided.

Ladder accidents can be prevented – you have to take control yourself! 🙂

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Who needs aluminium ladders?!

ladder in lithuaniaIt goes without saying we all do!

Of course we all know that aluminium is the staple material for ladders unless you work around electricity in which case you may well use a fibreglass ladder.

Wooden ladders are now firmly in the past – or so we thought until we spotted this relic on the internet – apparently spotted in Lithuania. Here it seems that wood and nails are not wasted and are constructed into ladders such as this! Whilst the picture might look quaint with a nice feeling of mountains and chalets to it, the message behind it is quite dangerous.

Wooden ladders as a rule are not safe

Firstly – wooden ladders are not safe ladders. Whilst it would be very unusual indeed to see a home crafted ladder in the UK, there are still wooden ladders in peoples garages to this day. At one time, wooden ladders were the norm, but have long been redundant following the superiority of aluminium.

Wooden ladders are dangerous:

  • Wood can split, buckle and cause injuries such as splinters
  • The rungs can wear quickly and snap
  • No grip underfoot on the rungs
  • Not fire proof
  • No rubber feet

In addition to the physical dangers present, wooden ladders do not carry any form of certification which means that they’re not safe to use even for DIY tasks. A ladder should never be purchased without any form of certification such an EN131 which is European Trade/DIY standard. BS2037 is the Industrial Standard to look for if you plan to use your ladders to carry out your job. Never accept anything other than these approved UK safety standards. Not every country is as stringent in safety standards as the UK.

We mentioned that wood as a rule is not safe – the exception to this is if you are purchasing a wooden ladder which meets the tough safety standards. One such example is our wooden single section/pole ladders. Normally ladders like these are used on scaffolding or other industrial applications, naturally they meet the Industrial standard of certification as they toughened steel rods under each rung as well as two coats of preservative so the ladder can withstand the harshest of environments.

If you have a wooden ladder from days gone by still in your possession, it may be time to retire it to decorative use only 🙂

Make sure your ladder is long enough for the job

Here at BPS Access Solutions, we find ourselves repeating this essential safety advice quite often. This is quite possibly one area where we see on countless occasions risks being taken on ladders which are not quite long enough for the job.

In the photo it can be clearly seen that the ladder has received a ‘makeshift’ addition of another ladder which turns in into a form of extension ladder if you like. It goes without saying that this practice is extremely dangerous and should never be repeated with any of your own ladders! The bottom ladder addition appears to be of a lesser quality of wood and is likely to snap under the weight when the ladder is in use. This could cause a fatal or serious injury.

Again in the UK, this practice is thankfully rare. However we receive many photos from our loyal fans of crazy people using ladders in the most dangerous of ways! From using a multi purpose ladder pitched from a porch roof in order to reach the roof to people seen over leaning excessively from ladders when carrying out work on their home such as window cleaning and gutter clearance.

It is not unusual to spot people stacking pallets and boxes too to reach a higher point with a ladder that is simply too short for the job. DIY enthusiasts are often the culprits when it comes to using ladders in a dangerous way. Quite possibly this is because they are less familiar in their use and won’t in general have received training on how to use a ladder safely.

Will the house painting get finished?

It appears that the boarding of the chalet in the photo is being painted….Who fancies a bet that that ladder will be extended a second time in order to reach the pitch in the roof!?

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To saw or not to saw that is the question….

sawing on a ladder
What would Health and Safety make of this photo we found on the good old social media today?!

There are many things wrong with this photo, one could almost mistake it for a circus act. If you were to come across this in a forest clearing we would suggest running for your life – quite literally!

Don’t try this at home

We liken this photo to a comedy of errors, however there is a multitude of dangerous problems that could result in this fellow loosing his life or at best being seriously injured.

Let’s take a look more closely.

  • The ladder is not secured properly
  • Clearly using a ladder in the first place is a no no as once the tree is sawn off, it will take the ladder with it. When securing your ladder ensure that the work you are carrying out won’t affect the stability of your ladder.

    (Let’s hope that his ladder is at least EN131 certified!.)

    Ladders should be secured against a suitable surface where there is little risk of slipping – clearly a tree trunk is not a good idea! Ladders should also be placed on a secure surface. Uneven ground is never a good idea as this could slide from underneath the ladder.

  • Using the ladder incorrectly
  • When using a ladder you should position yourself facing the rungs – never use a ladder facing away from the rungs like this photos shows. This could cause the ladder to become unbalanced and additionally you have nothing to hold on to.

    When ascending and descending the ladder, keep each hand on either side of the ladder to maintain your balance. Where possible, keep tools in a tool belt.

  • Lack of personal protective equipment
  • When carrying out jobs such as tree cutting, it is essential that you kit yourself out with personal protective equipment such as a hard hat, goggles, ear protection and gloves – none of that wood dust should be going in your eye!

  • Just where is he cutting that tree stump?!
  • That will be one huge stump once chopped! Most trees are cut leaving the shortest stump possible. It appears that this guy is simply sawing at the easiest angle.

    Let’s hope that the trunk doesn’t come crashing down on this head!!

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    Do you know the correct way to use a ladder?

    8597825132_b92b705200_oWith light nights and warmer weather upon us, we are urging people to be careful in the use of ladders. Barmy Summer nights brings out ladder users in their droves – and with them the less experienced ladder users.

    Using a ladder might seem simple enough, however a lot can go wrong before you even start using it. Before you even move the ladder from it’s storage place, make sure you are confident in using it. If you are not confident, do not use a ladder.

    Inspect your ladder before using it

    Even the more experienced ladder users often become complacent and miss out this important step. Whether your ladder is in use daily or occasionally always check for damage prior to use. This includes checking for damage to the sides, steps and making sure the locking mechanisms are working as they should.

    If your ladder has been dropped or shows any sign of damage, do not use it.

    How to use a leaning ladder safely

    A leaning ladder is a ladder that has to be leant against a wall in order to use it. Such examples include extension ladders, multi purpose ladders and telescopic ladders.

  • Positioning your ladder safely
  • It is essential to lean your ladder at the right angle before climbing it. HSE recommends ladders should be at a 76 degree angle to prevent tipping or sliding. Never adjust the angle to try to achieve a higher or lower working height. Ladders should be able to comfortably reach the job you are working on without having to adjust the angle.

    The most common reason ladder accidents occur is due to an incorrect angle being used. Our unique ladder angle ensures that you will always use the correct and safe pitch of 76 degrees.

    Never try to obtain extra height by balancing your ladder on items such as pallets, bricks or from a scaffold tower.

  • Climbing the ladder safely
  • Both hands should be used to climb a ladder. Always climb a ladder with the ladder facing you keeping one hand on each side of the rungs. Wear a tool belt rather than carrying tools in your hands as your hands need to firmly grip the sides. You should only let go of the ladder as briefly as possible once you have climbed to the required height in order to carry out your job. Never work on the last three rungs of the ladder.

  • Never over lean
  • Never take risks with ladders. If you find yourself leaning to reach other parts of the job, then you need to climb down the ladder and reposition it nearer. There is a test known as the ‘belt buckle test’. If you find your belt buckle is outside the rung area of the ladder then you are over leaning and risk falling or the ladder slipping. Avoiding stretching upwards also as you could lose your balance.

  • Do not overload your ladder
  • All ladders come with a maximum weight capacity. Check the manufacturers instructions if you are not sure. Most of our ladders here at BPS Access Solutions have a maximum weight of 23.5 stones. Remember this is not just your own weight, but that of your tools also. Equipment and materials being carried can be heavier than what you think.

  • Look out for overhead power lines
  • When carrying your ladder look out for overhead power lines. Remember electricity is a conductor of metal objects. Avoid working 6 horizontal metres to power lines – and never take anyone else’s word that they are ‘dead’ always treat power lines as if they are live. If you are an electrician carrying out electrical work at height, a fibreglass ladder would be a far safer option. Our fibreglass extension ladder is non-conductive up to 30,000 volts and could be a lifesaver should a mistake or accident occur.

  • Keeping your ladder stable
  • There is never any guarantee that a ladder will never slip, however you can protect yourself further by tying your ladder to an upper support. Avoid tying your ladder to plastic objects such as gutters which could come away if the ladder slips.

    Poor stability often accounts for ladder accidents and is often due to uneven ground where the ladder is placed. Using a levelling mat can help alleviate this problem and can make positioning your ladder on uneven or sloping ground far safer. Our levelling mat also provides additional grip and prevents the ladder from sliding or slipping from beneath you.

    Using a step ladder safely

    Many people think that a step ladder is safer than a leaning ladder, however they can present the same dangers particularly if they are set up incorrectly.

  • Check your step ladder is in contact with the ground
  • There is more scope for instability issues with step ladders, so be sure to check that all four feet are in contact with the ground.

  • Only carry out light work
  • Avoid using heavy tools and materials when using a step ladder. They are designed for light work.

  • Do not over reach
  • The over reach rules are the same on a step ladder – don’t over reach or stretch. Avoid using the top 3 steps unless there is a handrail provided.

  • Ensure locking devices are enabled
  • Do not use the step ladder if you are in any doubt about it’s safety.

  • Remember the 3 point contact rule
  • Keep both feet on the step ladder at all times and one hand. If both hands are needed, use the stepladder to support your body. Always work with the job facing you, never work from the side or leaning over.

    Follow our safety tips….

    and you will avoid a ladder accident this Summer. Always follow these safety tips regardless of when you use your ladder and you will avoid some of the most common ladder accidents.

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    Do you understand the working at height regulations?

    6155900402_3ebacd850b_bAs any good trades person knows, there is a lot of documented evidence available to best explain how to carry out work safely at height. A particular focus on working at height is the safe use of ladders and scaffold towers.

    Of course, used incorrectly, ladders can be amongst the most dangerous piece of equipment and used incorrectly can lead to death or serious injury.

    Unfortunately a recent prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive involved dangerous use of both a ladder and a scaffold tower which tragically lead to the death of a labourer from South East London.

    How did the accident occur?

    The labourer had not received any guidance on the safe use of either a ladder or scaffold tower. The building firm which he was carrying out the work for had not provided either a risk assessment or method statement detailing how he was intending to carry out the job which was to fix a leaking roof at a cement works.

    The labourer was provided with an incorrectly erected scaffold tower and an untied ladder to access the roof from the building firm and was not briefed in how to competently work on dangerous equipment.

    Furthermore the roof was located near to an additional fragile roofed area and no additional safety equipment such as guard rails, suitable working platforms or coverings to prevent a worker falling onto this area.

    Falls from height continue to be the biggest reason for workplace fatalities and account for 29% of deaths reported to HSE in 2013/14. In real terms, this means that 19 workers lost their lives in situations that could have been totally avoidable.

    Always ensure you are confident before using equipment like this

    Firms are legally obligated to ensure that staff using ladders and scaffold towers are correctly briefed before allowing use of them. Workers must receive appropriate training AND be confident in the use of a ladder and scaffold tower before using them.

    Never use a ladder or scaffold tower if you do not feel confident in doing so. In this tragic case, it was clear that the labourer was expected to use equipment which were unsafe and totally inappropriate for the job. We will never know if the labourer felt pressurised into using such equipment or that he genuinely did not realise the dangers.

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    Working safely with ladders in orchards

    9909696685_f145d27023_zThe pruning of trees, bushes and even hedges requires use of a ladder. In fact apart from working on a house, garden work is the next most common use for a ladder. Some of our valued customers are keen orchardists and have a thing or two to tell us about ladder safety and how they ensure both their own safety and that of their staff some of whom only work with them for a short time.

    Reducing accidents

    When working in orchards, the priority is to reduce accidents and and injury. Traditionally orchard work has been precarious in nature with dangerous ladder usage evident. In the past, orchard workers would set up a large ladder next to a tree, scale the ladder, pick the fruit and then descend. They would then move the ladder around the same tree often moving the ladder up to 5 times around a single tree. It comes as no surprise to learn that ladder injuries were a common occurrence.

    The work was not only slow and precarious, health and safety briefing was extremely basic. If you were lucky, the orchard foreman might have instructed you to be aware of foot and ladder placement and tell you to be careful but this type of instruction did little to reduce accidents as many orchard workers had little or no experience of using a ladder safely.

    Using ladders safely

    There is little or no difference between misusing good ladders and properly using bad ladders. Before using a ladder it is essential to feel confident in it’s use. This means both setting it up and actually using it.

    The first question to ask is whether a ladder is even needed. Many orchards now are opting for platforms (scaffold towers) as an alternative to ladders. Not only will a scaffold tower increase efficiency, the work is far less likely to cause injury. In fact, injuries from working on platforms are rare.

    What ladder should I use?

    If your work is smaller scale then a ladder may still be the practical option. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we highly recommend that you do not attempt to position a ladder against the tree trunk of any tree. We recommend using a ladder that is independent of the tree – i.e. one that stands independently in an ‘A frame’ structure. Our combination ladder is an excellent example and is designed for precarious jobs in mind. Our combination ladder is amongst the strongest and safest available on the market today and features a metal retaining brace and auto locking safety clamps.

    Always ascend and descend the ladder with both hands on the frame. Never attempt to carry your tools or bucket in one hand. Use a tool belt or hoist your tools up separately. Never over lean or bend down from the ladder to retrieve a dropped tool. Never take risks with ladders. Injuries such as broken bones, injuries to backs, the pelvis or even death can occur from ladder misuse.

    The benefits of a scaffold tower

    Using a scaffold tower can alleviate many of the issues found with ladder work. If you are working across a larger area, you will not need to keep descending the ladder in order to move it to the next work area. Tools and equipment can be stored safely on the platform and you can walk freely in the work area without risk of injury to your feet or danger of over leaning. Scaffold towers are both rigid and stable and you do not need to worry about balancing on a ladder.
    If you are finding a ladder hard work and you need to make faster progress, then a scaffold tower is likely to be a better option for you.

    Always remember safety first

    Regardless of whether you opt for a ladder or a scaffold tower, it is essential that you don’t use either of them unless you feel confident.

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    Are you at risk of a ladder accident?

    Don’t become a ladder statistic! With the right knowledge, a ladder is an indispensable tool for all manner of DIY, trade and industrial jobs. The incorrect usage of a ladder can lead to nasty accidents and unfortunately can cause serious accidents or even death.

    With Spring on it’s way, it is traditional for Spring cleaning to begin in homes across the country. The brightness of the sun can show up all manner of things that need attention that the darkness of Winter has covered up. From cobwebs in high corners, to drab looking paint, Spring cleaning nearly always ends up with a list of DIY tasks.

    Of course outside is no different. At this time of year, bushes and hedges are showing signs of life and the Winter growth can now be safely cut back. In the same way you take care with gardening equipment, you need to take care when using ladders outside.

    Whether you use a ladder indoors or outdoors, each area presents different hazards that you should be aware of before you use your ladder. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we present a list of the most common accidents that occur with ladders:

    Common mistakes made with ladders that can lead to an accident

  • Wrong ladder in use
  • This is by far one of the most common reasons for accidents to occur on ladders. In nearly every case the user knows they are taking a dangerous risk, never take a risk it can cost you far more than the purchase of the right ladder. From ladders balanced against tree trunks, to the wrong ladder size being used all manner of things can go wrong when using an incorrect ladder.

    If you carry out several tasks around your home and garden, it will be worth your while investing in a multi purpose ladder which will take care of virtually every ladder need you could have from a step ladder to an extension ladder.

    If you work near to sources of power, it is worth investing in a fibreglass ladder to protect against electrical shock/ Aluminium ladders are not suitable for use near electrical power sources.

  • No inspection carried out prior to use
  • It is important to carry out an inspection of your ladder before you begin to use it. In particular check the rungs and side rails for damage or missing parts. Ensure that the locks are in place and in good condition and check that the feet are intact and free of damage. Remember that dirt such as mud and leaves on the ladder can cause the ladder or you to slip so remember to clean off any excess dirt before using it.

  • Never use a ladder which you suspect is unsafe
  • Twists and distortions on aluminium ladders are extremely dangerous. Never use a ladder which has visible damage. Even a ladder that has been dropped which shows no visible damage should not be used. For those of you who still use a wooden ladder, it is worth noting that cracks and splits can often hide under paint. Wooden ladders should ideally be upgrading to the more modern aluminium models.

    Never feel pressured to use a ladder you feel is unsafe. Ask for another ladder for your task.

  • Ladder placed on a dangerous surface
  • Ladders should always be placed on a solid flat surface. Never take a risk and hope for the best, this is when accidents happen. Always position your ladder on the ground, never from a location such as a flat roof. Always ensure that the ladder is placed so the feet are in direct contact with the ground that is free of leaves, sand or other debris.

    Always position the ladder correctly – never too close or too far away from your work.

  • Ladder placed in a dangerous location
  • If you are carrying out work in a doorway or in a location where someone could walk into you, it would be a good idea to display some signage to warn people that you are there. Lock access doors so people do not accidentally open them.

  • Not using both hands to climb the ladder
  • Both hands need to be free when climbing a ladder. Carry tools in a tool belt or hoist them up in a bucket after you climb. Never climb the top two rungs of a ladder as this could cause the ladder to tip.

  • Over reaching
  • Always place the ladder where you need it. Never take a chance by over reaching – this could tip the ladder. Also avoid sudden unnecessary movements as this could also cause the ladder to tip. If you are working in a larger area such as when cleaning fascias, a scaffold tower may be a better option than a ladder.

  • Being under the influence
  • Never use a ladder when under the influence of medication or alcohol. If you feel unwell do not attempt to use your ladder. It is important that you are alert when using a ladder.

  • Only one person at a time!
  • Never allow more than one person to use a ladder at the same time. This could exceed its weight allowance causing the ladder to buckle or become unsafe.

  • Incorrect storage
  • Ladders left to their own devices on a roof rack or in poor conditions can become dangerous. Store your ladder away from heat and dampness and away from where it could be tampered with. A garage is a good place to store ladders but many ladders now fold down to compact sizes – our telescopic ladders and multi purpose ladders fold down small enough to fit in a cupboard or your car boot!

    Always practice safe procedures

    Ladders of all sizes can be dangerous. It doesn’t matter whether you are using a step ladder or an extension ladder, you need to practice safe ladder usage. Whether you are at home or in the workplace the principles are always the same. Taking the extra time when using ladders is worth the effort and may even save your life.

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