Why it is important to use the right tools for the job


Just this week in the news, we hear of yet another shocking incident involving shoddy working practices where makeshift work platforms have been made in order to compensate for the lack of appropriate ladders and scaffold towers.

The employee in question was attempting to repair a tear in a lorry curtain which meant he had no option but to work 2 metres from the ground. In the absence of any proper equipment to carry out the job safely, such as a ladder or a scaffold tower a makeshift working platform was constructed by using a wooden pallet attached to the prongs of a forklift truck which was used to lift the employee to carry out the repair.

When the employee was being lifted back down following completion of the repair, the fork lift jolted and the employee lost his balance and fell from the wooden pallet causing two fractured heels. Of course this accident could’ve been far worse, however this is yet another incident where companies are blatantly failing to provide appropriate equipment necessary to carry out work safely and expecting employees to improvise with whatever they have available to them.

This incident closely follows another fork lift incident on a farm where an employee fell from the prongs of a forklift which were being used as a platform to carry out work on a food mill. The employee described how there had been no provision of a safe working platform from his employer for him to carry out his work safely,

Both these incidents carry a stark warning from HSE to other companies who may be compromising the safety of their employees. Work at height must be properly planned and organised by a competent person.

There are many incidents of this nature in the UK and the Health and Safety Executive are keen to put an end to such shoddy working practices which causes needless injuries and time off work at best.



Ladders and Scaffold Towers are a Leading UK Distributor of Ladders, Loft Ladders, Scaffold Towers, Aluminium Ladders, Extension Ladders , Ladder Accessories and all access equipment.

BPS Access Solutions gets Creative


If you have fond memories of singing the rainbow song at school then we have something for you here at BPS Access Solutions that may well tickle your fancy.

No longer available in only red, we are proud to announce that we are expanding our palette of colours on our very own heavy duty steel kick stools! There are now several colours from which to choose including black, grey and blue! Perfect for enhancing office colour themes or even as a wacky addition to a dreary storage area, whatever your taste whether conservative or crazy there will be a kick stool here crying out with your name on it.

Of course our kick stools are far more than just a colour, anyone who is already familiar with us will know us for putting safety first and our steel kick stools are no different – they’re designed with safety in mind.

A perfect solution for accessing places that always seem just out of reach – shelves and cupboards, even the back of wider shelves like bookcases, the steel kick stool is a great alternative for a ladder. For those that worry about ladders slipping or prefer to put their feet on a solid non-slip base, this is a perfect companion. Featuring non-slip rubber coated treads on both steps, fitted for your safety and comfort and with a 23.5 stone (150 kg) weight rating, you can be assured that this kick stool is very strong and reliable.

Featuring spring loaded castor wheels for effortless mobility, you can rest assured that the kick stool is very easy to manoeuvre to the required location and although made from steel it is also very lightweight weighting only 5kg.

At 40cm tall, our kick stool gives you some much needed ‘extra height’ without the feeling of being too far from the ground. A great solution for an office environment which is ready to use – no need to assemble a step ladder. There is also a heavy duty rubber furniture guard which protects furniture and skirting boards from accidental knocks.

You will know you are in safe hands with this kick stool as it has been certified to EN14183-F (European Safety Standard) and also holds the German GS mark of quality which is the equivalent of the British Kitemark.

As always, should anything go wrong with your kick stool following purchase you can rely on the free no quibble lifetime guarantee which is offered as standard on every product we offer here at BPS Access Solutions. There is no need to wait long either to receive your kick stool, forget 3, 4 or even 5 day delivery time scales, you can have your kick stool with you tomorrow! Yes that’s right, simply place your order for your kick stool before 3pm on a working day and receive it the very next working day completely free of charge to most areas of the UK mainland. We think this is a brilliant deal – many others charge for this service or make you wait a very long time to get your item.

Here at BPS Access Solutions, we offer our kick stool at an unbeatable price – just £34.99 including VAT and FREE next day delivery this is a huge saving from the RRP of £59.99!! Simply order on line http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/Steel-Kick-Stool.html or over the telephone and don’t forget to choose your colour!



Ladders and Scaffold Towers are a Leading UK Distributor of Ladders, Loft Ladders, Scaffold Towers, Aluminium Ladders, Extension Ladders , Ladder Accessories and all access equipment.