Walking under a ladder – exactly what does this bad luck mean?

walking under a ladder

Obviously this scenario very much depends on whether or not you are superstitious! If you aren’t then clearly you won’t care whether you have walked under a ladder or round a ladder!

So where does the superstition arise from?

Well you could apply the boring explanation that by walking underneath a ladder you risk getting a tin of paint on your head or something fall on you but there is a rather more deep reasoning why people absolutely will not walk underneath a ladder!

Consider a couple of myths:

  •  Within the Christian nations, the ladder forms the sacred triangle – each side representing either the Father, Son or Spirit (trinity.) This ‘theory’ applies whether the ladder is standing or leaning against a
  • wall. To walk through the ‘triangle’ is breaking the trinity, making you in league with the Devil!
  •  Other theories suggest the ladder has connections with public hangings at the gallows – where a raised platform (such as a ladder) would be used to carry out the hangings. Anything relating to hangings would of course have bad luck attached to it.


If you do have the ‘misfortune’ to find yourself walking under a ladder there are a few things you can do to reverse the ‘bad luck!’

1) Spit 3 times through the rungs of the ladder or on your shoe – if you spit on your shoe don’t look at your shoe again until the spit has dried. (Yes really!)

2) Walk backwards underneath the ladder again. This effectively reverses what you’ve just done!

3) Keep your fingers crossed until you find a dog – hopefully a friendly one, or else you really won’t be having a good day!

4)You could just stop believing in luck – or maybe you don’t believe in bad luck in any case, and keep on walking!

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Different Ladder Types Explained


Ladders are a huge part of the building and construction industry and are the safest way to reach high areas. Many homes also require ladders for various purposes. However,ladders need to be sturdy and reliable as they have to be used in risky conditions. We have a range of high quality ladders that will meet your needs.

Loft Ladders


Loft ladders are one of the most popular types of ladders and are used especially in homes. Loft ladders are available in different styles and usually come in height adjustable models. These loft ladders are used mostly to reach attics but can be used for other purposes as well. This makes loft ladders an essential tool in homes.

Scaffold Towers



Scaffold towers are one of the main elements in construction. Without these, building and construction work may not even be possible. However, it is important that scaffold towersare reliable and strong. So if you are looking for scaffold towers for any purpose, we at BPS Access Solutions Ltd can provide you with various options to match your requirements.

Extension Ladders



From the very name you would know that extension ladders are the kind of ladders whose length can be extended so that users can reach higher places. Extension ladders, which are mostly used for outdoor jobs, are usually made of aluminium, steel and fibreglass and depending on the model can withstand different weights.

Telescopic Ladders



Telescopic ladders are the ideal kind of ladder to have anywhere as they suit all job types. We have an extensive range of telescopic ladders that can be folded, carried about and stored easily. This feature in particular is what makes telescopic ladders excellent tools to have.

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Eight Ingenious uses for an old ladder


So, we’ve convinced you to buy one of our vigorously safety testing and expertly constructed ladders from us here at BPS Access Solutions www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk – now the only problem that remains is what to do with your old ladder?

Forget a trip to your local tip – instead consider reusing your old ladder within your home – a ladders life need never end!

We have scoured the internet to give you some ideas on how to make use of a pre loved ladder – so there is no excuse why you cannot have the safest ladder on the market top carry out essential DIY tasks within your home whilst still having the enjoyment of an existing ladder!

Your old ladder doesn’t need to be kept indoors – there are many innovative uses outside which we came across – here are our favourites:

Indoor Uses

We fully appreciate that it just has to be the ‘right ladder’ to use indoors, these ideas might give you inspiration whether you’re apartment living or have a large indoor space

1. A pair of matching standard issue metal step ladders would make an awesome bookcase – ideal for a teens bedroom or contemporary living area…all you need are a few wooden planks to slide across the steps and there you have it – the overhang of the higher planks provides a stylish bookcase or area to display gadgets, vases and the like.

2. Remember the kitchens of long ago where no space was wasted? Suspend an old
wooden ladder horizontally along your kitchen ceiling and there you
have a lovely pot rack reminiscent of times past – if you’re very
DIY savvy, you could make a linen area which can be lowered and then
raised allowing laundry to dry indoors without taking up valuable
living space.

3. A single step ladder with planks can be very useful for extra storage anywhere in the home – how about the bathroom? This would make a lovely place to store extra towels and toiletries.

4. A wooden ladder can be cut to size and serve a second life as a towel
rack ideal where space is limited such as a downstairs WC or
shower room

5. An old wooden step ladder would make a lovely addition to a guest
bedroom and could be used to hang spare blankets, or serve as a
bedside table or even a dressing table – a mirror placed on the
wall behind or on the top of a higher step ladder with the steps
being used for cosmetics, hair brushes etc would add some retro chic
into your home.

Outdoor Ideas

If you have a large garden then the opportunities are endless – even a small walled back yard can serve a wonderful purpose for a disused ladder! Keep reading for our outdoor ideas…

6. A tall aluminium step ladder can be used for potting stations
rather than doing all your potting in the greenhouse, take your
plants to where they need to be – save yourself back breaking work
by working at a level that suits you. Simply slide a couple of
planks into place and you have the perfect work area for potting and
you could even display small tubs and decorative plant on lower

7. An old wide stepped ladder would be very pretty to display potted
plants in the Summer months

8. An old ladder can be fixed to a wall and used as a plant trellis –
attach 2 or 3 and you could have a whole wall of beautiful crawlers
such as wisteria – this would be an ideal solution for small back
yard sunspots where there is very little garden – this would
create maximum effect and would create a beautiful background to a
table and chair set where you can enjoy afternoon tea with a friend.

We’d love to hear your ideas of what you use your old ladders for!

Why Buy Your Ladder From Us?

When you’re buying a ladder, you should have faith in the firm from which you acquire it. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we’ve years of experience supplying both the public and trade customers with the right products for their needs. We also carry loft ladders and scaffold towers, so you can be assured we’ll have exactly the right ladder for you. Our expert staff are dedicated to providing friendly and quick service to our customers. We must be doing something right because we have plenty of repeat business from our loyal customer base. We’re also pleased that our customers recommend us to others. Isn’t it time you experienced our superior products and customer service?

All our products come with a lifetime guarantee and free next day delivery in most instances. We supply a huge range of ladders and scaffold towers to both the public and trade. To see how we can help you and to see our latest offers please visit us at www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk

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Knowing your essential Ladder Standards and Regulations

ladder regulations

Before purchasing a ladder it is important to understand exactly what you are buying. Not taking any notice of essential information such as kite-marks, certifications or safety regulations can lead to serious injury or even death when the ladder is in use.

To begin with, you need to purchase a ladder which is suitable for your needs. If you require a ladder to be in almost constant use, then an industrial ladder would be most suited to your needs. If you are a trades person or need a ladder for use around your home then you need to be looking for the EN131 certification which certifies the ladder is safe for regular usage.

UK Categories for ladder and step ladder strength

The UK has 3 kite mark categories to determine what standard a ladder has reached. The kite marks fall into 3 standards; domestic, trade and industrial.

Whilst the Kite marks indicate that the ladder you are about to purchase has achieved the kite mark standard, it is worth bearing in mind that in most cases, the ladders are only just meeting this minimum standard. The ladders and step ladders we sell here at BPS Access Solutions are manufactured to a standard that far exceeds the standards laid out.

As a family business established for 10 years, our high standards speak for themselves.

Ladder Categories Explained

BS2037 (Class 1) – Industrial

These are the strongest types of ladders and step ladders that can be purchased. Industrial ladders are designed for on site use and are built to be in use almost constantly. An industrial ladder is an excellent choice for someone who spends most of their time working on a ladder on site but is not necessary if you need to carry out some DIY work around your home.

Maximum Static Vertical Load: 175kg/27.5 stone
Duty Rating: 130kg/20.5 stone

EN131 – Trade

EN131 is the latest UK trade standard replacing the old class 2 standard which was known as BS2037/Class 2. This is the most common ladder certification in the UK. EN131 is the certification you must look for on any ladder purchase (with the exception of industrial ladders) as this is the only way you will be sure that the ladder meets the safety requirements for trade and domestic use and will have been tested to confirm it meets the standards of EN131.

Maximum Static Vertical Load: 150kg/23.5 stone
Duty Rating: 115kg/18 stone

BS2037 (Class 3) – Domestic

This is the lightest standard in the UK and ladders falling into this classification should only be used occasionally around the home. Ladders displaying this certification should not be purchased as using them contravenes Health and Safety Regulations. We do not stock ladders bearing the BS2037 classification at BPS Access Solutions.

Maximum Static Vertical Load: 125kg/19.5 stone
Duty Rating: 95kg/15 stone

Ladders not covered by any standard

Some ladders are not covered by any standard – such ladders include roof ladders and conservatory ladders. In this instance, it is extremely important that you pay attention to the materials that these ladders are constructed from. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we construct such ladders using the same materials found in our industrial and trade ladders as if the ladder were to adhere to the appropriate kite mark.

Remember these ladders will not carry any kite mark because no kite mark applies to the product.

UK Loft ladder category

Don’t forget that access ladders to lofts also have to be fully kite marked and are subject to safety regulations in the same way that other ladders and step ladders are.

There is a standard class that applies to every loft ladder sold in both the UK and Europe.


This standard needs to be clearly displayed on any loft ladder you buy regardless of it’s construction whether it is metal or timber.

Maximum Safe Working Load: 150kg/23.5 stone

UK Scaffold Tower category

The UK standard for both trade and industrial scaffold towers is BS EN1004. The European standard is the same and is known as EN1004.

To meet this standard all scaffold towers must have:

* Stabilisers or outriggers fitted where necessary to guard against overturning.
* Ladder access to the platform either vertical ladders or inclined.
* Trapdoor platforms for safe access from the ladder to the platform.
* Toe boards fitted around the working platform.

Additionally the Health and Safety Executive require all scaffold tower users to use the 3T system known as ‘through the trapdoor’ Using the 3T system ensures that no one has to stand on a platform without handrail protection.

All scaffold towers sold by us meet the 3T building method. However some scaffold towers are sold without a 3T system and will require users to purchase additional equipment in order to meet the 3T requirements.

Still unsure what is best for your needs?

At BPS Access Solutions, we advise our clients on a daily basis on the best access product to suit their needs. If you are not sure which product would be most suitable, please do feel free to contact us.

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.