Are you using your scaffold tower safely?

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Scaffold towers are the ideal solution to working at height and are a useful alternative to a ladder. You are able to work freely with your materials and tools without balancing dangerously on a ladder.

By now you are probably guessing that scaffold towers are deigned for larger jobs. Indeed they are designed for jobs such as painting, access to a large area of work such as stairwells and are suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

The added advantages of scaffold towers is that they do not need to be repositioned often. The risk of slipping is also eliminated. No matter now well a ladder is positioned, there is always risk of slipping.

So, what factors need to be taken into consideration when using a scaffold tower?

Firstly, ensure that the scaffold tower itself is suitable for the application intended. For example aluminium and steel are the general material of choice for soundness and reliability. Whatever scaffold tower you chose, always ensure it complies with the BS EN 1004 standard. Remember this is only the basic safety standard. At BPS Access Solutions, our scaffold towers exceed and surpass the quality standards of our competitors. Take a look at our range of DIY, Trade and Industrial scaffold towers http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/scaffold_towers.html

The people responsible for erecting a scaffold tower should be trained and competent people. Many people are injured each year when they fall from towers or the tower overturns.

When erecting your scaffold tower, always ensure it is resting on firm level ground with the castors or base plates properly supported.

Ensure that any stabilizers or outriggers are installed in accordance to the instruction manual

Never erect a tower that exceeds the height recommended by the manufacturer.

Some basic pointers for safe scaffold tower use:

Never

  •  Use a scaffold tower in strong winds
  • As a support for ladders,trestles and other equipment
  • With broken or missing parts
  • With incompatible components
  • Move a tower with people or material on the tower or in windy conditions

BPS Access Solutions offer a comprehensive range of spare parts and accessories for all our scaffold towers. These are offered in addition to our FREE lifetime guarantee http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/scaffold_towers.html

Our Industrial Scaffold tower is fully compatible with, and much more affordable than, the BOSS tower.

For more information on the safe use of tower scaffolds please see http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/scaffold.htm



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Do not leave it too late to replace your ladder

You only need to watch this video ‘Story of A ladder’ to see where we’re coming from on this subject!

It is very common for us to hear stories from our customers which lead them to decide to change their ladder – from a faithful wooden companion which has no rubber feet and is well over 40 years old to actual ladder breakdowns caused by incorrect usage such as a DIY ladder being used for trade purposes.

Many of our customers have been incorrectly advised or had no advice at all when they brought their ladder so often we’ve found their ladder they have been using was unsuitable for the purpose used for.

So what else should you be looking for to know that now is the time for a new ladder?

Firstly, always inspect your ladder before every use – even a simple process like transporting your ladder on a roof rack could cause damage and check for any wear on both the ladder frame and rungs – A repeat of this video could be nasty:)

Health and Safety recommendations change over time and turning up with a ladder from the 70′s is probably going to raise a few eyebrows in the workplace!

Firstly, all ladders nowadays have rubber feet – look out for our big red feet – we treat safety as a paramount concern. Our overlapping rubber feet gives 100% stability and maximum grip to floor surface.

One of our most popular ladders is our Extension Ladder. These ladders are suitable for both DIY and trade use and certified to the latest European and UK trade standards. We have many tradespeople buy their ladders from us from gardeners to decorators, window cleaners to electricians. For more information and demonstration videos, please visit us athttp://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/Extension_Ladders.html

A unique safety feature of our extension ladders is the unique safety stabilizer bar fitted as standard. We have found that no stabiliser bar at all on more expensive options on inferior alternatives. Does your extension ladder have a stabiliser bar?

BPS Ladder rungs are at set 265mm (10.5”) apart for maximum safety and comfort whilst climbing. Rungs placed at these measurements will add strength to your ladder. Rungs that are placed 250mm (11”) or even 300mm (12”) between rungs make the ladder more difficult to climb and the ladder is more likely to ‘bounce’.

Buy with confidence from the leading ladder and scaffold tower experts http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/



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.

Ladder Safety – how safe is your ladder?

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Ladders are a versatile product that many home-owners and tradespeople take for granted. After all, a ladder can give many years valuable service and unlike other items such as tools, never show any signs of something not being quite right with them until the inevitable accident occurs.

At BPS Access Solutions, we spend many hours ensuring that our ladders are the most superior available on the market today. We ensure that only the best materials and construction methods are employed during the production of not just our ladders but our scaffold towers too.

Of course, when it comes to selecting your ladder, there is much choice to be had on the market. What is important to realise is that inferior ladders are being sold up and down the country on a daily basis and these are not ladders brought from un-reputable sources, quite the opposite, these ladders are being purchased in well known stores.

 So, how would you know that your Multi Purpose Ladder is not so multi purpose after all?

  •  The first consideration is to ensure that your ladder is suitable for the purpose intended. If you intend using your ladder to carry out your trade, your ladder must conform to EN131 Part 1 & 2 1993 certified. This must not be confused with weaker non certified ladders for DIY use only.
  • Ensure that your ladder is capable of carrying the load intended – not just you but also your tools and other equipment you may have on your ladder. Our ladders hold a maximum load of a massive 150kg (23.5 stone)
  • Our ladder is supplied with a 1.5mm thick platform – beware, some others are supplied with weaker platforms
  • Our multi purpose ladders feature extra large red rubber feet which provides superior grip and stability (100% grip to floor surface) plus extra strong working platforms included as a free upgrade as standard.
  • Non slip ridged rungs ensure maximum safety

Does your ladder meet all the above essential safety points? These are not the only safety points to consider, merely the basic essentials.

Please BE AWARE that there are many traders selling inferior multi purpose ladders that look similar to those sold by us but they ARE NOT as solid or safe in use and are DANGEROUS! – we know because we have seen these ladders and will not sell them

We believe we sell the safest and most versatile multi purpose ladders available on the market today



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.