Inspecting your ladder for use

Many people worry about ladder safety, however in actual fact, a quality ladder which is being used safely and for the right purpose, is the perfect tool for working at height. 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.

 

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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.

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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.

Carry out these simple daily checks

A ladder pre-use check can sound like a long and drawn out task, but it needn’t be and it could even save your life. Ladder pre-use checks will soon become a matter of habit rather than an inconvenience to the professional ladder user.

  • Stiles

Check that these are not bent or damaged. The ladder could buckle or collapse if used with bent styles. Never take a risk.

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  • Feet

Check the feet on the ladder. They should be of a good size and made of rubber for superior grip. Ensure that the feet are not missing, worn or damaged. Check your ladder feet regularly particularly when you move from one area to another. Loose soil, gravel or sand can stick to the feet. Make sure that this unwanted material is not in contact with the ground as this could cause the ladder to slip. Ensure it is the feet (rather than the material) which are in contact with the ground at all times.

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  • Rungs

Check all the rungs are in place and firmly attached. Bent, loose, missing or worn rungs can cause the ladder to fail, or you could slip and fall.

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  • check locking mechanisms

Engage all safety devices on your ladder including locking bars. If they are bent or fixings are worn or damaged, the ladder could collapse. Never use your ladder if the safety features are not engaging, you risk serious injury or even death.

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  • Check the platform if you are using a step ladder

Step ladders can be just as dangerous as any other type of ladder if it is being used in a dangerous condition. If the platform is split or buckled, it can cause the step ladder to become unsafe.

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  • Inspect the rungs for dirt

Even if the rungs are perfectly usable, a serious accident could occur from the dirt that is in contact with them. Always ensure your rungs are clear from excess debris. Similarly, ensure that your footwear is also. Leaves can easily become affixed to soles and will be like a skating rink when in contact with the ladder rungs. Take care!

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If you have concerns about the safety of your ladder

First and foremost, never consider using a ladder which you feel is 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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What size extension ladder do I need?

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A popular question we get asked often in our customer services department is how to work out the right size of extension ladder.

Identifying the correct size of extension ladder is a relatively straight forward task. Putting that aside, however, it is still imperative that the right size of extension ladder is used in order to avoid ladder trips, slips and falls.

Finding the right size in simple terms

If you need a rough guesstimate then you can simply drop a tape measure out of your window. Some people simply measure the ceilings in their home and add another 50-100cm to allow for the ladder pitch and depth of ceiling.

Here at BPS Access Solutions, we highly recommend that you measure correctly to ensure that the extension ladder you purchase is suitable for the job and most importantly of all will not cause a serious injury or worse by incorrect usage.

How to measure for a standard 2 floor house

To measure the length of extension ladder required on a 2 floor house, you can use a very simple formula.

Do you remember the Pythagoras Theorem from your school days? The formula to use is very similar although thankfully it won’t require you to re-learn all the terminology!

Imagine that (a) is your house wall and (b) is the ground on which the ladder will be sitting. The pitch of the extension ladder will make up (c.) If the pitch is too long the ladder will be sitting at a dangerous angle and if too short your ladder will not be long enough to reach the job.

Thankfully our extension ladders here at BPS come in 3 sections, so you only need to use the sections that are needed which allow for greater versatility of jobs. We do suggest ensuring you can reach the top of your house though with your extension ladders.

Getting the pitch of the extension ladder right

The average 2 floor house will be just over 6 metres in height. This means that the base of the ladder must be placed just over 1.5 metres away from the base of the house wall. The top of the ladder must extend beyond the roof edge by approximately 90cm.

If the ladder pitch is not correct, there is a serious risk of the ladder slipping or tipping away from the wall when in use.

Our ladders are amongst the safest on the market today and we promote safe use of ladders to ensure your safety when in use.

How to calculate what size extension ladder you will need

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that ladders need to be at an angle of 75 degrees away from the wall. This is known as the 1 in 4 rule. To get the angle right, you will need to know how far off the ground your roof is.

So assuming our measurements for the 2 floor house – 6 M in height with a Base of 1.5M we then need to use the Pythagoras Theorem to work out the ladder length. You need to square (a) and (b) to get (c.)

  • So 6 x 6 + (1.5 x 1.5) [a + b]
  • 6 x 6 = 36 1.5 x 1.5 = 2.25
  • 36 + 2.25 = 38.25 [c]
  • Square root of 38.25 is 6.20 approximately. Add approximately 1 more metre (for ease) to account for additional extension beyond the roof edge, which means you would need a ladder of just over 7m in height.

Things to look out for

Common mistakes that are made with extension ladder length include

 

  • Forgetting to account for dips in the ground

The Pythagoras Theorem calculation assumes flat ground. In reality the ground has dips and bumps in it. Always ensure your ladder will still be long enough. It is better to have a longer ladder than to scrimp on the length. If there are any doubts, you could use a spirit level to determine the difference in ground levels or better still use a ladder leveller which will ensure your ladder is level on the ground.

 

  • Beware of two section extension ladders

Bare in mind that the higher up an extension ladder you go, the more wobbly it gets. This is why at BPS Access Solutions we eliminate ‘the wobble’ by having a three section extension ladder. Not only does this enable you to complete jobs at a lower level, it is also easier to store due to the compact size it folds down to.

 

  • Check the weight rating of the ladder

For maximum comfort and safety, always ensure the ladder is suitable for your weight before purchase. Our ladders have a massive weight rating of 150kg, however they are still lightweight and easy to put up and down.

Remember a ladder from BPS Access Solutions will last for many years to come. Make sure the extension ladder will fully suit your needs before purchase.

 



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Innovative and lifestyle adaptive? Yes that’d be a ladder!

extension ladder

Not everyone is an expert on ladders and not everyone has a large vehicle and garage to store a ladder in either.

Gone are the days when ladders were basic structures – with the one size fitted all approach. Then there was the danger factor to consider too. Thankfully, nowadays non slip feet, safety platforms and integral stabilizers are fitted as standard to ensure your safety.

So where should you start if you are a ‘ladder novice’?

The first thing you should ensure when buying any ladder is that it meets the required safety standard. In the UK there are 3 classification levels for aluminium ladders and step ladders. These are determined by the type of work that they will be used for, with all 3 classifications being within the scope of BS 2037. The individual ratings are:

Class 1 – Industrial Ladders.

These are very heavy duty aluminium ladders with a load rating of 175kg (27.5 stones). They would normally be used for heavy industrial or site work, although may, of course, be used around the home or workplace.

EN 131 Trade Ladders (previously Class 2)

These “Trade Quality” ladders are the most popular grade of aluminium ladder in Europe at present (EN 131 is a European wide standard) and carry a load rating of 150kg (23.5 stones). They are suitable for use by in the workplace (except as above) and for home use.

Class 3 – Domestic Ladders

These “DIY” aluminium ladders are produced solely for domestic use and carry a load rating of 95kg (15 stones). They are very lightweight and are not suitable for use in the workplace. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we don’t stock these type of ladders at all due to their inferior quality.

Can you store your ladder safely and securely?

Once you are satisfied with the safety aspect, you then need to consider what use you have in mind for your ladder and any constraints you may have on transportation and storage. If space or security is an issue, do not despair! At BPS Access Solutions we stock a wide range of ladders to suit every need. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can advice you on the best ladder for your needs. We have ladders that meet both DIY and Trade standards to whether you are a business owner or enjoy doing DIY within your home then we have a ladder for you.

Here is a general guide to the purpose and uses for different types of ladder you may come across during your search. These are the ladders sold at BPS Access Solutions www.ladderandscaffoldtowers.co.uk and must not be confused with inferior products sold elsewhere. The guide will also give you an idea of the size of the ladder – many of our models can be stored in a cupboard or under the bed and are transportable in a car boot. No need for expensive roof racks or a large garage!

An insight into our most popular ladders

Whether you need to work on a conservatory roof, the stairs or simply to the top of a windowsill, we have a ladder to suit your needs. We eliminate dangers associated with over stretching, working on fragile roofs and dangerous stairwell constructions with a ladder that resolves the need to take dangerous risks.

Below we have detailed our best selling ladders, however we have many more in our range. These ladders below are famed for their dependability, safety and unbeatable quality.

Multi Purpose Ladder

The Multi Purpose Ladder is by far the most versatile ladder in the world – the ultimate Multi Purpose Ladder that can be used in 13 positions!! (yes 13!) and is available in 3 sizes.

  •  Very strong – EN131 Part 1 & 2 1993 Certified (Trade & DIY use) – NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH WEAKER NON CERTIFIED LADDERS FOR DIY USE ONLYMaximum load a massive 150 kg (23.5 stone).

 

  • Supplied complete with extra strong safe interlocking 1.5mm thick platform – BEWARE, SOME OTHERS ARE SUPPLIED WITH WEAKER PLATFORMS.

True multi-function ladder – possibly the only ladder you will ever need.

  •  Can be used as an extension ladder, double sided step ladder, stair step ladder, stair platform, stand off ladder, painting or gardening platform, free standing ladder and work bench.
  • Multi Purpose Ladder features stabilisers with extra large red rubber feet giving 100% grip to floor surface, and ensuring maximum stability and safety in use. 
  • Non slip “ridged” rungs ensuring maximum safety 
  • Compact to store and transport – will easily fit into a car boot or cupboard 
  • A cost effective solution to all of your access requirements 
  • Available in 3 sizes (choose from foot of page)

 Telescopic Ladders

The revolutionary Telescopic Ladder and Trio triple-use Telescopic Ladder is available in 2 sizes 

In our opinion, the Telescopic Ladder is probably the most innovative access product to hit the market in recent years. As such, there are many inferior products in the marketplace that are neither as safe, strong nor durable as our ladders. We are delighted to announce two new products to supplement our already strong line up of ladders – the new Telescopic Ladder and unique Trio triple-use Telescopic Ladder. Both are top quality ladders, and are an ideal “piece of kit” for surveyors, all building trades and householders. They are suitable for use inside and out, at home, in the office or on-site.

  •  The clever new alternative to conventional ladders. Our Telescopic Ladder has many applications both at work and around the home
  • Ladder supplied with unique safety stabiliser bars fitted with large rubber feet to protect floor surfaces and give great grip in all positions 
  • Supplied with heavy duty carry bag incorporating shoulder strap for ease of transport and ultimate protection of your Telescopic Ladder 
  • Ladder opens and closes “rung by rung”, meaning that it can be used at multiple heights up to 3.85m (12′ 8″) 
  • You open only to the height required giving great manoeuvrability, particularly in confined spaces 
  • Extremely compact in storage and transport therefore easily fits into cupboard, under the bed or in a car boot 
  • Manufactured to European Standard EN131 (Trade & DIY use) for your reassurance and safety 
  • Very strong – maximum load 150kg (23.5 stone), yet being only 11.5kg in weight – is easily carried 
  • Anodised aluminium finish – clean to touch and not “oily” 
  • Large anti-slip rungs for comfort and safety

 

Trio Telescopic Ladder only (in addition to the above)

  •  Triple-use telescopic ladder – can be used as an extension ladder (height 3.85m / 12’7″), double sided step ladder (must be used fully extended – height 1.9m/6’3″) or stair step ladder.
  • Twin stabiliser bars fitted 
  • Supplied with full instructions written in plain English

There are many weaker, inferior telescopic ladders available. We have scoured the market and we are really happy to put our name to this one which has been fully tested and is superior to others both in quality and value for money. Buy from THE leading ladder experts.

Platform Step Ladders

The complete Platform Step Ladder for TRADE/DIY use and is available in 7 sizes

Top quality – includes integral platform and high safety rail

The complete Platform Step Ladder that offers ease of use, stability and safety

  •  EN131 Certified (European Trade & DIY Standard) for your safety and reassurance
  • Very strong for your safety and reassurance – weight rating 150kg (23.5 stone) 
  • Large 250mm (10”) ribbed platform for maximum safety and comfort 
  • 75mm (3”) ribbed steps for safe climbing 
  • Non-slip, non-conductive plastic feet for extra grip to floor 
  • High level safety rail for added support and safety 
  • Smooth, quiet opening/closing action 
  • Folds flat for easy storage and transportation 
  • Manufactured from anodised aluminium so light but durable and smooth to touch

Extension Ladders with Integral Stabiliser

Triple Extension Ladder for Trade/DIY use and is available in 6 sizes

Top quality – includes integral horizontal stabiliser

  •  EN131 certified (Trade &DIY use) for your safety and reassurance
  • Very strong – weight rating 150kg (23.5 stone) 
  • Unique auto locking clamps fitted to lock ladder sections firmly in place for added safety and peace of mind 
  • Brand new design featuring anti slip rungs 
  • Overlapping rubber feet fitted giving 100% stability and maximum grip to floor
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  • Ergonomically designed oblong shaped profile giving added safety and comfort 
  • Extremely versatile – can be used as 1 , 2 or 3 section ladder 
  • Lightweight construction for ease of use, but very strong 
  • Being a 3 section ladder – more compact in storage and transport than its 2 section equivalent 
  • Rungs set only 265mm (10.5”) apart making the ladder easier and more comfortable to climb. Some ladders have rungs 280mm (11”) or even 300mm (12”) apart

 

Combi All In One Extension Ladders, Step Ladders and Free Standing Ladder

Extremely versatile and top quality – the complete Combination Ladders for trade/DIY use. Integral horizontal stabiliser included  and is available in 6 sizes

The complete Combination Ladders that offer versatility, stability and safety 

  •  EN131 certified (Trade & DIY use) for your safety and reassurance
  • Very strong – weight rating 150kg (23.5 stone) 
  • Rungs set just 265mm (10.5”) apart making the ladder comfortable, safe and easy to climb 
  • The only ladder that you will ever need” – can be used as a double sided step ladder, 2 or 3 section extension ladder, single ladder but, most usefully and originally, as a free standing ladder 
  • Saves space in storage as this is a 3 section ladder, also more compact to transport than the 2 section equivalent 
  • Metal retaining brace fitted for added safety when ladder used in double sided step and free standing ladder configurations 
  • Rubber feet fitted to integral stabiliser for 100% stability and reassurance in use 
  • Unique auto locking clips secure ladder sections firmly in place for added safety and peace of mind when used in 2 and 3 section extension ladder configurations 
  • New anti-slip rungs for safe use, and ergonomically designed oblong stile profile for added comfort 
  • Unique sliding mechanism for easy conversion to other mode

Easy Throw Escape Ladder

Fire can engulf your home in 60 seconds! Are you prepared with a quick and safe method of escape from fire (and other) hazards? This EASY THROW Escape Ladder is the world’s leading emergency escape tool and, in our opinion, every home should have at least one. We have an Easy-Throw Escape Ladder suitable for most properties – both two and three storey and it can even be fitted to dormer windows and is available in 3 sizes 

  •  Extra wide (350mm / 14″) treads – wider than others on the market, making the ladder more stable and therefore easier and safer to use
  • Very strong steel hooks with “X” type centre support for great stability in use 
  • Durable, tangle free and flame resistant design for your safety and reassurance 
  • Quick and easy deployment – vital in an emergency 
  • Very strong – maximum load 450kg (70.9 stone) and can be used by up to 3 people at the same time 
  • Lightweight aluminium construction for ease of use 
  • Easily stored – will fit under most beds or in a wardrobe 
  • Supplied ready assembled for your convenience 
  • A “must have” for every home 
  • Compact hook size – only 30cm (12″) wide and suitable for walls up to 30cm (12″) thick, therefore will fit most applications 
  • Supplied with full instructions written in plain English 
  • Ladder packed in an attractive box making it an ideal present

Unbeatable customer service

At BPS Access Solutions, we scour the internet to ensure we bring you unbeatable prices! Order on line or over the telephone before 3pm and you will receive your ladder the next working day. Free delivery to UK mainland is included in the price as well as VAT and a free lifetime guarantee on your ladder.

For more information about our ladders including videos, sizing information and other important safety information, please visit our ladders section http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/ladders.html

 



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Does your ladder or scaffold tower carry the latest safety certification?

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In most of our blogs, we talk about ladder safety and how to ensure you are buying a ladder that suitable for your needs.  Today we talk about why you can buy with confidence from us, in particular our high safety standards on all our ladders, scaffold towers and accessories which we are proud to hold our reputation on.

Ladder Certification Made Easy!

European Trade/DIY Standard:

Look out for the EN131 certification on our ladders. This means it is suitable for trade use as well as for round the home. Such a ladder would be an ideal choice if you have a trade such as a window cleaning business that requires use of a ladder on a daily basis. Our ladders are made from quality materials – aluminium and fibreglass designed to last for many years. EN131 is your reassurance that the ladder will be ‘up for the job’. Currently “Trade Quality” ladders are the most popular grade of aluminium ladder in Europe at present (EN 131 is a European wide standard) and carry a load rating of 150kg (23.5 stones). They are suitable for use in the workplace (with the exception of heavy industrial and site work) and for home use.

Industrial/Trade Use:

If you work in an industrial environment or use a ladder extensively on a daily basis, an industrial ladder may suit your needs more effectively. Look out for the BS2037 Class1 British Standard Kitemark to confirm that the ladder meets the requirements. The ladders are more sturdy with additional weight bearing capabilities.

Scaffold Tower Certification

Unlike ladders, there are no UK standards at the present time for Scaffold Towers, with the HSE relying on The Working at Height Regulations to promote safe practice. However reputable manufacturers choose to apply for a product standard, the latest one being EN1004. The highest rating being Class 3 (industrial), and the lowest Class 1. In the UK these standards are known as BSEN1004. As you would expect here at BPS Access Solutions, our trade and industrial scaffold towers carry the latest certification. Safety is our paramount concern and we would not like to use an uncertified scaffold tower and would not expect anyone else to either.

In general, aluminium and steel are the materials of choice for scaffold towers. Towers made from either of these metals are sound and reliable. If cost is a consideration, then steel is the better choice, since it’s less expensive than aluminium. When buying scaffold towers, though, it’s important to consider the application carefully. Regardless of what material you choose, be sure that it conforms with the BS EN1004 standard.

Superior Customer Care and purchase options

I just wanted to send you a note and a box of chocolates to thank you for your help over the last year, it has been really appreciated” featured in a recent testimonial from a happy customer – we receive many happy comments from our customers every month and we proudly publish them on our website.

When purchasing from us, we have a wide range of order options:

In Person:

if you prefer the traditional method of buying from a shop, we have a high street store located in Biggin Hill, Kent. Here you can see what you are buying and of course collect from the store.

By Telephone or On Line:

If you are not local to us, of course you can order over the telephone on 0871 2000 369 or order on line directly from our website and you can have your product delivered fast and for free the very next working day to almost anywhere on the UK mainland (with the exception to the Highlands and Grampian on larger products where there may be a small charge.)

Don’t forget our legendary sales!

Look out for our sales – we have one nearly all the time on all your favourite items! Obtain your ladder or scaffold tower at an unbeatable price and you could make a saving of up to £200! Order by 3pm for delivery tomorrow!

All our ladders and scaffold towers come with a lifetime guarantee. Every product purchased from us is guaranteed for life, if your purchase fails in some way within this period you may return it to us and we will arrange the repair or replacement.

The above guarantee does not cover physical damage, damage caused by fire, liquid immersion or spillage. 

All prices include VAT at the standard rate.

To browse our sale, products and for more information including ordering on line or over the telephone please visit our website www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk

We look forward to doing business with you soon!



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BPS – Internet shopping without the frustration

 

BPS showroom

We’ve all been there – spending hours googling a product we desperately need, the latest must have product or the product that is not available on the high street!

Only to find it is either out of stock too on the internet or the delivery times are too far ahead – and you need the product tomorrow!

It also astounds me how long it can actually take to source the right product – I spent a whole afternoon a couple of weeks ago sourcing an item I needed urgently only to find the delivery time scales were just too far ahead…..unless I was willing to pay an extortionate price – which I personally believe is a hugely unfair levy on a paying customer.

At BPS Access Solutions our overall aim is to please our customers, and as part of our aim we are very keen to make all our products easy to obtain, not only at the best prices with added extras not found anywhere else, but also to get them to you in the quickest possible time, not at an additional cost, but for FREE! Yes that’s right, we deliver to almost anywhere on the UK mainland for free. If you place your order on a working day by 3pm, you will receive it the next working day.

This is not all. We appreciate the differing demands of each and every customer and each order we receive is dealt with on a very personal basis. We appreciate that some of our customers know exactly what ladder or scaffold tower they require and simply need to order it as quickly as possible. At BPS Access solutions, we offer comprehensive on line ordering solutions via our own website, Ebay and Amazon.

Regular visitors to our website may have noticed our ‘New Look’. Our website now provides you with a superior shopping experience. Quickly browse our product range without wasting time on page load times. New signage clearly shows where to find the ladder, scaffold tower or accessory you are looking for, as well as easier than ever ordering.

Of course on line ordering directly from our website is available as before at www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk Our website also contains details of our latest special offers and Sales. All our usual promises apply such as free delivery the next working day and a full lifetime guarantee on all products.

Many of our customers like to seek advice on which ladder would be most suited to their individual needs and we pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service. We offer this advice freely over the telephone no matter where you are in the UK, and you can place your order over the phone with us at the same time. Our sales hotline numbers are open 7 days a week for your convenience weekdays until 9pm and weekends until 5pm.

We don’t forget old fashioned values

We also have customers who like to make a day out of their ladder and scaffold choice and to this end we have a High Street shop located in Biggin Hill in Kent. We offer the same unbeatable internet prices in our shop and we highly recommend a visit in order so you can appreciate the quality and durability of all our products whilst getting expert advice on the correct usage. Of course you can also collect your products from here too. For more details and directions, please visit http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/Contact_Us.html Our shop is open Saturdays only at the moment, but do check with us as the opening hours do vary from time to time.

I hope you are able to see how we can combat the frustration of internet shopping and speed up what can be a very mundane process.

We all look forward to doing business with you soon at BPS Access Solutions. Both DIY and tradespeople more than welcome.



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Is this the most dangerous step ladder ever?

100 foot step ladder

This image will be familiar to fans of Harry Potter’s Order of the Phoenix where the image of the snarling caretaker Argus Filch climbing a teetering 100 foot stepladder to nail the Orwellian Proclamations to a stone wall is repeated quite often throughout the film.

Perhaps a good lesson to us all – not to repeat what we see! Unfortunately there will be no potentially powerful wizard who comes to our aid to make things all good again!

The image rather brings to mind an enormous stepladder found in a quaint library where the user quickly hops up it in order to retrieve a dusty top shelf novel; indeed such an image immediately brings thoughts of vast libraries in grand houses filled with impossibly high shelves.

Harry Potter learnt in the Order of the Phoenix, ‘Neither can live whilst the other survives’ When it comes to the ladder Vs the Human, we can safely say that the Human should never attempt to use such a dangerous stepladder and the ladder really needs to go!

I wonder what the health and safety officer might think of this Muggle World ladder? :)

So should you happen to own any of these stepladder relics, we highly recommend you switch to one of our safe step ladders with the ‘famous red feet’http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/Platform_Step_Ladders.html



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Working safely at height – selecting the right equipment

tall_ladderDo I need a ladder? this is the question to ask yourself every time you have to work at height.

Ladders are involved in more falls from height than any other kind of work equipment. Usually the accident could have been avoided. (Source:http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg403.pdf )

Rather than reach out for a ladder, take a few steps to consider how to complete the job in the safest way.

  •  Firstly, identify the type of works that need to be carried out at height.

 

  • Secondly assess whether other safer means of access could be used such as scaffold towers. For low level work, consider using low level platforms such as kick stools or hop ups.

The key point to remember is that ladders should only be used for short durations of time and for lighter duties. A ladder is an indispensable item if used correctly and in the right circumstances.

Choose the right ladder for the job – there are many types of ladders, from step ladders, leaning ladders to combination ladders.

If a ladder is necessary for the nature of your work you must ensure the ladder you are using is the right length and strength for the job it is being used for. Ladders must be the correct length for the job intended and must be used safely. Rubber feet and grip on the rungs are an absolute essential as are stabiliser bars and strong hinges.

We know our customers expect the best products that provide excellent value for money. So we’ve put together a wide selection of access equipment that conforms to the latest UK and European standards, including having the important EN131 specification. Our products proudly display this kitemark, which means they’ve been exhaustively tested and adhere to a rigorous set of safety regulations. Please visit us at http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/

If you would like to know more about the UK ladder classifications and the working at height regulations please visit our standards and regulations page here

Always inspect your ladder for damage before each use and securely store your ladder away from sources of accidental damage.

For more information including safe use for all types of ladder and correct positioning please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg403.pdf

Buy your access equipment and accessories with confidence from BPS Access Solutions.



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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.

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

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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!

 For more fun check out our pagehttp://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/fun.html



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.