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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    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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    The worlds craziest ladder accidents

    There are many ways to die but these people were obviously not afraid! Take a look at possibly the most crazy ladder stunts and prepare to be quite literally shocked! There is no regard for even the most basic of safety in these ladder gaffes.

    Luckily no one came to harm in the making of these videos – but do not repeat them – you might not be so lucky!

    Think where you position your ladder

    We would hope that no one would ‘monkey around’ with ladder positioning…but just so you know, never position your ladder where it could cause an obstruction such as on roads or pavements. The result could be messy.

    Only use a ladder for it’s intended use

    Using an extension ladder on a bungalow was never going to work and always make sure that you position your ladder safely. Never take risks with ladders that are too tall or too small for the job you need to do. Oh and never be tempted to use your ladder as a sledge or childrens toy, it might be amusing but it’s just not a good idea…

    Use ladders safely!

    Never perform stunts or your latest dance moves on a ladder. Always ascend and descend the ladder by facing the ladder. Never use the stabiliser bar as an extra step and always make sure your ladder is positioned safely before climbing it.

    Some of these accidents look painful – make sure it’s not you next!

    Look out for falling branches!

    When carrying out work on a ladder make sure you aren ot knocked off your ladder as a result of the job you’re carrying out. This clip shows a tree branch knock someone off their ladder completely. Always plan ahead! And besides, was propping a ladder against a tree trunk the best way of doing this job?!

    Similarly those stunts are better left to the professionals – try these yourself and you may end up banging your head on the ground! :)

    Is your ladder safe?

    Old rickety ladders are just a recipe for disaster – these clips show several dubious looking ladders that literally cave in when in use. Always make sure your ladder is certified to EN131 and you are confident in using it. Many ladder accidents are caused by improper use.

    If these video clips have left you shaking your head disbelief then chances are you are a safe ladder user. However many people are tempted on a daily basis to take risks with ladders and hopefully these videos will act as a gentle reminder to not be tempted to try to attempt anything silly! :)

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    Rising up the ladder of love

    ladder_multi_purpose_storedValentines is fast approaching and if you have cupids arrow set on someone special (maybe even yourself!) then you need to make sure that you are suitably able to impress that certain someone. Whether your pad needs a lick of paint before the big day or you want to rival the apartment of Christian Grey then a ladder is simply the most essential tool that you will need.

    A grand ladder for a special room….

    You would be amazed how many people plan DIY projects in their home without stopping to think that a ladder is needed. This is one the reasons why we offer FREE next day delivery, as we have many customers ringing us in a panic needing a ladder.

    A ladder is far more than a means of reaching. It can be a place to safely place tools, or a pot of paint and it can even be a feature in your home. Our grand loft ladder for example is a perfect solution to a loft that is regularly in use, and where only the best ladder will do. Do you have a special ‘room of pain’ in your home? (well ok that could be your gym, or just a room to escape from the family!) then you must be able to access it in impressive style. The ladder can also be effortlessly folded up if you want to go all mysterious…..

    Effortlessly spruce up your home with a multi purpose ladder

    The endless versatility of ladders is a wonderful thing but yet confusing at the time. Make sure your ladder suits your changing needs by purchasing our best selling multi purpose ladder. It is perfect for the home which seems to have an endless list of jobs that need doing. If your home is as mysterious as a certain Mr Grey, then prepare yourself with a ladder that will have all the smart answers and keep you on top of those ‘uncertain’ demands.

    Suitable for use both inside and outside the multi purpose ladder presents as impressive away of features that will raise the eyebrows of even the most discerning of people! In just one day you can make your home look like a million dollars ready for valentines night!

    •  Clean your upstairs windows

    Dusty windows are not a great start! Get that glass sparkling by using your multi purpose ladder as an extension ladder!

    • Trim the bush

    Make your garden look tidy by trimming the unruly bushes or hedges. No need to take dangerous risks on an unsuitable ladder though. Simply turn your multi purpose ladder into a double sided step ladder where it will stand freely but sturdily exactly where you need it.

    • Address those hard to reach areas

    Sort those embarrassing crevices in your home where dust and junk seems to collect easily but clearing it out presents a huge challenge. Your multi purpose ladder can be used as a stand off ladder where the end of the ladder can form a platform allowing you to reach more difficult areas. No need to place the end of the ladder against a building, and you can ensure the right angle every time.

    • Get the stairwell painted

    The stairwell can be tricky to paint but there is no excuse with the right tools to hand! Simply use the stair platform feature on your multi purpose ladder to turn it into a safe working platform that sits sturdily and safely on the stairs. Forget dangerous platforms and expensive purpose built contraptions that you may you might never use again and get the job done smoothly and easily. Our multi purpose ladder far more than just a one hit wonder! :)

    • Avoid muscle overuse

    Avoid cringeworthy muscle aches on the big night by making your life as easy possible. Get those endless ‘to do’ list jobs done easily with your multi purpose ladder which can now be your work platform. For all those jobs that can appear ‘just out of reach’ but don’t require a ladder. Tasks such as cleaning the greenhouse, replacing the porch felt, changing blown light bulbs, repairing a fence panel, trimming the tops of hedges and painting the ceiling can all be done without struggling to reach and having to purchase yet more ‘one off’ pieces of equipment.

    • Sometimes simple is best

    Why bother with all the smoke and mirrors when sometimes you do just want a simple ladder in order to carry out DIY jobs around the home such as installing outside lighting, erecting a sign, or basket ball net or simply carrying out repairs on the outside of your home.

    • Pot the plants in style

    Just when you think you couldn’t possibly do any more with your ladder then you’ll be amazed to know it also serves as an excellent pop up work bench to use however you wish to….the possibilities are endless…

    This ladder won’t tell you what to do

    Luckily this ladder simply does what it’s told and you can even fold it away neatly after use and no one will even know you own it. Pretty handy really all things considered!

    So if you’re looking to impress this weekend – or indeed if you’re looking to simply achieve some brownie points then this is the ladder of your dreams!…..oh and it is ‘Grey’ too!

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    A ladder is not just for Christmas!

    75917384_c83c175648_qIf you have purchased a ladder for use over the festive season or as a gift for a special relative, then you have made a brilliant choice and a sound investment.

    Ladders make a synonymous appearance in most householders over the festive season – from decorating the Christmas tree, both inside and outside to that all important loft ladder that ensures you are able to get the Christmas decorations down from the loft….and back up again after the festivities are over!

    What is the best ladder for all these different jobs?

    It goes without saying that is is important to use the right ladder for the right job. Propping an oversized ladder against a Christmas tree is always going to be a dangerous and precarious task and sometimes, an alternative to a ladder might be a safer option.

    Many people add to their decorations throughout December and the more traditional amongst us may even leave it until Christmas Eve to decorate their humble abode…Remember, it is not too late to order your Christmas essentials from us. They’ll be with you in time for Christmas!

    Which ladder to use – our suggestions!

    Our customer service department gets inundated at this time of year with telephone calls asking for advice on the best ladder for a multitude of Christmas related jobs.

    Here we present the most common questions.

    • What is the best ladder to decorate my Christmas tree?

    Much of this answer will depend on how tall your tree is. For the average household with a 6ft Christmas tree, our hop up is the perfect choice.

    The hop up is not actually a ladder, but rather a low level platform. It is an ideal option for those who are afraid of ladders or who are more unsteady on their feet. Standing at 1’9” high, the platform is ideal to access those harder to reach areas. We all know over reaching is a bad idea, why put yourself and your loved ones at risk of injury when a low level platform will provide an easier to use, comfortable and safer option

    Easy to use – the legs fold underneath the platform when not in use, they open out and lock into place to produce a sturdy platform that does not wobble. The hop up can be placed exactly where it is needed to provide a safe method of decorating taller Christmas trees.

    • What ladder should I use to safely assemble my outside decorations?

    With so many decorating options nowadays from 3D effect lights that flash in time to music to the classic Santa and sleigh combination on the porch roof, it is important that a ladder accident does not ruin the Christmas cheer.

    Our best selling multi purpose ladder is ideal for carrying out several Christmas related tasks outside. It is the ladder to use when working at height hanging outdoor arrangements on roofs, fascias, and outbuildings – basically anywhere where you can lean a ladder safely without taking dangerous risks.

    You are in safe hands with our multi purpose ladder – it offers superior grip, stability and height thanks to the big red rubber feet – our ladders are famous for the red rubber grips which are affectionately known as the “big red feet”!.

    The extra strong working platforms means you will never need to worry about a rickety ladder again. Our multi purpose ladder is our most popular ladder and is well known for it’s market leading safety features and versatility.

    • What about decorating outside trees

    Of course, outside trees are much taller and serve to add as an outstanding feature in your garden. Leaning a ladder against trees is at best a bad idea at this time of year, so an alternative option must be used in these cases.

    Our combi ‘all in one’ free standing ladder is the ladder of choice when it comes to decorating your outside Christmas trees. Featuring the essential free standing frame (you won’t need to lean your ladder against anything) our combination ladder is the only ladder you will need around your home. If you have a whole multitude of jobs to do round the home – not least decorating the outside Christmas trees, then this is the ladder you should be using.

    The combi ladder serves many purposes from a step ladder, an extension ladder, a single ladder but most importantly it is the free standing frame that allows you to carry out all manner of jobs where leaning a ladder would be unsafe, or where there is risk of marking a wall.

    • Safely accessing your loft to get the decorations in and out

    Accessing the loft catches many people out. It is only when faced with the situation of not being able to get into the loft, does the valuable nature of a loft ladder come into its own.

    We receive a particularly high number of calls relating to loft ladders and which ones are best for certain homes. The good news is that practically every home is suitable for a loft ladder. There just needs to enough room in the loft for the loft ladder to sit when not in use without of course affecting anything that is already being stored in there.

    There are three types of loft ladders that we sell. Our slider loft ladder folds up into your loft neatly in sections and is safely lowered section by section. Slider loft ladders are ideal for rooms with high ceilings and can be pole operated. Our concertina loft ladder is ideal for lofts where space is at a premium. If you want to minimise the space your loft ladder takes or the actual loft hatch space is restricted then a concertina loft ladder is the best option. It neatly folds away into a cube when not in use. Our timber loft ladders are designed to be left on view so become more of a permanent fixture in your home. Made from larch wood for superior performance, it also matches any interior decoration.

    Merry Christmas from all of us here at BPS Access Solutions

    Stay safe this Christmas and we look forward to providing you with more ladder safety advice and fun next year! :)

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