Do you understand the working at height regulations?

6155900402_3ebacd850b_bAs any good trades person knows, there is a lot of documented evidence available to best explain how to carry out work safely at height. A particular focus on working at height is the safe use of ladders and scaffold towers.

Of course, used incorrectly, ladders can be amongst the most dangerous piece of equipment and used incorrectly can lead to death or serious injury.

Unfortunately a recent prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive involved dangerous use of both a ladder and a scaffold tower which tragically lead to the death of a labourer from South East London.

How did the accident occur?

The labourer had not received any guidance on the safe use of either a ladder or scaffold tower. The building firm which he was carrying out the work for had not provided either a risk assessment or method statement detailing how he was intending to carry out the job which was to fix a leaking roof at a cement works.

The labourer was provided with an incorrectly erected scaffold tower and an untied ladder to access the roof from the building firm and was not briefed in how to competently work on dangerous equipment.

Furthermore the roof was located near to an additional fragile roofed area and no additional safety equipment such as guard rails, suitable working platforms or coverings to prevent a worker falling onto this area.

Falls from height continue to be the biggest reason for workplace fatalities and account for 29% of deaths reported to HSE in 2013/14. In real terms, this means that 19 workers lost their lives in situations that could have been totally avoidable.

Always ensure you are confident before using equipment like this

Firms are legally obligated to ensure that staff using ladders and scaffold towers are correctly briefed before allowing use of them. Workers must receive appropriate training AND be confident in the use of a ladder and scaffold tower before using them.

Never use a ladder or scaffold tower if you do not feel confident in doing so. In this tragic case, it was clear that the labourer was expected to use equipment which were unsafe and totally inappropriate for the job. We will never know if the labourer felt pressurised into using such equipment or that he genuinely did not realise the dangers.



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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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Why You Should Buy Ladders or Scaffold Towers Rather Than Hire

This is always an age old debate. The lure of hiring what seems like state of the art equipment can soon leave a sour taste in the mouth. At BPS Access Solutions we took a look at some well known hiring brands in the market place and discovered some rather worrying aspects to hiring that may not be immediately obvious.

Be careful what you are signing up to!

The hiring of scaffold towers or indeed ladders can come about as a matter of urgency – a last minute requirement on a project or perhaps just what seems like a one off need for the week ahead. However, those attractive hire prices may soon become expensive. Let’s take a look at HSS Hire

  • Up front deposit

You will be asked to pay a 2 week hire charge as a deposit that will be refunded upon the return of the equipment.

  • Responsibility of equipment

You will be responsible for the security of the equipment until it is returned to HSS Hire. This applies even if the equipment is off hire and you are waiting for it to be collected. Security of equipment such as ladder and scaffold towers is a major issue for owners without the added stress of huge levies placed on hired equipment should it be stolen.

  • What happens to equipment if it gets broken, damaged or missing or arrival?

You will be charged for broken or damaged equipment, you will need to ensure that the equipment is secured and protected from vandalism or loss. To protect against these unpredictable events, you can take out a damage waiver option and they’re a hefty price to add onto your hire fees, deposit and stress! The highest option will cost you 15% of the hire rate and will cover you against the cost and repair of damage to HSS hire equipment up to the value of £5,000. The standard level of protection at 10% of the hire cost protects against the cost of accidental damage of the equipment only.

  • Make sure the equipment is clean when it is returned….

or else you’ll be charged a cleaning fee!

Ouch! Beware of these fees – they’re excessive!

Why buying is better

Buying your own ladder and scaffold tower can actually work out cheaper by the time you have added the costs together that would be needed for a responsible hirer of HSS equipment!

As we all know, in the real world, equipment can get dirty, wear and tear can occur but it’s often an effort trying to convince the hiring company that it is not damage! Of course you cannot always be around your equipment 24/7 and theft and vandalism of which you have no control over does occur – and quite often too. However protection of ladders and scaffold towers are often covered in standard household or tradespeoples insurance and is not subject to unfair levies or sleepless nights worrying about the safety of your equipment!

So rather than trying to jump through hoops and praying you’ll get your deposit returned, it is better and more cost effective to buy. The sums are quite simple really. By buying your ladder or scaffold tower:

  • You’ll get to use it again. Not just once of course but many times over. At BPS Access Solutions our products will provide many years of reliable service.
  • It’s cheaper in the long run. A cheap ‘no frills’ hire with all the risks might be cheaper but once the equipment is returned you’ll be left without essential equipment and it will only be a matter of time before you’ll need it again.
  • Collecting missing or faulty parts will be a real hassle with hired products. It will involve a trip to the local depot not to mention wasting valuable hire time in the process. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we provide a free lifetime guarantee on all our products. Should a part fail or develop a fault at any time, simply telephone our dedicated customer line and a replacement part will be on it’s way to you without fuss or quibble.

Price comparison – HSS Hire vs BPS Access Solutions

Scaffold Towers – hire price per week

 

Code

Item

Week

Hire

80400

Alloy Span Tower Addit. 1.0m

£24.10

Hire Now

80408

Alloy Span Tower 2.2m

£119.10

Hire Now

80412

Alloy Span Tower 3.2m

£144.80

Hire Now

80415

Alloy Span Tower 4.2m

£168.90

Hire Now

80418

Alloy Span Tower 5.2m

£193.60

Hire Now

80422

Alloy Span Tower 6.2m

£222.90

Hire Now

80425

Alloy Span Tower 7.2m

£247.90

Hire Now

80428

Alloy Span Tower 8.2m

£274.30

Hire Now

80432

Alloy Span Tower 9.2m

£298.80

Hire Now

80435

Alloy Span Tower 10.2m

£323.90

Hire Now

Prices (E and OE) are exclusive of VAT and are in UK Sterling

Scaffold Towers – buy price

 

 

Maximum Working Height

Our Unbeatable Price

Length


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3m
(9’10″)

£274.99
£249.99 Incl Vat & Free Next Day Delivery
(RRP £499.99)


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3.8m
(12’6″)

£474.99
£449.99 Incl Vat & Free Next Day Delivery
(RRP £639.99)


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5.5m
(18’1″)

£824.99
£799.99 Incl Vat & Free Next Day Delivery
(RRP £989.99)


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7.2m
(23’8″)

£974.99
£949.99 Incl Vat & Free Next Day Delivery
(RRP £1299.99)

As a direct comparison, a 7.2m scaffold tower would cost £247.90 per week including VAT to hire. Additional charges of around £1.85 per mile apply to deliver the scaffold tower to you or you can pick it up yourself from the local depot at your own cost.

If you buy a 7.2m scaffold tower from BPS Access Solutions, it will cost £974.99 including VAT and FREE next day delivery to your door.

To hire a HSS hire 7.2m scaffold tower for 4 weeks would cost a minimum of £991.60 plus delivery/collection charges. Add to this, the upfront 2 week deposit of £495.80, and the 15% damage waiver at £148.74.

The real cost of hiring:

Total Cost: Min: £1487.40 Max:£1,636.14 excluding delivery with a possible refund of £495.80 on return of the equipment – for 1 month.

As against the simplicity of buying:

Payment of £974.99 including delivery and free parts guarantee – for life.

It’s a no brainer really. For less than the cost of 1 months hire with a lot of risk as against a lower ‘one off’ payment it really does pay you to buy from BPS Access Solutions!



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How not to use a scaffold tower

There is plenty of information out there on how BEST to use a scaffold tower, but has anyone ever told you how NOT to use a scaffold tower?

It may seem obvious, but some of these gaffes below will make you snigger if nothing else. Never under estimate peoples stupidity when it comes to making use of a scaffold tower!

However, some of the tips are actually quite useful, do you know how strong the wind needs to blow before you stop work for example? Also did you know that the type of work you carry out on a scaffold tower affects its stability?

From the sublime to the ridiculous – scaffold tower safety addressed

  •  Use leg adjusters correctly

Using leg adjusters incorrectly like in the picture below is a big no-no! Hopefully the answer why is obvious. Ensure the leg adjusters maintain a level stability of your scaffold tower. Improper use creates a tilting hazard.

scaffold tower leg

 

 

 

 

 

  • Do not use boxes or other objects to gain additional height

Always ensure you are able to reach the required height with your scaffold tower. Never place any objects upon it in order to gain additional height.

dangerous scaffold towers

 

 

 

 

  • Never bridge the gap

Always resist the temptation to stride from your scaffold tower onto a building. Never do this unless this is an approved access route. Doing the splits at height is not a good idea!

bridging the gap

 

 

 

 

 

  • Never jump onto platforms

Doing the leap of faith is never recommended in the world of Health and Safety. Never jump directly onto platforms or any part of your scaffold tower. You could fall or cause instability on the scaffold tower.

never jump onto platforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tie your tower if possible when working outside or in exposed conditions

To protect yourself against extremes in weather, tie your tower to a rigid structure if possible whilst you are working. It protects against embarrassing scenarios like this….and you’ll be keeping the neighbours happy too!

tie tower to a rigid structure

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Beware of the funnel effect

The funnel effect caused by wind passing through an enclosed space has caught many scaffold tower users off guard. Take care if you’re working in confined spaces and building sites. Do not work in windy conditions as could cause injury and stability issues.

Funnel effect

 

 

 

  • Do not exceed the safe working load of the scaffold tower

Don’t forget to take account of your materials and equipment you will need on your scaffold tower. Don’t store heavy materials such as tiles or cement un-necessarily, exceeding the safe working load of your scaffold tower will lead to uneasy situations like this.

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  • Beware of horizontal forces from your equipment

Working safely goes beyond safe erection of your tower. Ensure that your tools will not create a horizontal force. The sheer power from jet washes and power tools could throw you backwards and in extreme cases the scaffold tower with it.

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  • Scaffold towers are not designed to be suspended

Need we say more? Always keep your scaffold tower on the ground. Never work on it while it’s suspended. In fact never suspend it ever!

suspended scaffold tower

 

 

 

 

 

  • Beware of live apparatus and overhead cables

Remember metal conducts electricity so take care when carrying out electrical work using aluminium and steel scaffold towers. In addition take care when repositioning your scaffold tower and keep a look out for overhead power cables.

beware of power lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Do not lift an assembled scaffold tower from the ground

Never attempt to lift a scaffold tower from the ground that is fully assembled. Parts could fall causing death or serious injury. If a scaffold tower needs to be moved a reasonable distance, it will need to be taken down and reassembled in the required location. Never move a scaffold tower whilst people are working on it.

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Still unsure on safe usage of a scaffold tower?

Here at BPS Access Solutions, we recommend that you undertake appropriate training before using a scaffold tower if you do not feel confident in it’s use. In the workplace, it is illegal not to have received training in the safe use and working practice when using scaffold towers.

Always stay safe and never take risks using either ladders or scaffold towers.



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

multi purpose ladder blog

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!



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

BPS – 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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Our Industrial scaffold towers meet the highest Safety Standards. Does yours?

stocksWe are very proud of our safety standards and you can be assured that when you buy a loyal aluminium trade or industrial scaffold tower from us, that it reaches the very highest in safety standards – Beware: not all scaffold towers are able to offer this high level of safety.

What is the BS EN 1004 British Kite mark?

It is your peace of mind that our products have been tested and inspected to meet a high standard of safety. BSI is the number one certification body in the UK and the US. BS EN 1004 looks at the design of mobile scaffolds and tower scaffolds made of prefabricated parts. It also discusses safety and performance requirements and shares additional information on complete towers. To ensure your safety and that of your employees, it makes sense to ensure that the scaffold tower you purchase is suitable for your needs and you are not putting anyone at unnecessary risk.

The Industrial Scaffold Tower from BPS

Our Loyal Industrial Scaffold Towers are kite marked to the very latest British Standards meaning they meet all the regulations for use on site set by the Working at Height Regulations 2005 and Health & Safety Executive.

The Loyal Aluminium Industrial Scaffold Tower is available only from us, and has been certified to the very latest British Standards Institute Kite mark (KM583746) in respect of BSEN 1004 (Class 3) safety standard. It has many unique design and safety features not found on other industrial scaffold towers, and in our opinion is the tower system of choice when only the very best will do.

In fact, we are so confident of the strength and durability of this tower that we offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE against manufacturing defects. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to advise you on the best tower for you.

A note about working height….

Please note that “working height” is the level to which someone of average height can safely reach when using a tower.

Available in a wide range of heights, ranging from 3.3m (10’6″) to 14.3m (46’7″) working height, we have a tower for almost every application. In addition, the Loyal Tower is available in four footprint sizes to suit all uses. Our unique tower diagrams and component lists are available from the individual Loyal Tower pages – simply click on the blue link below for full details and to choose your footprint size.

Available in 4 footprint sizes!!

The amazing benefits of our industrial scaffold towers

Not all Industrial Scaffold Towers are the same – ours have many superior features which make them the tower of choice when only the very best will do. We always have large stocks which enables us to deliver direct to your door the day after ordering and, unlike some of our competitors, in one drop. Buy from THE leading tower experts – these are the reasons why:

 

The BPS

Loyal Industrial Scaffold Tower

Wheels Extra large 200mm diameter colour coded dual-locking, wheels. Stronger, safer, and easier to move tower and operate the brake mechanism.
Outriggers Flat, articulated rubber bottomed feet for superior contact with ground.
Toeboard One piece folding aluminium toeboard for quicker and easier installation. Will not rot and lighter to handle.
Frame Ribbed profile to all framework for superior grip and therefore safety.
Safe

307 kg per platform evenly distributed
Delivery Free and next day in one drop
Guarantee Lifetime,no quibble guarantee on all tower components.

The BPS Promise

WE TRADE WITH AUTHORITY! WE HOLD MASSIVE STOCKS READY FOR FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY…

We will not be beaten on price, service or quality – that is our promise to you.

For further information about all of our scaffold towers please visit us at http://www.laddersandscaffoldtowers.co.uk/acatalog/Loyal_Trade_Industrial_Scaffold_Towers.html

You can order on line or over the telephone and your order will be with you the next working day!

 



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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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Are you using your scaffold tower safely?

Scaffold_Tower

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



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.

Different Ladder Types Explained

Ladders

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_ladder

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_tower

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

 

Extension_ladder

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_ladder

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.



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.