Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

If it's right to use a ladder, use the right ladder safely.

Nearly 100 workers every month suffer a serious injury following a fall from a ladder. The vast majority of these accidents are avoidable. You don't have to fall far to injure yourself, in fact most serious injuries happen in falls from below head height.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in co-ordination with local authorities, are currently promoting safe ladder use as part of the Shattered Lives Campaign. Inspectors will be visiting sites around the country and where they find 'dodgy' ladders in use or where they are not being used safely, they will take action.

So if your ladder's not up to the job, now's the time to get a new one.

Ladder inspection

It is always a good idea to inspect your ladder and footwear each time you use your ladder.

Check the stiles, rungs, rivets and welded joints of the ladder to make sure the ladder will not break, collapse or twist. Also check your footwear to ensure the soles of your boots or shoes are not worn or filled in. Footwear must be able to get a good grip on the rungs.  Also, be aware of the recommended time advised for standing on the rungs at a time, maximum guidelines advise 20 minutes. 

If you spot a fault, do not use the ladder. Either attempt to fix the ladder to a 'like new' standard or remove the ladder from use. This is not just good health and safety, it makes good economic sense. Faults that are noticed early are easier and cheaper to repair, plus an injury that results in time being taken off from work affects the finances of both the employer and the employee.

For further information about safe ladder use, visit:

https://ladderassociation.org.uk/guidance/

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg455.htm

 

Extension Ladders

Welcome to our Extension Ladders section. We offer both Trade and Domestic DIY Extension ladders in both 2 section and 3 section. We now also offer the CLASS 1 and rope operated heavy duty ladders.  ALWAYS choose the right ladder for the job, your safety depends on it.  You should choose aluminium ladders of sturdy construction that have been tested and certified in accordance with the British or European standard for these products...

Domestic/DIY Ladders use:      -          BS 2037 class 3   Max Load 125kg

Light Industrial & Trade use:   -            BS EN131   Max Load 150kg

Industrial & Heavy use:                       BS 2037 class 1    Max Load 175kg

 

Some UK Ladders have colour coded feet to assist identification:

Red Feet and labelling                       Domestic ladders

Yellow Feet & Labels                      Trade Ladders

Blue or Black feet & Labels                Industrial/Heavy Duty ladders