Apprenticeships are an excellent option for people who know what career they want to go into and don't want to be taught via a classroom environment. They are perfect for having a hands-on approach while gaining experience and a wage.
With the festive period nearly upon us and the yearly trip up to the loft just a couple of weeks away, we must make sure we are not putting ourselves in any unnecessary danger, besides we are sure that nobody wants to have an accident so close to Christmas.
More and more of our customers are opting for Podium steps for low-level work at height. We have recently been asked a couple of questions around podium steps due to the standard changing from Pas 250 to BS 8260. With this in mind, we have created a handy FAQ Guide on Podium steps to help our customers.
At Ladderstore, we encourage customers to leave us feedback. We receive some wonderfully positive feedback and points on where we can improve our product offering and services.
Are you confused by the new EN131 Ladder standards? To help make things clear, we have accumulated all the frequently asked questions people have about the new EN131 rules into this handy guide.
We have decided to create this article to clear up any confusion that is still floating around from the incident in 2017, where 32,000 aluminium telescopic ladders pulled from sale after being found unsafe for practice.
Woodland of Kingston is one of the customers that have very kindly agreed to produce us with a case study on their recent purchase of a Youngman EN131 Professional Builders Stepladder - 6 Tread
As we’ve always said rolling library ladders are not only for use in libraries. We have seen these being used in kitchens, bars and all around the home to access higher storage spaces.
A couple of weeks ago Pat got in touch with us to share the beautiful images of her new wardrobes and rolling ladder! Continue to read to hear all about Pat’s project and experience with Ladderstore.
To follow on from our Ladder 101 series our next instalment is all about the basics of setting up your ladder, safely. We also have an infographic towards the bottom of this post that you can save to your phone or computer to refer to at a later date.
Following on from our last blog post about using a ladder safely, we wanted to continue this series and look into taking care of a ladder and the basics of how you should store your ladder in various scenarios. We also have an infographic towards the bottom of this post that you can save to your phone or computer to refer to at a later date.
During the month of May, we held a Facebook competition which asked customers: By working at height standards what is the last rung that is safe to be stood on? The amount of engagement we received was great, but we were slightly concerned with the number of answers that were incorrect. With this in mind, we have put together this handy 101 ladder guide on the basics of using a ladder, along with an infographic towards the bottom of the blog post that you can save to your phone or computer to refer to at a later date.
The Little Giant combination ladders give you the ability to carry out a whole host of jobs, but with such an extensive range of very similar looking combination ladders, it can be a minefield trying to figure out which is the correct one for you.
Hi, my name is Richard, I am the Customer Service Manager at Ladderstore and is it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with you all, my experience for the mental health awareness course I completed early this year.
Happy National Sleepover Day!!!!
As the 9th of May is national sleepover day, one of our local charities BackUp thought it was the perfect day to also hold their PJ May fundraising coffee morning over at their headquarters.
Here at Ladderstore, we like to support charities where we can and the Red Box Project is no exception to this! Continue reading to find out exactly what the Red Box Project is, how you can help and why this is an incredibly important charity to get involved with.
Are you wanting to liven up the office environment this Easter and have some fun before the long (hopefully sunny) bank holiday weekend? Here at Ladderstore, this is exactly what we did to ensure that the day was as egg-stra special as we can make it for all our employees.
Why not kill two birds with one stone by helping the environment, recycling your crisp packets and raising money for charity at the same time!
Due to demand, Terracycle is supporting Walkers to set up their own recycling scheme. The aim of this initiative is to allow us to recycle crisp packets for the greater good. Any brand of crisp packets are accepted however they do not accept the following items:
The month of March is our birthday month and this year sees Ladderstore turning 15 years as a limited company.
In the true theme of the company, we thought that it was only right to have a party to celebrate.
Apprenticeships have a huge impact on our business, they offer a fresh eye over what we are currently doing and come into the business with new ideas helping us grow. As well as this they gain a vast amount of experience and knowledge to help advance their professional careers. Win Win.
If you aren't being swept off your feet this valentines day and have the pleasure of spending the day with your work colleagues we want to know how you are spending your day. We have taken a time out for a collaborative valentines themed lunch with lots of red and heart shaped treats,
Do you manage a team of people who use ladders on a daily basis? Has your team ever had ladder training, or do you have a qualified ladder inspector on site? If not, why not?
Not having your ladders properly inspected or having ladder users, incorrectly handling ladders can put your employees in a lot of danger and this can be easily be rectified with our Ladder Association accredited training that we offer at our Bolton facility or on-site at your firm.
Master Carpenter Colin Demant is a fully qualified and experienced craftsman. Colin has worked with one of our very close suppliers and has over 40 years of experience. This experience means he is skilled enough to build, sand and fit every joint of our popular rolling ladders to absolute perfection.
Today at Ladderstore we have been participating with Christmas Jumper day in support of ‘Save The Children’ We’ve had a Christmas themed lunch, including mince pies and cheese and crackers. As well as our themed lunch we also had our annual Secret Santa swap.
We have all had a blast today getting into the holiday spirit, with lots of festive food eaten and silly party games played it’s been a very jolly old time!
This time last week our operations manager (Gareth) & customer service manager (Richard) left us for the day, to go down and see our good friends at Werner & Klime Ezee. Let's see what they had to say about the trip?
Today at Ladderstore we held our annual pumpkin carving competition and let me tell you this year's entries were fierce!
Here are this year's entries:
Here at Ladderstore, we are passionate about two things; the products that we sell and our customer service . With this is mind, this month we wanted to shine the light on Little Giant Ladders as we have had some really great feedback from two of our recent customers which we wanted to share.
In the first week of October every year it is customer service week! To celebrate this national holiday here at Ladderstore we decided to interview our customer service manager Richard, each day of this week with different questions based on the word of the day set by ‘The Institute of Customer Service’, so let's find out exactly what working in customer service is like.
We have been participating in the biggest coffee morning in the world here at Ladderstore!
It has been a lovely morning with a great buzz in the office! We have had lots of
Lovely homemade treats to try and enjoy including:
Injuries and fatalities caused by falls from height are still prevalent in many day to day working environments. For this reason we are supporting the Ladder Associations Get a Grip campaign which sets out to ensure that everyone using a ladder is completely trained and competent to do so.
The Health and Safety North event is running again for its 11th year and are delighted to announce that we will be returning for Ladderstore's 2nd year. With the huge success of last years event, we knew we had to come back!
The HSE have issued a safety alert recently to all scaffolders, contractors and tower suppliers to spread the word out unauthorised access of scaffold towers. In this article you will find the relevant information about the action required and find a useful safety guide from PASMA.
We provide a range of mezzanine access solutions that are applicable for use in both the home and for office/industrial use. But what is a mezzanine? Essentially this is an additional storey/space between the floor and ceiling of a room, perhaps in the form of a raised platform or enlarged landing area that overlooks the room or stairwell below.
If you keep up to date with our social media and blog posts you will already know that at Ladderstore we work very closely with our suppliers. We love it when suppliers pop in, if it’s just for a catch up or for product demonstrations.
Last week our team visited the Bolton Lads & Girls Club Patrons Evening to see how our donations were being used. We had a great evening and heard a range of inspirational stories, we also managed to catch up with our partners. A great night was had by all!
Apprenticeships offer an excellent way to start off a career. As well as learning on the job, you will earn a wage as well as studying and earning an academic qualification. We have had a number of apprentices over the years who have all enjoyed their courses and learnt a lot through practical hands on work.
Cyber security and our customers data is something we take very seriously at Ladderstore. We are GDPR Compliant, PCI:DSS Compliant and we are proud to announce we are cyber essentials accredited.
Many people are unsure how to properly secure their ladders on their car roofs. Your ladder could be at risk slipping of you car. Do you know about equipment needed to make sure you ladder is still as a statue? Why don't you check out how to transport your ladder safely by reading our guide.
Today our team are taking part in Football Shirt Friday in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for the reasearch of Bowel Cancer.
On Saturday April 14th Our MD Gail Hounslea and Operations Manager Gareth Monger went down to Sharples school in Bolton to support Bolton Lever Rotary with their meal pack event in conjunction with Rise against Hunger and The Trussell Trust.
Last week we had a visit from Werner Co. to showcase some of their ladders and to give us more knowledge on the BoSS Tower Systems. With some new team members here it benefitted the new and even existing members of the team. It was great for our team to see, touch and further the teams knowledge on the range of ladders and towers we offer and their benefits.
Our Managing Director recentley visited BSI to take a look at how ladders will be tested under the new standards. The new standards have come into effect this year and are now EN131 Professional and EN131 Non-professional. This article was written about what was learnt during Gails visit and will fill you in with some of the changes.
In recent months, it has been reported that there has been a huge number of ladders sold to consumers which claimed to be compliant with British and European Standards when in reality they did not meet these requirements. Poorly constructed, unregulated access equipment, including the ladders described above, carry a huge number of risks compromising the health and safety of those that use them.
We’ve had a brilliant year at Ladderstore and we couldn’t have done it without you. We’d just like to say a massive thank you to all our customers, suppliers and partners for being there and working with us. What a team!
When it comes to using ladders on stairs, it can often feel like you are taking your life into your own hands; attempting to boycott a ladder and overreach is not only dangerous, but an inefficient way of working.
EN131 standards are changing in 2018. There is a little confusion about what you need to do and when. In this blog article we hope to clear up some of the confusion and explain how the changes affect you.
Throughout this week, we have been celebrating National Customer Service Week covering a range of themes from ‘Unlocking Potential’ to ‘The Voice of the Customer’.
We have heard from various members of our team here at Ladderstore providing an insight into how various roles, attitudes and approaches shape the way we do business. Today the theme is ‘Recognition’ and so it was only fitting that we take this opportunity to focus the spotlight on our Business Development Manager, Jacky Hopps.
It’s the fourth day of Customer Service week already! How time flies. Today the theme is Unlocking Your Potential. We thought this was a perfect opportunity to show off our Customer Service Manager, Richard Mitchell.
For many businesses there is a continuous internal battle between business owners
and directors and those on the front line dealing with customers
5 Minutes with the newest member of our Customer Service Team.
This week is National Customer Service Week. This is a week long opportunity to raise awareness of customer service and the role it plays in successful business practice.
HSE recently announced some helpful advice for the safe use of ladders in their latest bulletin which we wanted to share with you .
In response to the new ladder standards EN 131-1 and 2, Zarges has provided tips on the right approach to ladder safety
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), each year approximately 622,000 work-related accidents are reported each year. A large proportion of these unfortunately involve ladders.
At Ladderstore we are extremely passionate about our customer service and we really try hard to get it right. We are currently looking for a customer service apprentice to work with our experienced team to help and assist our customers.
There have been huge uptake on the sales of telescopic ladders which unfortuntely means unclassified, unsafe telescopic ladders are being imported into the UK. Don't get caught out, know the facts and stay safe.
Sometimes it is not always easy to find access equipment suitable for the job in hand. When a standard product isn't available our expert team will help design and manufacture a bespoke solution for you.
We recently provided Ladder Association Accredited Training for Trafford Housing Trust. If you are looking to get you or your staff more confident and competent when working at height please don't hesitate to get in touch.
As you have probably gathered by now, we love a bit of customer feedback. Especially when the product have exceeded all expectations!
As you may already know we provide a wide range of bespoke access solutions including Vertical ladders, Shelf ladders and Rolling Ladders to name a few. You will find in this post a customer review of one of our rolling ladders.
Ladder classes can be confusing, and to top it off EN131 is changing in November 2017, but don't worry we have all the information you need.
We recently supplied Martin with a Lyte 3 Section Extension Ladder and an Adjustable Stand Off. This combination worked wonders for his confidence whilst the ladder was in use, and we are really happy to hear so.
We recently helped a customer find the perfect solution, which allowed the drivers at White Logistics & Storage to access the loading bed of the vehicle.
We love following up sales with our customers to see how they got on with their products. I recently contacted Richard Morgan, one of our customers who purchased the Telesteps 60324 Telescopic Loft Ladder.
The chances are you have definitely seen a Vertical Access ladder, on the side of a building, on the back of a lorry or even down the side of a water tank. Whenever a roof or raised area has to be accessed, this access must be undertaken in a safe and planned manner. We have a range of vertical access solutions from our ready made ranges and if your issue is a little more challenging we also offer bespoke solutions.
It's great to hear such positive feedback from our customers and we love to be sent photographs showing our products in use.
We have recently had our annual surveillance ISO 9001 Audit. This year we were visited by Auditor Russ Archer from Isoqar.
Every year Ladderstore makes a donation to Circus Starr, who give over one million underprivileged children and children with disabilities the chance to run away and see the circus to forget their troubles for the day.
Today is a very sad day for the Ladderstore Team. The face of our Credit Account Page (and Marketing Manager) is leaving us for pastures new after 12 long years.
When choosing a loft ladder an electric loft ladder could be the ideal solution. Electric loft ladders open at the touch of a button and saves you stretching and potentially over reaching to open the hatch. Fully operational loft ladders even unfold the actual ladder so there is no manual force required at all! This blog post will take a look at the three electric loft ladders we have on offer and highlight some of the differecnes to help you choose the right electric loft ladder for you.
"If you don't ask, you don't get" - it's a simple statement but one that's very true. In the case of Ladderstore, that's how we ended up supporting local North West charity, Veterans Garage.
Two of our most popular loft products are the Telesteps 60324 Compact Loft Ladder and our Made to Measure Loft Hatch. It's particularly great when we sell them together, proving they are a great solution for that problem loft hatch.
A roof ladder is for when you need to complete work on your roof safely. A roof ladder is simply a ladder with two hooks attached on the end. The hooks allow it to attach to the peak of a roof securing the ladder to make it easy and safe to move me up and down the roof while giving a base to balance and complete work from.
Do you have a wobbly ladder? If the answer is yes you're in luck. This blog article will give you four tips to stabilise your ladder and ensure that when you are working at height you are doing it safely.
Ladderstore offers a large range of spare parts for all of the major loft ladders available. Like any product, things wear out over time. But do you know which parts are replaceable? We thought we'd ask all the major manufacturers what's available when it comes to giving a loft ladder a bit of TLC.
When your Health & Safety advisor states that your ladder equipment is no longer fit for purpose, it's time to find another solution. Pendeford Housewares spoke to Ladderstore and we provided everything they needed to be working at height safely.
Regular ladder inspections are a vital part of working at height regulations of 2005. Ladders need to be inspected at regular intervals every 3,6 or 12 months depending of the frequency of use. We now offer a ladder inspection service, where an experienced and qualified member of our team will visit you on-site to inspect your equipment. If you would prefer to do this in house, we also offer Ladder Association accredited training which upon completion gives each delegate a Ladder Association ID Card as proof of competence.
As part of our specialist access solutions we offer rolling ladders, which are made to suit your requirments. Believe it or not It's really simple to get started. There have been many queries regarding our bespoke rolling ladders and you can find the most asked questions in this blog post, along with the answers of course. You will also be able to see our customer reviews and case studies.
Our customer Corporate Moves provides relocating, installing and recycling services for organisations across the UK. Regularly using containers for storage, they required a solution that would enable them to reach containers on multiple levels. Our Mobile Double Decker Access Platform solved the problem.
Clearing the gutter can be a dirty, difficult and dangerous job but essential in order to prevent water damage to the roof and walls of your house. This article suggests safer ways to use a ladder to clean your gutters and highlights the ladder safety accessories that you should consider using when cleaning your gutters.
Recently the owners of a Beverly shoe shop were fined £16,000 after an employee was seriously injured after falling from a domestic ladder. If you are using ladders at work be sure you are not using domestic ladders!
The Zarges Teletower Telescopic Scaffold Tower is a cracking bit of kit. It's ideal for a wide range of uses; from maintenance and decorating to gardening and DIY. All brilliant, but we wanted to see who was actually using it in the real world and what for.
Smith of Derby, leaders in clock making & maintaining for over 150 years, recently purchased some Zarges Skymaster Ladders from Ladderstore to assist with the access to clocks on towers and buildings.
BUY vs HIRE - it's something that we've never really discussed, but here at Ladderstore we would like to tell you why Buying your ladder and working at height equipment is better not just because it can be cheaper, but it can also provide other benefits too.
To highlight why it's better to buy your ladder equipment, we've picked out several different types of users, what equipment they typically use and why it is better to buy.
Considering the popularity of using the loft as a way of increasing storage space in the home, most houses are built with small loft access hatches. It's not always possible to make the loft opening bigger, therefore for Jason, the Telesteps 60324 loft ladder was the perfect solution.
Last Monday Gill Robinson our Operations Director and I were invited by Amy, one of our team, to the Octagon Theatre to see a new film - Work Matters: Bridges to Employment.
We have recently added two new products to our range of towers. The Boss Ladderspan 3T and The Boss Ladderspan AVG, these are both different methods of safely errecting a tower and this article will show you what these two methods are.
As part of the BBC's coverage of the 2016 Budget, our Managing Director Gail Hounslea provided a business response to the Budget on BBC Television, Radio 4 MoneyBox programme and the BBC News Channel.
Access to a mezzanine floor is not always as simple as a standard loft ladder, especially for a business. We recently provided a heavy duty ladder solution to Changos Burrito Bar who were struggling to provide safe access for their staff.
Cleaning windows can be awkward and unsafe if you do not take the correct safety precautions or use the correct equipment. This blog article will give you some helpful tips on planning the work in hand, selecting the correct extension ladder height and working at height safely.
PASMA (Prefabricated access suppliers and manufacturers association) created the Not on Your Life campaign in 2014 to spread awareness of the dangers of non-compliant mobile and scaffolding towers. This year they are pushing the PAS250 classification. PAS stands for 'Public Available Specification' which is a sponsored fast-track standard driven by the needs of the client organizations and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI.
If you've just purchased a brand new loft ladder and it didn't come with a fitted loft hatch door, or maybe you would just like to replace your old, wooden loft hatch door with something a bit smarter and better insulated, why not try a Drop Down Loft Access Hatch.
January has passed very quickly and it's proving a popular month for loft ladders. It can be tricky picking a loft ladder, as we have a wide range available. This blog post will take a look at some of our most purchased loft ladders and share with you our customers thoughts to help you choose the best solution for you.
Ladderstore has been recognised in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, sponsored by City & Guilds, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.
It's not always the case that a standard ladder will solve every access problem. In the case of one of our recent customers, the Youngman Telescopic Ladder has provided access to a particuarly awkward loft hatch.
RUNNING from 1 September to 31 December, the Ladder Exchange finished its ninth year on a high note, as ladder users across the country seized the opportunity to replace broken and bent ladders for safe, new ones at a discount.
January is definitely loft ladder month here at Ladderstore, and with the many types of loft ladder now available, Mr Porter decided to banish his step ladders to the garage and buy a proper loft access solution.
You may not be aware of this but at the moment there is no British Standard when it comes to Roof Ladders. This year the Ladder Association with the help of the HSE and other ladder user groups will together work towards creating a new standard to improve the safety of roof ladders for it's users.
We recently wrote an article about vehicle access safety for National Lorry Week. In particular we discussed how to prevent being one of the 2,000 people who fall from vehicles each year. Stephen at Yorkshire Timber Engineering contacted us to tell us how the Loadstep Vehicle Access Ladder had made accessing their vehicles easier.
The Youngman Eco S Line Extra Tall Timber Loft Ladder is already a favourite in the office (a few of us have one at home) but it's always reassuring to hear our customers singing its praises too.
The Zarges Z600 anodised step ladder is one of our newest products on the website and if you need to know what anodising is and what it does then this blog post will explain just that.
Ladderstore has been awarded the Investors in People 'Gold standard', joining the top 7% of accredited organisations across the UK who believe in realising the potential of their people.
In the world of loft ladders, unfortunately there isn't a 'one size fits all' solution. Luckily, there are plenty of options available for all requirements. The Youngman Telescopic Loft Ladder is one such solution.
It's been another busy few months at Ladderstore and with that in mind we'd like to introduce another new member to our growing team.
A common problem for warehouses with racking and narrow aisles is how they access the highest shelves safely. An independent plumbing & heating merchant found the solution at Ladderstore.
Working around power lines should be avoided when possible because of the huge dangers involved. Sometimes you cannot prevent working around power lines so it is vital that you understand the risks and safety procedures.
Fantastic video that really shows the benefits of LEAN manufacturing. Well done to Ashley at Klime-Ezee.
The 26th October kicked off National Lorry Week which celebrates the role that this sector plays. If you realise it or not the Lorry plays a vital part in our everyday life and we want to ensure that this is recognised as well as keeping lorry drivers safe by helping them prevent falling from their lorries and to help them select the right equipment if necessary.
Last night Gail and Jacky vistied the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester as we were nominated for the Small Business of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Working with electricity at height means using non-conductive glass fibre ladders. Paddock Wood Masonic Hall addressed this requirement by purchasing a set of Lyte Heavy Duty Glass Fibre Platform Stepladders from Ladderstore.
Safety should be a priority for every company working at height. North West supply company Graphic Design Supplies addressed an issue they had in their warehouse with a mobile warehouse step from Ladderstore.
Tree Surgeon company Maydencroft Ltd chose the Youngman Trade 200 Extension Ladder from Ladderstore to provide safe access when inspecting and pruning trees at height.
Aluminium, Fibreglass or Timber. Knowing what material your ladder should be may seem like a difficult task. This blog post will help you decide which material is the best option for the job in hand.
To complete a 7 month house renovation project, Mr Dickinson purchased the Werner 2 Section Timber Folding Loft Ladder from Ladderstore.com.
"As part of the renovation project we opened up the attic area with a much larger loft hatch that was made by our builders. I was unable to find a complete loft hatch and ladder set that fitted. I searched through a number of internet sites and came across Ladderstore."
Accessing stock in confined spaces is a common problem for a lot of our customers. Every warehouse is different. Ladderstore provided the ideal solution to a specialist supplier of washdown and cleaning systems.
To put it very simply, slipping ladders can cause death. In this blog we will take a brief look at some great accessories that can make working at height safer. If you are working on flat or uneven ground ladders can slip and there are a range of accessories available to help avoid this.
PGM Carpentry Contractors recently purchased several Hopstar Folding Hop-Up Work Platforms from Ladderstore to help with some kitchen fitting contracts.
If you have multiple jobs that need completing and think that you need more than one type of ladder for the job, you may be mistaken. A combination ladder may be the perfect solution. Some combination ladders can be turned into two, three, four and even six different ladder types!
Ladderstore is now part of the Ladder Assocation Ladder Advocate scheme with the aim to keep people working with ladders informed about the latest ladder safety developments, best practice and standards.
We have recently had a ISO:9001 Audit and thought we would share this with you. The IS0:9001 Audit is done by Isoqar and we are audited every 12 months with a recertification every three years.
Being safe working at height isn't just about ensuring that you don't fall. It's also important to remember that any tools and materials being used have the potential to be very dangerous if dropped.
We were recently approached by Carillion Rail to provide a bespoke solution for accessing construction vehicles. The Klime-Ezee Split Level Mobile Step solved their access problems.
Last night we won the Retail Award at the Skills for Business Awards. A brilliant achievement and a very happy team this morning!
It's been a busy month at Ladderstore and with that in mind we'd like to introduce a new member to team Ladderstore.
Ladderstore (Wardworth Ltd) is now recruiting for a Customer Service Apprentice at our head office in Bolton. Interested? Send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Digital Marketing Manager, Ste Smith, recently completed the Lochalsh Dirty 30 Challenge Walk 2015 in Glenelg, Scotland and has so far raised £275 for The Christie.
The HSE publication regarding the safe use of ladders and stepladders says that a ladder should only be used when “a risk assessment has shown that using equipment offering a higher level of fall protection is not justified.” Ladders may be the perfect solution for low risk, short duration tasks and if you need to use a ladder you should make sure you are using the right equipment and you are using it safely.
Leading car care specialist Autobrite Direct recently purchased a set of 10 Tread Klime-Ezee Industrial Mobile Warehouse Steps to provide access to stock in their warehouse. They opted for the walk through side so that they could reach the mezzanine floor storage area.
It's day three of Health & Safety Week already! On Monday we gave you some general ladder safety tips and yesterday we took a look at ladder user competency. Today we will be telling you about what you should check before using a ladder and will also show you an easy way of keeping track of those regular inspections.
Inspecting and maintaining your equipment can play a vital role in ensuring your safety when working at height. Before any equipment is used you should carry out pre-checks to search for any obvious ladder defects. If it is not safe to use then DO NOT USE IT.
It's the second day of Health & Safety Week and as promised yesterday, today we will be talking about ladder user competency.
If you missed us yesterday, we gave you 5 ladder safety tips to ensure you are working safely at height.
Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Working at height can be dangerous if you are not aware of the potential hazards that may arise or comply to the working at height regulations of 2005.
Health and safety week is finally here and we are getting involved. Starting today and ending on Friday, we will be sharing with you our ladder safety knowledge and tips. "The aim of Health and Safety Week 2015 is to inspire employers and employees to embrace health in the workplace".
Ladder falls can happen for many reasons, for example; selecting the wrong equipment for the job, using a ladder incorrectly and not checking your equipment. Throughout the week we will brush up on all three of these, however today we will be start by sharing some general safety tips to help you avoid injury when working at height.
Last week several members of the team attended the Bolton Lads & Girls Patrons and Supporters evening with 250 other guests and 173 Junior Club members. We had a fantastic time hearing about character building and also some of the amazing characters who are already present at the club.
It is the busiest time of year for you to get to work on those odd jobs around the house with a little DIY. Each year injuries from DIY equipment cause more than 250,000 serious injuries and 70 deaths. Ladder falls contributes to many of these injuries and 30,000 people need hospital treatment due to falls from ladders each year. With this in mind here are 7 DIY Safety Tips to consider before carrying out your next DIY Task.
We recently provided a vertical access solution to Wilson Bros of Sheffield who are working with Doncaster Market to provide access above the market stalls.
Magical Events are an award winning Giant Hat Tipi & Bell Tent hire company. When they were recently in need of a variety of ladders to help erect their tents, they approached Ladderstore.
Wardworth have been short listed as a finalist for the E3 Skills, Education & Training Award 2015.
It's been a few days since our successful trip to The Health and Safety Event at the NEC, so we thought we'd share a few photos from the event.
Three million people in Great Britain work on or near vehicles every day as part of their work. Some of their daily duties may include the loading and unloading of goods. This article will give you tips and safety information to help you avoid injury when accessing your vehicle.
When working in sectors such as retail, you may have to use access equipment to reach products or items that are stored at height. The use of Kicksteps and Stepladders may be the perfect solution but staying safe should always be the number one priority. This blog article will give you safety tips and advice when using Kicksteps and Stepladders at work. (or anywhere else for that matter)
One of our regular customers is South East heating engineers, Swale Heating. They have recently rolled out two of our popular products to their engineers, so we spoke to Bianca, H&S Assistant to see how Ladderstore have solved their problem.
Our Ladder Log Inspection System is used in a variety of different sectors to ensure safety when working at height. One of our customers is Servest Group Limited. A leading facilities management provider employing more than 16,000 people over 6,000 sites across the UK.
The construction Industry is one of the most dangerous jobs sectors in the UK. On average 46 people die per year while working in construction. There are many hazards in construction for example; slips and trips, handling and lifting heavy goods, being struck by objects and working at height. Injuries and fatalities in construction are mainly caused by falls from height, In this article we will give you safety tips and advice on staying safe when working at height.
As a local Bolton business we joined the rest of Bolton's companies at The Big Bolton Expo to exhibit our wide range of ladders, services and share advise when working at height.
When working at height on mobile or scaffolding towers, safety must be the number on priority. Deaths from non-compliant towers have recently been on the rise, which shows the importance of using compliant towers that conforms to EN 1004.
London Executive Aviation provide private jet charter, sales and aircraft management at multiple bases around London. We were were recently contacted by Chris Cohen, Licenced Aircraft Engineer who needed a solution to an aircraft access problem.
Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injuries in the workplace. In 2012 one hundred and forty eight Brits were killed at work. This article will take a look into the most dangerous industries in the United Kingdom. Take a look to find out if your industry is amongst the most dangerous.
Greencut Horticulture Ltd provide tree care and environmental services in the South East of England. Pruning and trimming of hedgerows and smaller trees, and canopy access makes up a large part of their workload. The Zarges Skymaster ladder provided by Ladderstore has simplified these jobs.
As part of the Woking at Height Regulations of 2005 you must ensure that equipment being used is properly inspected and maintained. This article will show you a way to easily keep on top of your inspections and also provide you with details of our Ladder Association Courses which is a national training for users, supervisors and managers wanting to equip themselves with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to use ladders legally and safely.
Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury at work. More than 40 people are killed and more than 4,000 suffer major injuries every year. By complying with the working at height regulations of 2005 and using the correct safety equipment these numbers can be reduced.
It is 40 years since the HSE provided a regulatory framework for health and safety in Great Britain. This framework has contributed to making Britain one of the safest places to work in the world. In light of this we are going to look back at changes to health and safety legislation, which can be traced back to 1802.
Ladder testing is extremely important to ensure that the ladders used on a daily basis are safe and of high quality. We recently went behind the scenes at Werner Ladders' testing laboratory in Derbyshire to see how their ladders are tested.
One of our customers was struggling with storage options in his small cottage. After speaking to our bespoke ladder expert, Jacky, a Rolling Ladder was found to be the ideal solution.
We've had another email from Graham who has just used his Hailo Combination Ladder for the first time this year.
The increased levels of thermal insulation found within the roof voids of a modern house is intended to reduce the amount of heat that is lost from the warm living spaces of the property over time. However breaks in this insulation layer, such as through the loft hatch, will severely compromise its effectiveness.
It's Christmas Jumper Day! We have donated £40 to Save the Children today. And yes, we are incredibly daft, and proud!
On Tuesday, Philip from Bolton Lads & Girls Club contacted us to see if we could help with some equipment for their BLGC Renov8 project. Of course we could.....!
At Ladderstore we are contacted by a lot of retailers with warehouse and logistical requirements. Mainly requiring access to high racking locations in areas with space limitations. Supremo is one such company.
We love getting feedback and comments from our customers, and this one is so good we had to share it with everyone.
I was really lucky to have the opportunity to have a tour of the underground vaults at Bolton Market Place today. The Market Place was bought by Moorgarth in 2013 whose major shareholder is South African Retail tycoon Christo Wiese. When Christo came to Bolton and saw the vaults under the Market Place he could immediately see the potential and put his money where his mouth was and is now investing £15m in a new nine screen cinema and updating the vaults to create some very atmospheric restaurant space.
Limelight Presentation Systems have recently constructed a multipurpose storage and work space area for their expanding moving light hire stock. However they needed a way to be able to reach the numerous lighting solutions they have available for hire. The Klime-Ezee Mobile Warehouse Step was the solution.
Ladderstore now supports local football club Eagley FC. We popped over to say hello to Simon the 1st team manager and Colin the commercial officer.
Gail and Gill recently visited Klime-Ezee (with Carrs Pasties!), one of the UKs leading access and handling solution manufacturers in Derbyshire. As retailers of the Klime-ezee brand of warehouse steps, we wanted to see for ourselves how Ashley, Managing Director and his team work.
Happy Halloween from the weird and wonderful team at Wardworth!
Penlan Farm provides the ingredients to Burns Pet Nutrition. They also operate regular farm tours using a tractor and agricultural trailer. To provide safe access onto the trailer, Ladderstore have provided the ideal vehicle access solution.
The Easi-Dec range of platform systems is now available at Ladderstore, including the original Easi-Dec for multi storey buildings, the Window-Dec for window installation, one man Mono-Dec and catwalk Trimline systems.
Sami Tipi, the event Tipi hire company recently purchased a selection of Lyte Ladders from Ladderstore to help provide safe and secure access whilst working at height.
"Here at Sami Tipi, we provide stunning tipis for all kinds of events. Our tipis create the most atmospheric event space like no other event venue. The tipis are large wooden structures with poles over 8 metres in length so we needed large extension ladders that would provide access to the tipi apex and keep us safe and secure whilst working at height. We also needed platform ladders for attaching cross poles, strapping the canvas and installing lighting and electrics" said Craig Bidder, Director at Sami Tipi Ltd.
Safe Working Platforms!
EN1004 Mobile Access Towers are supplied with the right quantity of purpose-designed platforms, which can be securely fitted and have safe trapdoor access. They are not made from old scaffold boards or pieces of plywood.
In an EN1004 Mobile Access Tower you will be supplied with sufficient platforms to install them at 2m intervals during assembly and dismantling. This ensures that you can assemble and dismantle the tower from a safe and secure position on a platform with guardrails. You should NEVER stand on the frames of a tower when assembling and dismantling, as you are at risk of slipping and falling!
The Burwell Windmill is currently being restored by the team at Burwell Museum. A Ladderstore ladder has provided safe and easy access to the top of the mill.
"We needed a ladder to provide safe and easy access to the cap of the windmill we are restoring. As the cap is curved, we needed a bent ladder to suit. Those who have used it so far have been very pleased with how much easier it makes working on the top of the mill" said Colin Marshall of Burwell Museum & Windmill.
British Athletics recently purchased a Zarges Industrial Skymaster Ladder from Ladderstore to help provide High Speed Internet at the London Anniversary Games at Horse Guards Parade.
"The Zarges Industrial Skymaster Ladder was purchased to help with our IT provision at the London Anniversary Games at Horseguards Parade on 19th / 20th July. The problem we had was how to install a high bandwidth antenna array onto a scaffolding pole on top of a site cabin on Horse Guards Parade where we were not allowed to use hydraulic lifting equipment or a cherry picker. The array provisioned the entire event with high speed internet connection across the site and enabled us to provide wireless internet to contractors and staff including Ticket Master, photographers and journalists" said Barry Morse, Senior Infrastructure Consultant at UK Athletics.
We were recently approached by Manx Sound who specialise in PA systems for outdoor events. On this occasion, the Isle of Man Tynwald Day ceremony. They needed a ladder which would allow them to work on even ground and reach heights over 5 metres. The Youngman Transforma 4 Mode Ladder System was the solution.
"The Transforma has solved a particular problem - uneven ground where we install loudspeakers onto flagpoles each year for the Isle of Man Government's Tynwald Day ceremony. It's 5 metre length was also useful for the odd higher speaker" said Mark at Manx Sound.
One of the bespoke products we sell at Ladderstore is designed to provide easy access to roof areas. We recently worked with Messenger Construction to enable access to a prestigious residence.
"Access was required to all areas of the various roof slopes, flat leaded areas and raised roofs, including towers. This meant we had to be able to pass over other roofs safely without damaging the slates" said Brian Hembrow of Messenger Construction.
Messenger Construction is run by a team of highly experienced construction professionals with a wealth of knowledge in both sympathetic conservation and restoration projects. They also construct innovative new buildings within historic settings.
"Microlite stand-off used for roof painting job in Switzerland. Very steep roof where stabiliser used to enable ladder to be kept close to the work surface for painting/stability. The Microlite stand-off perfect for rolling the ladder up the tiles without causing damage. Light weight makes erecting and taking down ladders much easier. Great product, durable and safe." Roger
Ladderstore sells a huge range of ladders, both big and small. In this case we were contacted by Sue at Ermine Court for a simple solution to help retirement home residents get on a minibus.
"I was looking for a small set of easily collapsible steps, without any form of handrail, to enable the home owners to get into and out of a mini bus. The steps needed to be sturdy and ‘non slip’ as they would be used by elderly people who’s mobility, in many cases, is restricted. The steps travel in the mini bus for use at the ‘other end’, hence the need for easily collapsible" says Sue, House Manager at McCarthy and Stone's Ermine Court.
"The Hailo Mini Folding 2 Steps from Ladderstore fitted the criteria at a good price".
1. Avoid standing on the top step - unless a platform is provided for this purpose, the top step of a swingback step ladder should not be stood on.
2. Never use step ladders near electricity - make sure your ladders are not positioned anywhere near electrical cables or sources. Aluminium step ladders conduct electricity. Use fibreglass (GRP) step ladders if you work in electrical areas.
3. Do not lean from step ladders - 3 points of contact (two feet and a hand) must be made with your ladder. Move your step ladder closer to where you are working to prevent leaning.
4. Always use step ladders on a firm surface - ensure the ground you are working on will not suddenly sink. If you're not sure, use a ladder stabiliser accessory to prevent slipping.
5. Avoid using step ladders in bad weather - try to avoid using step ladders outside in bad weather. The risk of falling or slipping is much greater.
Henry Todd the Veteran Mountaineer and Himalayan Expedition Leader came to Ladderstore when he needed to source 100 extra strong ladders to ship out to Nepal.
The lightweight, class 1 aluminium single section ladders are used by mountain climbers to cross crevasses to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Climbers set the ladders up in the treacherous part of the climb called the Khumbu Icefall. The glacier is the final party of the trail to and from Everest Base Camp and it is one of the key routes for climbing the South Col route that takes you to the summit of Mount Everest.
I am always keen to complete customer satisfaction surveys as and when my suppliers request. I do not hold back nor guild the lily as I believe that would be counterproductive and serve no useful purpose.
The ladders were bought as part of our general warehouse equipment needs as they were deemed necessary to allow for occasional housekeeping duties. They will have light use over time but it is always handy to have them on site, just in case.
Ladderstore donates to Circus Starr every year to give two disadvantaged, disabled or vulnerable children from our local community the opportunity to have some fun at the circus.
Ladderstore was recently approached by Unusual Rigging to supply two 9.7 metre Vertical Fixed Access Ladders which would be used in a college theatre.
Unusual Rigging provide rigging and technical solutions to the entertainment, exhibition, architectural and event industries. Their client, St Francis College, needed access to the lighting and upper areas of their theatre. Ladderstore provided two 9.7 metre vertical fixed access ladders (one for each side of the stage) with platforms. Ladder Sentries were also provided to prevent unauthorised access when not in use.
When the Small World Brewery in Shelley, West Yorkshire wanted to gain access in their brewery, they approached Ladderstore for a solution.
"The challenge we faced was gaining access to our malt store which is about two metres high. After looking at various websites, we found the perfect solution at Ladderstore with their bespoke Vertical Access Ladders. It is a perfect fit for our requirements." explained Peter Forder at Small World Beers.
Located in Shelley, West Yorkshire, Small World Beers are creating locally handcrafted beers using their very own spring water and the finest ingredients they can get their hands on.
When one business owner wanted to apply graphics to the roof of a van, he turned to Ladderstore for a helping hand.
“We won a contract to apply graphic wraps to the entire Kwik Fit fleet of mobile tyre fitting vans nationwide,” explained Matthew Evans, Managing Director of Leading Edge Creative Design and Display, based in West Yorkshire.
“The client was looking for something a little different so we suggested designing and fitting a vinyl wrap design to the roof. Many clients miss this additional branding opportunity but the roof of a van is seen more often than you may think – from a distance on motorways, when parked in set down locations like retail parks or from the upper floors of offices, for example.”
However, accessing the roof of a vehicle to undertake this time-consuming task could not be achieved easily.
We were recently contacted by Mr Mitchell who wanted an easy way to access his mezzanine level gym area. Our Rolling Library Ladder was the ideal solution.
Mr Mitchell wanted a ladder solution that wouldn't block the lower games room when not in use, so the Rolling Library Ladder was ideal as it could slide back to the side of the room when not in use.
The key to the Rolling Library Ladder's versatility is the innovative, precision engineered and anodised, alloy track and captive trolley system. The ladder is attached to the trolley chassis and can then smoothly run up and down the length of the track and positioned by simply lifting and pushing the ladder to the required point. The trolley chassis runs on industrial nylon bearings for a smoother operation that is maintenance free once installed.
We were recently contacted by Mike Dewhurst at Horwich Evangelical Church who needed a ladder to be able to reach the tallest parts of the ceiling inside the church. Taylor, one of our working at height experts provided Mike with the perfect affordable solution.
As a member of the church, Mike regularly helps with general maintenance and repairs such as changing bulbs in the ceiling, painting and generally maintaining the higher parts of the church that are difficult to access.
Taylor suggested to Mike that the Zarges Skymaster would be perfect for his requirements as it would allow access to the light fittings at the highest points as a free-standing extendable A frame ladder, whilst also being capable of being used in six different configurations for a variety of other tasks. No excuses for not painting the ceiling now!
As one of the UK's leading suppliers of work at height equipment, Wardworth offer an all encompassing work at height solution across the UK which far outweighs the supply of equipment in the form of ladders, towers, podiums, platforms and powered access.
We recently delivered a Toolbox Talk to sub-contractors on an Overbury office fit out site in central Birmingham. Groups of 9 people delivering sub contract services across M&E, Plumbing and Joinery received 20 minute toolbox talks around the importance of risk assessments; appropriate equipment selection and regular checks of equipment before undertaking daily work at height tasks.
We recently provided a Rolling Library Ladder to award winning production company, Chief Productions, for the latest Shreddies Knitting Nanas TV commercial.
Produced in consultation with the Access Industry Forum and other principal stakeholders - including the British Retail Consortium and Small Business Trade Association Forum - the new guidance advocates sensible and proportionate management of the risks and is in response to Professor Ragnar Lofstedt’s recommendation for clearer and simpler guidance on the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR). The Regulations themselves remain unchanged.
The revised guidance can be downloaded here -
We've noticed recently that more and more people are looking for loft ladders with handrails to make that climb up to your loft just that little bit easier.
Ladderstore has a range of 18 different loft ladders with fitted handrails, including aluminium 3 section sliding loft ladders, timber folding loft ladders and solid steel heavy duty loft ladders.
The Ladder Log Safety Inspection Sticker is an adhesive alternative to the Ladder Log tag and holder. Ladder Log is a ladder inspection system that ensures your business will meet all the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005.
Benefits of using the Ladder Log Safety Inspection Stickers include -
- - Easy to apply - strong adhesive ensures they won't fall off your ladder
- - Good for telescopic and smaller ladders - no ties or rivets required to attach a holder which can take up a lot of space on ladders with smaller stiles
- - No catch points - the Ladder Log sticker adheres closely to the ladder ensuring they can't be knocked off
- - Shower proof - Snow, wind and rain won't cause you any problems!
On Tuesday 19th November, Ladderstore hosted it's first Ladder Exchange Event in Warrington to encourage people to change their old, dodgy ladders for brand new ladders whilst offering advice on how to work at height safely.
Held at Taylor Business Park in Warrington, the Ladderstore team provided discounts, advice (and bacon butties!) to anyone who wanted to scrap their old ladders for new ones.
Ladderstore recently attended the HSE & WWT Mock Trial at St George's Hall Law Courts in Liverpool which highlighted the legal consequences of a fall from height.
The event simulated the legal consequences of an employer neglecting their duty of care to an employee after a fall from height from a mobile access tower. Although some effort was made on the employer's part, the jury found in favour of the employee. The employer could not demonstrate that it had provided (beyond what is reasonably practicable) a safe working environment and received a fine of £60,000 plus £35,000. A stark warning to anyone potentially facing this issue in the real world!
If you would like to discuss 'duty of care' requirements for your employees when working at height, please call our team on 01204 590 232 or visit ladderstore.com where you can find information about working at height training, best practice and more.
Ladderstore recently provided a free product demonstration of the Pop Up Scissor Lift with Pop Up Products at Fairport Containers in Chorley.
As part of any product demonstration we can build an understanding on site as to how you currently Work at Height.
We can work closely with your team and on an individual basis to talk through potential solutions, whether they be Pop Up Scissor Lifts or any other access equipment.
In addition, we can go through pricing and payment options to suit you and in the long term reduce the risks when Working at Height.
For more information about the free product demonstrations we provide, fill out our product demo form or call Carl on 01204 590 232.
The Pop Up Products Podium Steps and Scissor Lifts ranges are now available at Ladderstore.com.
Pop Up Products are an independent UK company based in the North West who are active members of the important industry leading associations of PASMA and IPAF. Specialising in low-level access products and solutions since the mid-1970’s, Pop Up Products develop and supply safe and simple quality access products, including the new MiPOD PAS250 Approved Podium Step and PUSH Pro Scissor Lifts. As the first to manufacture mini push around lifts, Pop Up created the low-level access market in which we remain market leaders today.
Werner always aims to deliver the right ladder for any working at height task which is why when pictures were published of photographers stationed outside St Mary’s hospital awaiting the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge using products not fit for purpose, Werner jumped at the opportunity to spread our safe ladder use message.
Photographers were offered the chance to upgrade their existing aluminium products to Werner’s Fibreglass Swingback Stepladder and Lock-In Accessories. Aimed at the trade and professional user, the ladder is not only non-conductive; and therefore ideal for working around electricity, but it also features Werner’s patented Holster Top which accommodates the unique Werner® Lock-In accessory system. These clever accessories; which allow users to match their ladder to the task in hand, expand the work surface available to users, provide a means of safely securing tools and equipment and reduce the number of trips required up and down a ladder.
The feedback from the photographers has been overwhelmingly positive; The Times photographer Richard Pohle proclaimed the ladders “Superb”, and fully supports Werner’s drive to promote Fibreglass, a material which already accounts for over 50% of the US ladder market, to the discerning ladder user in all UK trade markets.
Wardworth has been shortlisted for the Bolton & Bury Business Awards for Customer Excellence.
Gail Hounslea, Managing Director is extremely please with the nomination. "The Wardworth Team are delighted to be nominated in the Customer Excellence Category as we consider customer service to be vitally important to our business and we work hard to listen to our customers and put the customer at the heart of everything we do."
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held in the De Vere Whites Hotel at the Reebok Stadium on Thursday June 20th, 2013.
Ladderstore has received ISO 9001:2008 certification.
ISO 9001:2008 is recognised by organisations worldwide as a quality management standard. The certification demonstrates Ladderstore's ability to consistently provide products that meet customers and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system.
“Quality, both in terms of products and services, has always been a keen focus for Ladderstore so this certification is a logical step on our growth path,” said managing director Gail Hounslea. “I am pleased to achieve recognition that the practices and policies of our company ensure consistent quality in the products and services we provide to our customers.”
Gail was voted Outstanding Woman in Business at the first edition of the e3 Business Awards, held on Thursday 7th February at the Reebok stadium in Bolton.
More than 700 guests from the North West regional business community attended the event, which featured 12 award categories judged by an independent panel of entrepreneurs and business experts.
"Behind every successful business person is an outstanding team and I am very lucky to have some fabulous people that support me" - Gail
The inaugural edition of the e3 Awards was hosted and organised by 1 Event Media and was launched to provide a platform for promoting improved multicultural links and greater communication between region's local communities. The company has plans to roll the awards out across other regions of the UK.
Watson Steel are one of the largest structural steelwork companies in the UK, and when they needed a bespoke platform solution for working on large scale projects, they approached Ladderstore for help.
Recently we've been approached by several customers who wanted a loft hatch that wasn't available in our standard range. They were either too big or too small. We now offer a Made to Measure Loft Hatch to solve this problem.
These Loft hatches comply with all the updated energy conservation and air leakage requirements of Building Approved Documents L,B and C. They fit flush with the surface of your ceiling and are probably the most inconspicuous loft hatch available. It comes supplied with instructions and diagrams to ensure the fire rated panels are fitted correctly.
That is certainly our experience at Ladderstore when it comes to advising customers about the best loft ladder for their loft access and space limitations.
The Telesteps 60324 loft ladder exemplifies the new types of innovative loft ladders that are coming on to the market that can be fitted almost anywhere. This compact model from Telesteps comes fully assembled and ready to install using just 6 screws. It will fit hatch sizes down to 520 by 600mm and requires no clearance room in the loft and has a minimal footprint when opening. The Telesteps 60324 fits on the attic hatch and so doesn't take up any valuable attic storage space.
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The British Antarctic Survey have recently purchased several Ladder Log Business Packs from us to ensure that their ladders are properly maintained and logged in the the cold environment and rocky terrain of Antarctica.
At the Rothera research station on Adelaide Island located 1860km south of the Falkland Islands, fibre glass step ladders and 3 section extension ladder are used year in, year out by technicians to gain access to works at high levels. The Ladder Log Inspection System will be used to ensure these ladders are kept in perfect working order in the harsh conditions.
Rothera is the principal British Antarctic Survey logistics centre for support of Antarctic field science. There is a 900m long crushed rock runway allowing an air link with South America and the Falkland Islands, the Biscoe Wharf provides safe mooring for ships.
Buying a new loft ladder but not sure which type you need or what you need to measure to buy the right one? Try our Loft Ladder Measuring Up guide.
There are basically two types of loft ladders - 'Folding' loft ladders and 'Sliding' or 'Concertina' style ladders, including the telescopic loft ladder range. When you are measuring up for your new loft ladders you need to make a few 'key' measurements, but bear in mind some of these are slightly different depending on which type of ladder you want to buy. We have set out to show you the main measurements above and in a bit more detail below including how to measure them accurately. If you need any help please call us on 01204 590 232.
Citylink wanted a bespoke mobile platform with two separate levels complete with gated access to assist operatives when loading and offloading equipment from vehicles. Ladderstore provided a suitable solution.
- Working at height can be dangerous regardless of the actual height. The best advice is don’t do it if you can avoid it. Look for an alternative way to get the job done.
- Before you start the job check you have chosen the right piece of equipment by doing a quick risk assessment. If in doubt ask a professional.
- Make sure that the user is competent. Someone who is able to do the job safely.
- Is training needed? Safety courses are available for all types of working at height equipment.
- Check the piece of equipment before it is used. Is it well maintained? Make sure it is regularly inspected and the inspection is recorded.
It’s an old adage but you really do get what you pay for. Anyone buying a ladder designed for DIY’ers because it is cheaper will probably find that it won’t last the course if used regularly.
Why? Because whoever manufactured it had to meet certain guidelines that did not include either regular use or any user weight of over 95kg – and that’s total weight including tools, equipment and materials.
So, if the person using the ladder (plus everything they are carrying) is over 14st 13lbs, and using their ladder more than occasionally, they are using the wrong ladder.
Not bothered? Can’t see that it makes any difference? Well it really does, because the classifications relate to their safe working load. And of course safety should be paramount to any company buying ladders for its personnel or indeed for personal use. Use a ladder outside of the parameters for which it has been designed and built and you are dicing with death – possibly even literally.
When Lee Wall the Contracts Manager for Historic Property Restoration Ltd was looking for a permanent roof access ladder for use on the roof of Aydon Castle near Corbridge in Northumberland he was given details of Ladderstore by a colleague at English Heritage who had worked closely with Ladderstore previously on an access solution for another Historic Building.
Historic Property Restoration Ltd is a preferred contractor for English Heritage and work with them on the conservation and repair of Ancient Monuments.
Getting the right loft ladder, checking all the measurements and getting it safely delivered to your home is just the first part of what can be a tricky project.
Unfortunately many customers wrongly assume that most loft ladders will fit into most people's loft hatches and that installing a loft ladder is akin to assembling flat pack furniture.