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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.