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. Likewise, using the wrong access equipment on stairs also carries serious risks; the main one being falls from a height. We have a range of combination ladders that have been specifically designed for jobs just like these, providing the perfection solution with the ability to adapt to almost any task imaginable.
There are many tradespeople who need to carry out tasks involving ladders and stairs on a daily basis; from wallpapering to fixing lighting, painting high ceilings to fitting alarms or roof panels, while they may be a bit of a pain they have to be done. It is vital therefore that these people in particular invest in a good combination ladder which will take away the stresses of stair work and make any of the tasks above relatively easy. Investing in a good quality combination ladder will help prevent falls and general wear and tear if used and looked after correctly.
Like when using any other ladder, it is important that combination ladders are correctly set up to prevent any injuries.
Remove the extension piece from your combination ladder and stand your ladder up with its stabiliser bar at the top of the stairway. You may need help to set up and move the ladder around.
Now, hinge the base and mid sections so they sit in the step ladder format and refit the extension piece upside down on the back of the middle section. Checking that the rung hooks are facing upwards and outwards is a good way to ensure you’re set up correctly.
Once complete, stand the extension piece on a step lower from the one you plan on working from and adjust until the metal locking bars are horizontal.
Now your ladder is set up for working you need to ensure optimum health and safety. To do this, make sure the ladder’s feet are as far from the step edges as possible so they maintain good standing. If you’re working alone, it’s also a good idea to tie the ladder to a banister to keep it steady while in use.
At Ladderstore we stock a wide range of combination and multi purpose ladders including 3 way, 5 way and 12 way combination ladders from Zarges. Youngman, Hailo & Lyte. This includes the Zarges Skymaster 3 Part ladders for trade & industrial use and Hailo Combi ranges classifed to EN131.