Safety advice when using leaning ladders

Posted on 29th Jun, 2015 | By Lorretta Tatham

With a fall from a ladder being a real risk for any tradesperson, it’s important to consider and follow the proper safety procedures prior to and during their use. Leaning ladders are just one situation which carry risks if not used correctly. While the ladders themselves are safe, it’s poor preparation and lack of responsibility that can lead to accidents when in use.

Extension ladders, multi-purpose ladders, and telecoms ladders can all be classed as leaning ladders. Whether your find yourself using these ladders once, or on a daily basis, it’s essential that you’re properly clued up on their use.

How to set up your leaning ladder

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When using a leaning ladder, it’s important to consider health and safety right from the start. Taking time to set up your ladder correctly will massively reduce the risk of accidents happening while they’re in use.

Place the ladder in the correct position

Always follow the four-to-one-rule. This rule says that for every four feet of height you’re climbing, move the base one-foot away from the wall. For example, if you’re climbing 20ft, the base of the ladder should be 5ft away from the wall.

Make sure the base of the ladder has a secure footing on the ground

Ideally the base should be secured. If this isn’t possible, ask a colleague to stand at the bottom of the ladder to keep it in place.

Consider tying the ladder in place to prevent slipping

This should be done wherever possible – either at the top of the ladder or bottom, making sure both stiles are tied.

Think about investing in a ladder-stability device

For extra security, use a ladder-stability device. Most effective ladders will have this stability built in, if not, you will need to invest in this additional accessory.

Recommended stabilisers and grips

leaning ladders stabilisers

There is a whole range of accessories available that will help to enhance the safety and security of your ladder / equipment. The following products are highly rated by industry experts and prove popular amongst our customers:

Product: ANKALAD Ladder Stabiliser

Price: £106.06 inc VAT

Description: This product is accepted by the HSE as a safe alternative to ‘footing’, stabilising the ladder and eliminating bounce.

Product: Big Grip Stabiliser

Price: £60.54 inc VAT

Description: This fully adjustable stabiliser increases footprint and grip, ensures stability.

Product: Articulated Feet

Price: £32.81 inc VAT (per pair)

Description: These solid rubber moulded feet help to give a better grip, grounding your ladder whatever the angle.

Product: Laddermate Ladder Safety System

Price: £91.73 inc VAT

Description: Highly popular product amongst most tradesmen. The Laddermate Safety System stops ladders from slipping, reduces ladder bounce and is incredibly easy to fit and set up.

To find out more about any of the products mentioned above, click through to visit their product page. For further information don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team on 01282 615517.

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