29 November 2023
Due to the decrease in daylight hours with the arrival of autumn, people who use ladders in their work should be more careful. After all, climbing steps requires vision of the next step when a person is at the top.
Using a ladder may seem simple enough, but a lot can go wrong before you even start using it. Before moving the ladder from storage, make sure you are confident in its use. If you are not confident, do not use the ladder.
Inspect the ladder before using it
Even experienced ladder users often become complacent and miss this important step. Whether your ladder is used daily or occasionally, always check it for damage before use. This includes checking the sides and steps for damage and making sure the locking mechanisms are working properly.
If your ladder has fallen or shows any signs of damage, do not use it.
At what angle should a ladder be used?
To use a ladder correctly, the ladder must be leaned against a wall. Examples include retractable ladders, articulated ladders and telescopic ladders. Essentially, these are ladders in a straight, even position.
At what angle should the ladder be installed?
It is very important to ensure that the angle of the ladder is correct before using it. As a rule, the required angle of inclination of a ladder for its safe use is 75 degrees. Never adjust the angle to achieve a higher or lower working height when using a ladder. Ladders should provide easy access to the site where you work, without the need to adjust the angle. Also, make sure that you have firmly installed the top support point and that the base of the ladder is stable, including the floor on which the two legs of the ladder rest. Rubber tips will increase the level of friction and stability of your ladder. A solid foundation is the key to the safety of the stairs.
If you don't know at what angle you are placing the ladder, use the 4:1 rule. This means that for every 4 m of height you must place the ladder 1 m from the wall.
The most common cause of accidents on ladders is using the wrong angle. Never try to achieve additional height by balancing a ladder on objects such as pallets, bricks or scaffolding.
For work with an emphasis on a vertical surface, one-section ladders UNOMAX VIRASTAR, as well as two-section ladders DUOMAX VIRASTAR, three-section TRIOMAX VIRASTAR, articulated TRANSFORMER and ACROBAT ladders, folded into the position of an extension ladder, are suitable.
We invite you to read the article Three-section ladders: purpose and use.