How to choose a right ladder
One of the major causes of accidents when working at height is loss of stability. This is a result of using the wrong ladder; one that is too short or unsuitable for the task so choosing the right ladder makes all the difference when it comes to safety.
Below are three key elements that will help you choose the right ladder for the job.
When selecting the ladder for the job, you need to consider the height that you will be working at and the height that you can safely reach to. We recommend always choose a ladder slightly higher than you might need to avoid over reach and follow the instructions on the ladder for safe use.
Our suggested safe working height is based on 1.75m as the average reach height of a person when standing on the maximum advised safe climb/standing height.
Always take care to choose the correct standard of ladder for the job in hand. Our Abru ladders have to meet the new EN131 standard, where applicable, with ladders having a load capacity of 150kg.
If you are going to use the ladders for commercial purposes, you must use ladders that have been tested for Professional Use with a load capacity of 150kg. However, if you are going to use ladders at a private dwelling for non-commercial purposes, you can use ladder certified for Non-Professional Use.
|Ladder Category||Classification||Maximum Load||Application|
|EN131 Professional||150kg||Suitable for Professional and Non-Professional use|
|EN131 Non-Professional||150kg||Suitable for Non-Professional use|
|Stepstools||EN14183||150kg||Ideal for use around the home|
|Loft Ladders||EN14975||150kg||Suitable for Domestic use only|
3. Ladder Styles
Choose the right style of ladder to help you get the job done safely and quickly. Abru has the full range of ladders and access equipment help you work safely and efficiently. See our easy to use guide describes the different ladder styles available to aid you in choosing the right ladder for the job.