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How to choose and use the right ladder for safe work

With high ceilings and urban interior designs for compact space management, ladders have become a must-have in our homes. From fetching a box from the top shelf to fitting a fan on the ceiling, both of these tasks call for a different ladder. But picking the right ladder that fits the bill, figuratively and literally, is no menial task. If you are searching the market for a multipurpose ladder, our guide will help you narrow down your options.

Requirement and design

Different types of ladders have different functions. A 3 step ladder will not work for changing a ceiling fan. So, research and understand then make an informed decision.


Ladders are available in wood, stainless steel, aluminium, fibreglass, rope and plastics. These materials have their pros and cons which decide the price and durability.

Load Capacity

Check the load capacity which indicates the maximum weight capacity the ladder can safely carry. For 100kg or above, buy industrial rate ladder instead of domestic.

No-Slip Grip

Look for ladders with rubber and non-slip grip materials at the bottom. They are specially designed to grip the floor to prevent you from falling and provide long lasting wear.

Read the instructions properly

Don’t treat the safety instructions for ladders lightly. Before you get on it, open the ladder fully and make sure all joints and spreaders lock firmly in place.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Is aluminum or fiberglass ladder better?
Fiberglass tends to be much stronger than aluminum. This doesn’t mean aluminum ladders are not strong. … An aluminum ladder is fairly resistant to weather, but a fiberglass ladder is even more resistant.
In addition, fiberglass ladders are resistant to electricity, which means they are safer around power lines.
What is the maximum height you can work from a ladder?
There is no maximum height for using a ladder. However, where a ladder rises 9 metres or more above its base, landing areas or rest platforms should be provided at suitable intervals.
At what height do you need fall protection?
You must protect your employees from fall hazards whenever an employee is working 6 feet or more above a lower level. If an employee is working on a scaffold, the height requirement for fall protection is 10 feet, and this protection usually is provided by a built-in guardrail.
How far does a ladder need to be from the wall?
Use the 4-to-1 rule: Make sure the ladder is 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet that the ladder rises.

For example, if the ladder touches the wall 16 feet above the ground, the feet/base of the ladder should be 4 feet from the wall.Use the 4-to-1 rule: Make sure the ladder is 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet that the ladder rises.

Do you need someone to hold a ladder?
Safety ladder shoes or base tying is a must in this case. The distance from the foot of a ladder to the wall should never be more than one-half the height to the support point, an angle of about 63 degrees above horizontal. Otherwise, more strain will be put on the side rails than they are designed to carry

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