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The Importance of Owning a Ladder - Sophia Belnap - Blog

The Importance of Owning a Ladder

In today's world, a variety of businesses are trying to abandon the use of ladders. Instead, many opt for ladder-free devices when it comes to different tasks. These devices may seem like a good idea, but many end up turning back to the good ol' trusty ladder in the end. 

Different Types and Their Uses

A variety of businesses will require different types of ladders based on their specific uses. Ladders are made to be solid and safe. They are made from various materials such as heavy-duty metal and good-quality wood.  

One of the most common ladders is the step ladder, used for business and individual use. This ladder usually has an upside-down support structure generally shaped like the letter V. It is a self-supporting ladder and can be folded up for easy transport. They are also quite versatile and are used in everything from changing a light bulb to various construction tasks.

Another one that is more commonly used is a straight ladder. Unlike the step ladder, it needs to be leaned against something for a person to climb it safely. These ladders may also have to be climbed down before moving them, but they can get closer to the wall because they do not have a second side. Because of this, many people who work in construction prefer the straight ladder.

A couple of other ladders are platform and extension ladders. A platform ladder is self-supporting and has a platform at the top that enables the person on the ladder to stand at the highest point. Because of this, it is usually used in landscaping projects, painting, or installing something in a high place. Whereas the extension ladder is a lot like a straight ladder because it is not self-supporting, the difference is that it can extend to reach higher places. Because of this, it is usually used in projects that require reaching high-up areas, such as roofing and different maintenance jobs.

Arguably, the best type of ladder is a multipurpose one that can be set up quickly, extended if need be, and foldable or collapsable once the job is complete.

Different Safety Protocols

One reason people may try to avoid ladders is that there is always a chance of injury when one is used. That is why ladder safety is so vital.

When a business purchases a new ladder on standby, it is a good idea to get to know the different parts and thoroughly read the manual to understand the instructions on how to use it properly. It is also a good idea to make sure the base of it is firm and sturdy. Then, test the quality again and check the weight limit posted.

It is also advised that when the ladder is not in use, it should be stored in a safe place and not left in a random spot since that could cause an accident. After using, the ladder should be cleaned thoroughly, compressed or collapsed depending on the type and the instructions, and stored in a dry room or closet. 

Many other crucial safety measures must be followed before a person can use a ladder. The first step is to inspect for any potential damages to the ladder. If a business notices, they must put it to the side and label it not to be used.

Another safety measure is to ensure metal ladders are not being used close to electrical wires or equipment. It is also a good idea to adhere to the weight limit posted on the ladder and to always climb facing the ladder to avoid injury.

Ladders have become such a vital piece of equipment for a business to have these days. They are also becoming more common to have in a household. They can be used for various tasks such as changing light bulbs, cleaning places up high, and painting. All these tasks can be done comfortably and safely with the right ladder.

Publish Date: September 18, 2022 6:56 PM

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