stepladderIn our last blog, we looked at what to check for when deciding if a ladder is safe to use. This included things like the condition of the ladder, the task at hand and where the ladder is positioned. When thinking about stepladders, many of the same issues need to be taken into account. Of course, some things will be different when it comes to checking and using a stepladder. Take a look at our advice below where we will look at some of the similarities and differences to consider when utilising a stepladder for the task at hand.

Always check your stepladder

Just like with normal ladders, it is crucial that you check that your stepladder is in good condition before you use it. Use the same common-sense checks that you would do when looking at a ladder. Is your stepladder damaged? Are any of the steps missing or unstable? Is there anything on the stepladder that could present a hazard or cause you to fall?

If the answer to any of these is yes, you should think about getting a new stepladder. The height you’re working at might be much lower than on a standard ladder, but you are still at risk of a fall if the stepladder is not in good condition. Even a short fall can be incredibly dangerous to you and your health.

Think about the task at hand

Stepladders are great for smaller tasks or working indoors, but you still need to be careful. Remember to maintain three points of contact. This means keeping two feet and one hand on the stepladder for safety and balance. If you need to use both hands, keep it brief and make sure your body is supported by the ladder.

Ideally, you will want to keep a hand on the ladder at all times, but there are tasks where this may not be feasible. You should also only carry light material and tools so you can keep a hand on the stepladder. If you have a lot of tools that you need to use, or you’re not feeling confident working on a stepladder, don’t worry! You can always ask someone to watch and to help swap tools so your hands aren’t too full to hold onto the ladder. In fact, it is recommended to have someone keeping an eye on you when working at height in case you do fall.

Another important thing to remember is not to overreach. If you need to reach somewhere further, either move the stepladder or consider using a bigger ladder for the job. Overreaching can easily cause you to fall and hurt yourself. You should also make sure the stepladder is stable and not placed on uneven or slippery surfaces, or resting against a wall.

Replacing your stepladder

If you think your stepladder isn’t up for the task or looks like it could be damaged, it could be time to buy a new one. Here at Precipitous, we have been selling and supplying stepladders to customers across the UK. We have many years of experience, so if you need help picking the perfect stepladder, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.