Is it time to replace your ladder? Whether you are carrying out DIY or doing work at height professionally, it’s important to be working with high quality equipment. If you have any concerns about the ladder that you are going to use it could be worth investing in a new one for your peace of mind. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might need to replace your ladder. 

When it is damaged

Each time you use your ladder you should take a moment beforehand to check it over – when a ladder is in poor condition or damaged it can be dangerous to work on. Take a look for signs of wear on the feet, rungs and sides. If it is looking worn down you may wish to consider buying a new ladder to minimise the risk that the current ladder could buckle or break and cause you injury. Be aware of the age of your ladder too as this can be an indicator of how much lifespan it has left. 

When it is not tall enough

It is not only when a ladder is in poor condition that you may need to think of purchasing a replacement, it could also be that the ladder is not fit for purpose. One of the most common scenarios is that the ladder you have is not tall enough to carry out the work – this can cause some to use the ladder precariously or to overstretch and put themselves in a dangerous positon. It’s a much better and safer idea to simply replace your ladder with a taller model.

When a different type of ladder would be safer

Clearly one of the key issues working at height is safety, so if you are going to be getting on a ladder to carry out any sort of work you need to feel secure. It may be the case that using a different type of ladder – for example, using a combination three way ladder in a stairwell – is actually much safer than the ladder that you were intending to use. You always need to prioritise your personal safety when working at height, so don’t take any risks. 

When there is a significantly better model available

It could be the case that a more advanced or better model is now available for the job. For example, people who have to work near or with live electrical currents have previously used wooden ladders rather than metal ones, as wood models do not conduct electricity. However, wooden ladders come with a range of drawbacks. If you are you going to be working with electricity you can now use a fibreglass ladder instead. Like wood, fibreglass does not conduct electricity.