Of course, any time that you need to carry out any work at height there is going to be an element of risk. It makes complete sense, then, that you would want to use a ladder that will keep you as safe as possible.

At Precipitous we are often asked which ladder is the safest to use, and this can be a difficult question to answer. Typically the truth is that many ladders can be safe, it just depends whether they are being used correctly. Here we look at the safety features of ladders and how to choose the safest for you.

The right ladder for the job

There is no answer to the question ‘which is the safest ladder’, because it depends entirely on what you are using the ladder for. It is easier first to explain that some ladders that are very safe and secure for certain tasks, are completely inappropriate for others. That why it is essential that you shouldn’t simply buy one ladder and assume that it will always be safe.

For example, a high quality domestic use ladder that meets all the British standards and in is excellent condition would nevertheless be unsafe to use if it is not high enough for the task you are undertaking. It may also be the case that you need to think about the area surrounding the work, for example, if you are working near live electrical currents, it may only be safe to use a fibreglass ladder as they do not conduct electricity.

Conforms to safety standards

Check that any ladder that you are buying conforms to the correct safety regulations – look for standards such as BS1129 or EN131. These are classifications that indicate that a ladder is safe for the working load it is designed to support. These are the regulations overseen by the British authorities and they indicate that the ladder is safe for the job.

All of the ladders we sell at Precipitous are built to the highest standards and conform to their relevant safety regulations so you can buy through us with complete confidence. We would also be happy to answer any questions you have about the safety standards.

A ladder in good condition

It is also the case that a ladder that would appear to be perfectly safe for the job could actually be unsuitable if it is not in good condition. It is vital that you should check your ladder thoroughly before use to ensure that there are no serious problems. Any wear or damage to the ladder could cause it to collapse while you work.

To avoid wear make sure that you look after your ladder – store it correctly and keep in clean. If you have a ladder that is no longer in usable condition you should replace it as soon as possible. Speak to the ladder and access equipment specialists at Precipitous for more details on the ladder that is best for you – our friendly team would be delighted to provide you with more information.