Before using a step ladder - or any other type of ladder, for that matter - it's important to carry out a thorough risk assessment. This will help you to determine whether a step ladder is actually the safest and most suitable solution for the task at hand.
Most of the step ladders we sell here at Ladders UK Direct are made of either aluminium or fibreglass. Both of these materials have their respective benefits and drawbacks - the right choice for you will depend on how you intend to use your ladder.
LEFT: Professional Swingback Aluminium Step Ladder
RIGHT: Super-Trade Swingback Fibreglass Step Ladder
To help you make an informed buying decision, let's take a quick look at the pros and cons of aluminium ladders, glass fibre ladders, and steel ladders...
If you trusty old step ladder has become damaged and unstable, don't continue to use it - stay safe and get yourself a sturdy new step ladder instead. We have a wide range of step ladders on offer here at Ladders UK Direct; click here to browse our range and buy online. (We offer free delivery on all orders!)
Still, just because you've replaced your old step ladder doesn't mean you have to throw it out. Instead, why not 'upcycle' it and use it to decorate your home or garden?
Of all the world records that are out there, this has to be our favourite one. The world's longest ladder! According to the Guinness World Records, the longest ladder ever recorded was 41.16m (135 foot) long! It was designed and made in 2005 by the Handwerks Museum in Austria. In total, it had 120 rungs! Imagine how long it would take to get from the bottom to the top... you'd probably have to stop for a break on the way up.
Now, although we don't have the world's longest ladder here at Ladders UK Direct, we do have some long ladders that you can use to reach up high. Let's take a look at some of the longest ladders we have on offer, they might just be the ones you need!
Of course, our triple-section ladders are the longest that we offer. These ladders come in a range of lengths, reaching up to 13.97 metres! They also come in extended heights of, 10.47m, 11.97m, 12.97m. They're not quite the world's longest ladders, but if you're looking for a long ladder, these are the one's for you.
A few of its key features are:
- Wall running wheels
- D-shaped rungs
- Rubber feet
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Our longest double extension ladder extends from a stored height of 5.94m to 10.71m! Again, it's about 30-something metres shy of the world's longest ladder, but it certainly will give you enough height to reach most gutters, lightbulbs and ceilings.
They're great for tradesmen and the rope mechanism makes them incredibly easy to operate! Even the longest ladders are easy to open and closed when you incorporate a pulley system, so don't worry about wrestling with your long ladder.
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One of the great things about long extension ladders is that they collapse down into much smaller sizes. This makes transporting long ladders incredibly easy! Do you think the world's longest ladder was built in sections or in one long piece? Unlike our ladders (which can be transported pretty much anywhere) we doubt the world's longest ladder made many journeys. Imagine the size of the van you'd need!
So, while we can't offer you the world's longest, most impractical ladder we can help you with some long and highly useful ladders! If you have a specific ladder length requirement, we may be able to help you find the perfect ladder over the phone. Call us on 01446 789538.
Before using a step ladder, you should make sure it is safe to use. If it isn't and you decide to use it anyway, you may be putting your health and safety at risk.
Below is a step ladder inspection checklist to help you ensure that your step ladder is fit for purpose. Read each step carefully and fill in the relevant information where needed.
Step ladders should be checked briefly before every use, and formally inspected using this checklist every 6 months (if used once a week or more) or 12 months (if used less than once a week).
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By following the above checklist, you can ensure that your step ladder is safe to use. If your step ladder is not fit for use, we have an extensive range of step ladders available here at Ladders UK Direct. From regular to GRP step ladders and warehouse to platform steps, we have a step ladder to suit every situation.
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For more information on our step ladders, feel free to get in touch with the Ladders UK Direct team - we're always happy to help.