Ladder leaning against wall

Ladders are very useful when you need to access a hard-to-reach area, but they can be dangerous if misused.

When you're on a ladder, be sure to avoid these 10 potentially risky behaviours:

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Step ladder

A common sight in both the home and the workplace, step ladders are incredibly versatile - they can be used for everything from plastering ceilings and cleaning windows to changing light bulbs and redecorating the living room.

Folding step ladders are generally quite safe to use. They are self-supporting, so you don't have to lean your ladder up against the wall, and the steps are reasonably comfortable to stand on.

That being said, working at height is always potentially hazardous, and even when you're using a step ladder, it's important to take certain precautions in order to minimise the risk of injury.

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Ladder up against a tree

Falling from a ladder can lead to injury and even death, so it's important to ensure that your ladder is stable and free of defects before you use it.

But how often should you be inspecting your ladder? Is there a hard and fast rule?

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Leaning ladder

A ladder is a great way to complete low-risk, short-duration work at height. But before you go up that ladder, it's important to make sure that it's nice and stable - the last thing you want is a ladder that's going to slip outwards or sideways while you're at the top of it!

To help you stop your ladder from slipping, here are some tips from the experts here at Ladders UK Direct.

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Using an extension ladder is a great way to get a bit of extra height when you're working on hard-to-reach areas.

But as with any ladder, it's important to be careful when you're using an extension ladder. Safety measures are always important, but when you're working at the kind of heights that only an extending ladder can reach, they really can make the difference between life and death.

Extending Ladder

Pictured: Professional Double Extension Ladder

Here's our step-by-step guide to help you stay safe while using an extension ladder.

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