A step stool and step ladder are great pieces of equipment to have around your home or work that help make several jobs safer and more efficient. But what's the difference between a step ladder and a step stool and which is right for you?
In this blog we take a look at what sets a step ladder and step stool apart, listing the key differences and which you need to choose for the job at hand.
Yep, you read that right - desperate times call for desperate measures and football fans will do anything to catch a glimpse of their beloved sport.
A recent news report told how at least 10 fans of Deveronvale FC used step ladders to peer into the Princess Royal Park Stadium in Banff. A stadium that they're currently not allowed to enter due to COVID-19 restrictions.
They've been warned that this is not an acceptable way to watch the football match... (but you have to applaud their dedication).
On a separate occasion, crowds gathered with their step ladders to catch a glimpse of the Highland League matches, but critics warn that this reckless behaviour would only lead to prolonged stadium closures.
The creativity of the persistent Scottish football fans didn't end there... two people were seen aboard a cherry picker outside Pittodrie trying to watch Aberdeen's season opener against the Rangers.
We know it's frustrating that you can't watch the football matches in person, but most clubs are streaming footage of the matches so that you can watch remotely.
So, while we don't recommend purchasing our step ladders to watch a football match, we do recommend having one on hand so you can finally get those odd jobs done during the lockdown. Then, you can put it back in the garage, relax and enjoy the match from the safety of your own home!
Shop Step Ladders Now >
Working with ladders on uneven ground can be really challenging. Here at Ladders UK Direct, we'd always recommend using your ladder on flat ground where possible, but we understand that sometimes this simply isn't an option. If you find yourself having to use a ladder on uneven ground, you should do whatever you can to make the ground even before you start.
It can be difficult to stay safe on a step ladder when your hands are full. If your work requires you to use several different tools in quick succession, you may not be able to hold them all at once, and it's laborious to climb down off the ladder every time you need to change tools.
This is why many of our step ladders come with built-in tool trays. A tray at the top of the ladder makes a great place to keep tools you're not currently using, and it means you can concentrate on staying safe and getting the job done as efficiently as possible.
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.
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?
Before using a step ladder, you need to ensure that it is suitable and safe to use. If it isn’t and you decide to use it anyway, there could be some serious consequences in relation to your health and safety. To avoid any unwanted problems below is a step ladder inspection checklist that you can follow to ensure that your step ladder is safe to use. Please read each step carefully and fill in the relevant information where needed.
Step ladders should be checked briefly before every use and formally inspected every 6 months (if used once a week or more) or 12 months (if used less than once a week) using this checklist.
Download Full Size Version
By following the above checklist, you can ensure that your step ladder is completely safe to use. If your step ladder, however, is not fit for use, we have an extensive range of step ladders to choose from right here at Ladders UK Direct. From regular to GRP step ladders and warehouse to platform steps, we have a step ladder to suit every and any need.
Click below to browse our collection. For more information on our step ladders, be sure to get in touch with us today – we’d love to hear from you.
Buy Step Ladders >
We have a huge range of step ladders for sale here at Ladders UK Direct. Whether you need a step ladder for domestic or professional use, we're confident that you'll find what you're looking for on our website.
Browse Step Ladders
If you've never used a step ladder before, you might be wondering if there are any specific safety measures you're supposed to take. To help you keep risk at a minimum, here are eight step ladder do's and don'ts:
Under to the EN131 ladder regulations, both professional and non-professional ladders must have a weight capacity of at least 150kg. This requirement is why so many of the ladders we sell have a maximum load limit of 150kg.
However, we do sell a selection of heavy-duty ladders with a higher weight capacity. If you're looking for a ladder that can support loads heavier than 150kg, step this way...
Self-supporting step ladders are generally safe and easy to use, but there are certain precautions you should take to minimise your risk of falling and injuring yourself.
For example, it may not be safe to stand on your step ladder's topmost treads. The exact rules depend on what sort of ladder you're using - read on for details.