Roof ladder

The defining feature of a roof ladder is its hooked top. These ridge hooks are designed to attach to the edge of the roof, giving you added safety and stability while you're working.

So if you need to access the roof of your building, we'd definitely recommend a roof ladder as the best tool for the job. But we sell an assortment of roof ladders here at Ladders UK Direct - which one is right for you?

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Ladder or scaffold tower

Ladders are brilliant - quick to set up, easy to climb, and very safe if used properly (see How to Climb a Ladder Safely).

But a ladder isn't the right tool for every job. In some cases, you'll be able to work safer and more efficiently if you use scaffolding to reach the required height instead of an extension ladder.

If you've got some high-up work to carry out and you're unsure whether a ladder or a scaffold tower would be better suited to your needs, read on...

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A selection of step ladders

Step ladders can be used for all sorts of different jobs, both at home and in the workplace. A sturdy step ladder is undoubtedly a very handy thing to have, so it's no surprise that they're among our best-selling items.

Still, if you're looking to purchase a step ladder, you may be slightly stunned by the wide range of products available. We've got more than 40 different step ladder varieties for you to choose from - including an assortment of warehouse steps, mobile working platforms and step stools - and while it's always nice to have plenty of options, we understand that it can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know exactly what you're after!

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Ladder transported on car roof

Transporting a ladder can be tricky, especially if it's a long extension ladder. Ladders generally won't fit in a car boot, so unless you have a van or a pickup truck, your best option is probably to place the ladder on the roof of your car (as pictured above).

Whatever method you use, it's very important to ensure that the ladder is properly secured before you set off. Imagine how much damage your ladder might cause if it fell off your vehicle and into the path of other road users - it doesn't bear thinking about!

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Best loft ladder

When you're trying to decide which loft ladder to purchase, there are several factors you need to consider.

To help you make the right choice, here's a helpful guide from the team here at Ladders UK Direct!

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Garden ladder

There are plenty of jobs to be done outside that might require the help of a ladder. But if you're using a ladder in your garden, you want to be sure that it's suitable for outdoor use.

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we sell a variety of ladders that are ideal for gardening and other outdoor tasks. Let's take a quick look at a few examples...

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The foot of a ladder

When you're standing on a ladder, it's reassuring to know that it's made from sturdy, high-quality materials that are strong enough to support your weight.

Of course, ladders can be manufactured using a wide variety of materials - traditional wooden ladders remain a somewhat common sight. But most of the ladders we sell here at Ladders UK Direct are made of either aluminium or fibreglass.

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How to climb a ladder

A ladder can be a safe and effective means of working at height, but you have to be careful when ascending and descending. Rushing to go up or down a ladder may result in a nasty accident - and we've already covered the injuries that can come from falling off a ladder.

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Combination ladder in different configurations

If you've got a lot of different jobs to do - but you don't want to buy a lot of different ladders - then a combination ladder may be the ideal solution.

A combination ladder is a multi-use product that can be configured into a number of different shapes. For example, a 3-in-1 combination ladder might serve as a step ladder, an extension ladder, or a stairwell ladder depending on how you set it up.

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Injuries

In January 2020, a roofing company in Kent was fined more than £28,000 because a worker had fallen from a ladder and sustained serious back injuries. The company hadn't taken steps to ensure that the man would be able to maintain three points of contact with the ladder while working - a HSE inspector stated that the accident could have been prevented "by simply providing basic and inexpensive lifting aids".

Unfortunately, this story is far from unique. Just one month earlier, in December 2019, the owner of a painting and decorating company in Northamptonshire was sentenced to 160 hours of unpaid work (and ordered to pay more than £2,000 in costs) after one of his employees suffered a fall that left him paralysed from the chest down.

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