Non-conductive ladder

Aluminium ladders are great for all sorts of tasks, but if you're carrying out electrical installations or working near power lines, an aluminium ladder is not a safe choice.

This is because aluminium conducts electricity. When you're working with electricity, you want a non-conductive ladder that will reduce your risk of electrocution.

And that's where our fibreglass step ladders come in. Unlike aluminium, fibreglass is non-conductive, so these ladders are ideal for electricians and anyone else who frequently works near electrical hazards.

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Swingback step ladder

If you're shopping around for a step ladder, one word you're likely to come across over and over again is 'swingback'. But what exactly does that word mean? What makes swingback ladders different from other step ladders? And what does that mean for your purchasing decision?

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Using a ladder on stairs

As a general rule, ladders should be placed on level ground to maximise stability while in use. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines say:

"You should only use ladders in situations where they can be used safely, e.g. where the ladder will be level and stable"

This rule would appear to preclude the use of ladders on stairs. However, if you do need to get a bit of extra height while working on a staircase, we may still be able to help 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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