using a ladder in the rain

Using a ladder in cold and wet weather conditions is nobody's idea of fun. However, some people like builders and scaffolders are required to work outside - whatever the weather. There are a few things you can do to help make using a ladder in the rain safer and more comfortable. So, if you're someone who often finds yourself using a ladder in the rain, just keep reading.

Use the right ladder

To start with, it's important that you choose the right ladder before you undertake a job in the rain. A ladder that's too short, for example, could cause you to overstretch at the top of the ladder which can cause the ladder to de-stabilise. Always make sure you use a ladder that's sufficiently long to reach the task at hand! 

Before climbing the ladder, it's important that you do some basic ladder checks, this involves making sure that the rubber feet at the bottom of the ladder are still in good condition, that there aren't any loose rungs and that the ladder is stood on an even surface. Rain will make everything slippery including the floor and the rungs, so it's important that the ladder and location offer as much stability as possible. 

Stabilise the ladder

Even if your ladder is in perfect working order, you still might want to add an extra layer of stability for peace of mind. After all, using a ladder in the rain is a prime time for accidents to occur so you can never have too many precautions in place. 

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we offer a range of products designed to help you stabilise your ladder in dry or wet conditions. Let's take a look at some of them:

Ladder stabilisers

  • Ladder Stay - Designed to provide extra grip at the top end of your ladder, a ladder stay will help prevent your ladder from moving around once it's against the wall. We have a handful of different ladder stays on offer - shop here.
  • Ladder Mat - Our ladder mat features 4 textured mats stacked in pairs of two and linked by a sturdy metal ring. By placing this mat underneath the feet of your ladder, you can increase the amount of grip between you and the floor. 

Wear the right clothes

Wearing the right gear for outdoor working is also important if you plan to use your ladder in the rain. Protecting yourself and keeping yourself warm will pay dividends later in the day. Here are a few things you should invest in to help you stay warm and dry while working in the rain:

  • Gloves with rubber pads on the palms for extra grip
  • A hat or cap to stop rain getting into your eyes
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Thermal shirt, trousers, socks etc.

Following these simple steps should make using a ladder in the rain a more enjoyable experience. Remember, we offer a wide range of extension and step ladders as well as work platforms and staging. Drop us an email if you have any queries -