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.


Using multi-purpose ladders on stairs

Here at Ladders UK Direct, we sell a selection of multi-purpose ladders (also known as combination ladders) that can be set up in a number of different configurations. Some of these products include a configuration for use on stairs.

READ MORE: What is a Combination Ladder?

When using a combination ladder on stairs - and you should only do so if the ladder is specifically designed for it - be sure to follow all the usual safety guidelines for ladders and step ladders. That means you should:

  • Keep at least 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times
  • Refrain from over-reaching while you're on the ladder (reposition it if necessary)
  • Stay below the ladder's maximum load limit
  • Carry only light tools and materials, and only things you really need
  • Go slowly - don't rush up and down the ladder!
  • Follow the guidelines in your ladder's instruction manual

See our blog post on How to Climb a Ladder Safely for further advice.


What's the best ladder for stairs?

We have a range of different stair ladders for you to choose from, and each product has its own key selling points, but the Werner 3 Way Combination Ladder is one of our most popular multi-purpose ladders and a great choice if you need a ladder that can be used on stairs.

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The Werner 3 Way functions as a step ladder, an extension ladder and a stairwell ladder, and it's designed to remain sturdy and stable no matter of those configurations you're using.

If you're not sure which of our products is best suited to your staircase, feel free to give us a call on 01446 789538 and we'll do our best to assist you.

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