When working in construction or any setting that requires you to work at height, there is often a myriad of products and equipment that allow you to complete your job easier and safer.
From ladders and work plaftorms to scaffolding and trestles, you are spoilt when it comes to choice. However, there is also another, simple piece of equipment that helps you to reach those awkward heights more easily; a hop-up.
In this blog, we take a closer look at hop-ups that are often used within the construction industry, find out what they are and the different types available to you.
So, without further ado, let'd hop right into it...
What is a hop-up?
A hop-up is a small platform, often only a few feet in height that allows you to 'hop up' and reach heights that are just out of reach or as a work platform to work against.
Hop-ups tend to be manufactured using high-quality, sturdy materials that are lightweight and easy to transport such as aluminium. This makes a hop-up the perfect piece of equipment for tradespeople who are often the move! Coupled with the ability to be folded thanks to the hinged legs on either side of the platform, hop-ups are able to be easily stored, making them a go-to for many workers across a variety of industries.
Types of hop-up available
When it comes to the different types of hop-up available, you have a range to choose from. Many of the world's top ladder manufacturers such as Werner and Hailo offer hop-ups to suit a variety of different needs.
Whether it's the material they're made from, their size or the features that they offer, you can select from a range of different hop-ups designed to suit you.
Some hop-ups are wide, some are compact. Some are designed with additional handles for easier transport and some are designed with only one set of legs specifically designed to be used on stairs. Whatever your needs may be, there is sure to be a hop-up to meet the demands!
The safe use of hop-ups
Just like any other piece of height safety equipment, using a hop-up does come with specific safety measures. However, these are not as stringent as say using a ladder where it is always advised to follow the three-point of contact rule.
Here, to use a ladder safely, you should always have three points of contact. Whether this is two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand, however, with a hop-up this isn't necessary. So, if you need to complete a task at height that requires two hands, such as changing a lightbulb, painting or anything similar, a hop-up offers the perfect solution.
Using a hop-up safely often comes down to common sense as it is a very simple piece of equipment to use. Ensure the maximum weight capacity isn't exceeded so that you remain stable when using a hop-up. Do not jump up and down whilst standing on top of a hop-up and do not overreach.
Our range of hop-ups
Here at Ladders UK Direct, not only do we supply high-quality ladders but we also offer a range of excellent hop-ups that can be used within construction or around the home!
Our collection of hop-ups consists of different types, including wide hop-ups and compacts hop-ups, perfect for a variety of smaller tasks that require you to reach a little higher. Each one of our hop-ups is made using quality aluminium materials that provide strength and manoeuvrability.
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Need more information on our hops-ups? Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Ladders UK Direct team today by calling us on 01446 789538 or emailing us at email@example.com - we'd be more than happy to help.