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Hi
Looking to buy another set of ladders soon and was wondering if there are ladders that people recommend.
Cheers
 
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Don't get Class 1 triple ladders unless you have to.
They weigh a £$%&ing ton and a pain to get up!
 
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I would use a bossman tower for that kind of thing. But then I am watched closely H&S wise so cant get away with using ladders as I have to do a risk ass. for tying my shoelaces etc. However I think Bossman do very good ladders generally. If I do have to use a ladder I have to put chemical tie anchors to strap the ladder to. Dont blame me its just the way it works in commercial environments.
 

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I would use a bossman tower for that kind of thing. But then I am watched closely H&S wise so cant get away with using ladders as I have to do a risk ass. for tying my shoelaces etc. However I think Bossman do very good ladders generally. If I do have to use a ladder I have to put chemical tie anchors to strap the ladder to. Dont blame me its just the way it works in commercial environments.
What do you stand on when fitting the anchors?
 
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I would use a bossman tower for that kind of thing. But then I am watched closely H&S wise so cant get away with using ladders as I have to do a risk ass. for tying my shoelaces etc. However I think Bossman do very good ladders generally. If I do have to use a ladder I have to put chemical tie anchors to strap the ladder to. Dont blame me its just the way it works in commercial environments.
Where do you get bossman ladders (or do you mean youngman?) Cheers
 
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Maybe youre in the wrong job Handysparks? H&S has got us all over a barrell.
 

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Maybe youre in the wrong job Handysparks? H&S has got us all over a barrell.
How do you mean hes in the wrong job? I am guessing the guy is just trying to make a living and can't afford to resort to such over the top nonsense? Chemical anchors god help us.......
 
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How do you mean hes in the wrong job? I am guessing the guy is just trying to make a living and can't afford to resort to such over the top nonsense? Chemical anchors god help us.......
I mean in the sense that no one cares if HandySparks going up a ladder in a less safe way as long as the job is done. You may think chemical anchors is an eye-rolling event as no doubt many do. However if I let say an apprentice up a ladder at 20 ft and they fall because the ladder slips they are going to hospital at best and I am going to prison. However if I thought about it and secured the ladder and it did not slip I think that is better.
 
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... no one cares if HandySparks going up a ladder in a less safe way as long as the job is done.
I care!

The most serious accident I've had doing this job is falling off a short step ladder placed insecurely. Cut my hand open by landing on a flower pot.

I take ladder safety seriously. I'll use some rubber pads designed for the job to level up the footing if required, and I'll avoid it completely if the surface is slippery due to moisture, frost or algae. Occasionally I'll get someone to stand with both feet on the bottom rung to add some extra grip.

I always wonder at the uselessness of someone 'footing' a ladder by just standing at the bottom and resting a foot on the bottom rung.

More stuff:

Don't steady that ladder it's more dangerous - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1456513/Dont-steady-that-ladder-its-more-dangerous.html

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg455.pdf
 
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Well there is nothing to stop you putting an eye bolt in and securing to that unless the customer does not want such in their wall.
 

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I'm sure Mr and Mrs "just had a new extension" is going to love it when the spark turns up and shoves an eye-bolt in their lovely new brickwork just to stick a security light up? Get real.
 
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I'm sure Mr and Mrs "just had a new extension" is going to love it when the spark turns up and shoves an eye-bolt in their lovely new brickwork just to stick a security light up? Get real.
I agree its OTT but sky engineers have to do it now as standard.
 

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Are they the same numpty's that run the cable in guttering? Not surprised they fall off ladders.
 

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I had a ladder slip from underneath me on some decking a couple of years ago. My shins took a right bashing but I still
Managed to hold on to my drill on the way down:mkungfu: I always make sure they are well footed now and if on decking I screw a piece
Of timber down to act as a stop. Its balancing act especially in the domestic market.
 
Hi
Looking to buy another set of ladders soon and was wondering if there are ladders that people recommend.
Cheers
I use 3x9 rung Alu combination ladder to EN131 standard which has a wide stabiliser bar one end. I sometimes use it self supporting, which has been really handy in large stairwells, the odd very large house!! and as an A frame. i did not go for the high end range which were very heavy. Sorry i cannot remember the make...labels long gone.
PS...expanding foam in the rungs and silver spray paint and/or car filler kills wind drag & noise.
 

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Ladder Accidents In The UK - http://www.laddergrips.com/ladder-accidents-in-the-uk

show that around 48,000 people a year in the UK now attend hospital Accident and Emergency departments following a ladder accident....

The main reason for ladder accidents is the ladder slipping generally due to users overreaching or because the ladder is not properly secured.
Having seen the above website, I bought a pair of these Ladder Grips. Good timing, as I recently needed to lean an aluminium ladder against a uPVC fascia, which I normally would have avoided. I thought that the soft rubber face on these grips really improved the feeling of security on the ladder.

Home - http://www.laddergrips.com/
 

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Blimey the improve ladder safety by 350%. They must be out of this world, well, the mathematical one anyway!!
 

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