We recently did a post on the safe use of ladders which you can read here. However, although you may understand how to use a ladder safely, you may not know which ladder is the appropriate choice for the job - you may be asking yourself "What type of ladder do I need?".

If you do find yourself unsure of the answer, we can help. If you're looking for a ladder you can see our range of choices here. To help you more, here's a guide to help you pick the right ladder to suit your needs. 

 

 Work Step Ladders

Step ladders are a staple in many warehouses, retail and storage environments. Compact enough to be quickly folded away, these ladders are shorter than most full-length ladders which makes them the ideal choice for low-level lifting operations. Step ladders tend the be securing enough to work on, as long as you follow the safe use of ladders regulations. You can even get step ladders with added anti-slip properties, such as our Heavy Duty Steel Anti-Slip 4 Step Ladder.   

 

Telescopic Ladders 

Telescopic ladders are great for a range of operations, from lightweight to heavy-duty jobs, there will be a telescopic ladder to suit your needs. Telescopic ladders are collapsible which means they can be stored more easily than traditional extendable ladders.

Telescopic ladders are strong and durable but with the added benefit of being easily transferable. They are the right choice for anyone who may travel with their equipment such as a contractor or a rigger who need a ladder on the go. Our 2.6mtr Telescopic Aluminium ladder is light enough to transport but has an impressive 150kgs weight capacity.

 

Extension Ladders

Extension work ladders are great in locations where a ladder is used often such as a construction or industry based environment. These ladders can be reduced in size (similar to a telescopic ladder but not as small) which means they can also be transported. Our sister site SafetyLiftinGear.com sells these ladders that are specifically made for construction sites, take a closer look here

 

If you have any further questions about which ladder you may need for your project we are more than happy to help. If you need advice about ladders or any of our other products feel free to get in touch, contact us here today

 

 

How to Move Machinery

 

Heavy machinery can be a nightmare to transport, not only can it be difficult to work out the logistics of the move, but doing it wrong can actually lead to some pretty serious injuries. As material handling experts, we make it our business to know how to move heavy machinery and provide you with the equipment you need to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Above all, knowing how to move heavy machinery safely is the key to having these jobs move smoothly. Here's a guide to the equipment you need to get that machinery moving:

How to move heavy machinery:

We recommend before you move any machinery that you get yourself familiar with the HSE (Health and Safety Executives) guide on manual handling. If the goods you are attempting to move is too heavy for a person (or even multiple people) to lift and carry safely, you should always use equipment that is specifically created for this.

Machinery Moving Skate Sets

 

Our machinery moving skate sets are a fantastic tool for moving goods that weigh between 8 and 36 tonnes. Each of these machinery moving skate sets is easily manoeuvred using the steering handle. This controls the two trailing skates which each have polyurethane wheels which are a fantastic choice for moving machinery as they prevent damage to your floors. Using these machinery moving skates allows you to move heavy duty and industrial machinery with ease. 

 

Caterpillar Skates

These skates are made of steel and are perfect for transporting heavy goods and machinery over a firm floor. The design of the skates makes them incredibly durable and they can transport loads from 20 to 60 tonnes. They are a great piece of equipment for moving awkward loads, for both machinery or furniture.

 

How to safely move heavy machinery using equipment:

Machinery movers may help to move heavy goods with ease, but it's still vital to use these with the correct safety measures in place. Here is some advice on how to move machinery safely with skates:

  • Always read the instructions and follow the intended use of the equipment
  • Avoid wearing loose garments that may become caught or jammed
  • Keep hands clear from any rotating mechanism
  • Ensure the weight of the machinery is evenly distributed before attempting to transport it
  • Be sure the equipment can hold the weight of the machinery (see maximum weight load in the product descriptions)
  • Use anti-slip barriers to help keep the load secure

 

If you have any questions about how to move machinery we are more than happy to help you find the best equipment to help with the process. For any advice about any of our products or any other material handling query feel free to get in touch. Contact us today. To view our full range of Load Moving Equipment, click below!

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Safe Use of Ladders

A ladder is a vital piece of equipment for anyone who works at height. However, ladders cause 30,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths each year which is why it is so incredibly important to know exactly how to use them safely.

Many of these accidents are preventable, it's just that people aren't always sure what safety precautions should be made. That's why we are writing this blog, to make sure that you can use ladders safely. Here are some tips to make sure you know what the safe use of ladders is:

Inspect your ladder carefully

Whatever type of ladder you are using, whether it is a leaning ladder or a step ladder, you must inspect it carefully before using it. It doesn't matter whether your ladder is old or new (although of course, it is more likely to become unsafe over time), you must be sure it's in good working condition. Even if your ladder is relatively new, you can't be sure it hasn't been damaged during its last use or whilst in storage. Be sure to check:

  • The feet - the foundation of your ladder needs to be sturdy to ensure that your ladder will sit level. If your ladder's feet are damaged, missing or have worn away you can't be sure it has the right grip to use safely.
  • The stiles -  If they look damaged, split or bent then they may have become weak enough to snap whilst you are on it.
  • The weight limit - with the above being said, each ladder will have a maximum weight limit. Be sure that no one using the ladder exceeds it for their own safety.
  • The rungs - be sure none of the rungs (steps) are missing, loose or bent as you trust the stiles of the ladder to hold most of, if not all of your weight.
  • The locking bars - important for step ladders, these hold the ladder together in place in a stable condition. Make sure they are not damaged.
  • Any fixings - fixings on your ladder are there for a reason, just because you may be unsure why doesn't mean they aren't vital.
  • Stepladder platform - this is the part that will hold your weight for a period of time. Be sure it isn't damaged in anyway or it could collapse. 

If for any reason your ladder is not in good enough condition to use safely, you can see our collection of high-quality ladders here

Safe use of the ladder

Never overreach on a ladder - always have a ladder that is the right length for your project. Overreaching can cause you to lose balance.

Don't spend too long up a ladder - it's recommended that you don't spend longer than 30 minutes working up a leading ladder. 

Get the angle right - leaning ladders should be used at a 75-degree angle.

Only use on a stable surface - make sure your ladder is on a stable foundation that doesn't move. The feet must all be balanced. 

Sensible shoes - there's a chance in the wrong shoes (or no shoes) that you may slip on a ladder. If you're looking for a ladder with the extra grip you may want to invest in an anti-slip ladder

Face forward - avoid turning in a different direction from your ladder. This is when you are climbing up, down or working on it. Working to the side could be dangerous. 

Keep 3 points of contact - you should ideally have both feet and one had on the ladder at all times. When using a step ladder for jobs that require two hands, your body can become a point of contact. Any less could increase the risk of falling. 

Use a tool belt - don't take up a hand that could be used to hold onto the ladder. A tool belt can hold a number of tools so that you don't have to. 

Don't use the very top of a leaning ladder - you should not use the three top steps/rungs of a leaning ladder as it is possible that the ladder will lose balance.

You can download a free copy of the official HSE guide to the safe use of ladders and stepladders by clicking here

If you're wondering which ladder would best suit your project we would be more than happy to assist you to pick the right one. If you've browsed our collection and are still unsure or have any general questions regarding the safe use of ladders then please feel free to get in touch. Contact us here today.