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Royce Devenish By Royce Devenish • August 31, 2017

Choosing The Correct Ladder For The Job

Some workers might not realize the differences from one ladder to the next, having the right ladder for the job is the safest way to complete any task. 

Ladder safety is imperative as over a third of all reported fall from height incidents involve ladders and stepladders. It is very important never to use any ladder that’s the wrong height for the particular job you are doing, as this can cause you to overreach and result in a fall. Here are a few tips on our 4 best-selling ladder types that can help make sure you choose the correct ladder for the job:

1. The Work Platform: The Work platform is comfortable to use for lengthy tasks, typically used for lower level activities, e.g. painting. Ideal working height of 2.15m - 2.52m.

Safpro Code: DWDK607

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2. The Stepladder: Choose an Aluminium Step ladder for lightness or a Fibreglass Step ladder for added reassurance. These are used for a range of of activities due to their versatility. Ideal working height of 1.95m - 3.23m. We offer both Fibreglass & Aluminium Ladder types, each material has different benefits which make it best for specific applications. 

Fibreglass is a glass-reinforced plastic produced with a polymer made of a plastic matrix strengthened by fine fibres of glass.

Fibreglass has its advantages and disadvantages. Fibreglass is stronger than aluminum, but if the ladder is not made of a quality fibreglass material, it will crack. Fibreglass ladders are safer to use around power lines or other live sources of electricity as they do not conduct electricity, and are flame resistant. Fibreglass is extremely resistant to weathering, and it does not corrode or rust. Because Fibreglass is flame resistant and does not conduct electricity, they tend to be more expensive.


Aluminium does conduct electricity therefore they potentially pose a risk to the user if used near to a live source of electricity. If you will be moving the ladder around and carrying it, then an aluminum ladder will be better suited as they weigh less than Fibreglass. Aluminum ladders also have the tallest extensions available. . They should not be used near sources of heat, as the heat would bend the aluminium on impact.

Safpro Code: View the Safpro Access Equipment Brochure here.


3. The Extension Ladder: Perfect for high outdoor projects with a reach height range of 3.6m - 8.23m.

Safpro Code: Double Extension Ladder: CLA30D | Triple Extension Ladder: CLA30T


4. The Combination Ladder: The only ladder suitable for using on a stairs. This is a very popular ladder as multiple positions are available. Whether you need an extension, step or a staircase ladder, a quality combination ladder will help you get almost any work at height task done, quickly and efficiently. These have a typical reach height range of 2.25m - 4.52m.

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Safpro Code: AWTS43

View the Safpro Access Equipment Brochure here.

If any type of access equipment is being used it’s essential that ladder inspections are carried out frequently to ensure they remain safe to work with. As with any type of equipment, staff must be trained on how to inspect their ladders before use to make sure they are fit for purpose. Check out our blog, 6 checks you should make before using your access equipment. or download our free ladder safety checklist below.


Ladder inspection checklist

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