An Industrial Ladder is used for gaining access to areas above or below the ground, or other levels not provided with permanent access. Industrial Ladders are available from Reflex Equip. It is important to realise that there are limits to the safe use of an Industrial Ladder. Most accidents involving Industrial Ladders occur because these limits are exceeded.
Platform Step Ladders are the ideal ladder for 'working at heights'. Offering superior versatility and strength, platform stepladders are available in a welded, aluminium or fibreglass construction in a large range of sizes.
Double Sided Step Ladders are self supported ladders that have treads on both sides of the ladder to allow extra versatility and strength. Available in a large range of sizes and load ratings to suit most applications.
Single Sided Step Ladders are self supported ladders with treads on one side only. Available in a large range of sizes and load ratings to suit most applications.
Step Stools and Step ladders are small step ladders suited to accessing low heights in and around the home - some have industrial applications.
Extension Ladders are unsupported ladders that are leaned against a solid structure. They have two or more sections that allow the movable section to be raised or lowered.
Step Extension & Dual Purpose Ladders are a versatile ladder that can be used as a single-sided stepladder or an extension ladder. Available in a variety of sizes, load ratings and materials.
Order Picker Platform Ladders (OP), made to Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS1892.1 are ideal for moderate use stock picking applications
When using portable ladders, the following points should be observed:
All Industrial Ladders should be adequately supported at the base. Wet grass with soft soil beneath it, or a makeshift support under one side are not acceptable. If the surface is too soft to support the Industrial Ladder, use a plank or board under the feet of the Industrial Ladder to stop them from sinking.
Depending on the degree of unevenness, a plank or board under one or both feet may be adequate, providing the plank(s) are stable, ie. much wider than the thickness, and large enough not to sink into the ground on one side. If the ground is uneven, use a purpose-made device to steady the Industrial Ladder. Do not erect an Industrial Ladder on a slippery surface; its stability depends on the friction at the base of the Industrial Ladder.
An Industrial Ladder should never be ‘walked’ by the person standing on the Industrial Ladder. The word ‘walked’ above describes the action of a person standing at the top of an Industrial Ladder who, by moving his body, causes the bottom of the Industrial Ladder to lift the ends of the stiles alternately to cause the Industrial Ladder to move. This is a very dangerous practice, since the Industrial Ladder is not under proper control.
Set the Industrial Ladder at a slope of approximately 4 in 1. For every metre in height, the ladder should extend out from the vertical surface at the base by about 250 mm. This will minimise the chance of the Industrial Ladder falling backward or the bottom of the Industrial Ladder sliding away from the wall, and is the most comfortable and safe slope for climbing and working from the Industrial Ladder.
One Industrial Ladder, one person, and it is recommended that one should always have three limbs on the Industrial Ladder at all times. This means either two feet and one hand, or one foot and two hands on the ladder when ascending, descending, or working on the ladder. To achieve this, always carry your tools in a tool belt, holster or pouch, not in your hands. Never attach a power tool to the side of a ladder when it is not in use.
Beware of contacting power lines when putting an Industrial Ladder into position. If you must work near power lines, including supply lines into a building, have them de-energised, or insulated with ‘tiger tails’, before placing the Industrial Ladder. In addition, any ladder used near power lines should be non-conducting, such as timber (without wire reinforcement, or with the wire reinforcement recessed and insulated) or reinforced plastics, but NOT aluminium or any metal.
Never climb higher than the third rung from the top of the Industrial Ladder. The Industrial Ladder should be long enough to provide at least one metre (1 m) of solid support beyond the height of the task. Where it is necessary to get onto or off at the top of the Industrial Ladder, it should extend at least 1 m above the level being accessed. As a general rule, a ladder should be used as a means of access and not a place of work. If it is necessary to work from an Industrial Ladder, do not climb higher than a position where the worker's shoulders are level with the top of the stiles. This allows for a secure hold to be maintained while working.
Industrial Ladders are to be fitted with rubber (or similar non-slip material) feet to prevent slipping.
Industrial Ladders shall be firmly secured, or tied off. If tied, the ties should be attached to the stiles of the Industrial Ladder, not the rungs. While the Industrial Ladder is being secured, it should be held firmly by another person.
If it is not practicable to tie off or secure an Industrial Ladder for whatever reason, the Industrial Ladder must be ‘footed’ at the base by another person with both hands on the stiles to prevent any movement or overturn of the Industrial Ladder.
Long Industrial Ladders and heavy Industrial Ladders (greater than 20 kg) should only be handled by two persons.
Stepladders should only be used in the fully open position. They should be positioned on a stable surface, with no tendency to wobble. They should be made as rigid as possible by the use of side braces and cross braces.
Some specialised types of stepladders have a working platform for standing on at their top; this platform should be surrounded by a handrail. Platform ladders should only be used for handling items that are located at a height compatible with the height of the platform.
Damaged Industrial Ladders should be taken out of service until they are repaired by a competent person or destroyed in such a manner as to render them useless, eg. by cutting into lengths of approximately 1 metre, or not more than 2 rungs.
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