Common Ladder Mistakes to Avoid

With most houses across the UK having an extra storey or more, it’s not unusual for repairs and work needing to be carried out at height. Whether you’re redecorating your property’s façade or replacing shingles on the roof, there are a host of jobs that require you to work pretty high off of the ground.


Of course, working at height presents a host dangers that need to be taken extremely seriously. As falling is one of the most common work fatalities here in the UK, if you’re not prepared, you are taking your life into your hands. However, many people still do put themselves in danger by doing one or more of the below.

Using a faulty ladder

Before you even consider carrying out any work at height, you need to be using the right ladder for the job. If you’re still using an old rickety ladder, you’re putting yourself in danger. With this in mind, it’s important to invest in quality.


Step ladders come in a variety of styles and sizes to perfectly fit your needs, however, it can be difficult to know what is best for your job. With this in mind, getting help from a ladder specialist is the best option.

Not checking the ground is solid

While you may feel safe with your new ladder, it’s still important to ensure it’s on solid ground. Many uneducated ladder users simply set up against the wall without making the necessary ground checks, leading to a dangerous situation.


With this in mind, Always look to place your ladder on flat gripped ground in order to minimise slipping. if you’re placing your ladder on soft, uneven ground like mud, dig out a space where the legs will stand and put a plank underneath to stabilise.

The wrong height and angle

When putting your ladder against your property, it’s imperative to have it set at the right height and sitting at the right angle. A ladder that is sitting too high or too low in relation to the edge of your roof is much harder to balance on and requires you to make more risky manoeuvre, such as standing on the top rungs; this is the same when placing your ladder at the wrong angle.


To rectify these issues, never stand on the last two rungs of the ladder and ensure that it extends three feet above the roof edge to provide enough support. Secondly, to find the right angle, the rule is for every four feet of ladder height you require, pull the ladder out a foot away from the wall.

Not making the necessary locking checks

For extension-ladders and other locking models, ensure that all of its locks are secure and the fly section (the top portion of the ladder) is slid in front of the base. If you’re using a standard stepladder, make sure to extend the rail spreaders fully.


Get the best quality ladder and access equipment from Top Tower

Working at height has its risks, but with a great quality ladder, you can make the job infinitely safer. At Top Tower, our extensive range of ladders and access equipment are of extremely high quality and all at a great price.


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