Ladders are designed and made to hold the user up at a specific height safely and for a duration required. There are different types of ladders constructed with specific requirements and usages in mind. While choosing a suitable ladder, making note of the maximum safe capacity, style, height and the material of the ladder is essential.
Models and Usage of Platform Ladder:
There are different types of ladders which include most commonly used Step Ladder, order picking ladder, telescoping multi-ladders and attic ladders to name a few. These are useful for reaching in-doors in to high cabinets and shelves. In choosing these ladders consider the platform width and the steps required for the ladder as per the usage and the easiness of keeping the ladder in the store.
Order Picking Ladders are industrial duty rated ladders designed for use in workplaces. They have larger work platforms and strongly welded frame construction to add strength to the ladder. They have wheels fitted with swivel casters which enable the wheel to rotate in any direction.
Telescoping multi-ladders are used for jobs on the staircase and it has 2 ladders lined up one after another for platform support. Attic ladders are installed into attic access ways and can be adjusted to varied heights of roofs ranging from 8 to 10 feet.
Height Determination and Duty Ratings:
Choosing the right height is just as important as the style of the ladder according to the requirement of work. The highest permitted standing level on a Step Ladder is two steps below the top. Next factor is duty rating allowed for each ladder. Duty rating is the maximum weight the ladder can handle. This is weight of the person using the ladder and the tools the user requires on the ladder. Heavy Duty Platform Ladders are used on industrial work sites where greater strength and safety and required.
Construction Material for the Ladders:
The construction material used affects the overall weight of the ladder. Weight of the ladder is important when considering the transportation and the location where it will be utilized. Wood ladders are economical and electrically non conductive when clean and dry but it is susceptible to rot. There are aluminum ladders that are light weight and strong but they are conductors of electricity. Then there are fiberglass ladders that are strong and also electrically non conductive. Fiberglass Platform Ladder scores higher when the job involves working with or near electricity. A slip resistant foot pad and steps are essential for avoiding accidents.