Access Towers and Ladders

They are a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short duration and light tasks

The most common injury made by ladder climbers is bruising from falling off a ladder, but bone fractures are common, and head injuries are also likely, depending on the nature of the accident.

Mobile access towers are widely used and can provide an effective and safe means of gaining access to work at height. However, inappropriate erection and misuse of towers are the cause of numerous accidents each year. Aluminium and thin-wall steel towers are light and can easily overturn if used incorrectly. Towers rely on all parts being in place to ensure adequate strength. They can collapse if sections are left out.

Low-Level Podiums

Our podium steps are ideal for use at a low level. They are much better suited to lower heights than a step ladder or a hop-up work platform when working at a height; this is because the podium steps and platforms have a larger surface area to work on.

Extension Ladders

An extension ladder provides the easiest, most convenient way to reach high areas around less than 2m high, but with greater heights come greater chances for more serious injury. They also require a stable platform to lean on.

Industrial Scaffolding Towers

Provide the safest alternative to using a ladder to work above ground level. They can reach lengths of up to 14m. Basic fall arrest training is required to work on this platform.

Ladder Jack Scaffold

Triangle-shaped brackets called “ladder jacks” are attached to portable ladders, which are used on each side of a ladder jack scaffold to form a means of support for a platform.

 

Advanced Guardrail Towers

Rails that can be assembled on the next level above the one on which the assembler is standing. There are two types of system available known as ‘additional’ or ‘integral’. The ‘additional’ system means that as each level is assembled, a permanent guard rail is added in place of the AGR, which is moved up to the level above. The ‘integral’ system forms the advanced guard-rail as part of the tower structure so it remains in the same position until the tower is dismantled.

Stair Towers

Stairway tower is the ideal scaffold for safe and ergonomically working at height.

Advantages

Training

Very little training is required to start using ladders and access towers.

Risk

Ladders and access towers do not span a large height span, and the risk of a major incident is very little, however not impossible.

Setup Time

Setup time is anything from 5 minutes–2 hours.

Cost

This class is the most affordable work at heights mechanisms. Ladders and access towers and be bought at hardware stores for home use.

Can be done

Simple and quick tasks such as changing light bulbs or accessing the roof of a house.

disadvantages

Ergonomics

Ladders are not the most comfortable platforms to work on; however, access towers ergonomics are much better.

Mobility

It is fairly easy to move up and down on ladders and access towers, but more effort is needed for moving sideways.

Load

Load capacity is very limited. Ladders load cannot exceed a single standard human weight, and access tower loads cannot exceed 500kg.

Cannot be done

Work spanning large heights requirements or long during work requiring long hours while working at heights.

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