Browns Ladders publishes health and safety advice on using step ladders

Browns Ladders, in Lancashire, has published important information for people who regularly use step ladders.

Online PR News – 06-January-2011 – – Lancashire ladders company, Browns Ladders, has published important health and safety advice for step ladders users.

The company warns that, although step ladders are incredibly easy to use, many accidents occur because of carelessness.

The online warning highlights that an obvious way to avoid accidents is to choose the type step ladder best suited to the task at hand.

Interior painting jobs, for example, require step ladders with a good spreader brace. Be sure to get a step ladder which is the appropriate shape and height for the job.

The strongest and easiest to use is the Platform & Builders step ladder which ranges from trade to industrial standards.

There is a large range of step ladders available – ranging from 2 tread step ladders all the way to 12 tread step ladders.

When using the step ladder, open it as far out as possible.

As you climb, grip the sides of the ladder firmly. Keep at least one foot and both hands on the ladder.

Your body should be in the centre between the ladder’s sides.

Your weight needs to be evenly distributed – so don’t lean. If you need access to something at the side of you, climb down and reposition the step ladder.

Always stand while on the ladder. Do not sit down or stand in an unbalanced position.

Never stand on the very top of step ladders. As high as you should go is two steps from the top.

Barbara Ginley, of Browns Ladders, said: “Falls from step ladders can leave a person damaged - both mentally and physically - as well as the upset of the their colleagues, family and friends, and the considerable costs for employers.

“By providing on-site ladder inspections nationwide, plus ladders and scaffold tower training courses, Browns Ladders helps companies to comply with the current regulations.”

Browns Ladders offers a wide range of ladders across the UK for industrial, trade and domestic markets.

It also provides specialist equipment such as aluminum and wooden loft ladders, extension ladders, roof ladders, multi purpose ladders, step ladders, roof ladders and scaffold towers.

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