The need for using a ladder around the home is as old as the step-stool. (OK, I don’t know how old that is but it’s probably really old…). Along with the need to perform “elevated work” has evolved a number of different ladder solutions such as single section ladders, stepladders, extension ladders, telescopic ladders and specialty multi-function ladders (you know, the ones that fold up like an origami puzzle). There are even more flavors available beyond these.
Today’s ladders are available in lightweight and strong materials, not like the wood ladders of yesterday. Modern ladders typically come in aluminum and fiberglass and typically have rungs that are serrated for slip resistance. In addition to the advantage of being light, fiberglass ladders have non-conductive side rails for added safety when working around electricity.
Given the frequent need for this tool, it is worth taking a little time to review how to safely choose the right ladder for the job at hand. This tutorial will outline and expand on some of the recommended considerations involved in selecting the right ladder as suggested by Marc Marini, director of product management at Werner Co, an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of ladders and climbing equipment.
- Let’s look at five key considerations in proper ladder selection:
- Selecting the right ladder type
- Selecting the right ladder height and reach
- Selecting the right ladder weight capacity
- Selecting the right amount of maneuverability
- Ladder safety