Safe and well-maintained ladders are required by health and safety regulations in the workplace. If your staff have to work at height (and that’s any height above ground height), you need to ensure that they are provided with access to the right equipment and safety mechanisms, in order to do so without being at risk. When shopping around for ladders, it can be hard to choose between wood, fibreglass, and aluminium ladders. They all have their pros and cons, but the way to ensure that you get the right ladder for the job is to check the ladder specifications and consider what each unit has actually been designed to support.
The truth of the matter is that someone who hasn’t experienced a ladder fall or related incident probably won’t understand what the difference is between the various ladders on the market. Someone who doesn’t work in the electrical field will probably also overlook the serious danger of making use of aluminium ladders in an environment where electricity is being worked with. Those who don’t have the know-how, might not understand the difference in styles and materials on the market, and that’s when it’s important to chat with the professionals in the field.
At CasLad, we often hear of customers considering the differences between fibreglass and aluminium ladders. While both of these have their benefits, we are going to focus on aluminium ladders for the moment. There are a few things to consider when choosing aluminium ladders. Firstly, the best bit of advice that we can give you is to be wary of skimping on quality just to save money. With a careful selection of the right ladder, you can invest in a unit that will serve you for your whole life, and that will be worth the extra money you spent. Investing in cheap, inferior-quality ladders will just result in potential injuries and incidents, as well as the cost of having to replace the unit in a year or two’s time.
Here are a few of the perks of aluminium ladders:
- These ladders are lightweight, and therefore easy to carry and move around on the job site.
- These are commonly used as extension ladders.
- Aluminium ladders are resistant to corrosion and rust, and because of this, they can be stored outdoors without any ill effects. This is ideal for people who don’t have a lot of storage space available for tools and equipment.
- Aluminium ladders don’t burn, and also won’t split because of wear and tear over time.
- These types of ladders are typically maintenance-free units.
- These ladders are non-magnetic, so they can be used in areas and enclosures for magnetic equipment.
Aluminium Ladders – What You Need to Know About the Material That They Are Made From
Aluminium as a material has a unique range of properties that makes it one of the most versatile materials used for engineering and construction. The material, even when alloyed with other metals, has a strength that’s almost as impressive as structural steel. The material is able to resist oxidation, which means that if it reacts to anything, it will be completely non-toxic and also won’t stain. Aluminium also doesn’t react with other metals that it makes contact with. When it comes to handling capacity, some aluminium alloys can offer tensile strengths in excess of 30 000 psi. This means that their weight-bearing capacity is always bound to be exceptional.
It must be noted that aluminium ladders will conduct electricity and heat very well, so these ladders shouldn’t be left in direct sunlight or near direct heat sources, and they are also not well suited for use in electrical environments. The strength and stability of aluminium ladders are also a result of the way in which they are joined. These ladders undergo a variety of types of joining processes, which includes riveting, welding, brazing, and soldering. Ladder rungs are therefore securely fixed to the unit and don’t pose a safety risk.
If you would like to learn more about the CasLad range of aluminium ladders, we warmly welcome you to get in touch with us. Simply give us a call or send us an email today.