Combination Ladders: Learn the Different Uses and How to Use it Properly

Combination Ladders: Learn the Different Uses and How to Use it Properly

30th December 2019

Ladders are a big part of almost every home or business, and combination ladders are not an exception. These ladders are portable and which can be used in different modes. In today's article, we will be explaining how. 

1.    The Single or Extension Ladder Mode
Combination ladders can be used in the single or extension mode. To determine the right size of the ladder, it’s vital to consider the height of the top support point. If this point is one of the eaves of a roof, and the climber intends to access the roof, the top of the ladder must extend about three feet above the eaves. Ensure to also tie the ladder to the upper access level before climbing onto or off the equipment at the upper level. 

It’s crucial that you set up the ladder at the proper angle. For the optimum balance of the climber, the strength of the ladder, and resistance against the bottom part sliding out, assume a pitch of about 75.5 degrees from the horizontal when erecting the single or extension ladder. Longer ladders may, however, not be capable of being conveniently set-up at the 75.5 degrees angle. In this case, select a shorter larder to safeguard against the bottom of the ladder sliding out.  

You must ensure to place the ladder with the two side rails equally supported. However, there are some circumstances, such as a building corner, pole light standard, and in-tree type operation that require the ladder to be equipped with a single-support attachment. The support should be firm enough before climbing on or off the ladder. 

To avoid losing your balance and falling off the ladder, avoid stepping or standing higher than the step marked as the highest standing level. 
When purchasing a ladder for a particular purpose, ensure to go for quality, tested, and approved products. For instance, CE accredited fabrications shows the product meets the health and safety standards of the European Union (EU). 

2.    The Stepladder Mode
Just as with any stepladder, it's important to ensure ground-level support for all four of its side rails. Otherwise, avoid using the stepladder for the job. When using the ladder, beware of the ladder tipping sideways due to over-reaching - set-up the ladder as close as possible to the work. Also, position your body near the middle of the rungs or steps when climbing or working. Avoid mounting the ladder from the side or stepping from one ladder to another, especially when the ladder isn’t secured against sideways motion.

Always face the ladder while maintaining firm handhold when ascending or descending the ladder. Avoid carrying other objects in your hands while climbing. 

Differents ladders have different instructions concerning whether it’s permitted for more than one person to be on the combination ladder in Trestle or Stepladder mode, at the same time. 

3.    The Stairwell Ladder Mode
A combination ladder can also be used as a self-supporting Stairwell ladder. In such a case, you must not climb it on its back section. Also, just as with any other ladder, avoid stepping or standing higher than the marked highest standing level.


The Bottom Line
When purchasing the ladder and each time it’s placed into service, ensure to perform a thorough inspection to confirm it’s in a good condition. This involves checking the working parts, anti-slip feet, step-to-side rail connections, rivets, and bolts. Ensure to also clean the climbing and gripping surfaces to remove any slippery materials. Proper storage in a clean dry place is also essential.