Ladder Safety: Top Innovations That Have Made Ladders Safer
Ladders have been around for several decades and centuries and have managed to stand the test of time. But although they may seem to be just simple tools, there have been some advances in the technology used in their design and construction. Most of the modern ladders are safer, easier, and more convenient to use. The following are some of the top innovations that have contributed to making the ladders safer. Please read on.
- Ridge Hooks and Extruded Hooks
Ladder hooks are designed to conveniently attach the ladder to the surface the user is working from, especially when working at height since maintaining stability can be quite a challenge. These hooks can prevent the ladder from slipping hence helps prevent the user from sustaining possible fall injuries. Such hooks are usually included in most step and extension ladders.
- Internal Ladder Spreaders
Some stepladders feature an internal brace that helps bridge the gap between opposing sets of stiles. The spreaders are designed to minimise the risk of the stepladders collapsing when in use. However, you’ll still have to observe the key ladder guidelines, such as not exceeding the maximum weight capacity of the ladder.
- Slip-Resistant or Clawed Feet
Stability is vital when using a ladder. Several cases of ladder-related injuries reported every year are caused by ladders slipping against a surface. This has compelled most ladder manufacturing companies to include slip-resistant and/or clawed feet in an attempt to enhance stability when using the tool. This helps to minimise the chances of slippage and possible injuries even when the ladder is used on soft surfaces.
- Extendable Legs
This is one of the latest ladder innovations, especially on garden ladders, that features one or more extendable legs. It provides the user with an option of adjusting the legs to establish stability before they start climbing. Most gardens tend to have non-uniform surfaces that could make it difficult to establish a stable surface to set up the ladder. In such circumstances, adjustable legs can be used to enhance safety when working in your garden or places with unstable surfaces. Ladders with clawed feet can also be used in these situations.
- Rung Designs
Most modern ladders feature different rung designs intended to enhance the safety of the user. The ladders are constructed with different rung designs to effectively fulfil their intended purpose. Some safety ladders feature D-shaped rungs instead of the usual circular-shaped rungs to provide a solid flat surface for stability of the user when ascending or descending the ladder. This enhances the user’s comfort and convenience, enabling them to spend longer periods of time on the tool.
Butterfly rung innovation helps the ladder to sit comfortably against circular objects and poles at height with minimal possibilities of slippage when in use. This innovation is mostly found in specialist access equipment such as telecommunication ladders, ideal for technical-related project users.
You can also find serrated rungs designed to enhance safety and stability of the user. This innovation utilises tiny ridges along the outer edges intended to improve the user’s grip. It is mostly applied in longer ladders such as roofs ladders where D-rungs cannot be suitable to use.