Ladder Transportation: How to Safely Transport a Ladder

Ladder Transportation: How to Safely Transport a Ladder

28th January 2020

Using a ladder may be quite a simple task. But transporting it most safely and efficiently may not be that simple, especially when dealing with extension ladders. Whether you’re transporting it from the store to your workplace or from one site to another, ladders often pose a massive safety risk. Here’s a little guide to help you transport your ladder safely and most efficiently. 

Factors to Consider Before the Transportation

Before transporting your ladder, there are some factors that you need to consider for safe transportation:
➢    Enough Space: Ensure you have enough space around to move or carry the ladder. Space should be large enough to avoid hitting other objects, electrical power lines, or persons.   
➢    Type & Length of the Ladder: The type and length of your ladder will determine the type of vehicle to use. Without the right vehicle, you’ll encounter a lot of challenges with the transportation. Transporting long external access ladders inside a van or car, for instance, might be almost impossible. 
➢    Traffic Safety: Thousands of road accidents occur due to debris and other objects flying from various vehicles. You need to check the traffic safety around you before you tie your ladder on the vehicle for transportation. 
➢    Accessories to Secure the Ladder: You may need accessories such as rear bar and ladder clamp roof rack to fasten the ladder securely on the vehicle. This will not only ensure efficient transportation but will also reduce the risk of accidents. 

Transporting a Ladder

After checking the above factors and you’re good to proceed, it’s time for the actual transportation. However, different settings call for different modes of safe transportation. Read on to learn the different ways of transporting a ladder.

1.    Transportation Within Outdoor Space
When transporting a long ladder within your outdoor space, firmly grasp it in its centre to maintain balance. The top of the ladder should be to your left and the bottom to your right. If possible, lift the ladder to your shoulder. Otherwise, carry it at your side, while it rests at your hip. Don’t hesitate to get help from your friend or coworker if you’re not comfortable carrying it by yourself (especially if it’s heavy and tall). Always beware of obstacles in your surrounding and avoid moving faster. 

2.    Transporting a Tall Ladder on a Truck or Van
Tall ladders, such as an extension ladder can hardly be held tight into the back of a car or van. In such a situation, the roof seems to be the best and safest option. However, you need to be cautious not to damage your vehicle or cause risk to others during transportation. Consider checking for legal requirements for transporting such ladders to avoid putting yourself and others at risk.

3.    Transporting a Stepladder Inside a Car Trunk
Stepladders are some of the more convenient ladders to transport due to their significantly shorter length. You may not have to worry about looking for a bigger vehicle or securing the ladder on the roof of the vehicle. You can just get the front and rear seats of your car as flat as possible then push the passenger seat forward. The top-end should be placed first, and if the last foot hangs out the truck, attach a red flag to the end of the ladder for safety. You should then use a ratchet set, stretch strap, or strong rope to secure the trunk lid.