Low Level Access Equipment - The Lowdown

Low Level Access Equipment - The Lowdown

23rd October 2014

Low level access equipment is classed as up to 2.5 metres in height and is suitable for low level work.  The equipment includes ladders, steps, podium step platforms and low level access towers.  It’s suitable for painters and decorators, bricklayers, arboriculturalists and other tradespeople of all sorts.  Some low level access is equipment is powered, rather than static which offers even more flexibility.

  • PLATFORM STEP LADDERS – if you need to stand on a step ladder for a long time whilst working then investing in an extra-large standing platform would be wise.  Not only will this help to get the job done faster, it will prevent long term detrimental health effects on the feet.  If you need to stand on the platform for any length of time, then a step ladder with handrails is essential.
  • LOW LEVEL WORK PLATFORMS – these come in all shapes and sizes and a range of materials so choosing the right one for your needs is critical.  Looking online at what’s available is a great option or choose to have one tailored to your individual needs in a bespoke service from a safety equipment fabricator.  Safety will be the most important issue to take into account so choose one that is fully guarded around the body and make sure it can accommodate two people.  There are plenty of options available that are flexible and lightweight and easy to assemble and dismantle.
  • FIBREGLASS LADDERS – if you’re planning to do any work at all near electricity, then opting for a fibreglass ladder can be much more convenient than using a wooden ladder.  Fibreglass is much lighter and easier to transport and carry than wood and the stiles will be non-conductive up to 30,000 volts.
  • MULTIPURPOSE OR COMBINATION LADDERS – If you’re planning on doing a lot of different types of job and want a “one size fits all” solution, then a multipurpose ladder could be the right choice.  However, it’s important to remember that this type of ladder will have limitations when it comes to certain tasks.  For the enthusiastic household DIYer, a combination ladder can offer a really cost-effective solution for access in the home and garden.
  • TELESCOPIC LADDERS – a telescopic ladder is the ideal choice for those whose work involves regular but short duration low level access.  It’s compact and easy to carry, saves space in the vehicle and can be used at a range of low heights.  If space is at a premium, then a telescopic ladder really is a must.  When choosing the one that best suits your requirements, remember that safety is always the most important factor to consider.

When considering any purchase of ladders or other low level access equipment, there are three major factors to consider:

  • SAFETY – the equipment must be compliant with the 2005 Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) with colour coded components and a heavy duty, stable working platform which provides safe access to workplaces at height.
  • COST EFFECTIVENESS – it should be simple and quick to assemble and dismantle for increased productivity and safety and should be appropriate for the tasks at hand to decrease the need to buy or hire more equipment.

VERSATILITY – Unless you require a specific solution for repetition of an individual task, then choosing a low level access solution that will offer you a range of applications will save on costs.