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The Little Giant safety step ladders are excellent step ladders for use in office or retail environments. With wide comfortable treads it is easy to stand on and fill shelves or tend filing cabinets. Moreover, once the task is finished the Little Giant safety step ladder folds away to fit in the narrowest of spaces. Moving around the office is made easier with the new Tip and Glide wheels. The rugged construction greatly extends the life of this ladder.
- Large 360 mm deep platform style treads
- Open and close it with one hand
- Tough compact construction for industrial use
- Save space and store in only 127 mm of space
- Folding safety bar
- Tip n glide wheels for easy transport
- 5-year warranty
- 150 kg work load capacity
Important Safety Guide and Tips
A third of all reported fall-from-height incidents involve ladders and stepladders â€“ on average this accounts for 14 deaths and 1200 major injuries to workers each year.
Many of these injuries are caused by inappropriate or incorrect use of the equipment.
This guidance is to help employers:
know when to use a ladder;
decide how to go about selecting the right sort of ladder for the particular job;
understand how to use it;
know how to look after it; and take sensible safety precautions.
HSE believes that misuse of ladders at work can be partly explained by the way they are used in the home. As with all work equipment, users need adequate information and training to be able to use ladders and stepladders safely. Adequate supervision is needed so that safe practices continue to be used.
This guidance does not apply to fixed ladders (on buildings, plant or vehicles), other types of fixed access (step irons etc), specialist rescue ladders used by the fire service, roof ladders, step stools, warehouse steps/mobile stairs, or temporary or permanent stairs.
When is a ladder the most suitable access equipment?
This selection process has to take into account the hierarchy of controls:
firstly to avoid work at height where possible;
then to prevent falls from height; and, failing that, to reduce the consequences of a fall.
Where work at height is necessary you need to justify whether a ladder or stepladder is the most suitable access equipment compared to other access equipment options.
You do this by using risk assessment and the hierarchy of controls.
When considering whether it could be appropriate to use a ladder or stepladder, you need to consider the following factors.
As a guide, only use a ladder or stepladder:
in one position for a maximum of 30 minutes; for â€˜light workâ€™ – they are not suitable for strenuous or heavy work.
If a task involves a worker carrying more than 10 kg (a bucket of something) up the ladder or steps it will need to be justified by a detailed manual handling assessment;
where a handhold is available on the ladder or stepladder;
where you can maintain three points of contact (hands and feet) at the working position.
On a ladder where you cannot maintain a handhold, other than for a brief period of time, other measures will be needed to prevent a fall or reduce the consequences of one.
On stepladders where a handhold is not practicable a risk assessment will have to justify whether it is safe or not
On a ladder or stepladder do not:
overload it – the person and anything they are taking up should not exceed the highest load stated on the ladder;
overreach – keep your belt buckle (navel) inside the stiles and both feet on the same rung throughout the task
When working on stepladders you should avoid work that imposes a side loading, such as side-on drilling through solid materials (eg bricks or concrete), by having the steps facing the work activity .
Where side-on loadings cannot be avoided you should prevent the steps from tipping over, for example by tying the steps to a suitable point. Otherwise a more suitable type of access equipment should be used.
You should also avoid holding items when climbing (for example by using tool belts):
on a ladder where you must carry something you must have one free hand to grip the ladder;
on a stepladder where you cannot maintain a handhold (eg putting a box on a shelf), the use of a stepladder will have to be justified by taking into account:
– the height of the task;
– a safe handhold still being available on the stepladder;
– whether it is light work
– whether it avoids side loading
– whether it avoids overreaching
– whether the userâ€™s feet are fully supported; and
– whether you can tie the stepladder
Selecting/buying safe ladders and stability devices
When buying a new ladder, think about the worst type of surface conditions you come across (eg smooth, wet floor tiles). Manufacturers should be able to indicate the types of surfaces their products are intended to be used on when they are unsecured (untied). Only buy the ladder and associated stability devices that suppliers/manufacturers can confirm will be stable enough to be used unsecured in your worse-case scenario, otherwise you will need to take additional measures to secure it