Ladders and access equipment includes any apparatus that allows you to work at a height. As they are common tools used in material handling and warehouse equipment industries, Equip2Go has ladders and safety stools in all kinds of material types and for many different industrial applications.
Besides warehouse ladders, you can also use retail ladders, office ladders, construction ladders, domestic ladders and more. We at Equip2Go have a wide selection of ladders for all of these types of environments. For example, our step ladders, such as our 2 Step Compact Little Monstar Step Ladder, are compact ladders that provide just a few extra steps and work well as household step ladders. On the other hand, we have platform ladders that are lightweight, portable and have large working platforms at the top, including our Bailey Ladders 5 Step Platform Ladder. We also have extension ladders that can reach high places and are fully adjustable, like our Indalex 3.2m to 5.3m Aluminium Extension Ladder, as well as order picker ladders and rolling ladders that are perfect for stock picking, like our Bailey Ladders 3 Step Deluxe Order Picker. Additionally, we have foldable ladders that are collapsible for convenient storage, such as our Indalex 3 Step Slimline Platform Ladder, and plastic safety steps like our Monstar Safety Step, which provide a short step up to access just out of reach areas. Lastly, if you need a portable ladder, we supply mobile ladders like our Bailey 5 Step Platform Ladder with swivel castors.
Before choosing an access ladder, it is important to be aware of different ladder materials and the impact they have on how and where you use your ladder. Our ladders are produced with three main types of materials: aluminium, fibreglass and steel.
Aluminium ladders are generally lightweight and have a resistance to weather conditions, moisture and corrosion. They are cheaper than some other ladder material types, making them strong and durable choices for domestic projects. However, as they can conduct heat and electricity, they should not be used near energised electrical equipment. They can also bend under pressure, making them not very well-suited for heavy-weighted projects.
Like aluminium ladders, fibreglass ladders are resistant to moisture, corrosion and most weather conditions. On top of this, they do not conduct heat and electricity, and their resilience and durability means that they are ideal for most industry applications. On the other hand, they are heavier than aluminium ladders, are more expensive and can snap under extreme stress, making them not ideal for extremely heavy weights.
Steel ladders are well-suited for heavy duty projects, and are incredibly resilient while being lightweight. However, they are not resistant to moisture and corrosion, and they also conduct both heat and electricity.
Although there are some hazard risks involved when using ladders and access equipment, your health and safety can be preserved by following these simple measures before, during and after using a ladder.
Before operating your ladder, ensure that your weight and the weight of your tools do not exceed the load rating that is marked on the ladder. If you are using an outside ladder, be sure to steer clear of any power lines by at least four metres, and secure your ladder on ground that is stable and solid enough for it to be still. Additionally, make sure you are wearing non-slip footwear and appropriate clothing.
When you are in the process of using your ladder, keep three points of contact with your hands and feet on the ladder at all times. When climbing and working, make sure you face the ladder, and try to avoid side-on loading work. If this cannot be avoided, tie the steps to a secure point to prevent the ladder from tipping over. Moreover, avoid resting tools or other pieces of equipment on the steps or rungs of the ladder. Instead, carry tools on a tool belt, particularly when climbing. Furthermore, if you have to leave your ladder for any period of time, recheck it before you use it again, and try to be aware of other people and your surroundings at all times.
Finally, it is important to clean up and prepare your ladder for its next use once you have finished using it. Store it in a covered location (especially for fibreglass ladders) and ensure that there are no loose rivets, no splits in the stiles and that all safety components are working as they should.
By following these safety precautions, you can maintain the health and safety of yourself and others in the workplace.
Besides ladders and access equipment, Equip2Go also has many ladder accessories available, including handrails, tool platforms, safety gate attachments and castor wheel kits.
Our line of industrial heavy duty ladders and access equipment allows you to safely and confidently access heights in your workplace. We deliver throughout Australia, with our head office situated in Dandenong South, Victoria, and further sales and warehousing operations located in Campbellfield (VIC), Wetherill Park (NSW), Canning Vale (WA) and Yatala (QLD).