How to choose a DR.LADDER ladder?
Working with the right ladder is the safest way to complete any task. Using the wrong ladder is extremely dangerous as it is often misused or abused, which can lead to falls and serious injury. For this reason we give you the 4 steps that will help you choose the right ladder.
STEP 1: SELECT THE MODEL: WHAT KIND OF LADDER IS RIGHT FOR THE JOB?
The different models of ladders are designed to preserve your safety and productivity during the ascent, stay and descent of the ladder.
Using the wrong ladder model or directly ignoring product limitations could result in a fall or serious injury. For this reason we recommend consulting our sales representatives or distributors before purchasing a ladder.
STEP 2: SELECT THE HEIGHT: WHAT HEIGHT DO I NEED TO REACH?
The highest level of standing allowed on a stepladder is the third to last rung. A person climbing farther may lose balance and fall. The maximum safe reach for one person is approximately 1.00 m to 1.50 m above the full height of the ladder. It should always be ensured that the lateral opening limiters are fully extended and all four feet rest firmly on the ground.
When exceeding 2 mts. height, the user must be secured by means of some mechanism such as a harness and life lines.
Extendable type ladders must exceed between 2.10m and 3m the highest support or point of contact, which can be the wall or ceiling line. This provides sufficient height to properly position the ladder, overlap the ladder sections, respect the restrictions of the highest permanence level, and where applicable extend the ladder above the roof line. The level indicated for standing is the third to last step.
Always ensure a 1: 4 ratio, that is, the distance between the wall and the ladder should be ¼ of the extended height of the ladder. To correctly respect this relationship, they can use a very valuable safety label that is incorporated in all DR.LADDER ladders, whether they are simple or extendable.
For all DR.LADDER ladder models, the perfect condition of the non-slip rubber blocks and their moving parts should be checked regularly. In addition, the correct support of the mobile shoes and the blocking of both step-stops must be checked.
STEP 3: SELECT THE LOAD CAPACITY: HOW MUCH WEIGHT SHOULD THE LADDER SUPPORT?
Ladders are designed and manufactured to safely tolerate a certain weight that we call load capacity. The weight of the person who will be climbing plus the weight of the materials or work tools must be taken into account, these must be less than the load capacity that the ladder supports.
|Type III (Light Duty)||200 pounds|
|Type II (Medium Duty)||225 pounds|
|Type l (Heavy Duty)||250 pounds|
|Type lA (Extra Heavy Duty)||300 pounds|
|Type lAA (Extra Heavy Duty)||375 pounds|
STEP 4: SELECT THE LADDER MATERIAL: FIBERGLASS OR ALUMINUM?
The final step in selecting the right ladder is deciding on the right material. DR.LADDER offers ladders made of fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has different characteristics that make it suitable for the most diverse applications. In the event that we have to work near electrical sources or in direct contact with them, we must use a fiberglass ladder, since they do not conduct electricity. (dielectric)
On the contrary, if the work to be carried out does not involve risk of electrocution, we can choose an aluminum ladder, which will be lighter, more practical and will require less maintenance.