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Our Best Combination Ladders

Combination ladders are highly versatile products, providing a number of functions within one ladder. This means that you won’t need to purchase and store multiple different ladders, saving you space in the workplace, and saving money too. These ladders are safe and secure to use, and they fully conform to new EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders. They are easy to convert between different configurations, making them ideal for use in a wide range of work environments, including industrial workplaces, and for painting and decorating. We’ve collated a list of our top 5 combination ladders to help you choose the best product for you:   Heavy-Duty Aluminium Combination Ladder If you’re looking for a hard-wearing, strong and...


Our Best Step Ladders

Whether it's reaching for something on a high up shelf, or carrying out maintenance work on a light fitting in a ceiling, there's nothing more convenient than Step Ladders to come to your aid. Their low height options makes them more ideal than an extension ladder for tasks indoors, and their ease of use makes them more simple than a combination ladder. Many Step Ladder are also designed to fold away for convenient storage even in the tightest of spaces. The step ladders featured in this blog post all fully conform to EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders, so you can be reassured that they are safe and secure to use. They are ideal for use in a variety of...


Choosing the Right Ladder For the Job

It’s one of the great workplace safety myths: ladders are not allowed to be used in the workplace. Of course they are: the Work at Height Regulations1 say they can be a sensible option for short, low-risk tasks. There are other weird and wonderful ladder myths still doing the rounds, and here at First Mats we’ve heard most of them. No, you don’t need to be trained to use a ladder, and there’s no ban on using ladders to access scaffolding2. It is true, though, that ladders must be safe and fit for purpose. And there are a huge number of different types of ladders, from step ladders to warehouse steps and extension ladders, each with their own safety features....


What is the 1 to 4 Rule for Ladder Safety

Knowing how to position a ladder properly before you climb up it is one of those life hacks, like dealing with a grizzly bear or a poisonous snake, that most people have an idea about – but this one’s a lot more useful to us in the UK and undoubtedly saves many lives every year. How do you set up a ladder? It’s all about the angle of the ladder against the wall. The magic number recommended by the HSE1 is 75 degrees, so that the base of the ladder is set away from the wall at one-quarter of the working length of the ladder. Put another way: for every four metres of height you need to climb, place the...


How to Use a Ladder Safely

Every day, around two million ladders are used around the UK – that’s an awful lot of climbing up and down ladders on all kinds of sites, both indoors and out. Thankfully, there are only a handful of ladder deaths each year, but working from height remains a common cause of accidents and knowing how to use a ladder safely is a must for anyone planning to use one. HSE has some useful things to say on the subject1, and we’ve drawn on their advice for this article, which looks at when a ladder is the best option, how to choose a ladder, how to check a ladder is safe to use and how to use a ladder or stepladder...