Foldable Platform Ladder Safety Checklist


Among the many ladders in Scaffold access systems collection is the foldable platform ladder, a product that is safe, comfortable and efficient. Our foldable platform ladder has a standing surface, toe-board and guardrail to prevent slips and accidents. It has safety features like sung out-stabilisers and automatic unfolding hand and guard rails, which means you’ll be able to adjust the height of it easily. Despite these existing safety features, there are some measures and activities users need to engage in to ensure their absolute safety and of those surrounding the site under maintenance or construction.

Before Buying, Renting and Using a Foldable Platform Ladder Check if:  

The ladder in good condition

The first thing you should do is check that the ladder is in good condition. Make sure the rungs are intact and smooth, with no cracks or splinters. The locking mechanism should be working correctly and securely. If it doesn’t lock properly, you could find yourself falling off your ladder unexpectedly.

Also make sure that all of its parts are still there and in good condition. If any parts are missing or broken, report this immediately to prevent further injury from happening. And, it is simple to transport when folded due to compact design and easy to move when extended via castor wheels.

There are defects like cracks, gouges, or missing parts

The following are some of the most common defects you may see on a foldable platform ladder. If you see any of these, be sure to have it inspected by a professional before using it again.

  • Cracks or gouges in wood rungs or steps.
  • Missing rungs or steps.
  • Loose joints and bolts on the ladder.

A leaning ladder is dangerous because it may fall over if pushed or bumped by accident. If a ladder leans to one side, use it only in an area where the floor is level and stable enough to support its weight. The more stable the ground, the less likely it is that your ladder will tip over.

Anything that could make the ladder slippery

Remove any dirt, sawdust or other materials from the feet of the foldable platform ladder. They need to be completely dry so they don't slip while you're climbing up or down them.

The feet are in good condition or on solid footing

Make sure all four feet are firmly attached to the bottom of the ladder. Check for cracks or loose nails. If you find any problems with your ladder's feet, get a new one before using it again. When climbing a ladder, make sure there is nothing between you and where you're going that could make it unstable or unsteady. Remove any debris from underfoot before climbing up; lower ladders can be used to reach higher places if necessary – just make sure they're secure when doing so

Here is a list of safety tips for using a foldable ladder:

  1. Choose the right foldable platform ladder for the job: Make sure the ladder you are using is appropriate for the task you are performing. Consider factors such as the height of the ladder, the material it is made of, and its weight rating.
  2. Inspect the ladder before use: Check the ladder for any visible damage, such as bent or broken rungs or stiles, or frayed rope. Do not use a damaged ladder.
  3. Set up the ladder on a stable, level surface: Make sure the ladder is placed on a solid, even surface that can support its weight. Avoid placing the ladder on slippery or uneven ground.
  4. Extend the ladder fully: Make sure the ladder is fully extended and properly locked in place before climbing. Do not lean the ladder against the structure at an angle or use it as a plank.
  5. Use the ladder at a safe angle: The base of the ladder should be placed at a distance from the structure equal to one-quarter of the working length of the ladder. For example, if the ladder is 20 feet long, the base should be placed 5 feet from the structure.
  6. Secure the top of the ladder: If you are using the foldable platform ladder to access an elevated structure, make sure the top of the ladder is secured to the structure. This will help prevent the ladder from slipping or falling over.
  7. Don't overreach: Keep your body centred on the ladder and do not lean out to the side or overreach. If you need to reach something that is out of reach, climb down and move the ladder to a new position.
  8. Don't use the ladder to carry tools or materials: Use a tool belt or bucket to carry your tools and materials. Do not try to carry them in your hands or on your shoulder while climbing the ladder.
  9. Don't use a foldable platform ladder in high winds: If the wind is too strong, the ladder could be blown over. Wait for the wind to die down before using the ladder.
  10. Do not put more weight on the ladder than it is rated to handle and don't go past the maximum rung height without bracing it against something.
  11. Make sure your body weight is evenly distributed on the ladder, stand close to it and avoid leaning or stretching.
  12. Follow all other ladder safety guidelines: Other important foldable platform ladder safety guidelines include wearing appropriate clothing and shoes, using the ladder correctly, and not using the ladder with exhaustion or while intoxicated.

Buying or Renting a Foldable Platform Ladder 

Safe practices are key to ensuring your safety and the safety of others around you. Familiarise yourself with the tips listed above, and follow them to reduce your risk of injury while using a ladder. With some smart planning, you can enjoy years of safe ladder use and know that you're doing everything in your power to protect both yourself and your property from accidents.

Scaffold Online foldable ladder suppliers are here to assist users in ensuring they follow all the safety measures while on site to avoid life changing accidents. With every foldable platform ladder that is bought or rented comes a set of safety guidelines on how to operate and manoeuvre the ladders. Being a certified company, our products have been inspected for safety and quality, an assurance to customers that you’ll get upright ladders that will assist you in accomplishing the task with no hiccups. To order or rent a foldable ladder contact our online shop: +971 (4) 88 55 001.