Everybody appreciates that using a ladder can be dangerous, even if a person is only a few rungs high. Each year there are numerous ladder related incidents and accidents in the UK alone. The Health and Safety Executive reports that annually there are around six deaths per year resulting from falls off of ladders. Figures from that source also indicate that approximately one third of all injuries sustained in the UK per year are as a result of falls from ladders.
The majority of ladder related incidents occur when the base, or bottom, of a ladder slips away from underneath the user. This is the reason that many people ask someone to “foot the ladder” for them. All of the above information brings us to the product we offer, appropriately named FOOT THE LADDER. This device is designed to prevent ladders from slipping away from underneath you.
The FOOT THE LADDER is strong, effective, and very easy to use. How easy? It takes just two seconds to attach to any ladder, and the same amount of time, two seconds, to remove it! That's how easy! Constructed from high quality British steel, it is fully seam welded at every joint, and then the finished product is powder coated for a robust finish.
The FOOT THE LADDER has been accredited for its performance and effectiveness by a leading working at height training facility. The accreditation procedure followed strict health and safety guidelines in line with the Health and Safety Executive’s mandate. (Details of accreditation are available)
So how does it work? Simple.
By means of an internally spring loaded mechanism, it clamps between the lower rungs of your ladder. It has an arm which extends outwards towards the ground or floor, in the direction of whatever it is you are leaning your ladder against. This arm makes contact with the ground, and now the force which previously was pushing the base of the ladder outwards, is now redirected inwards, giving complete stability.
There is a little adjustment facility built in to the unit to accommodate different working terrains that may be encountered. Whilst that is the case, the FOOT THE LADDER has been designed to adhere to the “four-to-one” safety rule which is in place to make ladder usage as safe as possible (See Figure 1, opposite).
So, who will benefit from using the FOOT THE LADDER?
The simple answer is anyone can!! So far hundreds have been sold, across the UK, in America, Denmark, France, Italy and Ireland. These have been bought by various county councils, roofers, decorators, window cleaners, satellite and telecom fitters, electricians, guttering specialists, and window fitters, not to mention the countless units that individual members of the public have purchased simply to keep themselves safe. Even a royal park in the Surrey countryside uses one to assist in game keeping duties!
If you want to know more about the product or have any other questions, please get in contact, we'd love to hear from you!
07534 825 854