ladders offer tremendous benefits to companies, manufacturers, and distributors.
They are the most durable of all metal ladders. They have earned a reputation for being reliable, safe, and versatile enough to handle a wide range of applications in office and industrial environments.
Employees use ladders any time they need to climb up to work in hard to reach places. Many workers in warehouses spend the majority of their workday standing on a steel ladder of some type or another. It is also quite common for people in clerical positions to use ladders when filing documents or working in the stock room to retrieve routine office supplies.
One of their most important functions is in the world of distribution and warehousing. Everything in warehousing and distribution deals with storing and moving materials. Very few, if any, of these supplies, materials, or parts are ever stored at easily accessible heights that workers can safely reach.
Without the aid of metal ladders, the entire business cycle can grind to a halt.
Even worse, one injury can result in all sorts of legal and financial penalties. Safe ladders are a must when so much depends on working in elevated heights to ensure time to market deadlines.
Other companies that rely on steel ladders include factories, repair operations, and retail stockrooms.
Even simple, daily maintenance work such as changing a light bulb or trimming hedges around the office may require the use of a ladder to safely perform.
Due to the wide demand for versatility in applications, metal ladders come in a variety of specific models. Standard features include powder coated finishes, multiple color options, and grip resistance for stable foot positioning. Most ladders are manufactured standard with Performa tread. However, options for Expanded Metal Mesh and Grip Strut Tread can also be easily substituted for Performa tread if the ladder is going to be used in a heavy, industrial environment.
The majority of all steel ladders, regardless of the actual size of the ladder or the number of steps, are rated at 450 lbs load capacity.
Climbing angles are engineered for safe and easy descent. The number and depth of steps and top steps varies based upon environment and application.
Generally speaking, the very best climbing angle for a steel ladder is 50 degrees.
Research has indicated that this allows a worker to safely descent either facing forward or backward when moving back down the ladder. Hand rails allow the worker to balance during the descent. Ladders with a 59 degree descent rate are normally used in applications where the worker descends the ladder backward while gripping the handrail.
Steps can vary anywhere from 3 to 19, depending on the model, series, and type of metal ladder in question. The average step depth is 7 inches. Top steps can be anywhere from 10 inches, 12 inches, 20 inches, or even 30 inches deep on the largest models.
Metal ladders designed for use in environments that witness a great deal of traffic, abuse, and wear and tear are normally reinforced with 1 and ¼ inch diameter tubing and an optional 24 inch back panel for additional support.
These ladders are designed for forward descent at a 50 degree angle and typically feature 9 to 15 steps.
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