The very first thing you should determine before you buy a ladder in your warehouse is which type will work best for the task at hand. With that in mind, here the top five common types of ladders used in warehouses.
Step ladders are the most commonly used ladders in a warehouse. Unlike extension ladders, they do not need to lean against any support to be useful. You can set up the ladder inside or outside your warehouse easily.
Step ladders come in two different forms. There is the front and twin step ladders. The front step ladder comes with one side that you climb on and the other fixed as the support. The twin step ladder allows you to use both sides. When buying a step ladder, you need to take into consideration the height of your warehouse and shelves. There is a wide range of heights available in the stores.
Platform ladders enable you to work for a long time without hurting your feet. They have flat and soft platforms that allow you to place your feet comfortably while arranging things at the warehouse. The platforms have slip-resistant restraints to provide the traction you need. The height of the ladders ranges from three to nine feet. They are not adjustable, so make sure you choose the size that suits your warehouse.
Some people use their counters or chairs when they want to reach out for something on the shelves of their warehouses. This is potentially dangerous because you may lose balance and fall, sustaining injuries in the process. Step stools enable you to access things without losing balance. They come in different sizes. Some stools are able to fold and can make maneuvers inside your warehouse.
Rolling ladders are mobile, meaning you can use them to move from one place to another easily. They are made of lightweight and corrosion-resistant materials that can easily be moved. The ladders come in different sizes and shapes. Most of them can access high shelves and have platforms to stand on and place items when working.
Telescoping ladders can easily transform from compact and portable items to full-size and usable tools. All telescoping ladders are light in weight and are easy to carry around the warehouse. They come in different heights and shapes. Their height ranges from 10 to 14.5 feet. The maximum weight they can hold is 250 pounds.
Before you choose a ladder for your warehouse, you need to determine the type of people who will use it, the height of the shelves and the items you plan to carry. You must also ensure the ladder observes the OSHA safety standards.