How to Choose The Best Work Platform
If you need that extra bit of height and want to safely work above your head, you’ll need a work platform (also variously known as a platform ladder, ladder platform, hop up platform, step platform, or safety platform)! Having a sturdy and secure base is essential, but you need to find the best work platform both for you and for the jobs you undertake.
There are two main types of work platforms available: a simple folding step-style platform or step stool for maximum portability, and a scaffold tower-style that is accessed with a platform ladder for higher applications.
Most work platforms need to be portable as well as strong, for use around the home as well as on the job site. To keep the balance between stability and weight, most work platforms are made of aluminium. You can find steel platforms, but they are more suited to industrial work.
Features to Look For
When you’re looking for the best work platform for your requirements, it pays to know where you’ll be using it.
Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when attempting any domestic or professional job. Working at any height can be dangerous, so keep an eye out for steps and platforms with good grip as well as locking mechanisms that are easy to operate and hard to break.
If the majority of your work is painting or plastering ceilings, you’ll need to fit into tight spaces and move around a lot, so a lightweight folding platform or folding step stool is the best choice.
On the other hand, if you’re planning on working higher or spending long periods of time on a platform ladder, a full scaffold tower with handrails, is a much safer option.
Some work platforms, particularly decorators platforms, allow for height adjustments to work safely on stairs as well, which can solve problems when decorating ceilings or installing blinds on high windows.
The UK safety standards are clear when it comes to working at height. Whenever there is a risk of personal injury from falling, even from ground level, the site and equipment have to be checked thoroughly.
The majority of accidents, happily, can be avoided by taking sufficient precautions before attempting any work at height. Always read all instructions that come with your work platform and wear appropriate safety gear at all times.