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STEPLADDERS

Available in varying sizes, the stepladder is a helpful piece of equipment that makes it possible to reach items that are in high locations or to complete projects that require reaching higher areas. While technically different from a step stool or a platform ladder, the stepladder can serve a similar purpose to both of these items.

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Stepladders Overview

What is a Stepladder?

Also known as an A-Frame ladder, a stepladder is a self-supporting ladder with four legs that measures at least 48 inches in height. Intended for use on flat surfaces, a stepladder generally features steps on just one side of the ladder. In some cases, both sides of the ladder can be used for climbing the steps, but this should only be done if the ladder manufacturer indicates that both sides of the stepladder can be used to support users or equipment. Stepladders also feature a spreader hinge in the middle that allows the ladder to be locked into the open position when the four legs are spread. This spreader hinge can then be collapsed when it is time to move the ladder or to place it in storage. Most stepladders also feature a cap or hinge at the top, which makes it possible to connect both sides of the ladder for easy folding and storage.

How to Choose a Stepladder
  • Application: These may be used inside a house, in a residential garage or in a commercial setting to assist with reaching difficult-to-reach items.

  • Materials: These are usually made with fiberglass or aluminum, with fiberglass being the material of choice if the stepladder is to be used while doing electrical work. Some stepladders are also made from wood, steel or other composites.

  • Height/Reach: Typically range in height from 4 to 25 feet.

  • Duty Rating: Consider the weight of the individuals who will be using the ladder as well as the weight of the items that are likely to be carried up and down the ladder.

  • Safety Concerns: Spreader hinges located in the middle of the ladder help to prevent it from collapsing while in use. It should also have rubber feat or metal cleats to help prevent slipping.

Stepladder Uses

Stepladders can be used for both residential and commercial purposes. In both settings, it may be used to reach items on shelves or in cabinets that are difficult to reach. Taller models may be used to complete tasks that require reaching up to the ceiling, such as changing a lightbulb or installing a new light feature. Unlike a platform ladder, the stepladder does not have a large step where tools and other items can be placed. These items can be placed on the top step, however, which is typically not intended for climbing.

Stepladder Safety Tips

To ensure safety, these need to be opened and locked in place before it is used. It should never be leaned against a wall or supported by a wall. The spreader hinges on the stepladder should be spread to the point that all four legs are locked into the open position before climbing the rungs. Otherwise, it may collapse while in use, thereby resulting in injury. The stepladder should also be placed on a solid, flat, non-slippery surface on which the rubber feet and metal cleats are not likely to slip. It is also important to note that the cap on the stepladder is not safe for climbing and standing.