Ladder hire


A ladder consists of two stiles with crossbars (rungs or steps) between them and are used to reach heights which would normally not be accessible. Ladders can be either self-supporting (such as a step ladder) or need to be placed against something.

The price for a ladder mostly depends on its maximum working height.

Ladder hire guide

Why hire a ladder?

A ladder is a climbing tool made from two stiles with crossbars (rungs or steps) between them. Ladders can be used to reach heights which would normally not be accessible, by placing a ladder against something (e.g. a house) or by using a freestanding ladder. Hiring a ladder can be for many applications, going from jobs in the house to certain trade jobs (e.g. painting) and outside jobs (e.g. tree pruning).

Which ladder types can I hire?

Hire shops typically have following types of ladders available for hire:

  • Extension ladder: Ladder that consists of several parts (typically 2 or 3) that can be extended, making the ladder more compact to transport and store (not self-supporting)
  • Step ladder: Ladder that is hinged in the middle and forms an inverted V, kept at a fixed angle with stays (self-supporting)
  • Combination ladder: Can be used both as an extension ladder as well as a step ladder. Hiring a combination ladder gives you more flexibility and makes it possible to perform more types of jobs compared to an extension ladder or step ladder
  • Roof ladder: Ladder with a large hook at the top so it can be secured around the roof ridge

What size ladder do i need to hire?

When hiring a ladder, you will see different heights listed in the product specifications. What is of interest is the safe working height of a ladder. If the safe working height is not given, you might find the open or extended height, however take into account that you cannot place a ladder fully vertical, so this does not equal your working height. The closed height of a ladder can be useful to determine whether you can transport it yourself or need to arrange a delivery.

How many points of contact on a ladder?

You should always have 3 points of contact with the ladder when climbing (e.g. one hand and two feet) and also when working at height (whenever possible).

What angle should a ladder be at?

The HSE guideline is to have the ladder at an angle of 75°, which corresponds with the 1 in 4 rule (1 unit of distance horizontally for every 4 units of distance vertically).

For further information on how to safely use a ladder, please check the HSE guide.

What is the recommended safety equipment when hiring a ladder?

When using a ladder it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a ladder consists of the following: safety helmet and protective gloves.

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