HILLS Industries , which supplies the Bailey range, says that apart from the worrying number of falls from height each year in Australian workplaces, occupational health and safety regulations mean employers must act to ensure their ladders meet modern standards.
In many cases, a traditional ladder is not needed at all and can be replaced with a new form of scaffolding that is quick and easy to erect. The MiniMax is a mobile scaffold with interconnecting folding frames. Setup for a deck height of 0.9m takes less than two minutes.
The system can be built up to a height of 3.7m by adding the extension pack and guardrail pack. With a fully assembled footprint of 1.8m by 0.7m, MiniMax is as easy to move through narrow spaces as a ladder.
Providing the MiniMax is not built up higher than the recommended 3.7m deck height, no scaffolder's licence is required. The MiniMax meets the Australian Standards (AS/NZS 1576) and has a design registration certificate.
When an extension ladder is the only way to get access to an elevated confined space, leg-levelling systems increase stability. Hill recently released a retrofit leg levelling system for extension ladders, called the Bailey Level-Eze.
It can fitted to an existing Bailey or Oldfields extension ladder so that it automatically finds its own level and remains vertical while in use.
The Bailey and Oldfields range of ladders and other access products will be on show at the Hills Industries stand at The Safety Show Sydney, which runs from 13-15 October at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.