Ramsay and Sons (Forfar) Ltd

Our commercial ladders cover a diverse range of applications in both the commercial and industrial sectors. We pride ourselves on our friendly, quick and reliable service. For all of your ladder or step requirements, we have the solutions.

Commercal ladderis are a particular area of expertise as well as industrial ladders.

Models include:

  • Single Section Ladders
  • D - Rung Ladders
  • Double Extension Ladders
  • Triple Extension Ladders
  • Surveyors Ladders
  • Fruit Picking Ladders
     
  1. A DIY Guide To Boarding Out Your Loft
    11 November 2020

    Boarding out your loft can help to provide safe and dry storage or even act as the first step in creating a craft or hobby room. It's a job any competent DIYer can achieve with the right tools and materials.

     

    #1 GET THE ESSENTIALS RIGHT

    To successfully board out your loft, you'll need:

    JIGSAW AND WORKBENCH

    SCREWDRIVERS

    HAMMER

    ELECTRIC DRILL

    MEASURE AND PENCIL

    GLOVES, GOGGLES AND FACEMASK

    STANDARD LOFT BOARDS

    SCREWS SUITABLE FOR FIXING LOFT BOARDS

    INSULATION SUFFICIENT TO CREATE A DEPTH OF AT LEAST 270MM.

     

    #2 MEASURE UP

    Boarding out your loft can help to provide safe and dry storage or even act as the first step in creating a craft or hobby room. It's a job any competent DIYer can achieve with the right tools and materials.

     

    #3 LAY OUT YOUR BOARDS

    You'll create more strength and integrity in the boards if you stagger them - joins that line up across the boards can create a weak point.

    Cut the boards to length and to allow access to light fittings if necessary, being careful not to trap or cut any wires.

    When you're satisfied, it's time to fix them in place.

     

    #4 DON'T FORGET TO INSULATE

    You'll find that the recommended 270mm depth of insulation makes attaching the boards difficult. However, if you compress the insulation you'll compromise its effectiveness.

    The best solution is to split the insulation and lay to the depth of the joists under your boards, and attach the rest under the roof using twine and nails to hold it in place.

     

    #5 BOARDING OUT

    It's now time to screw the boards into place.

    Line each board up with the centre of the joist and then drill two to three pilot holes each side before fixing each board into place.

     

    #6 ATTACHING A LOFT LADDER

    Loft ladders can vary in design, so be certain to read the manufacturers' instructions before fitting.

    The Ramsay loft ladders fit almost any size of hatch, but be sure to give us a call or read our brochure to ensure you select the right model.  We also offer you the choice of filling in our Measurement Chart and we can confirm exact sizes required.

    Start by lowering the ladder fully to the floor and attaching the top stops before fitting the guide assembly to the frame of the loft hatch. You can fit the handlebar in place at this point or after assembly if preferred.

    Now follow the instructions for fully lowering and locking the ladder in place by releasing each section of your loft ladders until they reach the stops, at which point you can release the locking catches.

    To store your newly installed ladder, simply release all the catches and slide the ladder upwards until it can be safely stowed in the loft.

     

    #7 TIPS FOR USING YOUR NEW LOFT STORAGE

    Keeping your newly boarded out loft free of clutter is the best way to store your possessions.

    Place heavier items around the perimeter of the boards to spread the weight, leave items you use often accessible from the loft ladders, and use sealed plastic storage boxes to keep your possessions dust-free.

     

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  2. What Type Of Ladder Is Right For Me
    3 August 2020

    Whether you're a professional tradesperson, or you're a homeowner looking for easier access to your loft, a ladder can be an incredibly useful object to have. With so many different types of ladder available however, how do you know which type is right for you?

    To help you make a decision, we've put together a list of the different ladder types along with their individual benefits.

    Loft ladders

    Having safe, secure and reliable access to your loft is vital, especially if you use your loft for storage and have to carry heavy items into your loft regularly. Depending on what style you prefer, you can opt for a timber or aluminium loft ladder.

    Usually you'll find that a loft ladder will have flat topped treads, which have been specifically designed with safety and comfort in mind. The flat topped treads are particularly safe because it provides the user with a horizontal surface they can stand on, which helps to ensure that the user is fully secure, but also comfortable, because often users can find themselves standing on loft ladders for a prolonged period of time, especially if they're passing up boxes to someone in the loft.

    Extension ladders

    Extension ladders are available in both double and triple sizes and are more than likely to be the ladder you require if you're carrying out a job while working at a height. It's important that you select the right ladder for your job, meaning you'll have to take the height you're working at into account, along with the weight load.

    Some of the biggest extension ladders will allow you to reach a height of around 10 metres and be able to support a static vertical load of around 170kg. All the information surrounding weight and height will be available on each ladder you look at, so make sure you do your research. Double and triple extending ladders are designed with strength in mind and come with non-slip rungs and feet for additional safety.

    Roof ladders

    Roof ladders are essential for allowing you to carry out work safely when you find yourself working on a roof. Working at awkward heights can present its challenges, but with a roof ladder that is lightweight in design, you can ensure the job is completed with minimum fuss.

    Most roof ladders will come with hooks and non-slip rungs, meaning safety is never an issue. The hook allows you to attach the ladder to the top of the roof, making it secure and safe to move up and down while you're working.

    Telescopic ladders

    Telescopic ladders are a great choice because they give you the best of both worlds. They provide the convenience of a ladder without taking up a lot of space. So, if space is an issue for you in your home, or you need a ladder that's easily transportable, then a telescopic ladder could be for you.

    Most telescopic ladders will compact down to one-third of their maximum height. Pretty much every telescopic ladder will be made from strong aluminium and have anti-slip feet and treads, meaning safety will never be an issue. They're also incredibly easy to adjust to your desired height.

    Combination ladders

    If you're working on a job where the floor beneath you is likely to be varied in height, then a combination ladder is the ideal choice.

    Perfect for tackling stairwells, combination ladders provide you with all the flexibility you need and can be positioned in various ways to deal with a wide range of scenarios.

    Platform steps

    A great choice if you're carrying out interior decorations, platform steps provide you with a solid platform to decorate from.

    Safe and secure, a platform step ladder is made up of a few secure steps and features a platform at the top. Easily transportable, most platform steps will be capable of carrying loads in excess of 130kg.

    We hope this has helped to steer you towards the most appropriate ladder for your needs.  If you still have any queries or require help choosing our team here at Ramsay Ladders have years of experience and are only to glad to help.

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  3. How To Clean Your Gutters Safely Using Ladders
    3 August 2020

    Cleaning your gutters can be a difficult and dangerous job. It is, however, essential if you want to ensure your roof and walls stay free from water damage.

    To help you clean your gutters safely, we've put together a handy guide.

    BEFORE YOU START

    Before cleaning your gutters, it's important to take appropriate safety measures.

    It's a good idea to seek out some plastic waterproof gloves; these will protect your hands from anything sharp or rough that may be in your gutters.

    SELECTING THE RIGHT LADDER

    One of the most important tasks is making sure you have a suitable ladder for cleaning your gutters.

    Step ladders may be suitable if are working on a single storey building. It's more likely, however, that you will have to use extension ladders or a combination ladder so you can reach the gutter.

    MEASURING THE HEIGHT OF THE GUTTER

    A rough estimate which you can apply to a single storey house is 3.3m. From the ground to the gutter on a two-storey house is about 5.7m. To make sure you remain safe, you'll have to choose a ladder that has a working height which matches the height of your gutter. You could clean the gutters of a single storey building with a 10 or 12 tread step ladder. Alternatively, you could use a double extension ladder, provided it has an extended height of at least 3.95m. It's recommended that you use a ladder with an extended height of 8m when tackling two-storey properties. Measuring the property can be done by taking the measurements of a brick and mortar strip before counting the number of bricks to the guttering.

    DO YOU NEED A STANDOFF?

    Quite often you'll find that plastic gutters are built really close to the roof tiles. That can cause difficulties when it comes to clearing out the debris in the guttering. If this is the case with your roof, you may want to consider using a standoff or a ladder stay.

    This provides you with an easier working position, without putting pressure on the gutter. It will also make your ladder more stable.

    USING LADDER STABILISERS

    If you're cleaning guttering with extension ladders, then it's absolutely vital that you stand your ladder on ground that's both firm and flat. Often combination ladders come with a ladder levelling bar for added security, but sometimes extension ladders won't. In these instances, it's best to use a ladder stabiliser. A good ladder stabiliser will allow you to place your ladder on pretty much any outdoor surface from gravel and wood, to paving stones and beyond.

    TIPS FOR USING LADDERS

    When cleaning your gutters, you should make sure your ladder is set up at the correct angle. Look out for the safety mark on the side of the ladder, as this indicates the best angle to use.

    You should also be looking to move your ladder along the guttering as you clear it. Over-reaching on a ladder is dangerous and is one of the most common causes of falls. It's always best to take the time required to move the ladder and to take regular breaks.

    If you require any further advice on the type of ladder you require for your job, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly team on 01307 462 255

    How To Clean Your Gutters Safely Using Ladders
  4. Eight Expert Tips To Know For Loft Ladder Safety
    30 June 2020

    Loft ladders are incredibly useful pieces of equipment. However, they should be treated with care. If you use them incorrectly or install them in the wrong manner, then you risk hurting yourself quite seriously.

    So, to help ensure you avoid any such hazards, here are our 8 top loft ladder safety tips.

    1. Maintain 3 points of contact

    Always ensure you have 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times as you ascend and descend. This could be 2 legs and one hand or vice versa. If you need to carry stuff up, then it’s best to seek out help.

    2. Ensure your loft hatch is large enough

    Think carefully about how large the items are that you will need to be putting up in your loft. If the hatch isn't big enough, then it will pose a dangerous threat to you as you try to squeeze everything up and through.

    3. Never carry too much

    If you have a lot of items that need to go into your loft, then take them all in small amounts. Trying to lift up too much at once puts you at greater risk of losing your balance and falling.

    4. Always ask for help

    Regardless of how much you need to take up, its best to have someone stand at the base of the ladder and see you up and down. Similarly, if an accident did occur, then they will be there to help you right away.

    5. Keep any young children and pets away

    It can be a real hazard if there are small children or pets running around the base of the ladder. As they may then get in the way or start trying to climb up as well.

    6. Don’t reach too far

    Ensure that whenever you are placing items into the loft, you are not having to overextend yourself by lifting them overhead. This will cause you to lose balance and risk falling or dropping the items onto yourself.

    7. Wear sensible footwear

    It is important you always wear some form of sensible footwear with grip whenever using a loft ladder. This means no socks, no flip flops and no shoes with hard, flat soles.

    8. Inspect regularly

    Finally, to ensure your loft ladder is safe to use, it is important you take the time to give it a regular inspection. If it doesn't get used very much then this might be every 6 months. If it is used regularly, then make your checks more often.

    By following these 8 crucial loft ladder safety tips, you should hopefully never have any issues accessing your loft storage space. In general, it is just about being sensible and respecting the possible risks you could face.

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  5. What Type Of Ladder Is Right For Me
    28 June 2019

    Whether you're a professional tradesperson, or you're a homeowner looking for easier access to your loft, a ladder can be an incredibly useful object to have. With so many different types of ladder available however, how do you know which type is right for you?

    To help you make a decision, we've put together a list of the different ladder types along with their individual benefits.

     

    LOFT LADDERS

    Having safe, secure and reliable access to your loft is vital, especially if you use your loft for storage and have to carry heavy items into your loft regularly. Depending on what style you prefer, you can opt for a timber or aluminium loft ladder. 

    Usually you'll find that a loft ladder will have flat topped treads, which have been specifically designed with safety and comfort in mind. The flat topped treads are particularly safe because it provides the user with a horizontal surface they can stand on, which helps to ensure that the user is fully secure, but also comfortable, because often users can find themselves standing on loft ladders for a prolonged period of time, especially if they're passing up boxes to someone in the loft.

     

    EXTENSION LADDERS

    Extension ladders are available in both double and triple sizes and are more than likely to be the ladder you require if you're carrying out a job while working at a height. It's important that you select the right ladder for your job, meaning you'll have to take the height you're working at into account, along with the weight load.

    Some of the biggest extension ladders will allow you to reach a height of around 10 metres and be able to support a static vertical load of around 170kg. All the information surrounding weight and height will be available on each ladder you look at, so make sure you do your research. Double and triple extending ladders are designed with strength in mind and come with non-slip rungs and feet for additional safety.

     

    ROOF LADDERS

    Roof ladders are essential for allowing you to carry out work safely when you find yourself working on a roof. Working at awkward heights can present its challenges, but with a roof ladder that is lightweight in design, you can ensure the job is completed with minimum fuss.

    Most roof ladders will come with hooks and non-slip rungs, meaning safety is never an issue. The hook allows you to attach the ladder to the top of the roof, making it secure and safe to move up and down while you're working.

     

    TELESCOPIC LADDERS

    Telescopic ladders are a great choice because they give you the best of both worlds. They provide the convenience of a ladder without taking up a lot of space. So, if space is an issue for you in your home, or you need a ladder that's easily transportable, then a telescopic ladder could be for you. 

    Most telescopic ladders will compact down to one-third of their maximum height. Pretty much every telescopic ladder will be made from strong aluminium and have anti-slip feet and treads, meaning safety will never be an issue. They're also incredibly easy to adjust to your desired height.

     

    COMBINATION LADDERS

    If you're working on a job where the floor beneath you is likely to be varied in height, then a combination ladder is the ideal choice. 

    Perfect for tackling stairwells, combination laddersprovide you with all the flexibility you need and can be positioned in various ways to deal with a wide range of scenarios.

     

    PLATFORM STEPS

    A great choice if you're carrying out interior decorations, platform steps provide you with a solid platform to decorate from. 

    Safe and secure, a platform step ladder is made up of a few secure steps and features a platform at the top. Easily transportable, most platform steps will be capable of carrying loads in excess of 130kg.

    We hope this has helped to steer you towards the most appropriate ladder for your needs.  If you still have any queries or require help choosing our team here at Ramsay Ladders have years of experience and are only to glad to help.

    Call us today on 01307 462 255

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  6. Transporting your ladder safely
    28 June 2019

    The way you transport your ladder is important, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the equipment required to do it. It is essential that you secure ladders adequately to avoid accidents when driving, and there are even laws that relate to overhang.

    Longer ladders, like extension ladders, are not always possible to squeeze into the back of a car/van, so you may need to transport them on the roof. There are commercial ladder handling solutions for vehicles, which help to load and unload ladders to and from a van's roof from the ground using gas-assisted mechanisms. But for those of us without these luxuries, there are more low-tech solutions that work just fine.

    The most common thing to do is secure the ladder to a roof rack or roof bars. But if you are going to transport a ladder this way, you will need to be familiar with the legal requirements involved. For the UK, these are recorded under section 26 of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). It is most important to stay within the restrictions for how much overhang is permitted at the front and rear of your vehicle.

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    Rear Overhang

    If the overhand is less than 1 metre, then there are no requirements.

     

    If the overhang is between 1 and 2 metres, you must ensure the overhang is clearly visible. Many choose to mark it with a high-vis vest or bright cloth. Whatever you choose, it must be clearly visible within a reasonable distance to other road users.

     

    If the overhang is between 2 and 3.05 metres, you are required to have a rear marker board

     

    If the overhang exceeds 3.05 metres, you must give notice of 2 working days to the police.

     

    Front Overhang

    If the overhang is between 0 and 2 metres, there are no requirements.

     

    If the overhang is between 2 and 3.05 metres, you are required to have a front and side marker board.

     

    If the overhang exceeds 3.05 metres, you are required to give the police 2 working days' notice.

     

    Some Tips For Safe Transportation

    Once you have ensured the overhang regulations have been adhered to, you will need to make sure the ladder is completely closed if it is an extension ladder. You may need to recruit some help with carrying the ladder and lifting it into position on the vehicle's roof. If you are unable to get any help, be sure that the top of the ladder is tilted upwards when you carry it.

    Lay the ladder carefully on the roof of the vehicle, either against the roof rack or between the roof bars. If you don' t have a roof rack, be sure to use pillows or cushions as a buffer to protect your vehicle. Secure the ladder at both the front and the back using ladder clamps, bungee cords, ropes or other strong ties. It may help to take a short test drive with the ladder in a safe area, turning some sharp corners and braking abruptly to ensure the ladder is secured in place.

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  7. The Long and Short of Buying Telescopic Ladders
    28 June 2019

    The advantages of telescopic ladders are many, but so are the holes you can dig if you get the wrong ones! It adds to the confusion that there are so many options on the market, at so many different price points. 

    How do you choose the right pair of telescopic ladders, at the right price? What mistakes do you need to avoid?

     

    Cheap is not always Cheerful

    Using ladders of any kind carries risk but this can be minimised considerably by using a pair that are well-made and 100% reliable. They need to be stable, robust and fit for purpose.

    As with many other types of tools and equipment, buying the cheapest is not always a good idea. It makes sense to be economical when buying the basic items used in DIY or trades work. The same does not apply to things that can put you in danger!

    This is especially true of telescopic ladders. You want all the versatility of being able to adjust the height and store them easily. But you don't want an unsafe user experience.

    There have been incidents in the past when products that looked adequate have provided prone to metal snaps or malfunctioning locking mechanisms!

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    Multi-Use and Durability

    Going for telescopic ladders that are designed and manufactured well also helps you to avoid another mistake. Paying out for a pair that are too flimsy for more demanding tasks or that don’t stand the test of time.

    Investing in well-made and versatile telescopic ladders ensures that can be used in many different locations, for all sorts of jobs, for a long time to come. They may cost a little more up front, but it’s a wise investment if they serve you well.

     

    Safety Certification

    How can you be sure that your telescopic ladders are of the required quality, and operate well? That leads to another common mistake; buying telescopic ladders that are not certified. 

    Injury is far too common in both trades work and DIY. It means that items such as this must conform to certain quality standards, which then earns them accreditation. When buying telescopic ladders for both home and commercial use, always look for quality standard CLASSEN131, which certifies their safety, such as our Telestep.

     

    Use wisely too

    Having found a product that comes with the right certification, at a fair price, for what is clearly a durable and reliable telescopic ladder, there’s still one more trap waiting for the unwary. Using telescopic ladders without knowing their proper application or boundaries.

    It may seem like common sense, but the way you position, secure and utilise your ladders can make a big difference in how steady and comfortable you will be. And how easily you can carry out all the tasks that telescopic ladders are designed for.

    Thoroughly familiarise yourself with the ladder before use and speak to us about how to use telescopic ladders with confidence, minimising risk.

    Telescopic ladders are a very handy thing to buy, as long as you avoid those holes; literally and metaphorically speaking.

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    The Long and Short of Buying Telescopic Ladders
  8. 8 Expert Loft Ladder Safety Tips
    28 June 2019

    Loft ladders are incredibly useful pieces of equipment. However, they should be treated with care. If you use them incorrectly or install them in the wrong manner, then you risk hurting yourself quite seriously. 

    So, to help ensure you avoid any such hazards, here are our 8 top loft ladder safety tips.

     

    1. Maintain 3 Points Of Contact

    Always ensure you have 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times as you ascend and descend. This could be 2 legs and one hand or vice versa. If you need to carry stuff up, then it’s best to seek out help.

     

    2. Ensure Your Loft Hatch Is Large Enough

    Think carefully about how large the items are that you will need to be putting up in your loft. If the hatch isn't big enough, then it will pose a dangerous threat to you as you try to squeeze everything up and through.

     

    3. Never Carry Too Much

    If you have a lot of items that need to go into your loft, then take them all in small amounts. Trying to lift up too much at once puts you at greater risk of losing your balance and falling.

     

    4. Always Ask For Help

    Regardless of how much you need to take up, its best to have someone stand at the base of the ladder and see you up and down. Similarly, if an accident did occur, then they will be there to help you right away.

     

    5. Keep Any Young Children And Pets Away

    It can be a real hazard if there are small children or pets running around the base of the ladder. As they may then get in the way or start trying to climb up as well.

     

    6. Don’t Reach Too Far

    Ensure that whenever you are placing items into the loft, you are not having to overextend yourself by lifting them overhead. This will cause you to lose balance and risk falling or dropping the items onto yourself.

     

    7. Wear Sensible Footwear

    It is important you always wear some form of sensible footwear with grip whenever using a loft ladder. This means no socks, no flip flops and no shoes with hard, flat soles.

     

    8. Inspect Regularly

    Finally, to ensure your loft ladder is safe to use, it is important you take the time to give it a regular inspection. If it doesn't get used very much then this might be every 6 months. If it is used regularly, then make your checks more often.

     

    By following these 8 crucial loft ladder safety tips, you should hopefully never have any issues accessing your loft storage space. In general, it is just about being sensible and respecting the possible risks you could face.

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  9. Safely accessing your mezzanine with Shelf Ladders
    28 June 2019

    SAFELY ACCESSING YOUR MEZZANINE

    Mezzanine storage systems in domestic and commercial environments are incredibly effective when it comes to increasing work or storage space. After all, it makes sense to utilise every existing inch of vertical space in the workplace or the home. In some instances, a mezzanine can be the only solution apart from relocating to a bigger premises when you require additional space – but what about when it comes to comfortably accessing your mezzanine?

    There are a lot of things to consider - from health and safety to convenience –when it comes to installing an access solution, and these may vary depending on the use of your mezzanine (domestic vs commercial). In this article, we’ll look at safely and flexibly accessing your additional space with shelf ladders.

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    SHELF LADDERS

    Shelf ladders are typically made of aluminium and provide a safe, multi-functional means of accessing your mezzanine. Designed for comfort, a shelf ladder combines a T-rail system ladder with steps, and can be set up in a variety of ways, or created bespoke for the purposes of accessing your mezzanine.

    Designed with the employee in mind, a shelf ladder provides an ergonomic platform for stock storage and picking in compact areas with heavy traffic. 

    Many retail and industrial environments make use of shelf ladders to enable workers to safely access products stored on high shelves.

    Shelf ladder costs can vary dependent on the features you decide upon. They’re available with no handrails, single handrails or double-sided handrails, and it’s possible to add shafting hooks and crossbars to the top for additional safety. Shelf ladders are also versatile and can be compactly stored, making them particularly useful for commercial environments where space is at a premium. If you don’t intend on accessing your domestic or commercial mezzanine daily, a shelf ladder offers a temporary, cost-effective solution.

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    For more information, help and impartial advice on what device might be best for your home or work environment, why not contact us at Ramsay Ladders today?

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