When buying a telescopic ladder you will need to make sure you buy one that is certified by the FSA, you should also be allowed to ask for a conformity certificate from your potential seller. For any telescopic ladder to pass the minimum standard requirements they have to:
Rungs should be 80% longer than normal telescopic ladders so that they can provide full grip and comfort when working on them. The width of the telescopic ladder should not be less than a third of the height of your working platform.
You should not use a telescopic ladder if you are carrying any tools with you and need to store them away whilst using the ladder. They should be stored on your work bench.
A telescopic ladder will not be recommended for those working in high winds or with other strong winds. It is best used if you are working under clear conditions. If you are working in a windy environment then you should make sure you have an effective ventilation system in place for keeping your working space cool.
You should not use a telescopic ladder at night. It is better for you to use a regular ladder for this purpose. Any telescopic ladder should provide easy access to any equipment needed for work. This can be accessed either from below or above.
Safety is vital when using any type of ladder and you need to ensure it is always kept up to scratch. With these requirements in mind you should always buy a reputable brand and use it regularly. When using it correctly it can greatly reduce the risk of an accident occurring.
Before using it always read the instruction manual to check the safety features. When using it, you should never attempt to climb over another person or use the ladder while drunk.
When using a ladder you should never climb up to the top without first taking a few steps down. The same applies to climbing the lower section as well.
The correct type of ladder to use is important as it provides the correct level of safety. Ladders should be used with care and you should never work with a ladder in a hazardous area or under extreme conditions.
It is essential for you to follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the maintenance of your ladder. If your ladder becomes rusty, you should clean it using an acid-free soap. You should never use a steel wool cloth or metal polish to clean your ladder, if it becomes stained then use a non-aqueous cleaning product.