What is a Work Platform?
Work platforms are generally low-level access platforms designed for users to work a machine in a factory or where tasks are long duration. Work platforms may be fitted with additional features, including toe boards or floor mounted.
What is a Step Ladder?
A Step Ladder is for short-duration tasks requiring a user to reach a high point, for example, from a shelf or perform a task like painting.
A work platform is an access platform, usually with an ample, elevated flat space for users to stand and work. They typically come with guard rails on each side to provide greater protection. Ropes, chains or gates further help reduce the risk of slipping or falling from the platform.
In contrast, a step ladder is designed with angled steps up to a level where a person can access an item that is out of reach. A step ladder usually has a single handrail and lacks a fully enclosed surround, so the user needs to maintain 3-points of contact to keep safe, making it more suitable for quickly accessing a high point rather than working for an extended period.
Whilst perfect for short-duration tasks, a user would not use a step ladder to work a machine for a shift. The lack of space to move on a step ladder would cause discomfort and fatigue over time.
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