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RR478 – Evaluating the stability requirements for mounting and dismounting from the top of leaning ladders

This report evaluates reasonable ladder use and quantifies the demands placed on the ladder system when used to access platforms and surfaces. This method of use is commonly found amongst certain trades such as window cleaning or roofing and places unique challenges to the stability of the ladder. The work described quantifies the needs of the user and goes on to present a means of both modelling the stability provided by a given ladder and undertaking a workshop test.

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