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Roof Access and Fixed Access Ladders

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Heightsafe design, supply, install, and fabricate a wide range of Roof Access Ladder and Stair Systems to suit specific site requirements. With designs offering flexibility to cover most building types, you can be sure that your employees and contractors have a safe means of access whilst working at height, whatever the task entails.

All of Heightsafe’s access ladder systems and stairs are compliant with work at height directives and are designed and manufactured to meet BS 4211:2005. Whatever your access requirements, Heightsafe can provide a safe, strong and high-quality system.

When you choose Heightsafe, you can expect:

  • A nationwide service for design, installation and supply only
  • Competitive pricing (beating any like for like quote*)
  • Fast response times, with some items always in stock
  • Our specialist Work at Height teams carry out surveys, installations and testing


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do access ladders need to be fixed?

A: Ideally access ladders should be fixed to the substrate, however where this isn’t possible, freestanding staircases can be supplied and installed.


Q: Can access ladders be powder coated?

A: Yes, Heightsafe offer a powder coating surface and all we need is the RAL colour.


Q: What should I do if my access ladder gets damaged?

A: You should prohibit any use of the ladder and call Heightsafe immediately. Our specialists will be on hand to help


Q: I have an out of date tag on my access ladder, what does this mean?

A: An out of date tag will mean that your ladder is not to be used until an inspection is carried out.


Q: What regulations do access ladders fall under?

A: Both fixed and temporary access ladders used in the workplace fall under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, PUWER 1988. These regulations state that it is the responsibility of the duty holder to ensure that any equipment provided to employees and contractors is: suitable for use and the purpose it is intended to be used for, maintenance is completed regularly, and the system is tested for compliance on an annual basis by a competent external party.


Did you know?

It is recommended that all access systems should be tested and inspected at frequencies not exceeding 12 months, dependent on frequency of use. Heightsafe also provide Testing and Maintenance, ensuring your bespoke access is compliant.

If Access Ladders and Stairs aren’t the right solution for you, Heightsafe also offer a full range Access Systems, providing you with an alternative access solution; please contact one of our team.

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Our access ladder kit is a safe, simple to install modular ladder system that consists of individual parts which easily bolt together to form a fully BS 4211 compliant ladder.

All the components that make up the system are designed to comply with BS 4211 and are fully hot dip galvanised to BS EN ISO 1461:1999. Supplied and delivered to site in a flat pack form complete with comprehensive installation instructions, the ladders are easy to install and adapt using the minimum of tools.

The convenience of using a modular system eliminates the need for site specific construction drawings and can speed up the process from specification through to installation.


Using different combinations of modular ladder components and number of hoops, any height of ladder can be produced to solve virtually all your access ladder issues


All ladder components are hot dip galvanised to BS EN 1461:1999 and all fixings are stainless steel


No need for cranes or heavy lifting equipment, arrives on a standard pallet to be erected easily by two men


Once installed the combined ladder system is designed to be fully compliant to BS 4211

General Access Ladder Specification

  • Stringers: 65mm x 10mm Mild steel flat
  • Cage Hoops: 50mm x 8mm Mild steel flat
  • Cage Straps: 50mm x 8mm Mild steel flat
  • Ladder Rungs: 20mm Dia Mild steel bar
  • Fixing Nuts/Bolts: Stainless steel

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