The Ladder Stopper is tough, easy to use and very effective.
Manufactured from extruded aluminium with a bonded rubber faced base, it works on the principle of surface area. The contact patch is almost 100 times greater when using the Ladder Stopper compared to just the ladder feet, hence the greater grip.
It was tested by Leeds Polytechnic on various surfaces and at various angles. It was tested on wet floors, dry floors, even painted concrete sprinkled with fine sand, and using ladders with wall wheels attached to the upper ends to minimise friction.
The Polytechnic’s conclusions were:
The Ladder Stopper may be expected to improve the performance of a ladder in terms of safety by imparting complete stability under conditions of use.
The Ladder Stopper may be expected to improve considerably, the limits of stability of a ladder well beyond required use.
The Ladder Stopper is regarded as being stable at inclinations 3:1 and above even with loose or dry surfaces.
The Ladder Stopper may provide added security in that when used at the limit, loss of stability is a gradual “slip and grip” rather than catastrophic total loss of grip. This enables the user to make a careful descent without further slip occurring.
A positive note of interest for safety officers as a means of improving the stability of ladders.