Ensuring health and safety compliance is sure to cause many a headache for fleet managers and workshop owners. However, Van Guard has endeavoured to put minds at ease with its latest innovation: the Van Guard Ladder Loader.
Van Guard has launched a mechanically-aided ladder loading system. Initially unveiled at the CV Show 2019, the Van Guard Ladder Loader has been designed to allow for a safe and effective method of loading and unloading ladders from the roof of a van to ground level.
Whilst clambering on a van seems a straightforward way of accessing a ladder on the roof of a van, it can prove to be dangerous with the unpredictable British weather and challenging means of access. The hydraulic system in the Ladder Loader allows for easy ladder management and the reduction of risk where the van’s roof is over head height.
It’s crucial to guarantee the security of a ladder when it’s placed on a van’s roof as you risk hurting not only yourself when attempting to remove it, but also other road users should it fall off the roof whilst in transit.
Therefore, the Ladder Loader has undertaken vigorous safety tests. It has been crash tested at 30mph to the industry standards of 20g to ECE Regulation 17, and is a fully TÜV GS certified system. Three sizes of Ladder Loader are available, with the MAXI Ladder Loader options allowing for the carrying and safe transportation of two ladders.
Designed to utilise Van Guard’s aluminium van roof bars, Andy Woodward, Sales & Marketing Director at Van Guard, explains, “The introduction of the Ladder Loader, alongside the recently launched range of aftermarket van locks, allows Van Guard to be your one-stop shop for the safe transporting and security of tools and equipment, both internally and externally.”