Roof Access Ladder

Roof access ladder

Roof access ladders provide easy access to rooftops, loading docks, mezzanines, and other elevated areas within your building. Peak Commercial access ladder systems are also designed to minimise falling risk through preventative safety precautions when working at heights. We mainly produce highly durable, fixed access aluminium ladders, but also offer stainless steel options depending on your requirements.

Type of roof access ladder

There are many different types of roof access ladders, so if you need help deciding on the ideal ladder system for your building, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team of friendly experts will gladly offer their advice for the best solutions, customised to your situation. See the list below to familiarise yourself with the different types of roof access ladders that are commonly available:

Angled Rung Ladder

Angled rung ladders are a standard choice for roof access. They come in all kinds of customisable shapes and sizes and have an angle of inclination between 70° to 75°.

Once a roof ladder of this kind exceeds 3m in height, it is also recommended to install a ladder cage to serve as a fall protection system for users, preventing persons from falling directly to the ground in cases of accident.

To maximise protection, we also recommend installing a 2m guard rail on both sides of the ladder and fixed to the edge of the rooftop.

Important: When climbing up or down an angled rung ladder, you must always maintain three points of contact. This means that the design should allow for at least three of your four limbs to be in contact with the ladder during every step.

angled rung ladder onsite
aluminium step type ladder

Step Type Ladder

With angles of inclination varying between 60° to 70°, depending on requirements, step ladders are a generally safer and more secure option for rooftop access. They provide lower levels of falling risk and are built with 100mm rung tread depth and secure handrails on both sides.

The optimum angle for a step ladder is 65°, allowing for an easier climb when compared to other ladder types. That said, it is crucial to measure distances spanned before installing a step ladder as it can only safely bridge a maximum height of 6m. Anything more than that will require the additional installation of a change of direction platform.

Important: When climbing up or down a step type ladder, you must always maintain three points of contact. This means that the design should allow for at least three of your four limbs to be in contact with the ladder during every step

Vertical Ladder

In contrast to step ladders, vertical line ladders put much more physical strain on climbers and have higher associated risks of falling. That's why we'd only recommend a vertical ladder when no other roof access systems can reasonably be installed within the existing building structure.

Even so, Peak Commercial still takes every safety precaution available to mitigate falling risk during the installation of a vertical ladder. All vertical ladders are fitted out with fall arrest systems, in compliance with the Work Safety Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces Code of Practice.

Additionally, to eliminate all other risks, we provide training to your workers about the proper use of the ladder and advise on how to implement a rescue plan in case of an accident or emergency.

Please keep in mind that proper training is a crucial matter, so make sure to consult with our team of experts to learn the full scope of your on-site responsibilities when it comes to ladder safety.

vertical ladder side view
safe aluminium cage ladder

Cage Ladder

Cage ladders cover any vertical, angled, step, or other type of ladder built with a surrounding safety cage for the prevention of falling accidents.

Cage ladders are made of either steel or aluminium and can be installed in a variety of styles. They can be affixed to walls, installed as free-standing, designed for overhang or roof access, or even made to sit below access hatches.

During installation, our team will always adhere to the strict design criteria for your cage ladder, evaluating your needs and requirements to provide best-practice solutions that meet Australian regulatory and safety standards.

Minimum requirements for roof access ladders

Our team will assess your building or property to determine the best rooftop access solution. In general cases, we use the following hierarchy of design to find the safest options and to eliminate as much risk as possible.

Hierarchy of design:
Frequency of use:
Frequent access to rooftops (weekly) = Look to implement stairway solution
Occasional access to rooftop (annually) = Look to implement a ladder system

Order of preference for access types:
Angled stairways with landings
Angled step type ladders between 60° to 70° with landings Angled 75° rung type ladders fitted with landings and vertical fall arrest lifeline Rung type ladders between 75° to 90° fitted with vertical fall arrest lifeline

For any ladder that exceeds 6m, a vertical fall arrest lifeline should be implemented in place of a safety cage.

Important: Access systems should have locking devices installed to prevent unauthorized access and climbing by untrained persons.

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Benefits of choosing PEAK

Fast Installation

Once all requirements have been established, we begin the installation right away. No more long waiting times or hassles when completing projects at heights!

Customisation

We know that each structure has unique needs. We customise your roof access ladders with consideration to the frequency of use, the purpose, and environmental factors to provide you with the best-fit solution.

Safety Standards

Your safety is our top priority, that's why we only use heavy-duty materials that comply with Australian Standards and OSHA requirements. We have built our reputation over 30 years of providing installations that meet and exceed Work, Health & Safety regulations, and we have no intention of stopping this high-quality service now.

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