Bureau Veritas Asset Integrity and Reliability Services Pty Ltd conducted testing on the Allweld Folding Platform ladder range in November 2011. Testing in accordance with the Australian Standard 1892.1-1996 Part 1 Portable ladders concluded the Allweld Folding Platform ladder achieved a load capacity of 200kg.
The strength of the Allweld Folding Platform ladder is due to the construction method. Ladders are fully welded using thick walled 6060 T5 grade aluminium. Welders must have specific welding qualifications to perform Allweld’s welding procedures and all processes are in accordance with the Australian & New Zealand Standard 1665:2004 - Welding of aluminium structures. The fully welded construction includes welding the steps inside and out and this eliminates any twisting or distortion of the frame even after years of use.
Allweld Industrial Platform ladders are available with a safety gate. The safety gate fully encloses the operator whilst on the platform which makes the Allweld Folding Platform ladder mining industry compliant.
The platform is large (700mm x 400mm) and fabricated from 2.5mm thick tread plate. The steps are 80mm wide and there is a full length grab rail up each side.
Optional spring loaded castors are available for the two, three, four, five and six step models. A lever castor system operates the seven and eight step platform ladders. The lever system gives far greater stability than spring loaded castors on the larger seven and eight step units. The lever system is also available for “wide based” six step platforms. The lever castor system is simply operated by the operators' foot but still allows the platform ladder to be folded for storage.
Allweld Folding Platform ladders now also display the official Australian Made, Australian Grown Logo. The gold kangaroo in the green triangle logo helps signify Allweld’s quality, strength, consistency and integrity.