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Both access towers and ladders are effective tools for reaching areas above ground level. Whether you’re working on a small-scale home renovation project such as painting your house exterior or a larger job involving more time spent working at height and the use of more tools and materials, you’ll need the best equipment to gain access to any out-of-reach areas.

Access towers vs ladders comparison


  Access towers Ladders
Advantages Creates a stable platform Cost-effective
Advantages Easy to erect Easy to transport
Advantages Suitable for prolonged use Good for confined spaces
Disadvantages More expensive than ladders Only suitable for short use
Disadvantages Training may be required before use Not appropriate in adverse weather conditions
Disadvantages May not be suitable for smaller areas Restricted space constraints

Image of a person safely using an access scaffold tower. They have been sufficiently trained with PASMA training. Access towers are safety equipment for working at height but are only safe when used safely by the person operating on them. 

3 reasons to use access towers when working at height

At Access Towers, we supply a variety of different scaffold towers for use in a diverse range of situations. From narrow width towers to cantilever and stair towers, all our towers are of the highest quality and provide a safe and secure means of access for working at height.

When you need a stable platform for carrying out repair, maintenance, or renovation works, access towers are an excellent solution. With our access towers you get:

  1. A safe and strong platform – Access towers are designed to create a stable platform for working at height. Depending on the access tower you choose, they can accommodate a single user or multiple users. They are easy to climb via fixed steps and are safely anchored in place to reduce movement.
  2. Better reach – Compared to ladders, access towers are far better at providing access to difficult to reach areas. In certain situations, ladder users may feel they need to stretch to reach areas of roofline or other difficult to reach sections of a building. This can be dangerous and result in an accident. With an access tower, however, a guard rail and solid platform create a steadier area from where to work.
  3. Easier use of equipment and materials – Whatever job you’re working on, some tools and materials will be needed. When using a ladder, you will need to carry all equipment and materials on your person. This can sometimes be tricky and cause some instability. With an access tower, you can place any equipment and materials on the platform to give you freedom to work safely and effectively.

As you can see, access towers are an excellent solution for working at height scenarios. If you’d like to find out more about our range of towers and other access equipment, call Access Towers on 0208 665 1181 or contact us online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered working at height?

Anything above ground level is considered Working at Height. Access Towers are a large provider of PASMA Training and sit within the top 5% in the UK, allowing us to train the full range of 1-Day PASMA Courses to suit any of your work at height Tower Training requirements.

What are the working at height regulations?

It is recommended by Health & Safety standards that those who are assembling Towers should be PASMA Trained. This will give operatives a 5-year qualification of competency for the use of mobile towers.

Do I need to have a licence/certificate to use the equipment?

Certifications will vary depending on what equipment you’re hiring. It’s always best to speak with our Hire Desk if you are unsure, where they can advise what will be best for you or in more advanced working conditions, we can install onsite.

What are the different training sessions you offer & who are they for?

Training courses are for anyone using the equipment, from commercially to domestically. These will range from PASMA Training for the use of Towers, IPAF Training for the use of MEWPS as well as various other courses such as Safety Harness Training and First Aid.

How do I know which equipment will be right for the job?

Our Hire Desk are trained across the full range of work at height stock available and will be able to advise and assist cost-free.

How quickly can you supply the tower(s)?

We aim for a next-day turnaround, this is dependent on the transport routes and how busy we are at the time. It works both ways and could be earlier than your requested date.