One of the top trends I’ve noticed in the last couple of years is the leaning ladder trend. Up until just a couple of years ago, the rule was to never use a stepladder folded up against the wall since it is not designed to be used that way. The rule still applies to ordinary stepladders, which can cause some confusion on the job site when there is a leaning ladder.
Leaning ladders have extra rubber to prevent them from slipping out so they can be used safely in the leaning position. Most ladder companies have a leaning ladder. The King Kombo from Little Giant Is a leaning ladder, in addition to an extension ladder and stepladder. The narrow side on the stepladder can fit through wall studs to help framers work more safely. The rotating top cap accessory allows you to work on inside or outside corners safely. The King Kombo Industrial comes with a v-bar for use on outside corners in the extension position too.
It is truly amazing how much innovation is happening in the ladder industry. Gone are the days when you have an ordinary ladder with the same warning labels.
If you have a leaning ladder on your job site, make sure to use it safely.