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Articulated Joint

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By Mark Reed
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An articulated joint is a hinge that you can adjust in several positions, allowing more variations in ladder designs. Consequently, you can articulate the ladder into different structures and positions to suit a given task or setting.

Articulated joints play a crucial role for ladders in diverse settings, from construction sites to home improvement projects. These joints allow the ladder to function as an A-frame, extension ladder, or scaffold, providing a single solution for multiple needs. The locking mechanisms secure the ladder in the desired configuration to ensure safety.

Key Benefits:

  • Versatility: Adjusts to multiple positions for various uses.
  • Flexibility: You can use it in tight or awkward spaces.
  • Safety: Locking mechanism ensures stability and safety during use.


  • Multi-position ladders
  • Construction and maintenance tasks
  • DIY and home improvement projects

Q: What is an articulated joint in ladders? 

A: An articulated joint allows you to lock a ladder in multiple positions for versatile use.

The RollaStep Mobile Platform: Versatile Solutions for Industrial Mobility

The RollaStep Moible Platform incorporates articulating joints to achieve positions that are adjustable and flexible in much of industrial applications to ensure safe and efficient functionality. This platform is mobile, making it very suitable for use in activities that require frequent movement from one position to another. Furthermore, the articulated joints help ensure that the platform can be locked in several positions,
thereby providing stability and safety for the user.

For more information, visit the RollaStep Mobile Platform page.

OSHA Compliance for Articulated Joints

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets specific standards for ladder safety, including those with articulated joints. Key OSHA guidelines for articulated joint ladders include:

  • Design: Articulated joint ladders must be designed to lock securely in multiple positions.
  • Load Capacity: Must support a minimum of 300 pounds, including user and materials.
  • Locking Mechanisms: Joints must lock firmly to prevent accidental collapse.
  • Inspection: Regular inspections are required to ensure joints and locks are in good working condition.

Ensuring adherence to these guidelines helps maintain safety and compliance in the workplace.

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