Who is StockMaster Access Equipment ?
StockMaster products are manufactured by Custom Ladder Company based in the regional centre of Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia.
The founders of Custom Ladder Company began operation as a wholesale business supplying the building and construction industries. This included supply of special purpose ladders which lead to a breakthrough design for a mobile platform ladder.
The need to improve safe operation of ladder products has a long history. The earliest known use of ladders dates back to the Mesolithic period some 10,000 years ago.
The ladder in the Mesolithic rock painting on this page is at least 10,000 years old and shows two humans using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest to harvest honey. The paintings are from the Spider Caves in Valencia, Spain.
The second painting also shows humans gathering honey using ladders and a long reaching pole. This painting was discovered in Pachmarhi in Central India and dates back to the Neolithic period.
A significant step forward was made in 1862 when John H Balsley filed a patent for the first folding step ladder. John Balsley was born in 1823 and earned his living as a carpenter in Dayton Ohio. Although the step ladder had been around for several years before 1862 Balsley was the first man to patent the idea. The name “step ladder” came from the fact that the ladder had flat steps for the user to stand on in place of large round rungs. Also Balsley’s ladder had a hinge at the top of the back brace so that it could be folded.