Following a recent study by the East of England Trading Standards Association (EETSA) and the Ladder Association about the safety of some telescopic ladders on the market, Werner is urging companies to only purchase from reputable manufacturers.
The research into commercially available telescopic ladders found that 80% of ladders tested failed to meet minimum safety requirements, with half of those tested being marked and sold as compliant in a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers.
Recently, the marketplace has seen an influx of unsafe equipment that fails to comply with British and European safety standards. Often, these items have not been rigorously tested to ensure they are up to the job, and as a result, some retailers have been forced to withdraw stock from sale.
When choosing a telescopic ladder it is important to check that it complies with European Standards, that way users can be sure that the ladder has been tested to the recommended standard and is safe to use. If users are unsure whether a ladder is compliant it is recommended to ask the supplier for a copy of the certificate of compliance with the standard issued by an accredited test body (such as BSI or TUV).
Gurjeev Bola, UK Product Manager for Werner, comments: “Telescopic ladders are the ideal product for tradesmen on the move and who may not require the use of ladders every day. The benefits of these types of ladders are they are lightweight and easy transport, perfect for those with limited storage space.
“Although they are compact when collapsed, good quality telescopic ladders, such as a Werner Telescopic Soft Close Extension Ladder, are extremely solid in operation and suitable for trade use.”
To help when choosing a telescopic ladder, The Ladder Association has produced a handy safety guide for users of telescopic ladders. The report includes guidance such as making sure users are buying safe ladders that meet the European product standard for ladders, EN 131. The guide also provides advice on good practice for using a telescopic ladder to work at height and finally, explains how to care for and correctly store telescopic ladders to ensure they remain in good condition.
The Werner Telescopic Soft Close Extension Ladder fully complies with EN131-6 and features smooth retraction and prevents finger trapping. With safety in mind, the colour-coded lock indicators make it easier than ever for users to see when the ladder is set up correctly, whilst the automatic locking mechanism provides extra security when in use.
Gurjeev added: “While it’s crucial to purchase high quality telescopic ladders, there are additional ways to protect yourself when working at height. Telescopic ladders have more moveable parts than ordinary ladders so it’s vital to carry out pre-checks and undertake more rigorous inspections before carrying out any work. By ensuring none of the elements have been damaged in storage or transit it can go some way to safeguard yourself during use.”
Werner has always been committed to ensuring work at height safety remains a priority on site and as part of this it has launched Stepping up to Ladder Safety, a new ladder safety campaign to help professionals stay safe in the workplace.
To find out more about Werner and its comprehensive range of ladders visit: www.wernerco.com/uk/ladder-safety.