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    LADDER ASSOCIATION ISSUES NEW SAFETY GUIDANCE

    Guidance comes amidst concerns surrounding unsafe telescopic ladders

    A safety guide has been produced by the Ladder Association for users of telescopic ladders following recent reports of unsafe products in the UK.

    The guide provides key safety information including guidance on:

    • Buying – how to make sure users are buying safe ladders that meet the European product standard for ladders, EN 131;
    • Using – advice on good practice for using a telescopic ladder to work at height; and
    • Maintaining – how to care for and correctly store your telescopic ladder to ensure it remains in good condition.

    The LA states that reports of unsafe telescopic ladders were published following enquiries led by Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team, who discovered a total of 13 different telescopic ladder types all failed to meet EN 131.

    The Ladder Association worked closely with Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team and HSE on this issue and part funded the product testing.

    Unsuspecting users at risk 

    The Ladder Association Technical Manager Don Aers said:

    “As a safety-led organisation, we have concerns about the safety of some telescopic ladders, which are cheap imports that claim to comply with the product standard, EN 131, but when tested, fail to do so. They put unsuspecting users at risk who believe they have purchased a safe product.

    You should check all types of ladder before each use and inspect them thoroughly at regular intervals. Because of these findings, we advise anyone who owns and uses a telescopic ladder to download our safety guide and inspect the ladder thoroughly for any signs of damage or component failure. If you have any doubts at all about its condition, then don’t use it and contact the supplier for advice.”

     

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