It’s Important to Select the Right Compliant Ladders
Telescopic Ladders sold online are vast and are available on many well-known websites/marketplaces, but can you put price ahead of your safety whilst working at height? This recent product recall from the official Government website highlights the following findings.:
The product presents a high risk of injuries as testing found the ladders would collapse and bend under various testing conditions and fail the minimum requirement for normal use. Some of the required documentation and markings were not present, and the instructions for use were poor.
This product does meet the requirements of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.
The Ladder Association’s recent campaign, ‘Step up to Safe Ladders’, has found that 80% of Telescopic Ladders purchased from well-known websites/marketplaces failed to meet the minimum safety requirements designed to keep users safe. Despite the ongoing campaigning from the Ladder Association, it was time for the Government to step in, and that’s what they have done. They have identified at least one at this present time and issued a product recall.
If an item online is cheaper than the rest, it’s often too good to be true. Still, if you need help determining if a ladder is compliant with the latest standards, you can ask the sellers of the item to provide a valid test certificate. If they fail to provide legitimate testing reports, you can safely say this item is not for me.
What to look out for purchasing a telescopic ladder online:
- Compliant to the latest standard for telescopic ladders: EN 131-6:2019
- Make sure the test house is recognised within the industry. TB Davies Xtend+Climbs have been thoroughly tested via The Test & Research Centre
If you need further assistance or you’re unsure, if your telescopic ladders are compliant to use, please contact us below by filling out the form, and we will be happy to help.