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How To Choose The Right Ladder

Werner ladders are manufactured and tested to the strictest quality standards. All Werner ladders meet or exceed British Standards Institute (BSI) requirements, where applicable.

Many different designs of ladders are available, from work platforms to larger stepladders and combination designs which can be converted into extending ladders.

It’s very important never to use any ladder that’s the wrong height for the particular job you’re doing. Some are too short for high work, and some – just as dangerous – are too tall for lower work. You must be able to do your work comfortably without overreaching up, down or sideways.

All ladders should meet the required British or European standards – check this whenever you buy one.

BS 2037 Class 1 Industrial Ladders:

For heavy duty where relatively high frequency and onerous conditions of use, carriage and storage occur.

BS EN131 Light Trade Ladders:

For medium duty where relatively low frequency and reasonably good conditiones of use, carriage and storage occur.

BS 2037 Class 3 Domestic Ladders:

For light duty where frequency of use is low and good carriage and storage conditions occur. BS2037 Class 3 ladders are suitable for domestic applications and are NOT suitable for any light trade, trade or industrial use.
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Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Always select a ladder that is right for the job and meets the required standards; if in doubt, select a strong product. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Reach Height is the maximum reach calculated by adding the maximum standing height on a ladder plus the average height of a 1.75m (5'6") person.
The highest ladder standing point on an extension ladder is typically 4 rungs from the top and a stepladder without a platform is 3 steps from the top. On a platform stepladder, the highest standing point would be the platform itself.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The load capacity is defined as the maximum safe load on the ladder. A person's fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.
Werner ladders are made from fibreglass, aluminium, steel & plastic. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fibreglass products due to their non-conductive stiles.