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Statement in response to press coverage of telescopic ladders withdrawal

Apr 11, 2017

Following the recent press coverage regarding telescopic ladders that have been removed from sale in the UK after failing to meet EN131 standards, WernerCo urges purchasers to take care to ensure that they are buying equipment that meets the highest safety standards.

Derbyshire County Council’s Trading Standards team worked alongside Derbyshire City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Northampton County Council to test a range of telescopic ladder types. All of the ladders tested failed to meet the EN131’s safety and structural standards, leading to 32,000 ladders being recalled from sale.

Paul Bruton, Product Development Director at WernerCo, commented:

“We would like to assure our customers that WernerCo telescopic ladders are not subject to this recall and are safe to use.

“All of our products meet the required standards and are 100% safe to use. We will never risk our users’ safety and stake our reputation on this. If you want to make sure you are purchasing products that are safe to use, then you can be confident in supplying WernerCo ranges including Youngman, ABRU, Boss Towers and Werner.”

WernerCo is a privately owned, fully-integrated, international manufacturer and distributor of climbing products, fall protection equipment and jobsite, truck and van storage equipment. WernerCo has manufacturing, warehousing, sales and distribution facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.  WernerCo’s international headquarters is in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and it operates under the Youngman, BoSS, ABRU and Werner brands throughout Europe. For more information visit

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.