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Werner ClimbingPRO III Online Resource Center Offers Free Multilingual Ladder Safety Training

Nov 27, 2012

Greenville, PA – Werner Co. announces the availability of the free ClimbingPro III Online Resource Center at www.wernerclimbingpro.com. The online tool provides a secure, convenient way for students and instructors to administer the latest in ladder and pump jack safety training. End users have direct access to online training materials, which teach safe climbing practices and techniques.


The need for ladder safety training is clear. According to a 2009 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study of occupational injuries, falls from roofs and ladders accounted for over one-third of all work-related fall fatalities. A previous study specific to the construction trades showed falls from ladders as the most common type of elevated fall resulting in lost work time. Proper ladder selection and training in the proper use of ladders will greatly reduce the number of climbing-related accidents on the job.


“Based on the success of our previous ClimbingPro video releases, we wanted to extend the program in a way that provides everyone with easy access to high quality safety training,” said Chris Filardi, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Werner. “Making these interactive courses available online, in multiple languages, and at no charge allows Werner to reach more end users with engaging content and immediate feedback on the successful completion of the courses. Werner is committed to providing a safer, more efficient work environment.”


The ClimbingPro III Online Resource Center is a full suite of online climbing safety courses designed specifically for professionals across a variety of industries, with real-time visibility of participation and performance. Courses are available in English, Spanish, and French. This program complements the onsite training kits that include the updated ClimbingPro III videos and brochures, also available atwww.wernerladder.com.


The availability of both resources extends the reach of Werner’s safety training and brand awareness, providing unmatched value, choice and convenience to all ladder users.


Filardi continues, “This is a great opportunity for Werner to further demonstrate our commitment to the professionals who rely on our climbing equipment for their livelihood. Safety in the field is our overriding concern–starting from our design and development through manufacturing and the proper use on construction sites and in industries worldwide.”

Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height reach Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of 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.

Performance system
Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. 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 fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.