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Werner Ladder Named EC&M Magazine’s 2018 Product of the Year Gold Award Winner

Sep 06, 2018

Werner LEANSAFE™ Ladder Recognized as Innovative Product Category Leader


September 6, 2018 Greenville, PA – Werner, the world leader in ladders and manufacturer of a complete line of climbing products and fall protection equipment, is proud to announce that the LEANSAFE™ Ladder was honored as EC&M Magazine’s 2018 Product of the Year Gold Winner and will be showcased in the magazine’s August issue.


EC&M Magazine acknowledges the most innovative products in the electrical industry of the past year, along with the talent and commitment of those involved with all aspects of development. After reviewing more than 150 product submissions, a panel of industry judges identified 36 category winners, as part of phase-one of the selection process. The Werner LEANSAFE™ Ladder won the category of “tools, equipment” for the product’s innovation and the ability to save end-users time and enhance productivity. For the phase two part of the process, EC&M Magazine readers then determined the products that would win the Platinum, Gold and Silver awards recognition. The Werner LEANSAFE™ Ladder was awarded with the prestigious gold honor.


“Werner develops innovative solutions through extensive product design and development,” said Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing for Werner Co. As part of that process, our ultimate goal is to look for new ways to protect our end users while increasing their performance capabilities. The LEANSAFE™ Ladder provides professionals with the ability to do their job more efficiently and effectively and we are honored by the recognition from EC&M.”


Exclusive New Design Features


The Werner LEANSAFE™ Ladder remains OSHA-compliant while leaning against walls, poles, bare studs or corners. Per OSHA regulations, traditional step ladders should never be leaned directly against a vertical surface because they are designed to be entirely self-supporting. However, Werner’s LEANSAFE™ Ladder introduces new features allowing it to be leaned against a variety of surfaces while retaining its functionality as a traditional step ladder.


Standard features on the Werner LEANSAFE™ Ladder include a Type 1A Duty Rating and a load capacity of up to 300 lbs. It is constructed of seven-layer fiberglass, making it safe to use when working around electricity and is available in a variety of sizes ranging from four feet to twelve feet in height. The new LEANSAFE™ Ladder is both a standard step ladder and a leaning ladder, all-in-one.




Werner, a WernerCo brand, is the world leader in ladders and has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, step stools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNER provides a full line of climbing equipment that’s engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All WERNER products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit https://www.wernerco.com/us/.



WernerCo is an international manufacturer and distributor of access products, fall protection equipment, secure storage systems and light duty construction equipment. Its portfolio of industry leading brands include Werner, KNAACK®, WEATHER GUARD®, Youngman®, BoSS®, Centaure, Duarib, Haemmerlin and Bailey.  WernerCo has manufacturing, warehousing, sales, distribution and office facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Werner’s global headquarters are in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and its US headquarters are in Greenville, Pennsylvania.



Marquita Kordes, Werner Co., 724-588-2000 Ext 2704; kordemr@wernerco.com

Angie Maddox, Seed Factory, 404-996-4041; angie@seedatl.com 

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.