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Leaning Allowed: Werner Introduces New LEANSAFE™ Step Ladder

Aug 10, 2017 --    

Werner’s newest step ladder remains OSHA-compliant while in use leaning against walls, poles, bare studs or corners.


August 10, 2017 – Greenville, PA – Werner, the global leader in the manufacturing of ladders with a full portfolio of climbing equipment, introduces the LEANSAFE™ Ladder, a step ladder that can safely be leaned against walls, corners, studs or a pole. Per OSHA regulations, traditional step ladders should never be leaned directly against a vertical surface because they are designed to be exclusively self-supporting. However, Werner’s new LEANSAFE™ Ladder introduces new innovative features allowing it to be leaned against a variety of surfaces while retaining its functionality as a traditional step ladder.


“Werner is incredibly committed to safety, and that means we are willing to find solutions through product design to ensure users are protected,” said Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing for WernerCo. “We’ve seen too many times that a user will over-reach and put themselves in dangerous situations to get the job done. The new LEANSAFE™ Ladder is a practical and innovative way to curb common bad behaviors like leaning traditional step ladders against walls.”


Standard features on the Werner LEANSAFE™ Ladder include a Type 1A Duty Rating and a load capacity of up to 300 pounds. It is constructed of seven-layer fiberglass, making it safe to use when working around electricity. The new LEANSAFE™ Ladder is both a standard step ladder and leaning ladder all-in-one. Additonal safety features found in Werner’s new LEANSAFE™ Ladder include:

  • Patent-Pending LEANSAFE™ Ladder Top – exclusive new design features non-marring rubber bumper pads, a magnet for holding metal tools and bits, power drill and hand-tool holes and a cut-away pattern that leans securely on corners, poles, studs and walls.
  • Dropped Rail Pivot Point – the support rails are attached and hinged below the ladder’s top platform, placing the user closer to their vertical work surface.
  • Patent-Pending Secure Rail Latch – this new feature holds the rear ladder rails locked in place, while allowing for single-hand opening from the front or side of the ladder.
  • Non-marring Foot Pad – ladder feet feature non-marring, curved rubber pads that maximize contact with the ground in both standard and leaning modes.
  • EDGE360® Bracing – helps protect the rail from damage.


The new Werner LEANSAFE™ Ladder is both OSHA and ANSI compliant and is available in a variety of sizes ranging from 4 feet to 12 feet in height. These ladders are now available online and in stores. For more information, please visit www.wernerco.com/leansafe

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.