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FAQ

How safe is it to put my ladder against a window?

Generally speaking it should be avoided if at all possible because the answer can vary depending on the age, quality and condition of the window. From a ladder point of view it would be best to use window cleaning ladders that have rubber feet on the end to lessen the impact on the window. If you do not have rubber feet then we would suggest using something non slip like leather pads. However going back to point one it is always best to rest against something more solid like a brick wall as there will be less variables that could go wrong.

 

Do the Working at Height Regulations apply to Joe Bloggs doing his own house up?

The legal answer is no, it is only enforceable in industrial and trade situations. However the regulations are there for a reason and we would strongly advise anyone using a ladder to consider the Max Safe Working Height as we advise on each of our products. They are there for a reason and it only takes a slip or a reach to far and there can be very serious consequences.

 

How is Maximum Safe Working Height Measured?

This is done on a ladder per ladder basis and basically it means the height at which the ladder you are looking at is safe to work at.

An example:

Order Code

Sec

Rungs per sec

Closed Height (m)

Open Height (m)

Max. Safe W/H (m)

Duty Rating (kg/stone)

Weight (kg)

Price

570002

2

9

2.790

4.820

5.229

95/15.0

8.24

 £79.95


The closed height is the height of the ladder when at its shortest (or folded up).

The open height is the ladder when at its tallest if measured from one end to the other (when fully opened).

The Max Safe Working Height means the height measured from the floor to the area you are considering working at which is safe to use.

You must remember that you should not use the top 2 or 3 rungs when the ladder is against a wall as it will be very easy to topple.

It is always safer to get a ladder too big than one to small and we would advise everyone to think of this when buying. If you are in between safe Working heights buy the bigger ladder, its better to be safe than sorry.


Selecting the right class of ladder

BS2037 / Class 1 BS1129  Heavy duty and Industrial use

This class of ladder is for heavy duty use where relatively high frequency and onerous conditions of use, carriage and storage occur. BS2037 Class 1 (aluminium ladders) and BS1129 Class 1 (Timber ladders) are suitable for industrial applications.

 

EN131 / BSEN131  Trade / Light Industrial

This class of ladder is for medium duty use where relatively low frequency and reasonably good conditions of use, carriage and storage occur. BS EN131 ladders are suitable for light trade applications. In addition, the higher rated BS2037 Class 1 and BS1129 Class 1 ladders can also be used for light trade applications.

 

BS2037 Class 3  Domestic Use

This class of ladder is for medium duty where relatively low frequency and reasonably good conditions of use, carriage and storage occur.  BS EN131 ladders are suitable for light trade applications.  In addition, the higher rated BS2037 Class 1 and BS1129 Class 1 ladders can also be used for light trade applications.

BS EN131 (Class 2) is the European-wide Standard for Trade products. These products are manufactured inEurope. The maximum Vertical Static load for these products are 150kg. However, due to them not having a Class 1 Industrial or Class 3 Domestic Standard, some manufacturers will state that their products are 'Light Duty' or 'Heavy Duty'. This means that some of the BSEN131 ladders are quite lightweight and not as strong as some 'Heavy Duty' models. All our Trade Aluminium Ladders are the strongest you can buy at the BS EN131 standard, very robust and ideal for all types of trade work.

 

How far should I extend my extension ladder?

We would always recommend having a 3-rung overlap between sections for greatest stability and ultimately safety for the user.