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ladders manufactured and supplied within the United Kingdom and the
European Union should be manufactured to specified standards and
correctly classified. These requirements apply to all portable ladder
types and include step
Specialist single use ladders, (eg.pole
), and fixed access ladders, (eg. static
roof access ladders),
are not intended for classification under these standards.
are three main classifications of ladder – Class 1, Class EN131 and
Class III. Each classification indicates the safe working load that a
ladder is designed to support.
The value of the safe working load is intended to cover the weight of a single person and their equipment and is also referred to as the 'Maximum Load'.
These classifications can be broadly categorised into the type of use that a ladder is designed to support ie. Heavy Duty Industrial Use, Commercial Light Trade Use and Light Domestic Use.
Ladders have also been previously classified under their 'Duty Rating'. These values, based upon the frequency of use and type of environment in which a ladder is used, were originally determined by the British Standards organisation. With the introduction of the European Ladder Certification Standard and Class EN131, (which replaced the original British Standards Class II specification), the UK Department of Trade and Industry, (now known as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), issued a table to clarify the differences between the British Standards Duty Ratings and the European Ladder Certification Standard which specified a Maximum Load...