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Choosing your Ladder

Always select the correct size and type of ladder or stepladder for the task. As well as different types of ladders and stepladders (aluminium, wood, fibreglass etc.) which all have their individual properties, making them suitable for some jobs, but not for others, there are 3 main classifications into which they are grouped, according to their safe working loads 

In the UK there are three categories of ladder & stepladder - 



Industrial Duty (Class 1)

ladders are designed for a Maximum Static Vertical Load 175kg (27.5 stones). This will sometimes be referred to as "safe working load".


Trade Duty ( EN131 Previously Class 2)

ladders are designed for a Maximum Static Vertical Load 150kg ( 23.5 stones)


Domestic Duty (Class 3)

ladders are designed for a Maximum Static Vertical Load 125kg (19.5 stones).

Please note that the use of the term "Duty Rating" will be used on some ladders and websites where Class 1 ladders are designated a Duty Rating 130kg and Class 3 ladders are designated a Duty Rating 95kg. British Standards published these figures many years ago and they are not an accurate guide to the Safe Working Load. The "Maximum Static Vertical Load" is a more useful measure and gives a more accurate guide to relative strengths. (As shown above). 
 


Please note that all standards or kitemark are only a minimum standard. In the UK there are many approved and kitemarked ladders and steps which only just pass the tests. There are many others, which are built to a stronger specification than the tests require. Here at LFI we have many years of experience in manufacturing and selling ladders and all the products we supply surpass the kitemarks usually by some way. We do not compromise on the quality of our products when our customer's safety is at risk.

There are also several types of ladders, which are not covered by any standard - Roof Ladders and Warehouse Steps for example. These are manufactured to Trade or Industrial specifications, but cannot be kitemarked because no BSI kitemark applies to them.