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LADDER AND STEP SPECIFICATIONS

Below are listed the relevant specifications and the appropriate materials that can be manufactured under them, also the weight ratings are show for each.

British Standard Class 1 Heavy Industrial Use

BS 2037 Aluminium

BS 1129 Wood

BS 7377 Step-stools

Duty rating 130kg (20.5 stone) - Maximum vertical static load 175kg.(27.5 stone)

BS EN131 and EN131 (Previously Class 2) - Light Trade Use

Glassfibre Wood Aluminium Steel

Duty rating 115kg (18 stone) - Maximum vertical static load 150kg. (23.5 stone)

British Standard Class 3 Domestic DIY Use

BS 2037 Aluminium

BS 1129 Wood

Duty rating 95kg (15 stone) - Maximum vertical static load 125kg.(19.5 stone)

It is important that you choose the ladders that best fit your needs.

E.g. If you are a builder or tradesman you should use Class 1 or BS EN131 products as per the HSE guidance.

Even if you are looking for home use ladders you may want to think about buying equipment that at least meet the EN 131 standard. They will be safer, last longer and probably work out more economical over the longer term.