Serves to summarise the current state of publications, literature, standards and regulations affecting the safety of stepladders, particularly where intended for, or used in, the UK market. Reviews the current state of knowledge on ladder design, user expectation, risk perception and accident epidemiology. Further contains a review and comparison of the applicable laws and technical standards which cover products sold and used in the UK, where appropriate exploring the relationship between these publications and those available in other countries. Is intended to establish the knowledge base necessary to justify, design and execute a range of dynamic testing intended to examine in more depth the factors affecting the stability of stepladders used in the UK market.
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