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Leaning ladder

Man climbing ladder

HSE key message is that ladders should be used for low risk, short duration work.

Ladders are classified for type of use.

  • EN 131 is for trade and light industrial use;
  • BS2037/BS1129 Class 1 for heavy duty and industrial use; and
  • BS2037/BS1129 Class 3 is for domestic use.

Manufacturers must always supply information about the specification of their ladders and provide information such as maximum working load.

People should only use a ladder, step ladder or stability device if they are competent. Users should be trained and instructed to use the equipment safely.

Possible hire cost: in the region of £70 per week

Set up time; minimal

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