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Fully extended telescopic ladder

In recent years, several reports have surfaced that claim a concerning number of telescopic ladders sold online don’t meet the minimum safety requirements.

As ladder specialists, safety is incredibly important to us here at Ladders UK Direct. That’s why we’ve written this guide on the topic of telescopic ladder safety so you can be sure that the equipment you buy is up to standard and safe to use.


Telescopic ladder safety standards

At the very least, any telescopic ladder you buy should meet EN 131-6 standards. Products with this certification meet the minimum European safety requirements expected of all manufacturers.

These requirements cover practically every aspect of the ladder, including its construction, its performance and the clarity of any user instructions included.

Purchasing a telescopic ladder that doesn’t meet these standards puts you at serious risk of a nasty fall.


Using telescopic ladders safely

Always refer to the most up-to-date leaning ladder safety guidance before working on a telescopic ladder. Additionally, the following advice also applies to telescopic ladders in particular:

  • Always use, store and transport telescopic ladders with care.

  • Keep your ladder clean and protect it from damage that could make it unsafe to use.

  • Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions before use and when opening and closing the locking mechanisms.

  • After conducting your standard ladder checks, ensure that your telescopic ladder is working as it should (i.e. the locking mechanisms are working properly and there are no signs of damage).

  • If you’re at all unsure whether your telescopic ladder is safe to use, do not use it.

For more information on ladder safety, visit the Health and Safety Executive website.


Buy telescopic ladders from a reputable supplier

The telescopic ladders we sell here at Ladders UK Direct are manufactured using high-quality materials to ensure they’re long-lasting and safe to use.

All the telescopic ladders we sell also meet EN 131-6 standards, meaning they’re reliably built and easy to use.

We have many years of experience supplying top-quality telescopic ladders to customers across the UK. Click the link below to order yours!

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