How To Choose and Use Ladders

ABRU® is a leading supplier of access equipment and laundry care product ranges to the DIY and home improvement industry. Always select the correct ladder for the job. Check the type of product, the working height required and the maximum safe working load.

Always select a ladder that meets the required standards, if in doubt select a stronger product. All ABRU® products have been extensively tested for build quality and performance and conform to the relevant British and European standards.

Always follow the manufacturer’s safety and operating instructions. Remember our customer services department are available during office hours to help with your queries, please call on 01621 745 701.

Which Size?

Always consider carefully which size of ladder is required. You must be able to do your work comfortably without over-reaching up, down or sideways.

Remember that working height (ie. the height that can be reached comfortably) is:
     • Approximately 1.75m (5'9") above quoted platform heights for stepladders/stepstools
     • Approximately equal to extended lengths for extension ladders

What Rating?

Ladders should be designed to British Standards. This classifies the ladder according to the type of use and loading levels they are capable of withstanding. Consider carefully all these factors before choosing and always look for the Kitemark. If in doubt, select the stronger product. Classification is as follows:

Stepladders / Combination / Extension Ladders
BS 2037 Class 1   Heavy Duty Duty Rating 130kg (20.4st) max.   Max. vertical static load 175kg (27.5st)  
BS EN 131*   Light Trade / DIY Duty Rating 115kg (18.1st) max.   Max. vertical static load 150kg (23.6st)  
BS 2037 Class 3   Domestic / DIY Only Duty Rating 95kg (15st) max.   Max. vertical static load 125kg (19.5st)  
Step Stools
EN 14183   General Domestic / Light Commercial   Duty Rating 150kg (23.6st) max.    
Loft Ladders
EN 14975 Heavy Duty Duty Rating 150kg (23.6st) max.    

*Replaced previous BS 2037 Class 2 in November 1995.

Why Fibreglass?

Fibreglass ladders are a must for the professional electrician. They are non-conductive and provide a safe and reliable option for trade electrical work. In addition, fibreglass is strong and durable making it a safe choice for any profession. Unlike aluminium, fibreglass is highly resistant to dents, so it is able to withstand the wear and tear on a challenging job site.


There are three key guidelines for using ladders:
     1. Always use the correct ladder for the job. Check the type, size and rating.
     2. Always use 'Kitemarked' products. Look for the British Standards Logo.
     3. Always follow manufacturer's safety and operating instructions.

Safety First

Every month, more than a thousand people need hospital treatment because of accidents at home involving stepladders and extension ladders.

Click below for further information and user safety guides.


The Work at Height Regulations 2005

The Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) apply to all work at height where there is a risk that a person could suffer a fall that is liable to cause personal injury. Very often working at height is a necessity within the workplace and the safe use of ladders is perfectly acceptable.

Under the WAHR:
     • Ladders Can Be Used For Access and Egress
     • Ladders Can Be Used To Work From
     • Ladders Are Legal

Ladder Type - Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Reach Height – Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Reach Height is the maximum reach attainable by the user (assuming a user height of 1.75m (5'9")
Load Capacity – Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. Load Capacity specifies the maximum safe weight on the ladder including a person's fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder.
Type – Abru ladders are designed to British Standards. This classifies the ladder according to the type of use and loading levels they are capable of withstanding. Type can be defined as Heavy Duty, Light Trade or Domestic.