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In November 2015 a new European standard for ladders was published. EN 131-1:2015 Ladders – terms, types, functional sizes supersedes EN 131-1:2007+A1:2011 which is withdrawn.

SAFEGUARDS | Hardgoods NO. 203/15

The new standard contains modifications compared to the old standard in order to improve the stability of ladders in use.

The main changes to the revised standard are:

  • in figures stabilisers or wider base width for leaning ladders were introduced;
  • further terms 3.48, 3.49 and 3.50 for stabilisers were added in Clause 3;
  1. bar type stabiliser
  2. lateral type stabiliser
  3. pole type stabiliser
  • Requirements for minimum base width for leaning rung ladders and leaning step ladders were specified in 4.2.1 Table 2 and Table 6.
  1. The minimum permanently available base width for leaning rung ladders and leaning step ladders shall be derived from the formula b2 contained in Table 2 and Table 6

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, at the latest by May 2016, and conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by November 2016.

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