Ladder Association gets behind Fake Britain warning
The Ladder Association has strongly endorsed the warnings made about fake ladders broadcast in a recent episode of the BBC’s Fake Britain, which examines the problem of counterfeit products in the UK.
The programme – first broadcast on 3 December – showed how even large, reputable wholesalers and suppliers can be duped into believing that the ladders and stepladders they are selling comply with all the relevant standards and are therefore safe and fit for purpose.
In one example, the bottom step of a stepladder purchased online buckles on first use, narrowly avoiding injury to its user. “I could have broken my ankle and that would have been my livelihood gone,” explains its self-employed owner.
The programme then goes on to highlight further examples of ladders claiming to meet specific standards, which, when independently tested by the British Standards Institution (BSI) at the request of Fake Britain, dramatically fail to do so.
Discussing the programme, the Ladder Association’s technical manager, Don Aers, said: “The position of the Association regarding fakes is quite clear. As an organisation committed to safety and best practice – with specialist committees contributing to the development of the national and European ladder product standards at the very heart of this issue – we condemn any product that is misleadingly labelled and all the more so when it subsequently fails to meet the relevant standards when independently tested.”