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Ladders and towers Test & Research Centre now open

Ladders and towers Test & Research Centre now open

1 February 2020 Email this article

Back in 2018, the Ladder Association agreed to support the establishment of a UK testing centre for access equipment. We wanted to see a facility where ladders could be put through their paces. Where access products could earn their own quality mark. Where there was plenty of space for indoor work at height training. And, crucially, where research could be done to help improve height safety.

Today, the Test & Research Centre is officially open for business.

It’s the result of many months of hard work, largely by John Darby, our Head of Technical Support. He searched various locations until we found the right home in Soham, Cambridgeshire, and then went on to oversee the purchase and renovation of the premises. Ever since, he has been splitting his days between the Ladder Association, PASMA, various committees and the Test & Research Centre. Occasionally he gets to spend some time with his family too!

With the Centre now ready to start welcoming clients, it needs a full-time manager who can commit to running it as an independent business. John has decided to leave the Ladder Association (and PASMA) and take on this role himself. He will officially move on 3rd February 2020.

We’re all very sad to be losing the expertise of someone whose working life has been devoted to improving the quality and safety of ladders. His technical understanding of access products has been put to good use here and will be much missed. However, we know it’s precisely this experience that makes him the perfect person to develop a facility that meets the needs of the industry.

As well as being a client of theirs, we continue to support the Test & Research Centre and its aims.