The ACCC has negotiated recalls with two suppliers of multipurpose ladders in Australia after testing found the ladders failed to perform as they claimed.
Testing commissioned by the ACCC found that they failed to meet a key safety-related test. Further testing has also been carried out by the suppliers and the results confirm the ladders do not meet the Australian standard, as claimed.
The ladders that have been recalled are:
The safety concern is that the ladders would not bear the load as represented to consumers and they had the potential to break or collapse under use. If you have purchased one of these ladders, please cease using it immediately and return it to the point of sale for a full refund.
The ACCC is putting all suppliers of multipurpose ladders on notice to ensure the ladders they supply perform as claimed. This includes having up-to-date test reports for the batches of ladders they are currently offering for sale.
Although there are a number of deaths and serious injuries associated with ladder use each year, ACCC analysis suggests that the majority of these are caused by accidental falls rather than ladder failure.
Between 2000 and 2012, at least 53 people died in incidents in Australia involving ladders. Thousands more were seriously injured and required treatment in hospital. Based on injury data, men aged over 50 are most at risk.
The ACCC media release relating to unsafe ladders can be found here.
Date published: 21 December 2012
Date Published: 1st October 2013