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The Test & Research Centre for ladders and towers is now OPEN!

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.

The Centre is the ideal facility for us to train new Ladder Association instructors. We’ve also set up a certification scheme for portable ladders (based on BS EN 131 parts 1, 2 and 3) which the Centre manages for us. You can have your ladders tested and certified to earn the right to use the new T&RGETMARK certification mark.

On behalf of the Ladder Association and our members, we wish John lots of luck in his new job. We can’t wait to see what dizzy heights he takes the Test & Research Centre to!