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(IJ 3/02)

6.4 Short Triple Extension Ladder

Manufacturer/Suppliers: Anderson's Fire and Rescue Equipment.  Tel: 01387 253999
Model/Type: BLST6.4

Reason for Issue of Safe System of Work

(Please Indicate as Appropriate)

Review of Existing Equipment
  Adaptation/Modification of Existing Equipment
  Evaluation of New Equipment
X Initial Issue of Equipment
  Other (Please Specify)

Schedule A - Legislation Applicable
Schedule B - Function
Schedule C - Specifications
Schedule D - Method of Use
Schedule E - Limitation of Use
Schedule F - Safety Features
Schedule G - Maintenance
Schedule H - Additional Information/Significant Hazard
Standard Test

Any Additional Comment(s)

Specification information supplied by Anderson's Fire & Rescue Equipment

Follow up Action Required

Not applicable

Review Date (If Applicable)

5 Years


Name: Paul Riddell
Rank: Watch Manager
Post Held: Community Response Support
Date of Assessment: 8 February 2011

Schedule A (Legislation Applicable)

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
ESEN 1147 (Portable ladders for fire service use)

Schedule B (Function)

A three section short extension ladder which provides a versatile means of gaining access above head height.  It can be split into individual sections, or 2 sections can be joined by lines to make an improvised step ladder.

Schedule C (Specifications)

Length (maximum extension) - approx 6.4m
Housed length - approx 2.4m
Width - 410mm
Weight - 22kg's

Made of high tensile aluminium with swaged rounds.  The rounds are doubly secured by an internal spine to prevent the round coming slack and revolving between the strings.

Built and tested to BSEN 1147.

Schedule D (Method of use)

Can be deployed for a variety of uses.
When using the ladder each section should be equally extended to spread the load throughout the ladder.
The ladder must be footed whenever a person is ascending/descending or working for the ladder.
When pitched for use, the ladder heel should be approximately 1/3 distance from the base of the building to the intended working height.
When extending short distances it is possible for one person to complete the task.  However for larger extension 2 persons may be required.  This should be dynamically risk assessed (DRA) prior to use and the DRA should include manual handling, pitched area and location of task.

The ladder can be used for other fire service operational tasks (such as joining 2 sections to form an improvised step ladder, using the 3 sections to form an improvised dam structure, hauling individual sections aloft, providing stability with use of ratchet straps etc).  These proposed tasks should be DRA prior to use.

Method of use as per workplace assessment 4.2.2 and Fire Service Manual Volume 4 (training).

Schedule E (Limitations of Use)

Maximum extension approx 6.4m

Schedule F (Safety Features)

Ensure correct level of PPE is in use to include helmet.
The ladder should be footed at all times whenever a person is ascending/descending, or working from the ladder.
Consider securing the head of the ladder in adverse weather conditions.
Consider fall arrest/work restraint as additional measures.

Schedule G (Maintenance)

As detailed below

Schedule H - Additional Information/Significant Hazard

Risk from electric shock from ant overhead power cables.

Testing Description

Test Frequency and Competency levels

Test Frequency Competency
On Acceptance 1
Quarterly 1
After Use 1
Annually 6

On acceptance/after use/quarterly

Visually check

An annual test will be carried out when it is known, or suspected the the ladder has been subjected to overloading, undue exposure to heat, impact loading and after repair.

Any identified defects, or concerns for the serviceability of the ladder should be reported through the current equipment defect process.


An annual test will be completed by Fleet Maintenance Centre.