By Jenny Baker
Ladder manufacturer Alco Products recently announced a new 12-year guarantee on all the company’s ladder products.
Alco national sales and marketing manager Jon Gibson says the New Plymouth-based company has good reasons for this decision.
“The new guarantee comes from 25 years of knowing our products are dependable. Alco is well known in the market for strength, safety and durability. We have confidence in the brand, the manufacturing process and the quality of our products,” Mr Gibson says.
“There is no better way to demonstrate this than offering this guarantee, the longest in the ladder category in New Zealand,” he says.
The company offers 15 domestic ladders, 42 industrial ladders and 11 trestle models, as well as several accessory lines and order-only shelf and mobile ladder models.
All Alco ladders are fully compliant with the AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 ladder Standard, are independently tested at an IANZ accredited laboratory and meet current Department of Labour, ACC and Site Safe requirements.
The industrial ladder range is rated at 150kg, 25% higher than the current AS/NZ safety Standard for trade ladders, Mr Gibson says.
Domestic ladders are rated at 120kg, 20% higher than the Standard requirement.
According to Mr Gibson, Alco’s products are constructed using an aluminium alloy formulated specifically to suit New Zealand’s environmental conditions and manufactured with strict quality controls in place.
Safe working practices
“We also promote safe working practices by devoting significant resources towards educating trade users in the safe use of our products.
An important message tradespeople need to take on board is choosing the right tool for the job. This includes selection of a ladder that best suits the job from a safety perspective.
“Too many tradespeople are using the incorrect products, including domestic ladders in industrial situations.
To make this easier, our Built Trade Tough range of industrial ladders can easily be identified by their blue head and feet, and the domestic range by their red head and feet,” he says.
Alco products are available from all leading building and hardware suppliers.