Levelok Corporation, based in Poulsbo, Washington, recently completed extensive ANSI load testing of the KeyLok, Quick Connect Leveling System on a variety of industrial grade fiberglass Step Ladders, up to a Type 1AA, 375 pound duty rating. The results were 100% successful. This type of accessory implementation is new to the industry, thanks to the recent publication of ANSI A14.8 Safety Requirements for Ladder Accessories, which were crafted to help provide safe solutions for companies and individuals using portable ladders on a regular basis. It is the first-ever set of Safety Standards for Ladder Accessories in North America.
Before the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) officially published these standards, ladder accessories were not subject to any particular, documented testing criteria. Step Ladders have historically been known to be off-limits for accessories requiring installation of any kind because of the nature of their construction and intended use; free standing on flat surfaces. The new ANSI Standard clearly spells out loading requirements for accessories used on all types and duty ratings of portable ladders, including step ladders. It also defines testing criteria for the same accessories to be tested in various configurations, not attached to ladders, but as stand alone items. These are among the most brutal of the load tests, conceived to filter out as many unsafe, inferior accessories on the market as possible.
“The new ANSI safety requirements are a big game changer,” said Phil Lanzafame, President of Levelok Corporation, “They will pave the superhighway of climbing equipment, taking us to new heights in ladder safety and reducing injuries across a wide spectrum of unsafe ladder practices. Many new and exciting types of accessories–and ladders–will now be entering the market, as a result of these new standards.”
The KeyLok, Quick Connect Leveling System is now sold at more than 2,000 stores, in more than 30 countries, and can be seen right here.