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The Werner Performance System simplifies the buying decision. A system that matches duty rating with a color and star ranking system. The 3 step process is designed to heighten consumer confidence as well as consumer safety
Revolutionizing Ladder Buying
With a ladder selection system that simplifies buying, Werner is once again revolutionizing the industry. The Werner Performance System, a color coded, three-step process is designed to heighten consumer confidence as well as consumer safety. This unique system - unparalleled in ladder history - matches duty rating with a color and a star ranking, helping consumers understand ladder lingo and feel more comfortable with the buying process.
Improving Purchase Decisions
Research has proven that 84% of purchasers perceive the Werner performance system to be more helpful in ladder selection. Which means customers are making better purchasing decisions - just another way Werner is boosting the reputation of the industry and the company.
*Duty Rating Includes the Weight of User and Materials
Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.