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Old 04-05-2006, 08:08 PM
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Exclamation Ladder Safety

With the good weather approaching quickly , it is time to remind everyone that ladders need to be tied off . they can run off real quick if they are allowed to run free . Seriously the few minutes it takes to tie a extension ladder off could be the difference in a successful project and a trip in the meatwagon . Setting up a ladder properly is very simple . when standing at the bottom of the ladder with your toes touching the rails of the ladder you should be able to lay you hand on the rung at shoulder level . .. this is within the safe angle for a ladder. You should be comfortable standing on first rung and not feel like you are leaning forward or backward . Extend the ladder well post your departure point , at least 3 feet and 4 feet is better , so you feel comfortable when leaving the ladder and while accessing the ladder . If the ladder does not reach at least three feet past your point of departure than get a longer ladder , Home Depot rents them . Also the ladder should be as straight (plumb) as possible use a level against the rail , if you have a crooked eye .And remember that stepladders need to have all feet firmly on the ground . Over-reaching if you have to move the trunk of your body out of the space between the rails of the ladder to reach what you are doing move the ladder . Electric and alumimun ladders , watch out for those over head wires . that can be a reVOLTing development Even fiberglas ladders with conduct electric when wet . :evil: When climbing and working from a ladder use three points of contact rule , in other word keep two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder . Take a good look at your ladder , if it has a lot of damage cut the sucker up and get a new one . SWMBO might grumble a bite but would probably rather have you around to kill spiders, bugs , mow the grass and other assorted stuff then attend your funeral because you thought that rickety old ladder would last one more season . Remember "SAFETY IS FIRST, WORK IS SECOND"
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:20 PM
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Good post. Good advice. Its usually when you cut corners that you take a hit.
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Sooo....you shouldn't use two hands to work above your head with one foot on the top rung of the ladder and the other on a nearby wall? *Scratches head*...hmmm

More seriously, what is the proper way to tie off a ladder, and how do you do it without first using the untied off ladder?
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:03 PM
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Ctardi, I think I was in that video... LOL RED
P.S. There is absolutly no reason for this thd. to turn into a littny of the DUMB stuff we've all done, and survived...
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:06 PM
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I suffered two broken ankles by falling from a ladder I didn't set..... Never again.
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There is absolutly no reason for this thd. to turn into a littny of the DUMB stuff we've all done, and survived...
Red, now didja have to go and say that? LOL!
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Old 04-06-2006, 08:15 PM
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And remember...
A ladder is for climbing and a box is for putting stuff in. If you need to get to something high and all you have is a box, even a sturdy wooden one, go find a ladder.

I'll be reminded of this one for the rest of my life. Every time the weather changes...
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Old 04-06-2006, 08:37 PM
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I suppose 5 gallon buckets don't qualify for step stools either? I just trashed a wood 4 foot ladder today after it dumped me on my azz. Damn thing was so loose that I should have pitched it years ago.
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:06 PM
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Talking Proper Method to Tie off ladder .

There is no proper method to tie of a ladder . If someone else is around I have them hold the ladder while I go up it and tie it off . you can even tie of a ladder to stakes driven in the ground . You tie the ropes to the ladder before you put the ladder up . I haven't done it but have seen it done . My knee gives me heck once in awhile becuase of a old ladder we used for getting in and out of ditches on the pipeline . ladder decided to surrender to gravity with me on it . weldor thought it was funny to see me go shooting past him down the ditch to the bottom of the hill . We were going to make the tie in weld about 15feet down from the top of the rise of the hill . ladder got buried about two feet above the pipeline and off to the side . Dan
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