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Re: [TowerTalk] Falling off ladder's.

To: "Jim Thomson" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Falling off ladder's.
From: Robert Harmon <>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 10:18:58 -0800
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For many of us we are safer at work then at home !   OSHA safety requirements 
safe work practices.  When at work we are required
to wear safety glasses with side shields and hard hats too in most areas.
Ladders must be tied off or secured at the top before any work can be done plus 
a safety harness must be worn and clipped on before work can be done.
Step ladders are exempt, however.......... you cannot stand on the very top step
the next to the highest is the highest step to use. There are a lot of safety 
procedures we follow at work that, well, we don't think we need to do "this 
will only take 
a minute"    At home we sometimes don't "think safety" and use a lot of power 
tools, grinders, saws, 
etc without safety glasses. Ladders used in precarious positions (I confess, 
Weed eater, trimming lawn edge, around trees and flower beds, without safety 
glasses (I confess again)

On Dec 3, 2010, at 4:01 AM, Jim Thomson wrote:

> Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 21:53:26 -0800
> From: "Mike" <>
> Subject: [TowerTalk]  
> Rick,
> Way more people fall of ladders and are killed or crippled ask any ER doctor
> about Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  My friends 30 year old daughter
> Debbie was cleaning a blocked downspout at 20 feet, the ladder went one way
> and she the other, she landed on her head and death occurred one hour later.
> I would much prefer to be on a tower than a ladder, at least the tower does
> not move.....or should not anyway.
> By the way it is much easier to fall off ladder because people tend lean out
> sideways to reach things instead of climbing down and re-positioning the
> ladder putting themselves off balance.
> I remember that old expression "it's as easy as falling off a ladder"
> Mike
> ##  agreed. Well over 2000 folks die each year falling off ladder's in the 
> US...and that's
> homeowners, and not pro's.  Somebody suggested a war on ladderism. At most, 
> you might
> have to take the rights of old geezer's away, since they are most prone per 
> stats.  I bought
> a  pair of those yellow, 3/8" thick ribbed rubber  things that slide over the 
> ends of the ladder.
> $10.00  a pair at home depot.  Aprx 5"  long.  The top of the ladder  flat 
> out won't/can't slide
> side to side.  It sticks like glue.  I have used em on both stucco, and also 
> wood siding. 
> Without em, the top of my 2 x piece AL  extension ladder only has these black 
> plastic things,
> which are a menace.  
> I just abt lost it myself  a few yrs ago, when trying to unclog  an 
> overflowing gutter.  8pm
> in winter time, raining out, and the bottom of the ladder  was in the garden 
> bed.  It was
> fine to start with... then one ladder leg  sank way down into the mud !  The 
> top of the ladder
> did this violent shift to the left. Like an idiot, I had the top of the 
> ladder resting on the
> AL gutter.  It was AL  resting on AL, which is just asking for trbl. 
> When the new roof and  gutter's  went on a couple of yrs later, I had em 
> install the gutter
> guards the entire length of all the gutters. It's just wide , thin AL plate, 
> really long..with 
> thousands of tiny holes.  Now I never have to clean anything.  It also 
> strengthens the
> gutter's  by a huge amount.  Zero problem's and money well spent.
> Jim  VE7RF
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