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The Ladder Market

Recently, a report on ladder manufactures was released. The top manufacturers are Werner, Louisville and Little Giant Ladder Systems.

The report is based on current growth and anticipated growth. Here is the complete list for the “Global Stepladders and Extension Ladders:

1 Werner
2 Louisville
3 Little Giant
4 DeWalt
5 Telesteps
6 Fakro
7 MetalTech
8 Qualcraft Industries
9 Cosco Home and Office Products
10 Jarvis Industries
11 Vestil
12 Xtend & Climb
13 Gorilla Ladders

For the full report, visit

The report looks at the market and then analyzes different market segments, including the markets in the US, EU China and Japan.  Direct and indirect factors that impact the ladder market are also explored in the report.

The report determines key players and provides a business overview, segmentation of revenue, contribution to market share, consumer volume and production capacity. The report also explores each company.

You can purchase the full report at

Avoiding Dangers of Working From Heights in Construction

Today we have a guest post from Gavin Coyle, CEO of Coyle Group. Here’s a little bit about him and his organization:

Author Gavin Coyle is CEO of Coyle Group, a health and safety recruitment agency with a special focus on the Oil & Gas, Construction, Renewables, Engineering and Power Generation industries. Gavin is a seasoned and highly respected expert in the field of health and safety, with Coyle Group sustaining a growing list of international clients including Siemens, Alstom and Doosan.

Mr. Coyle has written this article about how to avoid the dangers of heights while working in construction. Here is his article:

Approximately one in five serious incidents on construction sites occur as a result of a fall from height. The everyday dangers of working from heights are prevalent in construction where climbing a ladder, scaling scaffolding or working from a scissors lift are typical daily requirements for many tradesmen and workers on site.

In acquiring their permits or licences to work on a construction site, workers will likely undergo training regarding safety best practices for working from heights. However, it is the role of the site manager and ultimately the hiring construction company to ensure that these best practices are adhered to, their safety policies followed and all potential risks consistently analysed where their workers are required to work from heights.

As well as ensuring to hire only personnel who have the knowledge, skills and training to work safely from heights, construction managers should also take charge of initiating best practices on site.

Avoid working from heights if possible

Site managers and foremen need to consistently analyse the need to work from heights. If at all possible, it is advisable to avoid working from heights if practical to do so. Working from a height presents an instant increase in site safety risk and so as much work as possible should be conducted from the ground.

Ensure the provision of the correct safety equipment and gear

Assess the most appropriate safety equipment and gear necessary to conduct the works while ensuring the most minimal risk to the safety of personnel. Although it may be feasible to conduct the works at a height supported by a ladder, it is important to consider all potential influential factors such as the surface below, the surface the ladder must lean against, the weather and the experience of personnel in deciding which equipment is the best fit for the job.

Minimize the distance of fall

Do not work at any unnecessary heights. Ensure personnel are elevated to work at the minimum required height without needing to overreach to minimize the potential distance of a fall. Consider the use of a safety harness or safety net if the distance of fall could cause injury.

Regularly inspect safety equipment

All equipment safety inspections should also extend to any equipment used for working at height, even if the equipment is not being used regularly or if the project probably won’t use such equipment. Often the equipment used for working from heights is needed unexpectedly so you need to be assured that they are in perfect condition to facilitate works safely and securely.

Don’t use ladders for extensive tasks

Ladders are designed to support personnel as they conduct tasks which are short in duration, typically 30 minutes or less. Personnel should not be permitted to remain working from a ladder for longer than this period of time. For tasks which require several hours to be spent working at height, it is advisable to consider the use of other equipment such as scaffolding or a scissors lift.

Don’t allow any unqualified personnel to work from heights

Ensure that any workers or tradesmen who scale a ladder, work on scaffolding or conduct works from a scissors lift are experienced in doing so and are familiar with each of the above safety practices. A quick assessment of a site worker’s knowledge of working from heights should be conducted before they use any equipment.

Adhering to the above best practices can not only save significant costs but most importantly, it can save lives. Never underestimate the danger of working from heights in construction.


Ladder Accident Results in Fatality

In North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, a man fell from a ladder and died. He had been doing gutter work at a home when he fell 30-40 feet.

The victim was brought via ambulance to the hospital. After arriving at the hospital, he passed away due to his injuries.

The Department of Workplace Safety is investing the accident to see if there were any safety violations.

This accident had a tragic ending, and we dont have many details about the cause of the accident, but we can still use it as a tragic reminder of the importance of paying attention and being safe.

Some of the most common causes of these types of accidents are using a faulty ladder or leaning while on the ladder.

To prevent using a faulty ladder, always inspect it for any damges or parts that need to be repaired. If any part of your ladder is in bad shape, take it out of service until it can be repaired, or take the ladder out of service completely.

To address the other common cause of a ladder accident, make sure to keep your belt buckle between the rails.




Never Do This on a Ladder

I was surfing the web, looking for ladder news, when I found this video.

The video is full of examples of “what not to do on a ladder.” The Essential Craftsman gets the credit for this gem.


Safety with DIY

Do you have projects around the house you’re trying to finish before winter?

As you work, make sure to do it safely.


Every year, ladder accidents cause expensive injuries to thousands of people. Before using your ladder, here are a few questions to ask:

-Is a ladder necessary for this job?  Would scaffolding be a better option?

-Is this ladder safe? If a ladder has broken or loose parts, or has failed any part of an inspection, do not use the ladder. Find a replacement ladder or wait until it has been repaired.

-Has the ladder been set up correctly? Secure the ladder, make sure the ladder is stable and on firm ground. Also, make sure the ladder is at the correct angle.

-Are you using the ladder correctly? Stand between the rails and don’t over-reach.

Never stand on the top rung or top cap. Don’t hang your tools or paint cans from the rungs.

Always remember to have three points of contact.

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