Category: True Stories (page 1 of 12)

Winds and Ladders

Emergency-signThis article covered an accident about a Dallas-area construction worker who fell 25 feet form his ladder. Officials believe high winds were a factor in the accident. EMTs attempted all lifesaving measures but were ultimately unable to bring him back. The man had been a roofing contractor and had discussed not getting on the roof due to high winds.


I do not like finding articles like this one. There is no positive ending. His family is left without him.
Please never use your ladder when it is windy. No job or deadline is worth you risking your life. Be aware of the weather conditions before you climb your ladder. If anything seems off or makes you second guess climbing your ladder, don’t climb the ladder until the conditions change.
This story breaks my heart, and I don’t want anyone else or anyone else’s family to be in the same tragic situation.

Ladder Accident in the Pressroom

Emergency-signAn 25-year old employee at a newspaper in Mass fell from a ladder in the pressroom. His fall resulted in serious injuries. The ladder was attached to the side of the printing press. When the employee fell, he injured his head.  Due to privacy laws, the employee’s current health status is unknown.

For more details on the accident, visit the newspaper’s website.

We hope this man makes a full recovery. Ladder safety is important, even if the ladder is fixed. Here are a couple of ladder safety tips to help prevent accidents like this one.

  1. Follow the belt buckle rule. Regardless of the type of ladder you are using, keep your body between the rails. When you lean on a ladder, it throws off the center of gravity, making it easier for you or the ladder (non-fixed ladders) to fall.
  2. Maintain three points of contact. Maintaining three points of contact makes it less likely that you will lose your balance, especially at the top of the ladder.
  3. Keep the ladder clean. If anything slippery, wet or greasy gets on the ladder, make sure to clean it up quickly to prevent any slipping from the ladder.
  4. Choose the right footwear. Make sure your shoes have rubber soles to help you keep your footing while on the ladder.

We never like reading about these ladder accidents, especially because so many of them could be prevented. Follow these ladder safety tips to help prevent ladder accidents.

Blood Clots and a Ladder Accident

ladder-fall-offThe CDC has an article on its website about a ladder accident. Back in February 2003, a substitute school custodian was changing a light bulb on the back wall of an auditorium state. He had been working alone at 16 feet tall and was able to call 911 on his cell phone. He had been on the second from the top rung . At the time, he suffered pain in his ankles and knees and a broken leg, requiring surgery. Just four days after the fall, he died from a blood clot. According to the medical examiner stated that the victim, the fall and fractures caused the blood clots in both legs.

In the article, the CDC gave a couple of recommendations for preventing accidents like this one.

Recommendations from the CDC:

  • Have a safety professional evaluate a situation for risks before  a custodian does the  custodial work.
  • Schools should provide safety training to the custodial staff so they can be safer
  • Schools need to have a safety manager as part of the staff to help assess and fix risks

This story is truly a tragedy. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what caused this accident, but I’d like to end this post with a couple of reminders.

  1. Never stand on the top rung or top cap. It is just too difficult to maintain balance and there is no way to maintain three points of contact.  If something causes the worker to lose balance he or she then has nothing to grab onto.
  2. Maintain three points  of contact. Maintaining three points of contact guarantees that if something happens while you are on the ladder, you will have something to grab onto to help you stay safe.

Scottish Man Dies in Ladder Accident


Like many of our true story articles, there isn’t much detail about what he as doing on the ladder, and, because it was an emergency situation, there is little, if anything, that could have been done to prevent this accident.

Our hearts go out to this man’s family during this challenging time, and we hope that Here are just a couple of precautions to take when using a ladder:

1. Use the buddy system. Have someone close by when you are on a ladder. You may want to have them hold the ladder while you climb to help prevent slipping. Or, they could keep an eye on you to help you be safer.

2. Never use the ladder if you have been feeling unwell. Cardiac arrest can come on quickly, so this step probably wouldn’t have helped the man from this accident. However, do not climb your ladder if you are feeling dizzy, sick or otherwise unwell.

Wind and Your Ladder

HyperLiteSumo M24 Carry4We haven’t had a news story blog post for awhile. Just this week, I read an article about a man in Texas who was on a ladder during a wind storm. He fell from his ladder, falling to the ground 25 feet below. He passed away from his injuries. Police are still investigating the accident, but winds were 20+ mph that day.

We often talk about basic ladder safety, and we rarely focus on another aspect of safety, the weather conditions. This tragic story is a perfect illustration of why paying attention to weather while on a ladder is so important. In cases of high winds, take a break from your ladder. Your life is not worth finishing the job quickly.

If it is raining or snowing, leave the task for another day. The moisture can leave your ladder slippery, making it hard to keep your footing. Even worse, the ground could be slick, making it hard for your ladder to stay in place.

In case of bad weather, including high winds, rain or snow, play it safe and avoid a tragic accident by waiting to climb your ladder.

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