A pilot from New Zealand died when he fell from a ladder. He had been doing some maintenance on his property when the accident happened. The man started flying when he worked in parachute operation and then worked in tourism, where had the opportunity to use his flight skills.
This story is tragic. Our hearts go out to this man’s family, friends and all who knew him.
What could have been done to prevent this accident? The article talks a lot about his pilot history and not a lot about the actual accident, but here are just a few things we can remember so we don’t have a similar accident.
- Use the right height and type of ladder for the job.
- Keep your body between the rails.
- Set up your ladder on firm, level ground.
- Have a spotter/don’t use the ladder alone.
We don’t know for certain what caused the accident, but we do know it is tragic, and we hope to prevent similar accidents from happening to anyone else.
As you know, I spend a lot of time on the road providing training to groups of people. Here are just a couple of pictures from some of my most recent trips.
The St Louis Arch from my trip down there in April
OSHA Stand-Down with Builders Mutual in North Carolina
Roofing Safety in Pittsburgh
Have I visited your company? If you’d like to be featured on the blog, send pictures, and I will share something about my visit to you!
Spring and summer is the time for DIY projects, both outside and inside. With DIY projects, more and more people are using their ladders to get work done. If you are a DIYer, here are a couple of reminders so you can keep getting your work done safely!
- Move your ladder if you need to. If you find yourself leaning, take two seconds to move your ladder closer to your work.
- Get a tall enough ladder. Standing on the top rung or top cap of your ladder makes it easy for the ladder to tip. If your ladder is not tall enough, find one that is.
- Find level ground. When working on your ladder, set it up on firm, level ground. If your ground is uneven, use a ladder with a leveler.
Stay safe while working on those projects!
Today, we have an infographic showing the number of ladder accidents, injuries and deaths per year. This infographic also shows how Little Giant Ladders helps prevent the most common ladder-related injuries. Check it out here!
We’ve talked about the King Kombo a few times over the last couple of months, and I just want to take a minute to talk about what makes the King Kombo so great.
The fact is, the Little Giant King Kombo Industrial 3-in-1 all-access ladder—the world’s first stepladder, extension ladder, and leaning ladder—gives you exactly the ladder you need to do just about anything. This ladder will help you complete most every ladder task on the job. King Kombo adjusts from storage to stepladder to extension in seconds. For tasks like running wire or accessing a hard-to-reach corner, you can quickly adjust King Kombo to be a safe leaning ladder. The rotating wall pad accessory for the leaning position, lets the King Kombo conform to and protect inside and outside corners and damageable surfaces like paint, drywall and stucco.
The Industrial version has ultra-heavy-duty feet with aggressive tread for elite traction and durability, designed for harsh industrial environments. King Kombo Industrial also brings a tough corner, pole, and stud-gripping V-bar for the extension ladder position. This heavy-duty grip conforms to inside and outside corners and even offers protection for damageable leaning surfaces like paint, drywall, and stucco and round poles. Speed, power, and safety—prepare to be faster and safer than ever on the job!
The King Kombo’s wide steps provide stability and comfort, and its dual-purpose top cap offers both a spacious standing platform and a convenient tool tray. Its wide-flared side offers superior side-tip stability while its straight side allows you to access tight workspaces between wall studs or ceiling trusses and roof or attic access ports.
As you can see, they thought of just about everything with the King Kombo. Gone should be the days where workers use a stepladder leaned against the wall because now there are ladders designed to lean!