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!
A Kentucky man was trimming a tree when he was knocked off his ladder, falling 10-12 feet. The tree branch then landed on his chest. He ended up passing away from his injuries. After this incident, a professional tree trimming company spoke out to help people work safer by encouraging them to choose a professional tree-cutting service instead of trying to do it alone.
“You can never be too safe when it comes to tree work,” said Lee Gutterman with Limbwalker Tree Service. “There’s a degree of unpredictability, especially if you’re not trained in doing this type of thing.”
So, what are the struggles with major tree trimming? A lot of times, the person trimming will lean the ladder right against the tree, but this is just not safe. The tree branch can boomerang back, as it did in this tragic story, knocking the person off the ladder. Also, don’t trim the tree while you are actually in the tree. When trimming the tree, instead, make sure you are not in a position where the tree branch could snap back and knock you down. If you don’t have experience with trimming trees, or, if your tree is large, you may want to consider working with professionals to do the work so you don’t put your safety at work.
The American Ladder Institute is a great safety resource for anyone who uses ladders. Their website has plenty of great information, including ladder safety training and certification. In addition to all the great content on their site, the ALI also posts great information across their social media pages. Here’s one post from their Twitter:
“Spring often comes with inclement weather, making ladder safety extra important this time of year. When using a ladder, make sure to always:
– wear slip-resistant shoes
– avoid setting up your ladder on slippery ground
– refrain from using ladders in cases of high winds or storms”
As an Australian couple relaxed on a cruise ship, a 40-lb toolbox came from above, landing on the husband’s chest. A man was working on a ladder above them when he lost control of the heavy toolbox dropping it onto the man relaxing below. The toolbox was full of hammers, screwdrivers and other tools needed for maintenance. At the time of the accident, the man spent time in the sick bay and suffered intense bruising on his head and chest. After the cruise, he suffered headaches and now faces PTSD, depression and anxiety related to the accident. The couple has decided to sue the cruise line.
Let’s talk about the man who had been using the ladder for a minute. According to the news story, he was shaken up after the accident and felt terrible, but, unfortunately, this accident could have been prevented. First, when using a ladder to provide maintenance, use a tool belt to carry the tools. Lugging a heavy toolbox up and down the ladder prevents the worker from maintaining three points of contact. When he gets to the top, the worker then has to find a place to keep the toolbox while he is working. In addition, when using a ladder for maintenance, it is a good precaution to rope off the area to prevent anyone from being in a dangerous fall zone.
Unfortunately, the Australian couple’s vacation was spoiled by this ladder accident. Our hearts go out to them, and we use their story as a cautionary tale for you. Remember to take necessary precautions when using your ladder to prevent a similar accident.