Buying A Ladder For A Weekend Project Is A break Or So You Thought – My…

Buying a ladder for a weekend project is a break. Leave the coffeepot

on. excursion to the nearest hardware store. Get a ladder that fits

the height requirement for the job. Load the ladder in the back

of the SUV. Return home.


My local hardware store has a courtesy questionnaire that you

must complete before you can buy a ladder. Then there is the

release of liability form if you don’t watch the safety video.

“What is this?” I asked the clerk. It seems my local hardware

store owner had been sued on two separate event for selling

unsafe equipment. This owner was taking no chances with customer

injuries coming back to haunt him.

There may be some sustain to his requirement. Over 160,000 people

are injured in ladder related injuries each year. If you don’t know

how to choose a ladder for the job or you attempt to use a ladder

that is not safety inspected, the chances of injury are high.

I signed all the forms and sat down to view a thirty-minute video

entitled “Ladder Safety”. The video was not interesting but the

dumb things that people do on ladders had me laughing.

Then I saw a video clip that applied to me. The person was on a

ladder cleaning out gutters. Suddenly the extension ladder collapsed.

The video showed the ambulance. The video person failed to

include the locks on his extension ladder.

The clerk stopped the video to remind the group “Do Not USE


bored homeowners looking at this video). All we needed was the

clerk to do commentary. But we had to listen to everything because

We wanted our ladders. The clerk reminded us of a basic safety

principal. ” If you are working outside in a lightning storm,

get off a metal ladder”. Store the metal ladder in your garage.

Do not leave a metal ladder propped against your home during a


We all snickered under our breath and thought “DUH”!.

The clerk turned the video back. There on the screen we saw

three electrical incidents involving metal ladders. I thought

everybody knew that metal ladders conduct electricity.

So stay away from electrical wires and lightning and come in out of the rain. Everyone does not know this so I paid closer attention. I was glad

to find out that I could buy a ladder made of fiberglass.

The Clerk showed us how to check the maximum load for a ladder. When you check the maximum weight that the ladder supports

you must add your weight plus in any case materials you are carrying

Up the ladder. No way. I’ll just buy a high load weight for

my ladder because I’m not asking any of the females in my house

to calculate their weight plus anything.

Fortunately for the hardware store I was finished with all the

requirements to puchase a ladder. I knew I needed to

select the right ladder for the right job. The store had

A huge selection of ladders made of several types of material.

They also stocked several styles of ladder.

Unfortunately for me, I needed to buy several ladders

to meet the requirements of the jobs I did around the house.

I chose my ladders carefully. I didn’t want a ladder made of

metal for obvious reasons For mundane outdoor jobs,

the metal ladder was the least expensive.

Then the clerk pointed out that the cheap metal ladder

did not have slip resistant material on the bottom

I had to use additional money to get that characterize.

Since ladders are so shared, we tend to take using a ladder

for granted. We forget about the dangers associated with this

household tool. Being safe on a ladder is as important

as being safe in your house or car.

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