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Step ladder safety

Step ladder safety

15 January 2016 Email this article

A man in the UK yesterday using every millimetre of working height that his step ladder offered, or rather did not offer.

The man is working on a street light at an industrial park, and one assumes that the Ecolectrica van is his, although it may not be. The step ladder is half on the pavement and half in the bushes, he is standing on what the manufacturer designed as a hand hold/rest and not a rung for stepping on. 

For extra security though he has tied the ladder to the light post, clearly understanding that standing on the top rail would make the ladder unstable and cause it to overturn. Not the most serious one we have seen – but clearly a case of bad practice, on a job which looks routine and should have been planned – assuming the maintenance work was contracted.

Have a safe weekend.