Ladder safety

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Taxlossloz, Jan 27, 2016.

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  1. Taxlossloz

    Taxlossloz Grand Master
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    did some gutters yesterday as rained all day plus wind and the Ankalad paid for itself again
    ( plus levellers )
    But ... Can anyone recommend a harness or tie to ladder while at top
    I also am cleaning more roof tiles so i can then use two arms properly if strapped on
     
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  2. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    I believe H & S say you are supposed to maintain 3 points of contact at all times.

    Also the suggested practice is to attempt to 'jump' away from the ladder in case of a slip or a fall. Bit hard to do if you are clipped in.
     
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    I am to be graced with my daughters presence for the weekend (a rare treat when they are 20) but I will swat up on all H&S guidelines next week and perhaps ask Gav if we could have a H&S room for those members interested in the FREE exchange of H&S information and ideas.
     
  4. Taxlossloz

    Taxlossloz Grand Master
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    hhmm I suppose if ladder goes you need to jump then yes maybe strapped to is not best option
     
  5. Taxlossloz

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    Nice one Kojak
     
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    Who loves ya baby! :))
     
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    I don't often agree with hse bods but 3 points of contact is preferable
    As an experienced climber i would agree with them
    Even when halfway up a face and taking both hands off to get some blood back into your arms i would be leaning so my chest was touching the rock so i still had 3 points of contact
    But we have all been guilty of being up a ladder with no hands on it while squeegeeing and detailing etc
    Not clever though really
     
  8. TolishAPurd

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    Even with the ankalad in use I would not trust the ladder to stay put if I fell, therefor if I was attached to it, I could see it doing more harm than good as it takes away your option to bail out. There was a study done on drivers once with regards to wearing seatbelts. They found that the ones that didnt wear seatbelts drove slightly slower and took less risks. I think the same could apply here. It depends how you work, and how your mind works I suppose. Personally I want to be a bit fearfull by not having a safety harness, and knowing that the only thing thats going to stop me is me, or the ground. Three points of contact is a must, and if ever you go to 2- lean into the ladder, and only for a few seconds.

    Thats not official advice, thats just how I work.
     
  9. boarcity

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    i would be surprised if its possible to jump away from a moving ladder . the time from when a ladder starts moving to when you hit the ground is about 2 seconds from my own experience .
     
  10. TolishAPurd

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    You're probably right mate, but every fall is different. You might just get a chance to puss off somthing to stop you hitting the railings below, but if you are tethered at the top, then you will go wherever the ladder takes you.
     
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