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Ladders- slide and spike


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After reading about safety feet, ladder mats, spikes, titan supagip feet on ladders, I think we need some clever clog engineer to make a ladder foot system that is quick and easy to change feet for different ground conditions.

I have long drives to and from work, a lot of time, too much time to think of what ladders to buy, safety feet or not, spikes?, does my head in, as need a set of ladders that I can trust. I know I want ladders with "D" rungs, as the square rungs are nasty on my feet.

 

I like the idea of safety feet, but as already said, rubber slips in wet? We need a system on the side of the ladder at the feet, that if spikes were a better choice, you could slide them down, (by pass safety feet or work in conjunction with safety feet) and locate securely and retract easily when safety feet,might be a better option for another surface, slide and spike- dont know how to make it, but I get a cut of the profits and own 50% of the business of whoever makes anything like it:thumbsup:

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quick down to dragons den....yeh we all think that a standard ladder should come with much much better safety equip by law...wheres the bloody eu when you need it....ladders could be better full stop....and easy to do too...:thumbsup:

 

i wouldnt mind but....if they brought it out...we would all buy it so a ready made market...ladders have been the same for far too long....get your bloody act together manufactures....

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Photo-0017.jpg.203106f5f2f717a996eb9a86a14898ce.jpg spikes with a broad chisel tip ,fitted permanent is the answer in my opinion. iv not ever damaged a surface with spikes and have even used them inside a country mansion on carpeted stairs

i did put a cloth down first just in case i had dirt on the spikes

 

mine are made of mild steel but a better solution would be for them to be made out of hardened steel so keeping the edge sharper for longer

 

i notice on Ebay somebod is now selling spikes / foto above/ made from 5 mm steel strip , nice and strong looking but with an unusual angle to the tip that im not sure is a good idea .

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thing is ,i only got paranoid about ladder feet spikes and ladder angle AFTER i had a fall. id think most people would be the same.

i stress to my workers the importance of ladder angle, ladder safety and explain it very clearly with reminders . one previous employee of mine would disobey me on this [angle] and i told him straight if he kept putting up at the wrong angle he would be dismissed instantly. shortly after my talk he started turning in late and within a fortnight he had gone

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As I have said before I think most of us only look at the way we do things once we have had a fall or close call.

Seems to focus the mind a bit after the first time

Only an idiot wouldn't listen once you point it out how dodgy it is boar

Especially when talking from experience

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it would be excellent if there was a "real life experience"training course available for anybody who was going to be doing ladderwork . time could be spent on slightly slippy ground / incorrect ladder angles with demo of a ladder sliding - a sack of spuds strapped to the ladder top to simulate a person

 

on the final afternoon , every attendee has to do a full drop fall {onto 3 inch thick rubber matting] where the ladder is tugged out from under you . perhaps a bungee chord is attached to a shoulder harness so you cant hit the ground head first

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