"This Is Not A Step" - 11/22/2010
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, November 15, 2010
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"This Is Not a Step"
Ladders are probably one of the greatest inventions ever made. We use them at
home, work, and even at play. Most, if not all of you, have been to a little league
baseball game and seen someone sitting on top of a step ladder behind right field
waiting to change the inning or score cards on the scoreboard.
Ladders come in all shapes and sizes. We have portable, fixed, rolling, extension,
step, and last but not least, the "as seen on TV" ladders that go everywhere and do
With all of the types, shapes, and sizes of ladders we have available for us to use,
why is it that when we use a ladder, many times we find that it is just a little too
short? Or it needs to be moved a little more to the right or left. Or we can't get it
set properly. At those times we find ourselves making little adjustments that may
not be in our best interest.
Here are a few adjustments we can all relate to:
We "hop" the extension ladder over a few inches while we are still on it.
We can't reach high enough so we climb up the ladder so that our feet are on
the last couple of rungs and we aren't able to hold onto the ladder.
We find ourselves standing on "This Is Not a Step" to reach a little higher.
We can't get the ladder positioned properly so we find something to level it
up, jam one side of the ladder in the ground, or just hope our weight puts
enough pressure on the legs to keep them from kicking out. (Remember what
happened to my neighbor's friend in last week's E-QuickTake - "It Will Only
Take a Second?")
Ladders are probably one of the greatest inventions ever made when used properly.
But when they are not, they can become one of the most dangerous.
Next time you go to use a ladder, take the time to get a ladder that will do the job.
Make sure the ladder is positioned properly so it doesn't kick out or slide to the side.
If you need to reach a little further to the right or left, don't hop the ladder. Get
down and move it. And finally, "This Is Not a Step" means just that - "This Is
Not A Step".
Thanks for reading and please - Be Safe This Week!
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
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