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#18111 - 12/05/02 10:32 PM What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
I've come across this recently and I think it's really a great idea! One of those that I wish I had thought of.

A "Stepladder in your pocket and more"
Take a look:

The PocketLadr


Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

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Arc Flash Clothing, Gloves, KneePads, Tool Belts, Pouches, Tool Carriers, etc. etc....

#18112 - 12/06/02 03:14 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
one wonders were the 'do not stand on top step' sticker would go....

#18113 - 12/06/02 05:58 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
Looks like a great idea to me. Has OSHA seen this!

#18114 - 12/06/02 06:16 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Looks like a good idea, but I don't think it will every get an OSHA Approved sticker!

#18115 - 12/06/02 06:18 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
Wirenuttt Offline

Registered: 11/10/02
Posts: 267
Loc: Massachusetts
It looks like they got the idea from the old telephone poles, where the climber had to wear a safety strap.

#18116 - 12/06/02 07:24 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
mblackey Offline
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Registered: 12/06/02
Posts: 7
OSHA office in Denver advised us "they don't approve tool design... just their use." This one doesn't fall into the ladder or stilt category, so we addressed use with following warnings printed on the tool:

Use on vertical wood 2X studs only

Use no higher than 24 inches above floor height

Maximum weight 300 lbs

OSHA allows stilts up to 40 inches tall. Guess one could argue whether it's a ladder or a step. It's a lot more stable than a short stepladder!! It's great when you need a quick step up for a quick job!

#18117 - 12/06/02 08:04 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
caselec Offline

Registered: 04/14/02
Posts: 557
Loc: San Jose, CA
A few years ago (more that 5) most of my supply houses had an identical item except it was silver. They were not stocked very long before being pulled from the shelves for safety reasons. I'm not sure if this was a result of the manufacture, OSHA or CAL OSHA. Since the web site says patent pending I would guess this is a new manufacture trying the same thing again.

Curt Swartz

#18118 - 12/06/02 08:59 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
I don't think that this would be on my list.
OSHA would probably have my head.

What's on my "wish list" right now is replacement tools and equipment that was ripped out of one of our vans Thanksgiving morning.

Maybe a real nasty pit bull or rottie???

Hey, just kidding...I'm not a "watch dog" believer.


#18119 - 12/06/02 10:22 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
lwinter31 Offline

Registered: 11/23/02
Posts: 41
Loc: Texas
Doesn't that make you wonder why they don't prosecute thieves and burglars more severely. You work hard to provide and then some sorry lazy thief steals your tools so he can pawn them for a fix cause he's hooked on dope. Then he gets probation so he can go steal some moore.

I know thats why we have insurance but it still burns my @$$.

Has anyone ever seen 1-cent of restitution that is supposed be paid by these thieves when they get probation?

I'm all for the dog, maybe the thief will get something ripped instead of our tools.

#18120 - 12/06/02 11:42 AM Re: What is your next Gotta Have Tool?
Trainwire Offline

Registered: 03/15/02
Posts: 364
Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
Yea, something like a cross between a pit bull and a Buick!

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