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Rated Ladder Load #189608
10/19/09 06:27 PM
10/19/09 06:27 PM
Zapped  Offline OP
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 482
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
In the ladder safety manual, put this in the "DO NOT" category...

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Re: Rated Ladder Load [Re: Zapped] #189610
10/19/09 07:18 PM
10/19/09 07:18 PM
renosteinke  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
I'm not entirely sure what happened there. It almost looks like the descending guys twisted the ladder, or tried to 'walk' it while they were on it.

Ladders, btw, are rated for full load on every side that has steps. That is, a 250# rated mechanics ladder (arranged like the one in the video) is rated for 250# on both sides at once.

Looking at the ladder as it lay on the floor, it looks to be in perfect condition. That is, no remaining twists or kinks in it. I don't think the ladder 'failed.' I think this was an 'operator' failure.

Re: Rated Ladder Load [Re: renosteinke] #189613
10/19/09 09:04 PM
10/19/09 09:04 PM
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,935
Brick, NJ USA
Those 'operators' seem to resemble characters in other videos at the same site. What I saw all appears to be set-ups and IMHO staged and bogus.

Good call Reno.....ladder looks mighty fine to my eyes also.

Re: Rated Ladder Load [Re: HotLine1] #189614
10/19/09 09:49 PM
10/19/09 09:49 PM
NORCAL  Offline
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 878
Any chance the ladder has/had missing or damaged spreader bars on the ladder? That could explain the way it came down.

Re: Rated Ladder Load [Re: NORCAL] #189615
10/19/09 10:27 PM
10/19/09 10:27 PM
jackolsen  Offline
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 21
british columbia canada
I think the problem is that ladder is not built like a step ladder,wider at the bottom.It looks like it was not all that stable.If it had been used like an extension ladder it would have leaning against a wall and been stable.

Re: Rated Ladder Load [Re: jackolsen] #189616
10/19/09 10:42 PM
10/19/09 10:42 PM
renosteinke  Offline
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Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
I think - the video quality is lacking - that the ladder is one of those 'multi-use' ladders that can be arranged in different ways. Those don't have the spreader bars we are accustomed to.

Or, perhaps, an overseas operation. It's certainly not the usual mechanics' ladder (the rails and treads are too narrow) or step ladder (the footprint is too wide).

Re: Rated Ladder Load [Re: renosteinke] #189626
10/20/09 12:40 AM
10/20/09 12:40 AM
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 251
Kingwood, TX USA
That is a extension ladder pulled apart and each side used as a rigged step ladder. There is no spreader bar between sides and the rungs show no locking cogs like used on the multi type ladders.Those short cheap extension ladders will flex a lot when together and very flimsy when separated.


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