Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:34:35 PM
OldOllie: Sounds like the proper tool in that case would've been scaffolding, at least scaffolding could`ve been leveled to match the terrain. These were 1-story buildings, about the size of a small house. They only needed to get 3-4 ft. off the ground to reach the top shingles with floor scrapers. It would have taken them literally 10 time as long to put up, take down, and move the scaffolding that it took to do the actual work once they got up there. Plus, scaffolding on soft ground is not that safe either. They should have had regular ladders to lean against the wall. However, a step ladder used this way is actually better and more stable than a regular ladder because it`s shorter, wider, and stiffer, and the steps are more comfortable to stand on than rungs.
They should have made that pencil-necked geek bureaucrat show them how to do it, and then beat him senseless when he couldn`t do it the way he insisted they do it.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:43:29 AM
OldOllie Ladders can be one of the most unsafe tools to use.
Especially if you follow OSHA rules. I was working on a job site where they were removing asbestos siding shingles from some old buildings. All they had were step ladders. The guys would fold up the ladders and lean them against the wall to reach the top, that is, until the OSHA inspector came along. He INSISTED (i.e., threatened to fine them many $1000s if they did not) open the ladders and not lean them against the wall. The soft ground sloped away from the buildings, so the ladders were EXTREMELY unstable. If you faced the ladder toward the wall, you couldn't reach the wall; if you turned it sideways and got above the 2nd step, it would tip over; and it was against the rules to turn it with the steps toward the wall and stand on it backwards. The guys just worked on the bottom of the wall till the inspector left, and then finished the job their way.