Recently US Safety Inc was performing ladder inspections, maintenance, & coatings for a large client in the Chicago area. The client’s main concern besides being compliant with OSHA’s annual ladder inspection requirement was to deal with complaints from technicians regarding “fiber bloom”. US Safety has been coating ladders for many years, but it seems that recently coatings have been one of our most common requests for services. I wanted to take the time to show you some of the before and after photos of our ladder coatings.
Every ladder company has different requirements for the type of coating and the preparation procedure, but in this blog post we are going to concentrate on the basic procedure of before, during, & after without getting in to the specific details. The before pictures show how the ladder looks almost like it has a fur coat on due to the fiberglass coating breaking down due to UV damage. The after sanding photos show how the labor intensive process of scrubbing the ladder can remove the itchy fibers, but not the future issues causing the irritation for the technician. Finally, the combination of side by side photos and closeup after photos will definitively show you the stark differences between a coated and coated ladder. The difference is not limited to just rough versus smooth in the appearance of the fiberglass, but the rejuvenation of the color in the ladder as well. It is not uncommon for technicians to think that they are receiving a new ladder when they come to pickup coated ladders.
If you have an aging ladder fleet, or you just want to protect your ladder fleet from future fiber bloom call us today! 847-460-2087 We would love to start a conversation with you today.
In today’s episode of “Why should I inspect my ladder?” we find an excellent example of a quality lightweight ladder manufactured by Little Giant ladder that most likely was blown off a house while fully extended and was left a little bent. The ladder is still perfectly safe to use, but more than likely the technician is dissatisfied with the amount of effort to lift and lower the ladder since it is mildly bent to the right. Our teams are trained how to safely assess the level of deflection and carefully bring the ladder back to factory specifications and at the same time make the ladder more user friendly during the lifting and lowering procedure. Our goal at US Safety is to make sure that your ladder fleet it safe and efficient. Our clients first priority is safety and part of making a ladder safe is removing any barriers that might make the ladder more difficult to use. When we inspect a ladder we are looking for damage that according to the manufactures guidelines would deem the ladder defective, but also repairable damage. the repairable damage could be bad rungs, damaged rung locks, broken cable hooks, worn out feet, damaged extension ropes, missing end caps, worn rivets, or rusted hardware. Sometimes physical damage plays a much less important role in an extension ladder being usable. This situation is an excellent example of a ladder that desperately needed maintenance and without proper training the technician would wonder every day why his ladder is so difficult to use. If your ladder fleet doesn’t have a daily inspection program in place for your technicians and an annual inspection by a trained ladder maintenance and inspection company call us today to start the conversation. Ask for Chad 847-460-2087 or email me directly at email@example.com #laddersafety #ladderinspections #UsSafety