LadderLimb - How to Work Safely and Smart on a Ladder
Posted by Mark Hunter - January 03, 2013
If you've had to work up a ladder for any length of time you'll know how important working safely is. This applies to those who pop up a ladder for the occassional spot of painting, to those who spend the vast majority of their working day perched on a rung several feet off the ground.
The challenge, however, is when you need to work up a ladder with a tool, be it a paint brush or a cordless drill.
Accidents are all too common, and it was one man's accident on a ladder that led him to develop and award winning ladder accessory.
Here's the story...
A tin of paint was dropped from a ladder. Have you seen the damage a tin of point dropped from a ladder will do? It's not pleasant.
That was Alistair Taylor's experience. But as is often the case, from adversity comes invention. The invention in this case was LadderLimb.
Like many of us after an episode such as a dropped tin of paint, Alistair wondered if there were any products on the market that could have prevented the accident happening. His research produced nought; it seemed the market didn't have what he needed - a ladder accessory that would allow him to safely work at height with a tin of paint!
A prototype was developed, and as Alistair told us, "on demonstrating our prototype to various ladder users it soon became clear that we had designed a product that would make working at height much more efficient and safe."
How exactly does LadderLimb work?
LadderLimb has no impact on the balance of the ladder as the users weight acts as a counter to whatever they are using the limb to hold(whether it be a drill, bucket, tin of paint etc). A 10kg weight restriction on has been placed on using LadderLimb to comply with HSE recommendations regarding the maximum weight an individual should carry up a ladder.
Who should own a LadderLimb?
Any tradesperson would benefit from having one in their kit, whether it be an electrician who uses it to hold their drill whilst working at height, a painter and decorator who uses it to hold tins of paint or their paint scuttle, or a maintenance person who uses it to hold their bucket whilst cleaning out gutters.
A success story?
Since launching LadderLimb, Alistair's invention has been well received, recently winning DIY Week's "Hand Tool of the Year" Award 2012.
"Winning the DIY week award has been huge for Ladderlimb as it projected us more into the attention of the public," Alistair told us. LadderLimb was up against products made by Stanely and Irwin, which makes the win no small feat.
Time to buy one
If you spend time working up a ladder, we reckon you should be adding a LadderLimb to your kit. Let's face it, it's always better to be safe than sorry; it could be much worse than a dropped tin of paint. Click here to buy a LadderLimb.
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