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Beware the top step on a ladder

Gene LGene L Senior MemberPosts: 11,743 Senior Member

I know, the top step is not for standing, although I've gotten away from it before,  But not yesterday.

Got a mystery noise in my AC, so yesterday I decided to go up to my attic to see if I can fix it. With a short ladder. I know they say don't step on the top, but since I'm a rebel, I did anyway, the upper third of my body in the attic. Of course, the ladder failed me, and I was left hanging on a couple of wall 2x4s ceiling joists with my right leg through the ladder. I knew I couldn't hold on forever, so I eventually let go. Fell about 4 feet, my head hit the bedroom floor hard enough to get my attention. Bent the aluminum ladder, ruining it. I was lucky I didn't get really hurt, except for bruises on my wrists. I left my flashlight in the attic burning, and had to get my big ladder to go back up there, since it was getting hot.

Took a blow to the head, wrists, and leg.  A 73 year old man and a 4ft ladder and ignoring the basic rules; could have been a lot worse.
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  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member

    You are a silly arse.

    Glad you are ok though.





  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,636 Senior Member
    edited May 2018 #3
    70 year olds on ladders keep the Neurosurgeons in central MN busy, that and falling out of skidloader buckets.
    Glad to hear you still have some bounce in you Gene, might be feeling a bit more sore tomorrow AM.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,749 Senior Member
    Im glad you weren't hurt Gene. I was up on my roof thismorning. If I don't slow down and watch it better myself I may not make it to retirement. A timely reminder is better than a fall.
  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    Whether it's cars, or plumbing or electrical or HVAC, people who work on their own stuff have stuff that never works. Always call a pro. The only thing you should ever fix on your own is dinner, and some shouldn't even do that. 
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    edited May 2018 #6
    Knock on wood I’ve never fallen off a ladder but steps are another matter ... I’ve stumbled on too many to count especially the damn ones coming into our laundry room from the garage. For some reason their design just messes with my ability to navigate simple steps.
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,798 Senior Member
    Glad you're gonna be OK.

    I myself, am starting to get used to bruises and scrapes, after a bout with vertigo a couple years ago. I fell across the zero-turn lawnmower(in the garage) last week, with no chance for a roll-out - just splat! Bruised ribs and knees, scraped shins, and full-body sprain. Mrs. Bisley cuts me no slack on my chores, so I'm walking with a cane for a few days, to make her feel guilty.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    My problem with a stepladder isn't the top rung...it's the bottom one. While I've never had great vision, one eye is way better than the other...meaning no stereoscopic vision and all that implies about fine depth perception. I've "stepped off" a stepladder while 3 feet above the ground more times than I can count. That'll jack your back for days. But with age comes painful wisdom. I now longer look down, and when both feet are at the same altitude and the substrate feels solid I figure I'm off the ladder. Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member

    My problem with a stepladder isn't the top rung...it's the bottom one. While I've never had great vision, one eye is way better than the other...meaning no stereoscopic vision and all that implies about fine depth perception. I've "stepped off" a stepladder while 3 feet above the ground more times than I can count. That'll jack your back for days. But with age comes painful wisdom. I now longer look down, and when both feet are at the same altitude and the substrate feels solid I figure I'm off the ladder. Mike
    Have you pondered acquiring one of these?


    Just for step ladders, of course.



  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    That'd probably work better than what Nature provided me.
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    That'd probably work better than what Nature provided me.
    A biological need to stay off stepladders?

  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    No, dip. Two eyes that work together. Next? Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    Dip?
    Such wit.
    Next?
    Let me think, yes.
    Know your limitations.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,798 Senior Member
    I successfully banned my dad from ladders at age 79, when I was adding on to my house. It wasn't pretty - he stomped off and didn't come back till the next day. Never said a word about it - just didn't climb the ladder again. I avoid them like the plague, myself, because I can't even look up without drifting off plumb.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    That could have been worse for sure...glad it was not. Any more or new symptoms from that blow the the head?
    Not so farfarfarfarfarfar.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,096 Senior Member
    Glad you weren't more seriously injured
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,671 Senior Member
    More senior citizens are killed or seriously injured from falls in and around the home. I'm always falling on my ass one time or another. Luckily I have lots of padding and non-brittle bones and haven't broken anything yet.
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    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,611 Senior Member
     If you're like me, it's good you got conked on the melon, rather than someplace you might have gotten hurt.😉
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Might be time to think about a First Alert emergency button to hang around yer neck!

    Glad you are OK!
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Might be time to think about a First Alert emergency button to hang around yer neck!

    Glad you are OK!
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    edited May 2018 #21
    Big Chief said:
    Might be time to think about a First Alert emergency button to hang around yer neck!


    Not get it mixed up with his new the safety harness, eh?




  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,715 Senior Member
    WOW   o:)
    Shut up-----KAREN; OK Cynthia
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,111 Senior Member
    Glad you are ok Gene. Your experience is a timely reminder for me.
    Last week I dragged the step ladder out to clean the chandelier in the theatre room. The room has an 18' stud and I spent about and hour on the top step cleaning the chrystal lenses...........got half way through and stopped cos I didnt feel comfortable. Still have the other half to do.

    ( Most chandeliers have a pulley system so you can lower them to ground level........but my Grandfather did things on the cheap and its bolted through the ceiling without any way to lower it)
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    orchidman said:
    Glad you are ok Gene. Your experience is a timely reminder for me.
    Last week I dragged the step ladder out to clean the chandelier in the theatre room. The room has an 18' stud and I spent about and hour on the top step cleaning the chrystal lenses...........got half way through and stopped cos I didnt feel comfortable. Still have the other half to do.

    ( Most chandeliers have a pulley system so you can lower them to ground level........but my Grandfather did things on the cheap and its bolted through the ceiling without any way to lower it)

    Just get the experts in mate.







  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,398 Senior Member
    Glad you didn't get more than some bruises and sore spots from the fall. Falling off a step ladder is enough to hurt you pretty good.

    I got tired of those stupid step ladders a few years ago and bought one with rails that are around the side and top. You can use the top step safely as you have something to hold on to while you're up there.
    I have one similar to this. Beats the devil out of falling!

    https://www.wdrake.com/buy-folding-four-step-ladder-with-handrails-354173?sourcecode=WDSAVE2018&cmp=compare_shop&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrvGm1K2r2wIVUTaBCh1DVwjyEAkYBiABEgL-2_D_BwE

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I reckon NO STEP means just that!
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member

    Sounds like that chandelier would be a good candidate for a pressure washer cleaning- - - - - -then when you install the replacement one you can rig it right!  Gene- - - -glad you're not too badly scuffed up!  My mind keeps writing checks my body has trouble cashing! 

    Jerry


  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,715 Senior Member
    Apparently the top step of a stepladder in approved in the roofing trade, as I came off Base
    this morning I noticed roofers on the roof of the tattoo place across from the main gate.
    One guy was on the top step holding onto the edge of the roof. 
    Shut up-----KAREN; OK Cynthia
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,398 Senior Member
    NN said:
    Apparently the top step of a stepladder in approved in the roofing trade, as I came off Base
    this morning I noticed roofers on the roof of the tattoo place across from the main gate.
    One guy was on the top step holding onto the edge of the roof. 
    That's a good way to get suspended between the edge of the roof and the ground, among other possible outcomes.
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  • AxeAxe Member Posts: 421 Member
    I learned a long time ago that ladders are not as bad as falling from them! When I first started in the fire service, we used to have "bail out" drills. This involved climbing out the window on the 2nd floor head first, tossing the air pack and sliding down the ladder on your stomach. If everything was done right, it was actually fun. Done incorrectly, this method of egress was a very painful lesson. Glad it all worked out fer you. 
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,398 Senior Member
    And the lesson is?

    Get the right sized ladder for the job.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
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