Our ladders make us itch
You boys run into this. As the fiberglass ages, when we get our little arms against it, it rubs off and makes our little arms itch. Been trying to find a spray coating to put on the fiberglass but haven't. One ladder seller suggested spraying with WD40 to keep the fiberglass from rubbing off on us. Any ideas or products you've used?
Just put another coat of resin on it.
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we are going thru this at our office. Sand them down and recoat them.
When this happens I have to wear gloves and then throw the gloves away after using the ladder. I've tried to simply spray it with clear varnish (I think) and that does work for a while.
I just gave away one of my extension ladders for that very reason but I was also concerned with the fiberglass becomes loose that the capacity of the ladder become less. So I got rid of it for safety reasons.
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Originally Posted by jdblack
Putting any sort of coating on the ladder, even a clear epoxy, is against OSHA recommendations. You shouldn't put ANYTHING on a ladder that has the appearance of covering up cracks, dings, scratches, scrapes, or fractures.... A lot of job sites wouldn't allow such a ladder to be on the premises.
I would suggest contacting the manufacturer on advice for flaking fiberglass.
This is true for fiberglass but you can put clear sealer on wood ladders. But who wants to use wood? I would take it out of service and get a new one for safety reasons. They take a beating being outside on the top of he truck all the time. I change mine out about every five years weather it needs it or not. It is better to be safe and spend a few hundred dollars then get hurt and have thousands in medical bills and lost time.
Originally Posted by zw17
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Originally Posted by zw17
Baldy, if your ladders are at the age of fiberglass flaking, then they need to be put down.
The fiberglass falling apart, just tells me it's losing it's structure. Meaning one of these days it's going to crack in half, probably when your at the top of it.
plus, if it's that old, I doubt it has a legitable sticker on it.
Replace it. The cost of a new ladder is alot cheaper than risking the OSHA fines and workers comp claims.
Especially since covering the ladder with a material changes your OSHA fine to WILLFULL violation, which I'm sure you know is alot worse.
If it's a newer ladder thats flaking, take it back and get a new one.
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This subject is getting a lot of ATTENTION.
Has job site safety co ordinator come around and check everyones ladders this morning , 2 sprinkler installers were told to get replacement ladders as theirs had signs of blooming, deterioration of exposed fiberglass.
i use a double sided metal ladder made from falcon ind. in canada.....best ladder ever built, mine is 15 yrs old and still going strong!!!!
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I use aluminum ladders. As a retired paramedic, I am acutely aware of the hazards of electrocution so you will never find my ladders near any type of utility lines. I don't trust phone and cable lines. When I absolutely must work close to power lines, I have the utility wrap the lines at no charge. I find the extra weight of fiberglass is not justified for ladders handled many times daily. When a ladder is placed on a jobsite and left in place for day on end, then I consider that an adequate trade off. I've seen more windows and trim damaged by heavy unweildy fiberglass ladders than aluminum. Same for back injuries. If you attach stand-offs on the third rung down, it makes a fiberglass ladder too unweildy for me even without wind.
Yes, if your fiberglass ladders are shedding they are dumpster bait. Saw them in half lengthwise so no one can dumpster dive them and sue you when they get injured by fall or get an infection from a splinter.
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In the hotter areas, you only get a few years out of them, then toss them. Its not worth re-coating them. We cut them into pieces.
Aluminum ladder here.
Mine has been around for a long time.
Fiberglass step ladders are OK, but I prefer aluminum extension ladders.