I was out last week for a routine PM service. Check them over, fix any minor troubles, note the rest and send the reports to the corporate offices for repair approval. No big deal, right? Wrong!
This roof I'm having to access is a two parter. Climb up onto the low roof with an extension ladder, climb to the high roof using the buildings short suicide ladder, only about 6 feet up so, not a major problem. Silly me.
I toss the ropes up to haul gear and make my climb, and the SHTF, sort of. I'm on the next to last rung and I could not hold on for 8 seconds.
This ladder has served me well from the first time I came out to this site, until today. It was usually a strong mount and not knowing the truth about it, I figured the installers used the proper mounts to set this ladder. Again, I was wrong.
This thing had lead anchors in the thin part of a cinder block wall, no toggles or mollys or anything else that would have kept this thing up until the building was demolished.
I'll have to either haul up a 6 foot stepladder to get up to the high roof or use the other side. There's one of these suicide ladders over there as well and I'll give good odds that it's fastened up with lead anchors just like this one.
I'll just haul up a 6 footer rather than risking getting my heiny devoured.
This site is a leased space and I can pretty much guarantee the building owner won't do a bloody thing to fix this ladder and make it right and the tenant won't do much about it since they only rent the space, it's not their problem. May have to wait until I get hurt to have a proper repair made but, I ain't getting hurt. I've informed the tenants and am going to inform my supervisor so I'm covered.