Different Strokes said:
The ladder rules can get a little hazy. On one job I had to hide on top of a heating duct about 15 ft. in the air for over an hour while the inspectors walked through. My stepladder wasn't high enough (by their standards) for me to get way up there. So my partner laid down my ladder and pretended I wasn't up on top while they walked around. (They caught us by surprise) Keeping quiet up on top of duct is hard after a while, every time I shifted my azz around, it sounded like a bowling ball hitting a 50gallon metal drum.
Me too! LMAO. I attend fall protection classes regularly.
As a Professional Mariner we climb all kinds of ladders all over Ships and boats.
I climb one daily checking the idler sheave on top of the gantry. It's the major structure
to the Luffing Jib Tower Crane I drive.
It's about 70' above the deck, there is a dedicated retractable device on top. It is belayed to the bottom of the ladder so when I hike up all I do is hook into it.
When I climb down I have to make sure to hook up the tag line to it before disconnecting it from my lanyard.
If I let go of it without connecting it to the tag line I have to climb down and fill out another JSA to lineman climb back up to the top to reattach it.
What's really fun is painting the crane old school, boatswains chair n and steeple jacking. The youngsters want to ride the man basket off the other crane.
That takes another crane operator and they don't learn the blood sweat and tears way of their peers.
When I climb I feel 100% safe at all times.
If I have any doubt the light turns yellow and I know it's time to prepare to stop, red light. Not until everything is safe do I give my self the green light to continue.
You only fall once. You don't want to punch your time ticket out on the way down, so stay hooked up and stay safe,
you are responsible for your own safety.