Interesting Facts About Ladders

by admin on August 14, 2016

From firefighters to roofers to construction workers, landscapers, and more – many contractors use ladders as part of their daily routine. But how much do you actually know about ladders? Below, we share some interesting and fun information.

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Fun Facts About Ladders

#1 – Ladders have been around for a while.

The first ladder was depicted in a painting in Spain, dating back at least 10,000 years.

#2 – There are tons of different styles.

Ladders are available in many forms ranging from: attic ladders, orchard ladders, and roof ladders to sectional ladders, cat ladders, Christmas tree ladders, and more!

#3 – Ladder accidents are more common than you think.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 50 percent of ladder-related accidents were due to individuals carrying items while they climbed. Additionally, each year, more than 900,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries!

#4 – There are 4 main types of ladder injuries.

These include injuries related to: selecting the wrong type of ladder, using worn/damaged ladders, using ladders incorrectly, and placing ladders incorrectly. [source]

#5 – Ladders have made it into the Guinness World Records.

The world’s longest ladder is made of wood and measures 135 feet long. It has 120 rungs and was designed by the Handwerks Museum in Austria in 2005. [source]

General Safety Tips When Using Ladders

#1 – Select the length carefully.

Depending on the type of work you are doing, you don’t want a ladder that is too short or too long because it can cause you to fall or lose your balance.

#2 – Select the type of ladder carefully.

For example, if you are doing roofing work, you may need an extended ladder. However, for other types of work, a straight ladder will be better. You’ll also want to pay close attention to what material(s) the ladder is made out of. You may like it that one ladder is lighter and easier to carry, but it may not be safe to use for heavy duty work. If you are unsure, always consult an expert.

#3 – Know the carrying capacity of the ladder.

The total weight of a ladder is significantly greater when you’re climbing it (especially with equipment/tools/clothing). Therefore, when selecting your ladder, look for one whose maximum carrying capacity matches what you’ll need.


Benefits of Organizing Your Van for Business

by admin on August 14, 2016

Being organized can pay dividends – especially if you own or use a commercial upfit. Most contractors know the importance of staying organized- whether they’re at their home base or on the road. It can become very easy to get sidetracked when you’re juggling appointments, clients, paperwork, tools, and other equipment.


Benefits of Commercial Upfits

Having a vehicle that has been commercially upfitted can be extremely beneficial to any business – from carpenters to rug doctors, to flooring salesmen, plumbers, and more. For many of these businesses, their employees are on the road 90 percent of the time. Take a look at some of the benefits of having an organized, mobile workspace:

#1 – Your vehicle becomes your showroom.

For some contractors who are on the road, their vehicle IS the showroom. Take flooring experts. They often bring samples of different flooring to clients’ homes so that they may show them how a certain type of floor would look in their house. In some cases (depending on the size of the vehicle), they may actually recreate a small, living space to give the full effect!

Having drawers, panels, and adjustable shelving is a must!

#2 – You have a lot of tools.

For people like plumbers – you don’t have time to “run back to the office” to grab a tool that you forgot – especially if it’s an emergency. Plumbers who show up to someone’s home because their toilet is flooding the top floor of their house need to have the tools and equipment necessary to fix the problem, and they need that tool FAST.

Having an organized van/vehicle where you can quickly refer to a drawer or shelf for an item is a must.

#3 – You have bulky, heavy, or expensive equipment.

For people like carpenters, organization is key – but so is having the space and the type of accommodations that will comfortably house and transport the type of heavy and/or expensive equipment needed to get the job done. Take roofers, for example. Their vehicles need to be able to carry long ladders, drills, and other equipment that help them do their job.

Having a place for all of your items is important. You may need ladder racks that are adjustable for different sized ladders, or you may need shelving with drawers that allow you to house different sized nails and drill bits.

Commercial upfits can do all of this and more.

#4 – You want to keep track of your inventory.

Believe it or not, being organized (especially when you’re on the road a lot) can really help you keep track of all your inventory. Being able to manage your inventory effectively is an important part of making sure that all of your tools and equipment are accounted for and are in good working order.

#5 – You want to look professional.

Would you want to do business with someone who shows up to your home in an unmarked, beaten up van? Or, would you prefer to do business with someone who pulls up in a clean, well organized van with their company logo on the side?

Looks are important, and being organized is a huge part of that.

Commercial Upfits & Your Safety

One of the most important benefits of commercial upfits is the safety it offers. A well-organized van/truck is also a SAFE vehicle. Image the kind of damage and danger you might be putting yourself (and other motorists) in by having loose tools in the back of your van. In the event of an accident or a sudden stop, unsecured equipment can move around and become dangerous objects that can damage your other tools/equipment or even other people.


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