News | February 2020

Why Is Walking Under A Ladder Meant to Be Unlucky?

26th February 2020

Then there is the possibility that you accidentally knock the ladder and cause an accident. This isn’t an issue when a fixed access ladder is being used, but people still instinctively avoid doing it.  

The Ancient Egyptian Theory

It has been suggested that another reason for not walking under ladders comes from Ancient Egypt about 5,000 years ago. This theory points out that the triangle shape was regarded as being sacred.

Strange and Interesting World Records Involving Steel

25th February 2020

Steel is a highly practical metal that has been used in numerous buildings and tools all over the planet. Yet, you might not know that it has also played a part in some of the weirdest and most interesting world records around. 

The Biggest Steel Spoon

Steel spoons are common items in just about every home. But have you ever stopped to wonder what the biggest one in the world is like? If you ever want to see it then you will need to travel to Tel Aviv in Israel.

Effective Ways to Communicate Safety in Your Workplace

24th February 2020

Most workplace injuries do occur due to ignorance or lack of proper communication. The consequences are also costly. Fortunately, effective communication is key to a safe working environment, hence reduced injuries and losses. Please read on for some of the ways to effectively communicate safety throughout your organisation. 

Appropriate Safety Training

The Most Memorable Ladder Scenes from Classic TV Comedies

20th February 2020

Some of our favourite television shows have used ladders to add some drama and fun to their episodes. The following are some unforgettable moments where the characters get into problems while using a ladder.

Only Fools and Horses – A Crashing Chandelier

The Trotter family moved into the chandelier-cleaning business in A Touch of Glass, the final episode of season 2. By this point, it was a much-loved series and 10 million viewers tuned in to see this classic episode in December 1982. Overall, it is the most watched British TV series of all time.

The Exciting History of Ladders in Video Games

19th February 2020

Video games are now a huge part of life, with more than 1.2 billion gamers dotted across the planet. If we look back through the history of these games, we can see that ladders have popped up time and again in crucial moments.  

The Early Ladder-Based Platform Games

Many of the earliest PC games were platform adventures. This meant climbing ladder to move around the screen. One of the earliest examples comes with Donkey Kong, where the main character had to work his way up through a construction site to save the damsel in distress.

Snow on Rooftops: When is it Necessary to Remove and How Can it be Removed Safely

18th February 2020

If you’re living in a snow-prone area, you can relate to the challenges experienced with clearing off of the walkways and driveways. But snow usually builds up on the rooftop, as well. So, when can you tell it’s time to remove the snow on your rooftop, and what steps should you take for safe removal? Please read on.

Is it Necessary?

Passive Vs. Active Fall Systems: What’s the Difference?

17th February 2020

Falls from heights remain the biggest cause for concern as far as workplace injuries are concerned. It’s the responsibility of the safety officers and managers of all workplaces involving elevation or altitude to have an efficient fall safety program. However, fall safety systems are of two types: passive and active systems. This guide contains a detailed comparison between the two to help you decide the best choice for your workplace. Please read on.  

Passive Systems

Crazy Tricks and Stunts Using Ladders

13th February 2020

Life is more interesting when you have a ladder to hand. If you haven’t yet realised that then a look at these wild stunts and tricks will show how much fun you can have.

Water Skiing on Top of a Step Ladder

This video is one that has to be seen to believed. The star is brave LeRoy Wicklund, who decides to spice up the already exciting sport of water skiing through the unusual process of taking a step ladder out onto the water with him.

Questions on the Use of Steel and Other Powerful Metals in Superhero Stories

12th February 2020

Since superheroes are larger than life characters with amazing abilities and unbelievable weapons, it is no surprise that writers have turned to steel in many stories. How have they added this metal to their characters, and what other types of metal have they included?

Why Is Superman Called the Man of Steel?

5 Important Questions to Ask Before Buying a Ladder

11th February 2020

Ladders are among the oldest, essential tools ever invented. However, they come in many forms and a multitude of sizes to suit a variety of needs. To find the right ladder for your needs, there are quite a number of key questions that you should ask before committing to a purchase. Read on for 5 such vital questions to guide you make informed decisions in future.