Contractors, Safety Officers, Trade Professionals Help Design
First-Of-Its-Kind Fall Prevention Product Line
Springville, Utah, March 4, 2014 – Little Giant Ladder Systems® (www.littlegiantladders.com), the industry leader in ladder safety innovations, launched its new fall prevention product line at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show in Las Vegas (Booth #130). Little Giant Ladder Systems enlisted the expertise of contractors, safety officers, and trade professionals from across the nation to help create the versatile, easy-to-use, durable product line designed to help prevent injuries and save lives™. Unlike ladders of the past, the new product line contains guardrails, handrails, claw attachment systems, fall-arrest equipment and other innovative, patented features.
View videos and images of the Little Giant Ladder fall prevention product line at: http://littlegiantsafety.com.
“It’s better to put a fence at the top of a cliff than an ambulance at the bottom,” said H. Arthur Wing, President. “The industry practice for decades has focused on fall protection. However, fall protection does not prevent injuries. Little Giant’s efforts to focus the industry on fall prevention will nip the problem in the bud and prevent injuries, save lives.”
“Enlisting experts from various professions throughout the nation has resulted in Little Giant Ladder Systems developing first-of-its-kind fall prevention products that will become the future of the construction industry,” added Wing. “Fall prevention will become a game changer for every major industry. Working professionals will now have a new safety lifeline.”
Some of the worst ladder injuries occur when a working professional uses an extension ladder to access scaffolding or to work on utility pole strands. The Claw allows a person on the ground to securely fasten the top of an extension ladder to a fixed anchor point, scaffolding or a utility pole strand. The Claw’s fastening system is activated by the weight of the ladder and becomes even more securely fastened when bearing the weight of the person.
If the person using a ladder shifts his weight, loses his balance or something destabilizes the ladder, the Claw holds tight to the strand. When used with a suitable safety harness and a retractable fall-arrest lanyard, the Claw stops a potentially catastrophic fall almost immediately. The Claw can literally prevent the working professional from ever hitting the ground.
“The numbers are shocking. Every day 2,000 people are injured while using ladders; 100 suffer a long-term or permanent disability; and tragically, 1 person dies—every day,” said Ryan Moss, CEO. “Dozens of families are impacted every day, not to mention the cost of lost time, compensation, and medical expenses. We created the Claw to bring those numbers down—to prevent injuries and hopefully save lives.”
Many industrial companies now require operators working above a certain height to either tie off to a suitable anchor point or work in an approved enclosure. Until now, these regulations could sometimes be counter-productive and in many cases, very difficult to follow. The Cage’s fully enclosed, completely adjustable work platform allows aerial access without requiring operators to tie-off.
Each side of the Cage adjusts independently, allowing operators to place the standing platform at 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 feet (also available in 3-to-5-foot and 8-to-14-foot models). The Cage adjusts to work over obstacles, uneven surfaces, and even stairs. Retractable stabilizing outriggers increase the base width and prevent tips or falls from over-reaching.
“The Aerial Safety Cage is a huge step forward in industrial safety equipment,” said H. Arthur Wing, President. “You can take it almost anywhere on a jobsite, and you can work both quickly and safely while in complete compliance with industry tie-off rules. And more importantly, the Cage will help more people get their work done and get home safely every day.”
Little Giant Ladder Resources:
- The Claw video and images: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5756rwQT6E
- Aerial Safety Cage: https://littlegiantladders.com/ladder/aerial-safety-cage/
About Little Giant Ladder Systems:
Little Giant Ladder Systems, Inc. manufactures and distributes superior-quality climbing products to discerning homeowners and professionals throughout the world. The company’s growing family of consumer brands includes Little Giant Ladders®, Little Giant Xtreme™, SumoStance™, Select Step™, Lunar™ and Combo SXE™.
For more information contact:
Strategic Connections, LLC