Fiberglass ladders are commonly used ladders since they are sturdy and can be used around electricity. While these ladders are common, it is still important to remind our teams of a couple of safety precautions specific to fiberglass.
Remind your team to always inspect the ladders, whether fiberglass or aluminum, to ensure they are still in working order. If you use fiberglass ladders on your job site, make sure to train your team how to tell when a fiberglass ladder needs to be retired. Train your team to check for cracks, bends or other damage. If the ladder is worn, make sure to remind your team to take it from service and mark it as unusable.
Make sure they check the fiberglass and make sure it is still in good shape. A lot of times, fiberglass ladders are carried on the top of a vehicle and the sun beats down on the ladder. After time, the sun causes the fiberglass to become worn and bleached. While lighter colored fiberglass isn’t necessarily something to worry about, once the glass fibers begin shedding it is time for a new ladder.
Caring for Your Fiberglass Ladders
For the most part, fiberglass is cared for the same way other ladders are. The main difference with fiberglass ladders is protecting the fiberglass from getting
too bleached and aged. One way to slow down the process is to keep the ladder from the sun. Instead of keeping the ladder on the work truck, for example, you could see if there is any room inside the vehicle. If your team has no option except to have the ladder go on the top of the vehicle, just keep an eye on it (and train your team to do the same) to prevent anyone from using a worn out ladder.
We want to help you get your team home safe at night. We hope you and your team will find these tips for using fiberglass ladders helpful.