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Over-Reaching On A Ladder

The Danger

Over-Reaching Causes the Worst Falls

It is human nature to over-reach rather than climb down and reset the ladder. Even a mild over-reach can easily shift the operator’s weight outside a ladder’s center of gravity. Once the operator is outside the center of gravity, it takes very little to destabilize the ladder. These kinds of falls, especially falls from extension ladders, are the leading cause of ladder-related fatalities.

The Solution

The Little Giant SumoStance™ features leveling outriggers that double the base footprint of the ladder so the operator cannot feasibly reach outside the ladder’s base footprint. Load testing has shown that the SumoStance outriggers increase the ladder’s side-tip stability up to 600%, making it almost impossible to inadvertently tip this ladder.

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