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Old 06-18-2021, 07:32 PM   #81
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What annoys me is this one Telecommunications commercial with this woman climbing a tower. How stupid they make her look. I know she is not a professional climber and doesn't know any better, but someone should have consulted a pro. They have her wearing the safety gear, BUT NOT USING IT!

I know it is just a commercial but it irks me to no end to see things like that being a Certified tower climber.
Exactly how I feel seeing medical scenes in movies or on television. Why oh why don't they consult a medical professional? You know a lot of money goes into these productions. At least get the basic equipment correct.
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Old 06-18-2021, 08:56 PM   #82
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Exactly how I feel seeing medical scenes in movies or on television. Why oh why don't they consult a medical professional? You know a lot of money goes into these productions. At least get the basic equipment correct.

Yep. There was one TV show that was fairly accurate, Emergency. There were a few real firemen in the cast. The one guy with the fro and stach was an honest firefighter.
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Old 06-18-2021, 08:58 PM   #83
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Back when I was more mobile, I always hated the transition from the ladder to the roof. I noticed a couple of posters here had the same concerns. Earlier this week I saw a video on a set of "safety rails" for Little Giant ladders (I think it only fits their newer models, but I'm not sure). They can be used as hand holds and guides for the roof transition or spread horizontally for additional ladder support (and standoff). These are a great idea for RV/Trailer maintenance at home.

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Old 06-20-2021, 12:32 PM   #84
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Drawback of those, and more than likely why they aren't popular is the leverage effect it can have on the ladder. The feet have to be WELL planted to use them. If you were to put too much force on the very top, it can cause the ladder bottom to kick out. It is a very good idea if using them, is to have another person stand on the feet to keep them in place.

One time I had my 40' ladder extended well past the roof line, and getting off the ladder put too much force on the top of the ladder and the bottom kicked out. Scared the you know what out of me!

Good idea, just use it with extreme care.
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Old 06-20-2021, 02:03 PM   #85
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Falling is the #1 cause for injury in the U.S. I fear it each time I'm up on top of my 5th wheel camper, yet I have to go up there to inspect, clean, maintain, repair. I'd like to have a harness system to attach to some overhead scaffold / boom arm, to protect me from falling. Alas, I have no such overhead scaffolding upon which to attach said safety mechanism. But I keep my mind open for practical and affordable safety solutions.
Ever think of not standing up and doing a belly crawl? ;-)

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Ever think of not standing up and doing a belly crawl? ;-)
Only when drunk!!
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Old 06-25-2021, 11:47 PM   #87
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On a recent trip I saw 3 folks standing on their camper cleaning off the top of the slides. One had a broom, another a corded blower, and one with a battery blower.
I find that the most efficient way to get leaves off my trailer is to pull out of camp (with the slides out) and drive roughly 80 mph for at least 30 minutes.
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Old 06-26-2021, 09:16 AM   #88
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I find that the most efficient way to get leaves off my trailer is to pull out of camp (with the slides out) and drive roughly 80 mph for at least 30 minutes.
Saw that on the Red Green show.
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I find that the most efficient way to get leaves off my trailer is to pull out of camp (with the slides out) and drive roughly 80 mph for at least 30 minutes.
LOL .. all they did in the movie RV was rip the awning off .. besides having a motorhome with a defective parking brake.
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I like to get on roof with the stabilizers up. More of a challenge as it sways to and fro up there! I find that moving as slow as a tree sloth aids in longer life.
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I like to get on roof with the stabilizers up. More of a challenge as it sways to and fro up there! I find that moving as slow as a tree sloth aids in longer life.
Now theres a sense of adventure! After climbing towers for several years, the sway of the roof on an unstabilized trailer doesn't bother me. That is as long as I am the one making it move, when someone is inside making it move, now that can et a bit disturbing, only in that there is no fall protection that works in this situation. A fall harness uses roughly 6-12 feet of elastic and rip stop to slow the fall before you stop. IOW you would splat on the ground before you fully stop, or slam into the side 3/4 way down.

Best thing to do if you do fall, tuck and roll. Just dont fall on your head, that would hurt, for a moment.
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This is why we had to wear these things called 'cranials' when walking around on aircraft. Like a helmet of separate plates like your skull. Head hits pavement without protection, it's all over. Hopefully.
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Long career! Roof walkways stopped being placed in new boxcars cars circa 1966 and had to be removed from existing cars by the mid 1970s. (Darn OSHA!) Cabooses were eliminated from 99% of railroads very quickly after the railroads got the government -- and unions -- to stop the requirement for train crews to be three or more. But I noticed this morning that all the boxcars in the Class 1 railroad that runs right by my office (as in the middle of it) have walkways and all freight trains when pulled by steam engines have cabooses (or cabin cars).

"Darn OSHA" was sarcastic: a hundred years ago the railroads were killing 35 employees per day on average in the period 1890-1917. 230,000 in total or about 8,500/year. Down to 907 in 2019 -- still a dangerous profession but at least few are falling off moving car roofs.

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I put in 37 years, hired out in the mid seventies. When I started we still didnít have radios in the yard. We used to shove 100 car grain spots to the elevators on the lake shore at night by passing signals with lanterns while riding on top of the cars. There was more than one car that fell in the lake when someone lost count. Back then in the pre-computer days we would just keep quiet about it lol.
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That reminds me of History of the world. These 15, crash, these 10, 10 commandments.
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Top 25 Most Dangerous Jobs in America


Rank Occupation Total Deaths (2018) Fatal Injury Rate (per 100,000 workers) Average Salary Most Common Fatal Accident

1 Logging workers 56 111 $41,230 Contact with objects and equipment
2 Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 70 53 $121,430 Transportation incidents
3 Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 20 46 $51,390 Transportation incidents
4 Roofers 96 41 $42,100 Falls, slips, trips
5 Garbage collectors 37 34 $42,100 Transportation incidents
6 Ironworkers 15 29 $53,650 Falls, slips, trips
7 Delivery drivers 966 27 $29,610 Transportation incidents
8 Farmers 257 26 $71,160 Transportation incidents
9 Firefighting supervisors 14 20 $82,010 Transportation incidents
10 Power linemen 29 20 $71,960 Exposure to harmful substances or environments
11 Agricultural workers 157 20 $25,840 Transportation incidents
12 Crossing guards 14 19 $29,760 Transportation incidents
13 Crane operators 9 19 $60,530 Transportation incidents
14 Construction helpers 11 18 $31,830 Falls, slips, trips
15 Landscaping supervisors 48 18 $52,340 Falls, slips, trips
16 Highway maintenance workers 14 18 $42,410 Transportation incidents
17 Cement masons 11 17 $48,330 Falls, slips, trips
18 Small engine mechanics 8 15 $37,840 Transportation incidents
19 Supervisors of mechanics 46 15 $70,550 Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
20 Heavy vehicle mechanics 27 14 $51,990 Transportation incidents
21 Grounds maintenance workers 225 14 $30,890 Transportation incidents
22 Police officers 108 14 $67,600 Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
23 Maintenance workers 64 14 $39,080 Contact with objects and equipment
24 Construction workers 259 13 $36,000 Falls, slips, trips
25 Mining machine operators 9 11 $56,530 Contact with objects and equipment
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Back then in the pre-computer days we would just keep quiet about it lol.
As horrible as that is, it still cracked me up.
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Exactly how I feel seeing medical scenes in movies or on television. Why oh why don't they consult a medical professional? You know a lot of money goes into these productions. At least get the basic equipment correct.
As long as they have the "machine that goes BING!!", everything will be ok!

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