And the Winner Is...
We don't know whether to laugh or cry at this first place, award-winning example of Idiots on Ladders. This photo of the "Biggest Idiot on a Ladder" received 60 percent more votes than the two runner up photos. Is there such a thing as a "winner" in a contest like this?
First Runner Up
Michael Fern, the communications and social media officer for the Ladder Association, said the association received not one but two photos of workers using ladders inside the bucket of an excavator, something he called “worrying.” We call it "crazy."
Second Runner Up
The goal of Idiots on Ladders is to show the importance of training and competence in preventing falls from heights. Somehow, we don't think the worker who is standing on the scaffold is telling the worker who's balanced his ladder on a pitched roof that he's in danger. And then there's that opening in the scaffold that's right behind him...
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
It appears that in this case, the ladder is being used to hold the board on which the worker is standing...jutting out over the railing...dozens of feet above the ground... We're getting vertigo just looking at this one.
Fall Protection? Who Needs Fall Protection?
In this case, the ladder was used to access the glass roof, which appears to be about 20 or 25 feet above the ground. It counts as safe as long as one foot is touching the top support of the ladder, right? (Answer: Are you kidding?!)
Use the Other Ladder!!
Apparently, it is easier to balance a ladder in the bulldozer than it is to raise the ladder laying on the ground, which looks to be the right height to reach the roof. [We're scratching our heads over this one, too.]
Because Three Is Better Than One?
Because why not have three people standing on the same ladder, which is balanced on top of a construction trailer?
Lots of Bad Choices In This One
Apparently this worker needed lots of risk factors in his workday. He's straddling a scaffold and a free-standing ladder, which is balanced against the board he's working on. Is there any wonder that falls from heights cause severe injuries and death to thousands of workers each year?
Things That Make You Go Hmmm...
Hey! I have a good idea...rather than use a scaffold, let's put up lots of ladders! And we can balance one on two-by-fours on a pitched roof because that's not dangerous... Hey, great idea...NOT!
Eventually, He'll Run Out of Ladders
We don't even know what to say about this one...
When a Ladder Becomes a Mode of Transporation
Apparently, the ladder was just the mode of transportation to get to the window ledge.
When a Mode of Transportation Becomes a Ladder
Doesn't everyone use their work van as a ladder?
The Buddy System
We don't think this is what people mean when they talk about the buddy system.