Corrosion Warning!

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Corrosion Warning!

Corrosion can and will damage your ladders. Recently, we found two examples of extreme corrosion problems.

Ground Ladder Corrosion
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Ground Ladder Corrosion
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Problem 1 : We found that nine out of sixteen rivets holding the roof hooks to a roof ladder had failed due to a corrosive condition under the rivet heads. We also found that there was excessive corrosion on the roof hook itself. Surface corrosion may indicate internal corrosion. (See Picture 1.)

Tip: One way to test the rivet condition is to bump each rivet with the flat head of a screwdriver. (See Picture 2.)

After discussing Problem 1 with the president of the ladder company, it is our shared opinion that annual ladder testing and good maintenance are the keys to safety for your firefighters. Additionally, it is imperative that your ladders be kept clean, dry and free of debris.

 


Ground Ladder Corrosion
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Problem 2: The spike on the butt of a 24-foot two-section extension ladder became so corroded that the spike pulled right out of the ladder. (See Picture 3.)

Be assured that we will be watching for these problems as we test your ladders. Due to the very nature of this problem, however, we need you to inspect your ladders between our annual tests. The NFPA states that in addition to your annual inspection, your ladders should have a monthly inspection. We recommend that you regularly check your ladders on a weekly basis – perhaps when you do your weekly truck inspection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the following companies toll-free:

Fire Service Safety Testing, Inc.: (866) 788-7373

Duo-Safety Ladder Corporation: (877) 386-5377

Alco-Lite (Aluminum Ladder Company): (800) 752-2526

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