Rosenhan, A. K.
February 2005
Fire Chief;Feb2005, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p44
Trade Publication
This article reports that the laws of physics are unvarying, especially the law of gravity. If the physics facts conspire to cause a problem, it will indeed happen. The use of portable ladders on the fireground always is hazardous and risky, whether there be electric wires in the way. inadequate ground anchor conditions, overloading, bad placement or other geometric problems. The stability of the typical ground ladder when used in an upright position is a standard operation and is well-covered in texts, training manuals and practice. There relationships of ladder and the friction anchor between the ladder and the ground and what the ladder is rested against are very straightforward and usually present a stable environment from which a firefighter can work.


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