Ladders have been in use for thousands of years. A quick Google search of “first ladder” returns information about a Mesolithic rock painting at least 10,000 years old, the first historic evidence of a ladder. The image depicts two people using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest.
In recent years, ladder-related injuries have been on the rise. It is estimated that more than 90,000 people are hospitalized annually as a result. Additionally, roughly 700 occupational deaths are attributed each year to elevated falls.
Installing and maintaining a building’s structured wiring system often means accessing locations that are out of reach from floor level, and many workers choose to use various types of scaffolding, including compact work platforms on wheels that provide a base for overhead work.