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    Post: Werner FS106 6' Fiberglass Ladder Failure

    Posted by Jerry Heilman on 2/01/14

    On January 26th, 2013, I was at my new house painting up
    inside one of the skylight tunnels in the dinning room. My
    wife was right next to me so that she could hand me paint
    filled rollers and what ever else I might need while working
    in the confined space.

    I was using a 6' Werner FS106 fiberglass ladder, rated for
    250 lbs, that was maybe a year old and is always stored in
    my shop. I was on the fourth rung from the bottom. Due to
    the confined area I was working in, there was no way
    possible to be leaning hardly at all in any direction, so I
    was centered over the ladder.

    In a nut shell, all of a sudden the ladder dropped out from
    under me and I fell out of the skylight tunnel and landed on
    my right scapula on the hardwood floor. I ended up in the
    emergency room with a small pneumothorax injury and spent
    two days in the critical care center.

    I went over to the house yesterday to look at everything.
    Nothing has been moved since the accident and I am going
    over today to get some photos. The right side rail was bent
    in directly below the bottom rung about 45 degrees towards
    the center of the ladder. The lateral support for the
    bottom rung looks like it pushed up the bottom rung a good
    3" in the middle. None of the fiberglass parts are torn
    looking and I can not see any threads from fiberglass
    tearing. Both side webs of the C channel side rail are
    mushroomed outwards a lot. On the left hand side rail, you
    can see a similar, but small, amount of deformation.

    I have done some searching on the CPSC web site and with
    Google and have found very little in the way of similar
    accidents reported. This web site seems to be one of the
    only places with similar incidents reported.

    So, my question is, has anyone else had any similar
    experience with Werner fiberglass ladders?

    Posts on this thread, including this one
  • Werner FS106 6' Fiberglass Ladder Failure, 2/01/14, by Jerry Heilman.
  • Re: Werner FS106 6' Fiberglass Ladder Failure, 5/02/16, by Gary.
  • Re: Werner FS106 6' Fiberglass Ladder Failure, 6/05/16, by Bill Liss.

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