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    Re: Werner FS106 6' Fiberglass Ladder Failure

    Posted by Gary on 5/02/16

    On 2/01/14, Jerry Heilman wrote:
    > 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?

    I had a similar experience in january of this year. identical
    ladder, exact issue and i broke my right leg in multiple places.

    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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