ACCIDENT SCENE PICTURES

 

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     I established this web-site because I believe that many others have been hurt by this ladder design.  Please understand that I am not an attorney or any legal entity, but a victim.  I want the manufacturer to re-evaluate their product design to protect the safety of the consumer.  I am a married father with two children. My oldest  just turned three. Walking is very painful and the quality of my life has drastically changed.   All my recreational hobbies I enjoyed before, I can't do! 

 

           

 

 

 

     On March of 2004 I was repairing the trim on my house when standing on the ladder about 16 feet above the ground when the ladder abruptly dropped down about an inch starting a chain of events leading to my injuries.  I see it as cause and effect.  In my opinion the cause of the ladder kicking out was directly related to the initial drop at the Shu-Lok base causing the Shu-Lok to become dislodged and unsafely repositioned.  The effect was how the ladder unsafely without my control attempted to reposition itself. It is important to consider all factors and not just one by it self to fully understand my concerns that lead to my horrific injuries.

 

     The first would relate to basic physics in regard to equilibrium. Think of it as balancing a pencil on your finger and how weight position is vital. In my case the higher I climbed up the ladder the equilibrium changed and causes more force to be displaced against the structure of my home and pressure is dispersed differently at the Shu-Lok base.  I believe the ladders initial drop followed immediately by a unsafe repositioned Shu-base configuration combined with my weight distribution caused enough downwards force resulting in a KICK-OUT motion.  This initiated the ladder to slide

away from my house with myself on it. As a result this ladder design can fail causing a person like myself or others to fall and become seriously injured. In my situation it resulted in at least a 16-foot fall upon my concrete driveway, breaking both wrist and shattering my left kneecap into at  east five pieces.

 

     On the day of the injury I was using my Werner fiberglass extension ladder utilizing the Shu-Lok ladder feet base pictured at the bottom and on the following page (Accident Scene).  In my opinion the ladder malfunctioned. It is also my Opinion the Manufacturer the Werner Ladder Company was informed and aware of potential hazards of the Shu-Lok base foot design and the groves that the bolt could and will catch on. The pictures at the bottom of the page will demonstrate the groves and the catching point that could result in serious injuries or even death to an unsuspecting victim.

 

     The CPSC is aware of this hazard of the Werner/Keller Shu-Lok base and my question remains the same. How many injuries or deaths does it take before reform becomes a reality?

 

 

 

I rejected Werner's offer 3 times for their lack of product safety concerns.

 

 

     Werner's Senior Counsel David Stankovich on numerous occasions in April, May and June  told me he has never herd of

any incidents similar to mine regarding the ladders Shu-Lok system or its bolts catching in the Shu-Lok groves or any injuries

resulting from this design.  I was the first!  According to e-mails and U.S. government documentation I do believe he was full

of (@X@X@X) with his statement. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports to all manufactures regarding

complaints and injuries.  I have documented complaints from the CPSC regarding inquires of the safety and merits of the product

in question

 

     The horrific issue at hand was why Werner's senior Counsel  David Stankovich discounted the merits of my

accident even though the CPSC in 2003 reported to Werner regarding a Keller ladder with the Shu-Lok base

foot (For reference Werner owns Keller) a very similar accident as mine with similar problems including the

victims statement and pictures that could present questionable validity of the design in question.

 

THE TOP THREE QUESTIONS ASKED

 

     1) Is Werner aware of my safety concerns? Yes, Werner is aware of my safety concerns and

could work directly with me to correct the safety issues, but they choose not to talk with me.

 

     2) Are retailers and distributors aware of this problem? Yes, many of them are fully aware

and have even visited this site, but at this time I will not provide contact names on the Internet.

One of my goals is that (CSR) Corporate Social Responsibility with Werner and their distributors

will help regulate themselves.

 

     3) Do I have better documentation of the problem area?  Yes, I have more defined pictures and

a video demonstration of the area of concern.  The video demonstrates a brand new Werner

fiberglass extension ladder placed against a house with a person standing on it while it is caught

in a groove.

    

 

     We all know ladder safety and training is extremely important, but selling a accident waiting to happen

is outrageous.

 

     Question the retailers such as: Lowe's (336-658-4000), Grainger (847-535-1000)

Sam's Club (888-746-7726) and Menards (715-876-5911) and ask them their view on (CSR)   

Corporate Social Responsibility. Profits are nice but not when consumer safety is at risk! 

 

     Home Depot stopped selling Werner Ladders and sells in my opinion a better and safer foot

design with the Louisville Ladder and I just thank God for Corporate Social Responsibility. 

 

 HERE ARE TWO BRAND NEW 11/2004 WERNER LADDERS BOTH USING THE SHU-LOK FOOT SYSTEM PICTURED BELOW.

 

                       

 

PLEASE NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOTH THE WERNER FIBERGLASS AND WERNER

ALUMINUM EXTENSION LADDERS PICTURED ABOVE.  (CURVED ARCH)

 

AREA OF CONCERN:

     NOTICE THE MILLED GROOVED SLOT ON BOTH LADDERS WHERE THE SHU-LOK FEET CAN PIVOT

ON THE BOLT.  I ASSUME THE SHU-LOK FEET ARE DESIGNED TO GLIDE UP AND DOWN ON THE BOLT DEPENDING ON THE ANGLE AND THIS IS WHERE THE DESIGN DOES HAVE A SERIOUS FLAW

IN MY OPINION.  

 

     NOTICE THE ALUMINUM WERNER LADDER WITH ITS SMOOTH ARCHED/ CURVED SHU-LOK FEET THAT SHOULD ALLOW THE MOVING FOOT TO PIVOT WITHOUT A CATCH POINT.  NOW LOOK

AT THE  DESIGN DIFFERENCE ON THE THE FIBERGLASS EXTENSION LADDER WITH THE SHU-LOK FEET. THE  MILLING DIFFERS GREATLY BETWEEN THE TWO DESIGNS AND ALLOWS FOR A RESTING

POINT OR NOTCH  FOR THE BOLT TO HANG UP ON. I DO NOT SEE ANY BENEFITS, BUT ONLY HAZARDS

ON THE FIBERGLASS DESIGN WHEN COMPARING BOTH STYLES. THE ALUMINUM DESIGNED FOOT

SERVES THE SAME PURPOSE BUT APPEARS TO BE SAFER THROUGH DESIGN.

 

ON WERNER PICTURES BELOW NOTICE THE UNDEFINED ARCH WITH A LEDGE THAT CAN

HOLD WEIGHT AS PICTURED BELOW.  THIS IS NOT THE CASE WITH ALUMINUM LADDER. 

NOTICE THE ARCH AND BOLT POSITION AND LOCATION IN THE GROOVED LEDGE AND HOW IT

CAN HOLD WEIGHT!!  "WELL AT LEAST UNTIL YOUR WEIGHT SHIFTS IT OUT OF THE GROOVED

NOTCH, CAUSING THE LADDER TO DROP DOWN AND LOOSE FOOTING RESULTING IN THE BASE

FOOT KICKING OUT."

 

BELOW ARE ADDITIONAL PICTURES OF A WERNER FIBERGLASS MODEL

THE ALUMINUM LADDERS TO MY KNOWLEDGE THROUGH DESIGN SHOULD NOT CATCH

 

NOTICE THE BOLTS LOCATION AND WHAT / WHERE IT IS SITTING

 

 

Here is a Louisville Extension ladder that has a preset manufactured bolt in the base foot setup. 

This design only allows the foot to pivot on the bolt avoiding catching in a notch or groove. (below)

 

 

 

Additional pictures can be seen at "Competitors or Home page"

    

When it is your safety what design would you choose?

                                              "WERNER"

  

                                           Or Louisville ladders?

  

 

This Web site probably wouldn't be here if I made the right choice!!!

 

 

 

alanc@kc.rr.com

 

 

THIS IS NOT A WERNER LADDER.

PLEASE NOTICE THE VERY FIRST PICTURE IS OF MY WERNER LADDER.  NOTICE HOW THE WERNER IS THE ONLY FOOT SYSTEM THAT HAS GROVES THAT CAN CATCH. THIS IS VISUALLY DOCUMENTED BY THE ABOVE PICTURES AND THEIR DESIGNS SHOWN ABOVE.

 

IF YOU HAVE A PICTURE OR KNOW OF A MANUFACTURER THAT HAS A DIFFERENT DESIGN PLEASE LET ME KNOW.   KELLER LADDERS WAS PURCHASED BY WERNER AND YOU WILL NOTICE THE SAME DESIGNS, BUT UNDER THE KELLER NAME.

 

THIS PICTURE WILL DEMONSTRATE THE LEVEL CONCRETE

SURFACE I WAS ON AND WHERE I FELL.

 

 

LOOK CAREFULLY MY RIGHT HAND PRINT IN THE CEMENT.

 

 

IF YOU LOOK CAREFULLY BELOW THE WINDOW TRIM

YOU WILL SEE THE TWO TRAIL MARKS FROM THE LADDER,

AND WHERE THE LADDER HIT THE METAL FLASHING

ABOVE THE GARAGE.

MORE NOTICABLE LADDER MARKS:

IF YOU LOOK CAREFULLY BELOW THE WINDOW TRIM

YOU WILL SEE THE TWO TRAIL MARKS FROM THE LADDER.

 

 

"Please e-mail myself at below address"

alanc@kc.rr.com

 

 

 

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