Terrifying events on the Upper Lewes Road

A guy put a ladder against a gutter, climbed up and onto the roof. The ladder was not fixed at the top, the act of stepping around the ladder at the top tends to produce a sliding force on the ladder. I know – I have done this – but I fixed the ladder to the fascia board.
After smearing some cement render across the chimney breast he made his way down – and then slowly, with infinite care he eased himself back onto the ladder. I held my breath. You could see the tension in his body.

Hold the ladder steady, ease a foot round and onto a rung, but no weight on it yet

Hold the ladder steady, ease a foot round and onto a rung, but no weight on it yet

Gradually ease upright and transfer weight to the ladder ONLY when pressing downwards.  Avoid sideways forces

Gradually ease upright and transfer weight to the ladder ONLY when pressing downwards. Avoid sideways forces

Only when all weight is downwards on ladder, carefully swing other leg round to begin descent.

Only when all weight is downwards on ladder, carefully swing other leg round to begin descent.

And you can’t see the spike topped iron railing two floors below him.

 

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One Response to Terrifying events on the Upper Lewes Road

  1. At least he was wearing a high-vis jacket.

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