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