I noticed that the building across the street from me just installed a fixed access ladder. It was really smart move if you ask me, because I’ve seen maintenance workers access the roof many times. In the past they would extend a very tall, temporary ladder. That made me a little nervous because there were no safety mechanisms in place. They would simply lean the latter against the building, and start to climb. Now that they’ve installed this new ladder, I feel much better about their safety, as well as the safety of anyone who may have walked under or near the old ladder system.
Ever since that new ladder system was installed, I’ve been thinking about adding a similar fixed access ladder to my building. We don’t need to access the roof is very often, but knowing that it’s there in case of an emergency or in case the need for fast access arises, it will give me peace of mind knowing that we are prepared. The size of my building is different than my neighbors, but it’s my understanding that these letters can be custom-made to my specifications. Depending on my needs, the ladder can be built out of several different materials.
When I told my landlord that I was thinking about having a ladder installed, he was a little apprehensive about how it would look on the outside. I assured him that the type of material that would be used would allow the ladder to be painted to match the color of the building. That was all he needed to hear before granting approval. He believes safety is really important, so of course he didn’t object to my idea. The great thing is, not only will the latter be of use to me, but when I vacate the building, future tenants will be able to use this new safety system.