Q1) What is the phobia name for the fear of ladders?
A1) Climacophobia, or the fear of climbing, is a relatively unusual phobia. It is related to acrophobia, or fear of heights, as well as bathmophobia, or fear of stairs and slopes. The difference is in the focus of the fear. Those who suffer from acrophobia are scared of being at height, regardless of how they got there. Those with bathmophobia may develop symptoms when looking at a set of stairs or large slope, even if they will not climb. Climacophobia, on the other hand, is focused on the actual act of climbing.
It seems that there are a number of related names to do with the fear of ladders. Many, many people do suffer from this including some window cleaners and people who do in fact have to work with ladders! But with the proper training and advice there is no reason not to feel safe when using ladders or step ladders of any kind.
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