We here at ladders-Online do like to have a joke and post the odd still picture on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages. But when it comes to ladder safety we don’t like messing around. We like all our fans on those pages and would like to be able to keep each and every one of them safe when working at height. But in the end working at height is dangerous. Be it 1ft or even 100ft a fall from height can result in very serious injury and even death.
It’s time to make some toes curl, because today we are flying over to Meteora Monasteries in Greece to take a look at their transport system. Oh! Hahah. Did we say “transport system”? Oh. Well we meant box or death…
In Meteora, Greece, six magnificent monasteries still exist, precariously perched atop 1,300 feet high sandstone pinnacles. Occupied by hermit monks they constructed the first monastery before nuns came to build too. Access to each monastery is just about as crazy as it gets. Take your pick! From the leap of faith, to climbing rocks, box pulls, ladders lashed together or large nets until the ropes would break take your fancy. No matter how bizarre the transport and methods used to enter them the fact remains that the dangerous but beautiful monasteries of Meteora are centuries old and listed by UNESCO World Heritage.
But it’s the “box pull” that makes our toes curl. Would we wear a Full Body Harness? No. We would want to have a lot more than just that. The only way you would get us out on one of those box rides of death is with a full range of ladder safety accessories like a body harness, at least 3 restraint lanyards attached and maybe even a couple of Linesmans Belts! With transport like this working at height on a ladder never look so safe!
So who would go on the box transport system then?
Pictures by Stephen Reed
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