An extension ladder is frequently
used as scaffolding — that is, as a
place to work rather than just a
means of getting up there. Among
the scaffolding options available, a
ladder is one of the most versatile.
But it is also one of the least stable
and most difficult to work on. If
you use a ladder for more than just
climbing up and down, it's worth
taking a look at a few accessories
that can safely extend the use of
If the Shoe Fits...
OSHA requires all manufactured
extension ladders to have
ladder shoes. There are two standard
shoe types — hoop feet and
swivel feet. Both have rubber soles
to grip on smooth surfaces.