This is not just a CxP complaining. I have this conversation on pretty much EVERY existing site I'm on with rooftop equipment. Ladders on a comfy, sunny day are no picnic. Most of our days aren't warm and sunny, though. Think about it more: rooftops require more attention when the weather's extreme. The equipment works harder, breaks more, and is needed even more then.
PLus, the conversations I have mostly include maintenance folks who never were asked about their ladder climbing abilities. When the equipment performance, life, and comfort all depend on ladder skills and weather conditions (and ladder skills in extreme conditions)...well...
Yikes. It's a problem affecting our building systems, and no one talks about it. The answer isn't to find more acrobatic maintenance people.
So, this is a silly bit written as plea for building planners and architects to seek out slightly better access solutions. A little can go a long way (Plus, eh hem... there are solutions that make climbing with tools and equipment easier without taking up rent-able SF)
I’m starting a new business selling step-style ladders to architects. Call me!! 📱 !!
I haven’t thought this through all the way ...yet, but I think the first part of the sale might have to involve kidnapping the architect and hoodwinking them and air lifting them to an icy roof tied to a compressor and a box of filters. Then they have to figure out how to get down.
After that I show them the bag of money 💰 they will save their clients, we take a photo and they can use that... in their marketing materials.
Then they purchase step-style ladders (footprint of a ladder, functionality of stairs) from me. -TxJ
P.S. Large roof hatches aren't safer. A BxLOG for next time.
Tracey Jumper, CCP