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The Need for the Anderson Ladder

There is a problem with safe, convenient access to dock-height flatbed trailers, especially, but not limited to, those with headracks.

Truck drivers face significant risks from danger of falls while attempting to ascend or descend flatbed trailers. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records for falls from flatbeds show upwards of 100,000 fall injuries per year. Some truck tractors have small steps welded to the frame, but drivers or workers still must place themselves in an unsafe situation to climb from the tractor to the trailer (again, especially when the trailer has a headrack which they must climb around).

Also, since tractors and trailers are interchangeable, operators will not always have these small steps available to them. Even owner-operators who may be forced to use a rental tractor at times, for example. Many drivers carry a step- ladder strapped to the rear of the sleeper portion of the tractor.

If you ask them (as I have) if they unstrap the ladder and get it down (a dangerous operation in itself) every time they get up onto their trailer, they will tell you that they do not. Why? – Because it is too inconvenient.

From personal experience and from talking to other drivers of these rigs, I know that often access is gained to flatbed trailers by climbing up the rim and tire of the trailer or the tractor, whose wheels are under the trailer. This is extremely dangerous, especially when rain, snow or ice is present.

There is a very pressing need to have a safer, convenient way to get up onto these trailers. The access needs to be onto the trailer, and not via the tractor. Each flatbed trailer manufacturer should incorporate this design into his product, or have it as an accessory, in order to prevent (or limit) injuries and resulting lawsuits.

The Anderson Ladder was Invented to Solve these Problems

The Anderson Ladder is convenient, lightweight and stable. It assembles easily and quickly in about a minute. When in use, it attaches to the tie-down rail (rubrail) anyplace along either side or the rear of the flatbed trailer.

The ladder incorporates the patented combination of horizontal hand grip sand 3-point control. Horizontal hand grips have been proven to prevent fall injuries. Fall safety experts have established it is much more likely to prevent or arrest a fall with horizontal hand grips vs a straight handle where one would just slide down.

The Anderson Ladder is constructed with the U.S. Government’s OSHA construction standards adhered to. The width of the steps is 16 inches. The steps and the handholds are spaced 12 inches apart. The area where the user walks through the handrails is 18 inches. The top handhold is 3.5 feet above the landing so the user is not required to stoop when returning to descend. The handhold rails rise at the same angle as the ladder, so there is a natural feel to the climb.

The ladder can stow under the flatbed portion of the trailer, so it is convenient to use. It stows relatively flat at approximately 7 inches depth. There are other ladders to provide access to flatbed trailers, but none have the unique combination of safety features and portability that the Anderson Ladder has.



OSHA Safety
Horizontal Hand Grips
3 Point Control
16" Step Width
12" Spaced Steps
12" Spaced Handholds
No Stooping Required
Gentle Ascent Angle
Can Store Flat Under Trailer

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