I’ve had one what I’ll call, bad experience with a ladder, and it was totally my fault.
Ranch house that was vacant, it was about 0800 and the ground was wet. I set up my ladder but did not have a steep enough angle, as I neared about the 4th or 5th step up my chest was level with the gutter when the ladder slipped out from under me, luckily for me the gutters were in good shape as I was able to grab onto the gutter, grab & stop the ladder from sliding & pull it back up.
My Guardian Angel was definitely looking after me that day.
I doubt I could make the same save today as that was over 10 years ago when I was in better shape.
I now always make sure I have the proper angle for the ladder & never lean my body mass outside of the ladder.
I still climb every roof I can.
Thanks for the post Jim.
We all need reminders on the dangers we face on a daily basis.