On page 22 of the latest issue of PDB [“Installing a Patio Cover,” May 2015], there is a picture showing a guy on a ladder leaning way out away from the ladder. Because his weight is pushing in the opposite direction of where he’s working, the ladder can slide right out from under him. Also, his feet can follow gravity’s laws and skate off the ladder rungs, and he’ll go down feet first, which won’t feel good. The railing below won’t be a comfortable landing pad, and the mattress over what looks like a doghouse is too far away to help.

As a 46+ year veteran in construction, I’ve learned a few things about accidents. Work safe: Respect what you’re standing on as something that can—and will—fail in a heartbeat if you aren’t careful.

Ken Durkee
Fine Atlantic Craftsmanship
Charleston, Maine