As I had posted on the other, (better) site, yes, I`ve fallen. It was the late 2005 season, and I was climbing up into a 2-man ladder stand, put together by someone else. The stand obviously wasn`t a higher quality stand, as the places where the ladder sections connects didn`t have pins to keep them together, and I was dumped onto my back from 16 feet up, in the pitch black of early morning.
I knew I had lost some feeling in my left hand, but have since, just recently, found out I`ve lost some of the muscle in my injured left hand. I`m having some tests done late this month, due to the obvious muscle loss, the loss of grip strength as well as dexterity.
I`m lucky to only be losing some function in my hand, the outcome could have been much worse.
my dad has a couple of permanent 'homemade stands' old wood ladders he either found or made.one of we dubbed the nose bleed stand i took a nice buck outta it ,but was scared to death while in it.it was simply 2x6 and scrap plywood no railing and the ladder was 28 ft of shear terror! while climbing up 2yrs ago ,about 15ft. up one of the rungs snapped,WHACK,the hair on my whole body was standing on end,there was absolutely NO TIME TO RE-ACT. i was standing on the next lower rung, and remember the sensation .I SLOWLY CLIMBED BACK DOWN,CHECKED MY PANTS,AND WIPED THE SWEAT OFF MY HEAD.while on the ground i looked up at the broke rung, and thought what could've happened.AFTER SHOWING DAD ,AND TALKING ABOUT IT,WE TORE DOWN EACH LADDER AND AS MUCH OF THE STANDS AS POSSIBLE!PERMANENT STANDS R DANGEROUS,THEY R SUBJECT TO THE ELEMENTS OF MOTHER NATURE YEAR ROUND,A TREE NEVER STOPS GROWING--EVER! YOUR NAILS OR SCREWS R BEING SLOWLY PULLED OUT YEAR AFTER YEAR!-EVEN YOU GUYS WHO LEAVE LADDER OR PORTABLES UP ALL YEAR NEED TO B AWARE OF THIS-THATS Y YOUR STRAP IS SOO TIGHT WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR STAND DOWN.DONT LEAVE YOUR STAND OUT IN THE ELEMENTS ALL YEAR,ITS EXPANDING AND CONTRACTING BIG TIME-WEAKING WELDS,RUSTING,STRAPS FRAY,RATCHETS MALFUNCTION--ETC. ETC.ETC.---[8|] 5BUCK
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