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At Rack-A-Tiers, we pride ourselves on providing North America’s trade workers with the right tools and equipment to get the job done. Some of our tools focus on making the job easier to do. Others are designed to make work more efficient and effective. Sure, we offer tools that check of those boxes as well. Another concern at Rack-A-Tiers is developing and promoting products that help keep you safe and healthy on the job.

From knee pads to headlamps, we’ve got a variety of products that keep safety in mind. When it comes to working in the trades, few tasks are more dangerous than those that require ladders. Not only does working on a ladder expose you to the danger of falls, it also exposes you to other injuries. Leaning, twisting, and constantly running up and down ladders presents its own troubles. In this post, we’d like to focus on the ShinMate. It’s a simple tool, but a good one. With the ShinMate on your ladder, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable day on the job.


What’s a ShinMate?

The ShinMate might be the simplest product you’ll find at Rack-A-Tiers. The thick, foam pad can be placed on any rung of your ladder for greater comfort and improved balance. Best of all, this isn’t one of those products developed by a company simply looking for a profit. The ShinMate was designed by a tradesman, for other tradesmen. The only goal is to help tradesmen take the stress off their knees, shins, and legs.

If you’re an electrician, painter, carpenter, window washer, or any other trade worker spending hours on the ladder, you need a ShinMate! What good can a ShinMate really do?


Ladders in the Workplace are Dangerous

Height and discomfort do not make good bedfellows. When you’re working from an elevated position on a ladder, you’re exposed to potential dangers. These don’t just include falling from a lack of balance, but also as a result of discomfort while leaning or reaching. Elevated falls in the work place lead to 90,000 emergency room visits annually in the US and roughly 700 occupational deaths each year.

Deaths in the workplace as a result of heights, which often involve ladders, account for 15% of all occupational deaths. As OSHA has noted, “100% of all ladder incidents could be prevented if proper attention to equipment and climber training were provided.” The right equipment on the job can often make a big difference. This is where the ShinMate can come in handy.

It’s worth noting, the ShinMate won’t prevent all types of falls. However, the goal of the ShinMate is to make you more comfortable while you’re up on the ladder. When you’re leaning and twisting, you risk losing your balance. If your shins and knees are digging into the rungs of the ladder, that pain can result in lost focus. The minute you lose focus on the ladder, your safety is compromised.


Possible Injuries ShinMate Helps Avoid

With greater comfort up on the ladder, you can lower the risk of many serious injuries. Did you know the most common type of ladder-related injury is a fracture? Representing 32% of all injuries. The constant stress on your knees and shins from leaning can also take a toll. ShinMate can help you avoid issues such as stress fractures, compartment syndrome, and delayed onset muscle soreness.

Compartment syndrome is a condition that impacts circulation and soft tissue. The stress of leaning against bare ladder rungs can continually cutoff circulation and increase pressure on soft tissue. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) results from overuse and stress, and can leave you feeling exhausted at the end of the day. Worse, your legs will feel sore the next day as well before you even start working.


Get Your ShinMate Today!

Rack-A-Tiers has the ShinMate in stock now for purchase. Remember, this simple product helps you enjoy a more comfortable work day as you get your job done right.

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