Guys i'm in a weird place. I love being an electrician but I just can't keep my balance at the top of a step ladder. I'm not afraid of heights so I didn't think being on a ladder would be a problem at all. But now that I've finally started working as an apprentice I realize that I can't do it. Four fucking years of trying to become an electrician only to find out that the main part of the job is something I cannot do. I don't know what to do. I was so excited to finally start working and on the second day I find out that I can't keep my balance. My Brother who is the main reason why I got this apprenticeship is majorly pissed at me because he found out I couldn't climb to the last rung before the top of the step ladder because I couldn't stand up steadily without losing my balance. And I called off the next day because that discovery gave me major anxiety and so came the horrible chest pains and restricted breathing.
so.... you went to school for 4 years and never climbed a ladder? you learned all the theory, but the practical application is beyond your capabilities? wtf. If you have anxiety over climbing a ladder then you are pretty doomed. Be a teacher. Construction is not a flexable field of work. ladders have weight limits. If some 350lbs fatass cant climb a ladder cuz he will break it then tough shit. there is no pc movement to accomadate everyone because we are all equal and shit.
>>675698759 yeah but it's not the height at all. I can ride roller coasters, I can climb trees. Hell put me in a scissor life or bucket 50 ft up swaying in the wind I'll be fine. It's when my company wants me to use the last step before the top of the ladder and I can't keep my balance that's when I have a problem.
>>675700535 As people have said, you aren't even supposed to use that step. Last two steps are not for stepping. Tell them to get you a taller ladder so you don't have to try to balance where you aren't supposed to anyway (as per OSHA).
Either that or go into a different specialty. Appliance repair, industrial automation (programming PLCs doesn't require climbing ladders), etc. Lots of electrical work that doesn't require you to be standing on ladders.
>>675700873 Ive worked over a decade in construction. No one follows that safety shit to a t. Why? Because the people who imagine these safety rules and procedures sit in a fucking classroom and have 0 fucking clue how things are actually done. If everyone who built your house followed that shit, the house would cost 10 times as much and take 3 times as long to build. Safety is all fine and dandy, just no where near realistic. You remind me of an engineer who knows how to build anything!...in theory
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