Detachable steel climbing shoes make construction easier and safer

Steelworkers have one of the deadliest jobs in the country. These construction workers are typically required to operate at significant heights and falls, slips and trips are a common cause of injury in the profession. Thus, anything that can protect these laborers is much needed. Enter: the Column Climber

These foot frames attach to the worker’s shoes to make climbing up and down steel columns easier. The patented design allows users unmatched mobility by letting them work hands-free without compromising safety

Watch the worker secure its straps onto his boots. He then hooks them onto the sides of the steel column and within seconds he smoothly glides up the column with little effort. 

The Column Climber’s 514 alloy steel frame can support over 700 pounds per foot, making work less strenuous by eliminating foot and leg fatigue. Its lock and release function works intuitively with most people’s natural step and climbing gait — that means there’s a minimal adjustment period so users can start working quickly. 

For those curious, the Column Climber is compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines. In fact, many steelworkers were excited by the innovative product on the company’s Facebook page. 

“I wish this was available in the ’90s,” one Facebook user said

“I like this setup. I’m a bridge painter and this would definitely work for rigging and blasting,” another said

“Definitely, got to get some of these,” one added

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