New Fixed Ladder OSHA Safety Requirements and Compliance

With ladder safety procedures in place, safety liability for personnel and building owner liability can be reduced. The installation and stability of fixed ladders decreases the risks associated with mobile ladders.

OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) provides fixed ladder safety guidelines for building owners, tenants, employees, vendors, building envelope contractors and roofers. Cages are no longer considered an acceptable form of fall protection per OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces Standard (OSHA 1910) that was revised January 17th 2017. As with most major standard revisions, these changes are introduced in phases.

Bottom line: all fixed ladders 24 ft or taller (20 ft or taller in California) require a fall protection system. Building owners who have fixed ladders without any form of fall protection, such as cages or fall arrest systems, are non compliant and may be in violation of OSHA regulations. By 2036, fixed ladders will require a Personal Fall Arrest System. This is a cable trolley or similar system and a Personal Harness System with a Lanyard.


What should building owners do now for compliance and to avoid an OSHA citation?


“Building owners should be proactive in their approach to providing a safe working environment with regard to ladders,” reminds Derek Tokarz, Marketing Manager, FixFastUSA. “Cage ladder rules changed after extensive research and testing. A cage may not be the safest option for fall protection as it does not always stop a person from falling or safely arrest their fall.”

Your CentiMark representative can assist you with compliance regarding existing and future fixed ladders. This process includes an inspection of your existing ladders, estimated cost for compliance for retrofit or replacement and a timeline to distribute the costs prior to the 2036 deadline.

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