Important OSHA Regulation Changes Regarding Fixed Ladders

Do you have a fixed ladder at your place of work? And do people use it on a regular basis? If yes is the answer then you should know about the latest OSHA regulations that have been mandated as per the drive to increase safety measures for people, with effect from January 2017. The new OSHA safety regulations concerns the fall protection cages and wells that surrounded these fixed ladders in order to protect the person using it from falling. As per the new observation made, it was found that, such protective measures were not only useless when it came to fall protection, but at the same time, could cause serious injury to the person using it. Which is exactly why the new OSHA regulations, which have been enforced at the beginning of this year, asks for such outdated methods of fall protection to be discarded. Instead of which these fixed ladders should be equipped with the latest fall protection systems.

As per the new regulations, OSHA has directed to every individual who has a fixed ladder at their place of operations to comply with the new safety standards. Then these are a few things that you should keep in mind in order to make your fixed ladder compliant with the new safety regulations.

  • Fixed ladders which have a fall distance of over 24 feet, must have a ladder safety system or personal fall protection system in place by November 19, 2018.
  • If you still want to go with protection cage or well, you need to make sure that it does not interfere with the functioning of the safety systems that have been placed. If they are interfering with the personal safety systems, then such cages and wells are to be removed immediately.

  • Firms who have invested in places of advertisements, such as billboards and highway signs, are also directed to comply with the above mentioned regulations by 19th of November, 2018.

  • One additional change to plan for is that fixed ladders equipped with ladder safety systems or personal fall protection systems must include rest platforms at intervals not to exceed 150 feet.
So if you have a fixed caged ladder, you should make sure that before the above mentioned date arrives you have made the necessary changes in order to make sure that, your fixed ladder setting is compliant with the latest regulations passed by OSHA as of January, 2017.


Jason Friedman has 13+ years of safety professional and also in that time managed five figure monthly PPC account and SEO for safety consulting firm. His knowledge comes from real world hands on results.

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