Permanent ladders are commonplace on most buildings and structures. Constructed of steel or aluminum, and ranging from just a few feet to hundreds of feet in height, fixed ladders are effective solutions for work access to upper and lower levels. There are specific OSHA guidelines for the construction of fixed ladders. In our experience, many fixed ladders are not in compliance with the current OSHA standards and are therefore unsafe for use.
OSHA requires that ladder cages be provided on ladders greater than 24 feet in height. There are applications where a ladder fall arrest cable system or self-retracting lifeline may be used in lieu of a ladder cage, although both require user equipment, periodic inspections and employee fall protection training.
Atlantic Fall Protection specializes in the installation of ladder fall arrest cable systems, self-retracting lifelines, and other ladder safety products. We also custom fabricate and install OSHA compliant fixed steel ladders, ladder cages, cross overs and landings.