Fixed ladder systems are common features on cell phone towers, oil platforms, storage silos, water towers, and wind turbines just to name a few. Each of these applications requires climbing a fixed ladder to perform maintenance, inspection, and repair activities, but workers climbing permanently fixed ladder systems often have a a false sense of security. This post discusses fall protection options for ladder climbing applications and explores the pros and cons of common vertical fall arrest solutions.
Although people tend to associate fall protection systems with rooftop applications, countless workers spend each day climbing ladders to service wind turbines, cell phone towers, and water towers just to name a few. This post focuses on OSHA requirements for fixed ladders and fall protection best practices for vertical applications.