The new OSHA General Industry fall protection regulations that went into effect this month are prompting a slew of questions on fixed ladders. If you are wondering when a fixed ladder requires fall protection, which forms of ladder fall protection are OSHA compliant, or if ladder cages still comply with OSHA’s revised ruling, we have just the post for you…..
On November 18, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its final ruling on Walking-Working Surfaces (29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart D) and the general industry Personal Protective Equipment Standards (29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart I). The revised ruling occupies 513 pages in the Federal Record and the new requirements will impact 112.3 million employees at 6.9 million general industry establishments. With many of the provisions of the final ruling scheduled to become effective early next year, many safety professionals are left wondering about the steps their companies need to take to ensure compliance.
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.