Ladder Climb Assist Systems

Ladder Climb Assist Systems

Ladder Climb Assist Systems offer climbing assistance and fall protection for personnel using permanent fixed ladders. By combining these two features, there is no need to attach a secondary fall protection system to your fixed ladder.  Climbing permanent fixed ladders using climb assist systems reduces fatigue, makes ascent and descent safer, and eliminates compatability issues found with ladder safety systems.


  • Features & Benefits of Ladder Climb Assist Systems
    • Assists the user in the ascent or descent of a fixed ladder to reduce fatigue.
    • System reduces overall weight of user by 45 to 120 lbs; 20 to 55 kg
    • Systems are fall arrest rated for safety and simplicity – no additional fall protection systems are needed.
    • Eliminates the compatibility issue of ladder safety systems plus climb assist systems from different manufacturers

OSHA Regulations

  • OSHA Considerations
    • 1926.1053(a)(1)(iii) Each Fixed ladder: At least two loads of 250 pounds (114 kg) each, concentrated between any two consecutive attachments (the number and position of additional concentrated loads of 250 pounds (114 kg) each, determined from anticipated usage of the ladder, shall also be included), plus anticipated loads caused by ice buildup, winds, rigging, and impact loads resulting from the use of ladder safety devices. Each step or rung shall be capable of supporting a single concentrated load of a least 250 pounds (114 kg) applied in the middle of the step or rung. Ladders built in conformance with the applicable provisions of appendix A will be deemed to meet this requirement.
    • 1926.1053(a)(2) Ladder rungs, cleats, and steps shall be parallel, level, and uniformly spaced when the ladder is in position for use.
    • 1926.1053(a)(3)(i) Rungs, cleats, and steps of portable ladders (except as provided below) and fixed ladders (including individual-rung/step ladders) shall be spaced not less than 10 inches (25 cm) apart, nor more than 14 inches (36 cm) apart, as measured between center lines of the rungs, cleats and steps.
    • 1926.1053(a)(6)(i) The rungs and steps of fixed metal ladders manufactured after March 15, 1991, shall be corrugated, knurled, dimpled, coated with skid-resistant material, or otherwise treated to minimize slipping.
    • 1926.1053(a)(18) Fixed ladders shall be provided with cages, wells, ladder safety devices, or self-retracting lifelines where the length of climb is less than 24 feet (7.3 m) but the top of the ladder is at a distance greater than 24 feet (7.3 m) above lower levels.
    • 1926.1053(a)(19) Where the total length of a climb equals or exceeds 24 feet (7.3 m), fixed ladders shall be equipped with one of the following:
    • 1926.1053(a)(19)(i) Ladder safety devices; or
    • 1926.1053(a)(19)(ii) Self-retracting lifelines, and rest platforms at intervals not to exceed 150 feet (45.7 m); or
    • 1926.1053(a)(19)(iii) A cage or well, and multiple ladder sections, each ladder section not to exceed 50 feet (15.2 m) in length. Ladder sections shall be offset from adjacent sections, and landing platforms shall be provided at maximum intervals of 50 feet (15.2 m).

Did You Know?

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide and install the proper fall protection systems needed to protect and keep their workers safe?