Ladder Lifelines

Cable Based Ladder Lifelines For Fall Arrest Applications

Ladder Lifelines ensure your personnel’s safety and security when climbing fixed ladders. Unlike cage systems which often foster a false sense of security, a vertical lifeline can actually arrest a fall in the event that a worker slips while climbing a ladder.  Ladder lifelines are also less expensive to fabricate, install, and maintain.  Common ladder lifeline applications include poles, water and cell phone towers, tanks, wind turbines, and silos.  Whether your permanent ladder is inside or outdoors, straight or curved, the fall protection specialists at Diversified Fall Protection can engineer and install a ladder lifeline system to meet your specific needs.

Diversified Fall Protection  a complete turnkey provider of OSHA compliant ladder lifelines.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.


  • Ladder Lifeline System Features:
    • Variety of lifeline cable and bracket materials, including stainless steel and galvanized available for on and off-shore applications.
    • Straight and curved configurations
    • Indoor and outdoor rated ladder lifeline systems available
    • OSHA Compliant

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?

Diversified Fall Protection offers Horizontal Lifeline Kits for rooftop applications?