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OSHA Rules on Ladders and Ladder Rungs

July 9, 2010

According to OSHA’s guide to stairways and ladders, these following rules apply to all ladders:

  • Ladders must be free of substances such as grease, oil and other slippery hazards.
  • Load ladders only to their maximum capacity, not beyond their intended load nor beyond their manufacturer’s rated capacity.
  • Strictly use ladders only for their designed purposes.
  • Ensure that the ladders are used on a stable and level surface, unless secured to prevent accidents.
  • Ladders should not be used on slippery surfaces unless in a secured position or if provided with a slip resistant surface to prevent accidental movement.

Ladder rungs should be resistant to slippery elements in order to prevent accidents; the best way to eliminate slip and fall injuries is to coat the ladder rungs with a slip resistant coating.  Slip resistant ladder rungs help provide the foot to surface security needed for workers to perform their jobs with ease.

Employers should make a point to keep their employees safe by incorporating slip resistant ladder rungs into new ladder construction to help keep them on their feet.

OSHA.  “Stairways and Ladders. A Guide to OSHA Rules.”   http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3124.pdf

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