Fixed ladders, indoors or outdoors, often allow easier access for inspection and maintenance work. While fixed ladders may seem safer in a work environment than portable ladders, there are still many safety issues that must be considered.
Visually inspect all fixed ladders before use for any defects. Any fixed ladder that is found to have structural (or other) defects must immediately be tagged “Dangerous: Do Not Use” and removed from service until the ladder can be repaired or replaced.
OSHA Standard 1910.23(b)(9) states that the employer must ensure Ladders are inspected before initial use in each work shift, and more frequently as necessary, to identify any visible defects that could cause employee injury.
OSHA Standard 1910.23(b)(6) states that the employer must ensure Metal ladders are made with corrosion-resistant material or protected against corrosion.
Fall protection may need to be provided for workers that use fixed ladders. OSHA Regulations were updated in January 2017.
OSHA Standard 1910.23(b)(11) states that the employer must ensure Each employee faces the ladder when climbing up or down it; and (12) each employee uses at least one hand to grasp the ladder when climbing up and down it.
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