A ladder safety system is designed to eliminate the possibility of your employees falling from the ladder. Similarly, a fall arrest system stops the fall before the worker impacts the surface below.
Ladder Safety Systems Commonly Includes
- Body harness
- Safety sleeve
Fall Arrest Systems Commonly Includes
- Body harness
- Positioning system
- Travel restraint system/deacceleration device
Ladder Cages Commonly Includes
- Enclosure surrounding climbing space of ladder
|Ladder Height and Installation Date||Height above Lower Level||Fall Protection Required||Ladder Cage||Ladder Safety System||Fall Arrest System|
|Existing Ladders (installed before 11/19/18)||>24′||Yes||M||M||M|
|New Ladders (installed after 11/19/18)||>24′||Yes||O ²||M||M|
|All Ladders after 11/19/36||>24′||Yes||O ²||M||M|
|All Ladders||≤ 24′||No||O||O||O|
Another change in the regulation is the requirement of resting platforms. After November 19, resting platforms are required at maximum 50’ intervals when a cage is used and 150’ maximum intervals when a personal fall arrest or ladder safety system is used. Under the old regulation the maximum distance was only 30’ for each segment and if a safety device was used on a ladder for tower, water tank or chimney, a platform was not required at all.
In addition to ladder systems, Superior Tank offers other equipment to keep your workers safe while working with ground storage tanks. For example, tie-points at various locations on the tank such as around the roof hatch provide a suitable anchor for fall protection systems. Also, extending roof railing and installing OSHA required self-closing gates at openings can also prevent worker falls.
Please note, your local regulations may differ as select areas have regulations independent of Federal OSHA Requirements. Our safety experts can recommend the right equipment to prevent injuries to your workers and comply with OSHA requirements to avoid fines and penalties. Contact us today to see how we can help!