Fixed Ladders Inspected

Fixed Ladders Require Inspections per OSHA

Andrew T. Litecky2/ 1/20

Welcome to The Hoist Guy's Blog, where our resident Hoist Guy, Andrew T. Litecky, shares his knowledge and experience of many years in the overhead material handling industry to talk about fixed ladders. Fixed ladders in workplaces need to meet the standards of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Shupper-Brickle Equipment offers fixed ladder inspections per OSHA standards throughout New Jersey the Greater New York City area, the Greater Philadelphia areaDelaware, and Eastern Maryland.  .

OSHA Compliant Inspection for Manufacturing Facility

We were recently called in to inspect the fixed ladders in a manufacturing facility. The owner had been conducting the inspections in-house for several years, and they wanted to know if their work was sufficient to comply with OSHA. Unfortunately, of the 1,000+ ladders in the facility, our technicians found over 600 that did NOT meet the requirements. Had the fixed ladders been subject to a surprise OSHA inspection, they would have incurred significant fines. Or worse, the unsafe conditions could have resulted in a workplace accident.

OSHA Requirements for Fixed Ladders

Fixed ladders include any ladder permanently attached to a structure. They’re governed by OSHA 1910.27 and ANSI-ASL A14.3 for safety and design requirements.

Fixed Ladder Inspections per OSHA

While the ladders in this facility failed for many reasons, many were easy to fix. We added non-slip surface tape to the rungs or installed a gate at the rooftop access to bring them into compliance. Thankfully, these units were back in service quickly.

However, other units were found to have crucial deficiencies and safety issues. For some, there was not adequate clearance on the sides or obstructions to the user ascending or descending. We found fixed ladders measuring 20 ft or higher missing the platforms required for resting locations. Still others had corrosion, weather damage, missing parts, or cracked welds. We repaired as many units as possible, with the customer’s budget in mind, but some replacement ladders were also needed.

Ladders Inspectioned

Preventative Maintenance & Regular Inspections

Though the customer didn’t experience any workplace injuries or fines, there was another downside to putting off their fixed ladder inspection. When our technicians found the violations, numerous ladders were tagged “out of service”, and the customer lost access to equipment and utilities. The repairs were completed as quickly as possible, but ongoing preventative maintenance would have reduced this headache.

Shupper-Brickle Equipment specializes in fixed ladder inspections and other services for overhead material handling equipment, including OSHA complaint inspections, repairs and preventative maintenance services conducted by factory trained technicians. Our preventative maintenance service plans and inspections help identify problems before they occur to prevent hazardous situations, costly stoppages and unscheduled down time. We offer these services to New Jersey, the greater NYC metro, the greater Philadelphia metro, Delaware and eastern Maryland. Contact us for questions about repairs or for an overall fixed ladder solution.