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Ladders (Construction)
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OSHA has developed detailed regulations related to the proper design and use of ladders and stairways in construction (29 CFR 1926 Subpart X) because careless construction, use, and maintenance of ladders and stairways are a frequent cause of falls, injuries and, occasionally, deaths. The regulations describe everything from how far apart rungs should be to specific do's and don'ts for ladder safety.


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Interpretations Maintenance vs. construction; working from fixed ladders.[1910.12; 1926.1053(a)(18); 1926.1053(a)(19); 1926.1053(b)(4)] 05/11/1999National
Directives 07/15/1992 - CPL 2.34 CH-6 - Changes to the Construction Standard Alleged Violation Elements (SAVES) Manual 07/22/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Ladders - Construction  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Stairways/Ladders - Construction  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.1050 Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.1051 General requirements  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.1052 Stairways  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.1053 Ladders  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.1060 Training requirements  National
Interpretations Access steps or ladders for getting on and off a flatbed trailer. 08/12/1997National
Interpretations Applicability of OSHA's ladder standard, 29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart X to a particular situation.[1926.1050; 1926.1053(a)(1); 1926.1053(a)(1)(ii)] 07/18/2002National
Interpretations Applicability of Subpart L and Subpart X to stair towers used for access to multistory buildings.[1926 Subpart L; 1926 Subpart X] 02/23/2000National
Interpretations Applicable regulations to a metal cable ladder that is similar to a Jacob's Ladder.[1926.1050(a); 1926.1050(b); 1926.1053; 1910.1053(a); 1926.1053(b)(5)(iii); 1926.951(c)(1); 1926.1053(b)(12)] 11/03/2003National
Interpretations Are podium ladders covered under 29 CFR 1926 Subpart X or Subpart L? 12/10/2007National
Interpretations Compliance of automatically retractable rest platforms used with self-retracting lifelines for meeting requirements for fixed ladder safety equipment.[1926.1053(a)(19); 1926.1053(a)(19)(i); 1926.1053(a)(19)(ii); 1926.1053(a)(19)(iii); 192 12/06/2004National
Interpretations Construction standards for equipment such as Shuttle Buggy.[1926.600; 1926.601; 1926.555; 1926.1050; 1926.1053; 1926.800; 1926.407] 05/23/2001National
Interpretations Fall protection requirements for fixed and portable ladders in construction.[1926.1053(a)(19); 1926.1053(a)(18); 1926.502(d)(16)(iii); 1926.1050(b)] 01/13/2000National
Interpretations Keller ladder proper set up.[1926.32] 12/01/1993National
Interpretations Letter of compliance for a ladder stand-off with handrails device. 10/05/1995National
Interpretations Loads carried by persons climbing or descending a ladder.[1926.1053(b)(22)] 04/02/1992National
Interpretations Metal ladder rungs are required to be skid-resistant.[1926.1053(a)(6)(i)] 10/09/1992National
Interpretations Minimum toe clearance for workers using manhole rungs during construction work.[1926.27(c)(4); 1926.1053(a)(13)] 02/13/2004National
Interpretations OSHA compliance of Terra Flex stair system (models L-400 and A-500).[1926.1052; 1926.1053; 1926.1050; 1926.502(h); 1926.502(j); 1926.1051(a)] 05/23/2001National
Interpretations OSHA Guidance concerning use of clip on products for ladders to facilitate transport of the ladder or other objects.[1926.1053(b)(4); 1926.1053(b)(3); 1910.25; 1910.26] 04/26/2002National
Interpretations OSHA policy regarding the use of rebar assemblies as ladders.[1926.501] 08/11/1995National
Interpretations OSHA's fixed ladder requirements do not apply to vehicle-mounted fixed ladders. 02/05/2001National
Interpretations OSHA's requirements for enclosed hardware used in 'third rail' ladder safety devices for towers. 08/07/1997National
Interpretations Portable ladders not extending 3 feet above upper landing must be secured.[1926.1053; 1926.1053(b)(1)] 02/26/2004National
Interpretations Rear fly extension ladders manufactured by Keller Industries.[1926.1060] 04/16/1992National
Guidance Documents Reducing falls in construction: Safe use of extension ladders [OSHA Fact Sheet]  National
Guidance Documents Reducing falls in construction: Safe use of job-made wooden ladders [OSHA Fact Sheet]  National
Guidance Documents Reducing falls in construction: Safe use of stepladders [OSHA Fact Sheet]  National
Interpretations Requirements for attachable scaffold ladders used in construction; toe-hold minimum distance requirement.[1926.451(e); 1926.451(e)(2); 1926.451(e)(2)(i); 1926.451(e)(2)(ii); 1926.451(e)(2)(iii); 1926.451(e)(2)(iv); 1926.451(e)(2)(v); 192 11/17/2003National
Meetings Stairway and Ladder Safety in Construction (Word)  National
Quizzes Stairway and Ladder Safety in Construction (Word)  National
Plans Stairways and Ladders Plan  National
Interpretations The upper rails and end caps of self-supporting ladders are not required to be slip-resistant.[1926.1053; 1926.1053(b)(7)] 05/03/2004National
Interpretations The use of ladders and fall protection by steel erectors.[1926.1051(a)] 07/20/1992National
Interpretations Use of fixed ladders constructed prior to the effective date of 29 CFR 1926 -- Subpart X. [1926.1053; 1926.1053(a)(4)(i); 1926.1053(a)(6)(i); 1926.1053(a)(18); 1926.1053(a)(19); 1926.1060] 09/05/2006National
Interpretations Whether a concrete form panel with horizontal ribs meets the requirements in Part 1926 Subpart X for fixed ladders. [1926.1050; 1926.1050(b); 1926.1053; 1926.1053(a)(13)] 06/12/2006National
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