A thorough read through the OSHA requirements clearly indicates that a ladder alone is not OSHA compliant. The standard suggests that a properly constructed cage system provides compliance, but is this considered a best practice? From a maintenance perspective, ladder cages are expensive to fabricate/install and they require periodic painting and maintenance, especially in harsh climates. From a safety perspective, cages impart a false sense of safety because, frankly, they do nothing to arrest falls. In Fact, long falls are common with cage systems, and in the event that the worker sustains an incapacitating blow to the head, rescue operations are difficult at best. From a best practices standpoint, a vertical lifeline has been demonstrated to be the best fall protection option for vertical climbing applications.
US Fall Protection‘s vertical systems incorporating the unique LadderLatch unit provide unparalleled protection for personnel working at height on any type of fixed ladder. ManSafe LadderLatch can be installed internally and externally including in harsh environments such as oil rigs and on applications exposed to low temperatures.
Importantly, ManSafe LadderLatch provides continuous protection and gives workers the flexibility to use both hands as they go about their duties while still remaining firmly attached to the system. Unlike hoop systems, which are often attached to ladders, the ManSafe LadderLatch system has no obstructions that could cause serious injury while arresting a fall. The LadderLatch is produced by Latchways.