New OSHA Fixed Ladder Timeline
Effective January 17th, 2017
Installing personal fall arrest or ladder safety systems on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections, including fixed ladders on outdoor advertising structures, November 19th, 2018.
Replacement of cages and wells (used as fall protection) with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 feet, November 18th, 2036.
Ladder cages are no longer considered lawful fall protection. The new rule requires that any fixed ladders over 24ft installed after November 2018 must have an active fall protection system. In addition, any repairs or replacement of a ladder, cage-well, or portion thereof must be updated to the specifications listed in OSHA’s General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards: