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Ladder Safety Systems

Ladder safety systems may be installed in some locations on campus. Upon initial installation, personnel from the department, along with representatives from Environmental Health & Safety, shall be trained by the manufacturer on the proper use and maintenance of the system. This training shall be documented. Subsequent training of users shall be the responsibility of the department in conjunction with Fall Protection User training provided by Environmental Health & Safety. Only components recommended by the system manufacturer may be used, such as a full-body harness with chest D-ring, if specified.

When ladder safety systems are installed, the following requirements must be met:

  • The connection between the carrier/lifeline and the point of attachment to the body harness shall not exceed 9 inches in length.
  • Mountings for rigid carriers shall be attached at each end of the carrier, with intermediate mountings spaced as necessary along the entire length of the carrier so the system has the strength to stop employee falls.
  • Mountings for flexible carriers shall be attached at each end of the carrier and cable guides installed at least every 25 feet apart, but not more than 40 feet apart along the entire length of the carrier.
  • The ladder safety system must be capable of withstanding, without failure, a drop test consisting of an 18-inch drop of a 500-pound weight.

System-specific Information

Health and Safety Building

  • Miller Saf-T-Climb Ladder System
  • Video

Indoor Athletic Training Facility

  • Miller Vi-Go Ladder Climbing Safety System

Contact Information

Robin McCall-Miller, Occupational Safety Program Manager