Ladder Safety Training

Setup and Climb Ladders Properly with OSHA Compliant Ladder Safety Training

Ladder Safety

Get the consultation, training, and policy necessary to protect your employees from ladder falls, the deadliest workplace falls.


All It Takes is One Fall, Keep Employees on Ladders Safe

Ladders are needed for working at heights, but they can be very dangerous. OSHA ladder safety regulations require that employers provide training for each employee that uses ladders. Ladder training should include selecting the proper ladder, ladder inspection, ladder set up, and climbing the ladder. Employers must follow OSHA ladder safety regulations 1910.23 and 1926.1053. They cover specific ladder rules for general industry and construction.


There are many types of ladders, some are portable ladders, and some are fixed (stationary) ladders.

Ladder Safety Products and Prices:

Ladder Safety Training Kit

Duration: 45 minutes

Level: Intermediate

Languages: English and Spanish

Digital: $550.00

Digital and Hard Copy: $675.00

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Description: DIY TRAINING KIT: COURSE A – This do-it-yourself training kit provides you with all the materials needed to conduct in-house, classroom-style ladder safety training. Materials include: Facilitator guides, student guides, wallet cards, course completion certificates, a training log and an interactive presentation.

Injury and Illness Prevention Plan Manual

Languages: English and Spanish

Digital Delivery: $600.00

Digital and Hard Copy: $725.00

3-Year Maintenance: $590.00

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Description: MANUAL – The Injury and Illness Prevention Plan is a customized manual written to federal OSHA regulations. Pick from over 120 elective policies, such as ladder safety, to build a complete safety manual. Opt into manual maintenance to ensure your manual remains up-to-date when regulations change.

Ladder Safety Training

Chapter Add-On

Languages: English and Spanish

Digital: $100.00

Digital and Hard Copy: $135.00

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Description: CHAPTER ADD ON – Add the ladder safety chapter to an existing Safety Services Company Injury and Illness Prevention Plan, if this chapter was not selected at the time of purchase.

Array of ladder types includes extension ladders, mobile ladders, combo ladders, step ladders, and articulating ladders.

Some of the portable ladders include step ladders, extension ladders, articulating ladders, mobile ladders, and combination ladders. Materials used to make ladders come in many varieties. They include wood, fiberglass, aluminum, and steel. This can affect the safety of the ladder. For example, aluminum ladders should not be used when working with electricity. Similarly, fixed ladders typically made of steel pose electrical hazards of slipping hazards.

Three examples of portable ladders, one metal, one plastic, and one wood. Materials can create hazards.

Load capacity (duty rating), the height of the ladder, and the type of work to be done should also be considered when selecting a ladder. The duty rating is how much weight is allowed on a ladder. This includes the climber’s weight and equipment (including personal protective equipment and tools). 1910.23 states ladders are not to be loaded beyond the maximum weight rating.

There are Five Different Ladder Duty Ratings:

Infographic shows ladder duty ratings, color coded and organized by type, grade, and max weight allowed.

Ladder Inspection

Ladder inspection is very important. OSHA ladder safety regulations state that a competent person must visually inspect all ladders for defects such as missing rungs, bolts, cleats, screws, and loose parts. If a ladder has any defects making it unsafe, it must be immediately marked unsafe or tagged “Do Not Use” (or similarly). Ladders must be repaired before use or destroyed if they cannot be repaired.

Ladder inspection, along with proper care and maintenance, can help keep a ladder safe. For instance, moving parts on the ladder must be lubricated regularly. Also, ladders should be kept in a dry location with protection from the elements to prevent damage.

Ladder Setup

Another key to safe ladder use is proper set up. Portable ladders should always be set up on a stable surface that is dry and clutter free. Overhead utilities and trees can be dangerous while working on ladders. Closed A-frame ladders must never be climbed. The rubber grip pads on, the feet of an A-frame ladder are angled and not designed to give traction when the ladder is closed. Ensure the spreaders (hinges) are open and locked in place. This will give the feet of the A-frame ladder good traction.

OSHA Policies and Rules

OSHA ladder safety regulations require ladders to be set up in the 4 to 1 climbing ratio (70.5 – 75.5 degrees). What that means is, for every 4 feet the ladder will go up vertical, the base must be pulled back 1 foot. This rule keeps the ladder from being too upright, possibly sliding left or right, or too flat, causing the ladder feet to slide out from under the climber.

How to position a ladder

Ladder Extension Length

When climbing to an upper level, extend the ladder 3 feet above the upper landing surface to give the climber a hand hold when moving from the ladder onto the upper landing surface.

Proper Ladder Climbing

Proper climbing technique is a must. Boots should be clean and the climber must face the ladder when climbing. 3 points of contact (2 hands and one foot, 2 feet and hand) must be maintained and the climbers body centered inside the rails.

A second person can hold the ladder for stability. Some work sites secure the ladder at the top and the bottom to keep the ladder steady. The top or top steps of a ladder must not be used as a step per OSHA ladder safety regulation 1926.1053.

Get Online Ladder Safety Training

Online ladder safety training provides a great introduction or deep dive into the topic of ladder safety. This is perfect to refresh, supplement, or reinforce internal policy or training. In addition, our online training platform, SafetyConnect, is a feature-rich content and learning management system to support all of your safety needs: from storage of important Ladder Safety and training records to conducting remote demonstrations of ladder safety equipment specific to your workplace. SafetyConnect also allows you to create your own custom self-paced learning for your employees on ladder safety.

Do-It-Yourself, Train-the-Trainer Ladder Safety Training

If you have a competent and qualified ladder safety trainer of your own, Safety Services Company offers ladder safety training kits. These kits include the following:

  • An interactive digital presentation
  • A facilitator guide
  • A student guide
  • Knowledge assessments
  • Certificates of completion
  • An attendance log

Ladder Safety Policy for Safety Manual

A complete ladder safety policy should be specific to your business and work sites. Safety Services Company offers manuals customized for your business.

Ladder Safety Prequalification Services

Are you working with ISNetworld®, Avetta®, Veriforce®, or any of 30+ prequalification platforms to land a contract with a safety-minded organization? Safety Services Company offers safety prequalification services to help companies meet prequalification platform requirements for ladder safety and other such safety topics. These services are not limited to but include:

  • A consistently maintained health, safety, and environmental manual complete with a ladder safety policy
  • A dedicated safety and compliance manager to support your business, review your prequalification needs quarterly, and maintain your prequalification accounts
  • OSHA 300 log maintenance to meet annual reporting requirements
  • Management of insurance documentation

Ladder Safety Toolbox Talks/Ladder Safety Meetings

To reinforce a ladder safety training, companies must regularly talk about ladder safety topics. Weekly safety meetings and toolbox talks allow this. Safety Services Company offers industry-guided ladder safety meetings sent in weekly or biweekly installments. Choose from over 1000 topics, including ladder safety.

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Ladder Regulations

General Industry

29 CFR 1910.23 – Ladders

This is the federal regulation that covers design, load capacity, maintenance and use of ladders for general industry.

8 CCR 3270 – Access General

This California regulation covers the design requirements for access to every permanent elevated work location by means of either fixed ladders, permanent ramps or stairways.

8 CCR 3276 – Portable Ladders

This California regulation covers the design, construction, selection, care, and use of all self-supporting and non-self-supporting portable ladders.

8 CCR 3277 – Fixed Ladders

This California regulation covers the design for fixed ladders, to include definitions, specific features, clearances, maintenance and protection from deterioration.


29 CFR 1926.1053 – Ladders

This covers the design, length and use for access and egress.

8 CCR 1629 – Stairways and Ladders

This covers the design for job made ladders, to include length, weight capacity, materials used, maintenance and protection from deterioration.

29 CFR 1926.1053 – Ladders

This contains the design, load capacity, maintenance, inspection and use of ladders for construction.


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