Ladders, Portable and Fixed

Chapter 296-876, WAC

Effective Date: 12/01/06

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Design and Construction

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Your Responsibility

To make sure portable ladders meet design and construction requirements

 

Design and construction

 

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Design and construction

IMPORTANT:

Design and construction requirements of this section don't apply to special purpose ladders.

Definition

Definition:

  • A special purpose ladder is a portable ladder that's made by modifying or combining design or construction features of the general-purpose types of ladders in order to adapt the ladder to special or specific uses.

 

You must

  • Make sure portable ladders and job-made wooden ladders manufactured on or after January 1, 2006, meet the design and construction requirements and specifications of the appropriate American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard:
    • - ANSI A14.1-2000, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Wood-Safety Requirements.
    • - ANSI A14.2-2000, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Metal-Safety Requirements.
    • - ANSI A14.5-2000, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Reinforced Plastic-Safety Requirements.
    • - ANSI A14.4-2002, American National Standard Safety Requirements for Job-Made Wooden Ladders.
  • Make sure portable ladders manufactured before January 1, 2006, meet the design and construction requirements and specifications of the appropriate ANSI standard in effect on the date of manufacture:
    • - ANSI A14.1, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Wood-Safety Requirements.
    • - ANSI A14.2, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Metal-Safety Requirements.
    • - ANSI A14.5, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Reinforced Plastic-Safety Requirements.

Note

Note:

  • A commercially manufactured portable ladder should have a label indicating it meets the requirements of the ANSI standard. If in doubt, check with the manufacturer.

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Job-Made Wooden Ladders

You can find information about the design and construction of job-made wooden ladders in the Resources section of this chapter.


 

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