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Working at Heights – Fixed Ladders

When climbing a xed ladder over 20 feet in length without rest balconies, or that is not equipped with a ladder cage, you must use a ladder safety device. This equipment includes: a full-body harness and a sliding sleeve attached to either a xed-rail or cable system.

Prior to using any fall protection equipment, Southern CA IATSE employees are required to have passed the CSATF Safety Pass Course D – Fall Protection
  • Inspect all fall protection equipment prior to use
  • Connect the sleeve to the “D” ring located on the front of your harness
  • Connect the sleeve to the fixed-rail or cable. Connect the sleeve onto the xed-rail or cable with the arrow pointed toward the top of the ladder
  • Once attached, climb up the ladder normally. The detachable cable sleeve will follow you as you climb.When you reach the top of the ladder, carefully disconnect from the ladder safety device to exit the ladder
  • To descend the ladder, reattach your “D” ring to the sleeve and climb down smoothly in a normal manner. Allow the sleeve to “lead” you down. Climbing down out of position will cause the sleeve to lock onto the fixed-rail or cable
  • If the sleeve locks, move upward slightly to release the sleeve.You must be attached to the ladder safety system whenever you are on the ladder
  • Before using unprotected fixed ladders over 20 feet in length, contact the Production Safety Representative